Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
Rating: ★★★★// same Christie, just in bite-sized stories
Favorite Line: “She had often been alone in the house before—but she had never before been so conscious of being alone in it.”
Agatha Christie not only gave us mystery novels, but also mystery short stories! That’s what we got here in Three Blind Mice and Other Stories. While much shorter than her usual tales, these stories still keep up all the excitement and charm of a classic Christie mystery.
Three Blind Mice is the primary and longest story in this collection, and it is quite wonderful. The best part of Christie novels is knowing that the guilty party is one you would usually least expect, so you begin to accuse pretty much everyone, and yet, you still find yourself surprised at the end. This story finds us in a classic scenario: stranded in a Bed & Breakfast with many strangers, in the middle of a snowstorm…and then, of course, murder.
The other stories all involve murder in some way, but we get to revisit the classic sleuths, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
One of them, The Third Floor Flat, involves and unintentional break in which leads to the discovery of a body. Another, Strange Jest is a fun inheritance treasure hunt. Tape-Measure Murder sends the whole town into frenzy when the seamstress is found dead. Four and Twenty Blackbirds has us wondering what on earth made the old man order blackberry tart, plus more stories to keep you reading though the night.
They are really fun and allow you to have some Christie magic, just in smaller portions.