Cards On the Table by Agatha Christie: Review


As always, there’s a murder. Mr Shaitana, a guy with a Snidley Whiplash moustache and a penchant for the macabre, gets stabbed at his own dinner party in full view of a tableful of bridge players. The players are so enthralled by their game no one notices the crime committed right under their noses. Or didn’t they?

Present at the party are four crime solving experts: Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, Secret Serviceman Colonel Race, detective novelist Mrs Oliver, and private detective Hercule Poirot. Also present are four potential murderers, all with secrets they keep hidden. The crime solvers commit to finding the killer, using their own unique skills. Whether it’s women’s intuition, methodical investigative methods, or psychological analysis the killer will be found!

First, how dumb is it to murder someone in a roomful of detectives?! Like, really? Dumb move, murderer; you know you’re going to get caught. That’s the thing about mysteries, criminals are always doing really stupid things like that (or confessing to crimes without a lawyer, like on every episode of Castle ever). However, I thought it was interesting that Poirot had some competition. I liked seeing how each one went about trying to solve the crime. Of course, Hercule Poirot is the only one who can really figure it out. Mrs Oliver cracked me up. Was Christie making fun of herself in that character?

The ending of Cards On the Table was not what I expected. I can sum it up with this gif.

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So, that’s another Christie under my belt.


  1. I've never heard of this Christie novel! It sounds super bizarre. And only four suspects? Can't be too difficult to narrow down.

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    2. It was different and interesting.

  2. (or confessing to crimes without a lawyer, like on every episode of Castle ever)

    lollll I don't watch this show, but I know what you mean as it's a staple on many procedurals!

    1. "We know you did it!" "Ok, ok, I confess." If only it were that easy.


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