When what looks like an amorous assignation turns out to be an assignation of quite a different sort, a globetrotting murderer leads Hercule Poirot on a breathless chase from a revolution-torn Arab sheikdom to a very respectable English school for young ladies.
A wonderful Christie book, but not the typical sort of Christie story I like to read. Poirot shows up very late in the story, so it's not entirely a Poirot mystery, if I'm being honest. There was a lot of espionage, geopolitical mystery, and eastern royalty involved.
Of all Christie's mystery stories, I like this sub-genre the least. Give me old Manors, quiet countrysides, and a quiet family mystery any day!
So this didn't really fit into those themes, and if I had known I probably would not have chosen to read this. As it stands, I did not go on Goodreads to check out the blurb, but it was on my Kindle so I went with it. But I am glad I did, because I did enjoy the setting and intrigue.
I much liked some of the students, and it was a glimpse into the life of fancy residential schools of the era. It just makes me think how human nature hasn't changed much in so many years. I could easily see the book being set in this era, and it could be almost exactly the same.
A fun mystery with intrigue and ingenuity.