Curtain by Agatha Christie is the last book in the Poirot series. Captain Hastings, Hercule Poirot’s old and trustworthy friend, visits him in a hotel known as Styles. Styles is significant to them because it was there that Poirot first met Hastings. Poirot is much older now and can only get around with the help of a wheelchair. However, his mind is as sharp as ever. A series of events leads Poirot to believe that something dreadful is about to happen at the hotel.
I very much enjoyed reading about Poirot and Hastings meeting up again, after many years of absence. Still, the tone of the novel is quite foreboding. It becomes clear that Poirot’s intuition is correct, and that tragic things will occur as the story unfolds. Similar to other novels in the series, the story is filled with intrigue and mystery. However, this novel is longer than most of the others in the series. The plot includes many twists and turns, and is full of surprises. The ending was especially surprising to me, more so than any other book in the series.
In a way this is one of the saddest books in the Poirot series, but I enjoyed it immensely. This is certainly one of Poirot’s greatest cases, and it is his last. This book definitely kept me guessing throughout. I would recommend reading other books in the series before reading this one, especially The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The reunion of Poirot and Hastings becomes more meaningful, having read about their previous adventures. This is a bitter-sweet story, and is a must-read for any fan of the great detective Poirot.
Curtain by Agatha Christie is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.