by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot receives a baffling letter requesting his assistance in a matter left unclear by the writer. When Poirot looks to find the source of the odd missive, he discovers the writer of the letter months dead and a host of relatives who had expected to benefit from her demise. The death appears to be of natural causes, but Poirot suspects otherwise.
Dumb Witness is a good, light read, but I don't think it's one of her best. I didn't find this case quite as engaging as some of the others. It's not at all a bad book. In fact, it's a fine way to pass an evening. However, with somewhere in the area of 90 mysteries to her credit, I would expect that there will be a couple here and there that I feel don't measure up to my personal favorites. This just happens to be one of them.
On the upside, this book sees the return of Captain Hastings, who has been absent in the last few Poirot mysteries I have read, and the terrier, Bob, is a treat for all dog lovers!
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!