Book Review: Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

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Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot, #21)Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Sad Cypress is the 21st book in the Hercule Poirot series written by Agatha Christie. The book was published in 1940, but this series can be read out of order. I chose this book with my friend Medhat as a buddy read this month. I’ve seen several film and tv adaptations of Christie’s books, but I’ve never caught this one. I’m on a kick to read them all in the next year.

Sad Cypress is your classic tale. An elderly woman dies of seemingly natural causes. She was about to change her will, possibly naming a local girl who visited her from time to time as her beneficiary. She might have still included her niece and nephew by marriage, but we’re uncertain. Then, the local girl ends up dead even if she didn’t get to inherit any money because the original will was never finished. What’s going on? Who wanted the money? And how does everyone fit together? Throw in two nurses, a housekeeper, a gardener, a doctor, and the niece and nephew… and those are all your suspects. Christie isn’t usually someone to bring in a random at the end, so we are fairly certain it’s one of these folks.

What a clever tale! I was immediately drawn into the plot from the beginning. We divided it into thirds so we could read over three days. I actually had to read it early in the morning because I wanted to get back to it quickly each day. While there was a bit of repetition during the deduction phase, Poirot always makes you laugh, so it’s easily ignored. Christie makes you believe her characters are telling the truth only to shock you later with a lie and a twist. It always makes sense, and you wonder how the truth could hide in plain sight. Of course, it’s a little over-the-top, but that’s this style in general. I love it, so I’m not complaining — just pointing it out for others, so they know what they’re getting themselves into. It’s over 75 years old!

How does Poirot figure it out! He has a few off-screen conversations and relays them to us later, which is helpful. The imagery is powerful, and the concept of the cypress is simple but strong. The dialog is strong even for being formatted differently than modern readers are used to. It’s full of fantastic suspense and drama moments, urging you to keep reading until you stop. While not in her top 5 for me, it’s certainly a compelling story with a lot of meandering paths that lead back to a conclusion. 4.5 stars. I think I want to read Mouse Trap next, as I’ve not seen the play or read the story.

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26 thoughts on “Book Review: Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

    LA said:
    May 19, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    I don’t know if I ever read this one

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    kathyscottage said:
    May 19, 2019 at 7:54 AM

    Good review! YAY! You’re going to read all of Christie in the next year!!! That’s great Enjoy!

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    scr4pl80 said:
    May 19, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    I find it hard to believe that there are some of hers that I’ve never read but I think this is one of them. Reading them all is a good challenge! Maybe I’ll try something like that too. Thanks for the review. I caught Baxter in the Flower Power Trip. Cute! Hope all is well with you.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 20, 2019 at 10:14 AM

      Hi. Thank you so much. I’m on the West Coast this week and saw the review last night before I went to sleep. I will be back home on the weekend to share and promote it everywhere! I really appreciate it.

      Christie is fantastic. I love revisiting them… but I still have a few more I haven’t read at all.

      Baxter does make an appearance, then he’s more prominent in the next one.

      How are you?

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        scr4pl80 said:
        May 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM

        Doing well. We (I) just rescued a dog from the Humane Society. I was always opposed to having a dog but somehow it felt right to get one now. He is a terrier mix. Taking him for his first vet check today. Have fun out here!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 20, 2019 at 10:33 AM

        Good luck and congratulations… looking forward to pictures! 🙂

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 19, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    I need to read so much more Christie. I’ll see if I can add any in soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    tahenryauthoress said:
    May 21, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    This one always made me sad.

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    lghiggins said:
    May 22, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Poirot—what a character! And then, Miss Marple, another fascinating main character, but so different. I so enjoyed my trip down Agatha Christie lane.

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