Danger! Disguises! Spys! The Iron Curtain!
This book would fit much better under the class of thriller than mystery. It features a great female protagonist who has been dealt a really harsh hand (cheating husband, death of a child), and is stopped from committing suicide with an offer to dip her toes in the pool of espionage.
It was written during a time when everyone was giving Russia/communism an extremely intense side eye, so the general fear of those and other related things aren’t necessarily as applicable to today. Don’t let that dissuade you though, because that’s not really what the book is about anyway.
Like I said, although there’s the bare premise of a mystery (what on earth is happening to all of these smart people?) it’s just not that kind of book. That’s not to say it isn’t a fun and worthwhile read, I just don’t want anyone to come into it with the wrong expectations. I’m not the biggest fan of the ending, it’s a little anti-climactic.
If you enjoy Christie and want to experience something a little different from her norm, I suggest picking up this book or one of the other suspense thrillers she wrote.
for next week: