Good thing I looked at Twitter or I might have missed this Bout. I’m always bad at the bouts. They go on for a week. Who can stay focused that long? But what the heck, try, try again, as they say. I started Curtain, the last Hercule Poirot novel, though written 36 years earlier when she thought she might not survive WWII. Stored in a bank vault. Not sure why she thought the bank vault would survive, but they both did, fortunately. I know I read this in my misspent youth, but all I remember is the end. I don’t remember anything about the plot or victim(s). It takes place at Styles, the mansion from the first Poirot book, now turned into a cheap guesthouse. Hastings is, once more, by Poirot’s side, er, helping investigate. (Which reminds me, I saw the guy who played Japp in a Midsomer Murders the other night. Didn’t recognize him without the moustache and hat.) I have Bev of My Reader’s Block to thank for this copy of Curtain. I won it in one of her contests. If you’re looking for a good mystery, she has about a gazillion reviews, you should be able to find something.
Another blog I visit https://theinvisibleevent.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/235/ is having a poll/discussion about fair-play detective fiction, golden aged or otherwise. I bought a bunch of books from the various suggestions of top-drawer fair play fiction and will maybe read a few of those. There are, among the commenters, vociferous pro- and anti-Christie bloggers. I’m not very methodical and have never re-read one right after finishing it to follow the clues. I think back over them, but I’m fairly vague about it. If it felt fair or unfair, that’s really all it is, a feeling. JJ and many others seem to be great fans of John Dickson Carr whom I’ve tried twice and thought utterly ludicrous and deeply unfair, but loathed so much I cannot bring myself to reread either The Three Coffins or that clock one. I will give him another chance though and try to be more methodical. Maybe the next one will be less painful and wildly improbable.
I’ve never read Ellery Queen and I don’t know why. As far as I remember, I never even tried him. Them. Whatever. There are a number of others I’ve never heard of and The Poisoned Chocolates Case which I’ve been meaning to read for years. Various Christies are listed as fairly clued, but I don’t know if I will reread them from that point of view. Also not sure how long to spend on this, as I already had plenty to read, but I think it will be fun. No one has mentioned whether Curtain is fairly clued or not, but I’ve already started it, so I’ll go one. The thing about Christie is, I always want to know what happens.