I found it unusual that Hercule Poirot appeared past the story’s midpoint. But then again, with Poirot investigating, everyone in the school becomes a suspect.
The title itself is proper. All the innocents had to suffer an ordeal during those trying times. This is the first Christie novel I’ve read and I was amazed on how she revealed the murderer at the end.
It is a coming of age novel about Andrea “Andi” Powell who reminisce her experiences during her sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. A good memoir written in the first person point of view about growing up as a twelve-year-old girl in 1966.
It centers on Claire Cosi who manages The Village Blend, a coffeehouse in New York City. However, as the business booms, customers are dying. A good romantic mystery plus doses of knowledge on coffee and recipes.
After looking for MacAlpins and Trelaines in all phone books that she could grab (only to find they’re dead end clues), Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine finally receives a call from someone named Robert MacAlpin claiming to be her father.
Before everyone points an accusing finger at her, Josh decides to play the role of a sleuth. After all, everyone around Harriet — from Harriet’s family down to the stage manager — has a motive to murder, if given the right opportunity.
The novel meets my expectation of what a suspense thriller should be. The author was able to manage the multiple characters which provide the substantial sub-plots. Despite the multiple characters, I can still root for Akira as the main character.