Sunday, January 31

Book Review: Cat Amoung the Pigeons

Title: Cat Among the Pigeons: A Hercule Poiriot Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Pages: 297

Summary: Another term has begun at Meadowbank, a prestigious, well-respected British girls' school. The indomitable headmistress is preparing to retire and name her successor. There is a disconcertingly mature Middle Eastern princess among the students and several new staff members in residence. And a brand-new sports pavilion is the pride of the campus.

ut the school year suddenly takes a deadly turn when one of the teachers is found shot to death. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that the killer was not an outsider—and equally clear that no one at Meadowbank is who he or she seems to be. It is up to Hercule Poirot to determine who is who—and, more importantly, what has drawn the killer to the school—before anyone else falls victim to the cat among the pigeons.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my first time reading anything by Agatha Christie, and overall I enjoyed the mystery side of the book. Christie did a good job at setting up the mystery and leaving clues throughout the book. I enjoyed trying to piece them together and trying to solve the mystery as I followed along with the story. It wasn’t necessarily a suspenseful book, but I did find it hard to put down, as I tried to piece together the clues to the mystery. I also enjoyed how the book didn’t start off a mystery, but worked on building up the cast of characters first. This was different then other mysteries I’ve read before, so it made me more interested in solving the mystery because I had the chance to learn more about the characters first. But, I wasn’t that interested in the characters, so although I liked giving the chance to connect with the characters first, I didn’t like any of them. I also wasn’t impressed that Hercule Poirot didn’t make an appearance until near the very end. I was hoping to get to see more of him, and experience his detective skills.

One other thing was, although I like the way the mystery was written and that I enjoyed trying to solve it, the idea behind the mystery itself just wasn’t that great of one. Parts of it worked, but other parts just didn’t seem to fit or seemed to be to easy when they all came together. Overall a good book to read if you need a quick book to read, and enjoy mysteries.

Would I recommend it to read: If you like mysteries I would recommend it. But wouldn't if you're not a fan. Possible recommend a different Agatha Christie Book instead.

What to read next: More Mysteries by Agatha Christie, and Doyle, I'm not su

Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Category Challenge, 100+ Challenge,
The Marple Poirot Holmes Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, New Author Challenge,
Support Your Library Challenge, Typically British Challenge


  1. Congratulations on your first Agatha Christie! Let me tell you, this is an okay one but there are many that are much better. Try "And Then There Were None" (a.k.a. Ten Little Indians). It's a shocking one!

  2. Jules you might like to submit your review to the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival. The site explains how to do it.

  3. Kristen M - Thanks, it wasn't half bad and I think other books by Christie might be more interesting. I'll have to take a look at the book you mentioned. I'm in the Marple and Poitot challenge, so main focus will be on them, but I think I can try other stuff by the author too.

    Kerrie - Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to check it out.

  4. I have never read a book by Christie before, but I have an idea that this isn't the place to start! I am glad that you were still able to enjoy the book without liking the characters and your review was very insightful!