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Today, I'll be discussing a Christie favorite: Ordeal by Innocence.
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life in prison. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late—months prior, Jacko had died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.
Christie's Ordeal by Innocence is a great whodunnit that entails a fan favorite: family betrayal. The featured writing is captivating and engaging, the cast of characters is enticing, but the standout element in this novel is the storyline itself...
When Mrs. Argyle is found in a pool of blood, her family and the police is sure that her son has committed the crime. Jacko Argyle is charged with murder and his family decides to let him pay for his actions.
But months later, the alibi he has sworn by comes to save him too late. Jacko is dead, and Dr. Arthur Calgary assures police that he couldn't have been guilty--they were together at the time of the crime. If Jacko didn't do it, then someone else in that house must have. Everyone else loved Mrs. Argyle... didn't they? Who would betray her in such a horrific way and why?
This Christie standalone shows readers that everyone has secrets to hide, and more importantly, that trusting someone blindly can put your life at risk.
Ordeal by Innocence is a fantastic mystery, but it doesn't invoke an intense sense of suspense or danger. That's why, a shocking turn of events occurs, it quickly becomes apparent that danger had been present all along...
This book is a great pick for Christie fans who enjoyed Crooked House or And Then There Were None. Readers of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers should also consider it.
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