Thursday, January 10, 2013

Agatha Christie's Lord Edgware Dies

Title: Lord Edgware Dies
Indonesian Title: Matinya Lord Edgware
Author: Agatha Christie
Size: 11 x 18 cm 
Thickness : 336 pages
Published : August 2007  
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Price : 36,000 IDR

About This Book
Lord Edgware Dies is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in September 1933 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year under the title of Thirteen at Dinner. (source: Wikipedia)

The story begins when Hercule Poirot together with Hastings are watching theater where Carlotta Adams, an American actress appears. At that time she acts as Jane Wilkinson, a well known American actress very well. At that time, the real Jane Wilkinson is also watching and impressed  by her ability of imitating her. The story goes on when Jane Wilkinson asks Poirot a favor. She wants him to make her husband, Lord Edgware, agree to divorce her because she wants to marry another man, Duke of Merton, a fanatical Catholic. At that time, there are some people who know the meeting, they are Bryan Martin an actor with an American lady, Carlota Adams and her companion, Mr. and Mrs. Widburn. Then Poirot comes to Lord Edgware's house, but surprisingly, he claims that he has agreed to divorce her and has send her a letter about it, though Jane Wilkinson denies about receiving any letter from her husband.

Then one day, Chief Inspector Japp comes to Poirot to inform him that Lord Edgware is found murdered in his room. The maid claims that that night, Jane Wilkinson comes by taxi, clearly declares her arrival and go inside the room where he is found murdered. So it seems that the murderer is clearly Jane Wilkinson. But the problem is then she is found to have a perfect alibi because that night she is seen to attending a supper with twelve people as witnesses...

My Opinion
I stop writing the synopsis that way, because I think it would be no pleasure for people who read if I spoil more. I read this book blindly and I thought it became more interesting when I knew nothing at all since I became so curious about the story. So you'd better read by yourself to know the whole story without any spoil :) I just want to say that this book is good, it's worth and recommended to read. The plot makes me suspect him, suspect her, suspect everyone, and in the end I am completely fooled by the fact. However, that's the art of reading detective story, isn't it? ^^

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