Summary: It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths–Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty’s Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot–invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.
Review: ‘Cards on the Table’ is different from other Christie novels because we only have four suspects for a change (whew). What it makes this novel confusing to me is that there are four detectives solving the crime. Christie just couldn’t deal with a small number could she?
This book will most likely have a deeper meaning to you if you play the card game Bridge. Alas, I don’t play Bridge so I feel like I missed a bit of the plot.
For a Poirot mystery, he really isn’t in the book that much. For a change, Poirot isn’t the great detective with a bumbling sidekick. Poirot’s part in solving the mystery is very brief but all four sleuths collaborate in solving the crime. I feel like the three other detectives are used a lot more. Their narratives and interviews make up the majority of the book.
There is a lot of death and attempted murder in this novel. I want to warn for it in case someone is squeamish.
Worst part: 4 suspects! Huzzah! But… 4 sleuths… Oh my.
Best part: That I feel like Mrs. Oliver was a take on what Christie thought of (other) crime/mystery novelists.
Recommend For: Bridge players. Other Poirot fans. I wouldn’t recommend this as a first book to get into Poirot though.
Other Books by This Author: Peril at End House and Hickory Dickory Dock