A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, August 20, 2010

163. Graphic Novel Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie: Cards on the Table by Frank LeClercq (Canada)
The Agatha Christie Adventures

Pages: 46
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 16, 2010
First Published: 2009 France (July 27, 2010 English Edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Genre: Graphic novel, mystery, YA
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

If it isn't Hercule Poirot!

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: I loved my first read of these graphic novels and am now a big fan.

This is a tour-de-force classic Christie where Poirot gathers together at a dinner party with some of his regular friends. Here we have Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race and Ariadne Oliver joining Poirot all at the same table! Poirot has been invited to a strange little dinner where his host has bragged of collecting criminals who have gotten away with the perfect crimes. Although reluctant Poirot accepts the invitation but is not surprised when the evening ends in a murder. This is very similar to the "locked room" mystery that Christie was so clever with as we have five people in a room together where one of them kills another. While Poirot has his famous friends at the questioning table with him it really only takes his own little grey cells to put the clues together. The outcome is a fantastic twisting mystery with a last minute shocker of 'whodunit'.

I love holding these large oversized graphic novels in my hands; they feel so decadent and make me want to take the story in slowly. This one is quite a full story as the plot does get complicated with lots of twists and turns so there is a large amount of text bubbles and narrators. But that doesn't stop the artist from making use of the odd wordless frame and occasional larger sized frame to include the atmosphere of the story. I like this artist's rendition of Poirot very much; he has stuck with a "David Suchet" like portrayal though somewhat younger and with more hair. I really enjoyed this one, even better than my first read in the series a few days ago.


  1. Hmmm, Agatha Christie graphic novels - sounds intriguing. I think I'm going to look for them. Thanks for pointing them out.

  2. Your welcome :-) I think I'm addicted!!

  3. I'd not heard of this series, and am excited to find out about it! Here's hoping amazon.ca ships to the States. Thanks for letting us into the know!

  4. This graphic novel series is new to me, too - they look great. Thanks for the tip!