This’ll be a super short review. One, because I’m experimenting with review formats and two because I don’t think it makes sense to dissect Agatha Christie’s writing. The story, The Secret Of Chimneys, follows Anthony Cade, a character we don’t know much about except that he is charming, intelligent and very good looking. He has something up his sleeve, as most Christie’s characters do, that the reader or the other characters don’t know. And this is exactly where the whole story lies.
Anthony Cade is trusted by his friend to do two things, one, deliver a package to a publisher, and two, deliver a stack of letters to a lady who might be distraught over them. Both of which he fails at miserably because there are other people after them. Of course, being brought up the English way, he is not about to let his honour come under scrutiny and works out a way to get them back and into the hands of their rightful owners. Along the way a Murder, a few threats and a few false accusations occur.
Naturally, since it is a Christie novel it is quick and well paced. There are a couple of female characters one of whom is absolutely awesome, everything one could want in a female character in these times. And if you’re suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal you may very well pick this up and be thoroughly occupied in this world for a few delightful hours. There were faults of course, I didn’t buy a few of the happenings, but all’s well that ends well and I can’t remember most of these a week later so I suppose it really doesn’t matter.
A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. I
t contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail — and lead to the murder of a stranger who’s been shadowing Anthony’s every move. Discovering the dead man’s identity means retracing his steps — to the rambling estate of Chimneys where darker secrets, and deadlier threats, await anyone who dares to enter.