Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skills to realize something is troubling his secretary, Miss Lemon—she has made three mistakes in a simple letter. It seems an outbreak of kleptomania at the student hostel in which her sister works is distracting his usually efficient assistant.
Deciding that desperate times call for desperate measures, the great detective agrees to investigate. Unknown to Poirot, however, desperation is a motive he shares with a killer. . . .
This was very different to a lot of Christie novels I’ve read. The book doesn’t start with a murder, it is primarily focused on stealing for the majority of the book. I found the book intriguing from the offset. For me, Miss Marple books are better than Poirot but I actually enjoyed this one more than other Poirot books. In the beginning I found the amount of characters quite confusing, there are a lot of people living in the hostel so I found it tough to get my head around who was who for the first bit of the book. I thought the way in which Poirot solved this was quite unusual, he didn’t interview many in depth like he did in books such as Murder on the Orient Express. There was also no big reveal at the end with all the characters gathered. I was a bit let down at the end. I didn’t feel the story came together as much as it could have. We never got full confirmation on exactly why some of the deaths occurred which was disappointing. However, I did like the story and I would recommend it if you’re a fan of Poirot.