After reading what a lot of people think is Christie’s best book (And Then There Were None), I thought I’d have a go at reading another Christie that is quite different from her normal stuff. Although it turns out that whereas And Then There Were None can easily be counted as one of her best books, The Big Four could be counted as one of her worst.
The Big Four reads like Christie read a Bond book and thought she’d have a go (although of course The Big Four actually predates the Bond books). There is a sinister cabal, The Big Four, who are intent on world anarchy and only Poirot can stop them. I think I may have read this before or seen it on TV (or possibly both) but it obviously wasn’t very memorable. The book is okay I suppose but it suffers badly from the author taking a character out of scenarios that work well for them and putting them into an almost completely different book.