Curtain is a posthumously published mystery novel by Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime. It returns the aged Belgian Detective to Styles, where he announces that one of the guests is a murderer.
Summary of the Book
Hercule Poirot is an old man. He has had his fair of cases, and he is indisputably the best private detective there is. However, all good things must come to an end, including one's grey cells. When Poirot returns to Styles with his loyal companion Captain Hastings, he startles Hastings with an unusual announcement. Hastings had already met the other guests, his daughter Judith, a calm and respectful ornithologist named Norton, the charming Mr. Allerton, the soft and brittle Miss Cole, Dr. Franklin and his weak wife Barbara, Boyd-Carrington who always has something good to say, the nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his wife Daisy. All of them seemed to be excellent people to Hastings, however he knew that Poirot was never wrong. There is a murderer amongst them, one who has killed five times before. And now, Poirot is ready to nail this perpetrator in what remains his last, and perhaps most grand, case.
About Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie was an English novelist best known for her murder mystery novels. She created several best-selling storylines centred around timeless characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence and Parker Pyne. Some of her best known books are A Mysterious Affair at Styles, And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
This book was adapted into the final episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot TV series, starring David Suchet and Hugh Fraser in one last glorious nod of the head to the little Belgian detective who was so proud of his moustache.
Series Reading Order
This is the 39th and final Hercule Poirot book. If you've reached the end and you're hankering for more, do feel free to start again, with A Mysterious Affair at Styles, where Hercule Poirot arrives at Styles 30 years before he takes the stage once last time in the above novel.