By Agatha Christie
Nos nove contos reunidos neste livro, Agatha Christie dá as pistas de por que ela fascina gerações de leitores ao redor de todo o mundo. Publicado pela primeira vez em 1950, o livro é uma preciosa amostra do estilo da autora, com sua precisa caracterização das personagens, indícios sendo displicentemente deixados para que o leitor se confunda e a presença marcante de seus mais queridos protagonistas: o excêntrico detetive belga Hercule Poirot e a simpática velhota pass over Jane Marple.
No conto que dá título ao livro, Agatha united states o mesmo recurso que em E não sobrou nenhum e Os cinco porquinhos: é uma cantiga well known infantil que dará as pistas e apontará os próximos passos, instaurando o clima soturno na trama. Aqui, o ambiente dramático é tão bem fundamentado que foi a partir desta história que ela escreveu A ratoeira, a peça que bateu o recorde de mais pace em cartaz, ainda hoje sendo encenada em Londres.
O conjunto das histórias pode ser lido como uma espécie de mostruário das diversas facetas com as quais Agatha consegue trabalhar. Se em “Uma estranha charada” a resolução do enigma pode levar a uma misteriosa fortuna, em “Os detetives amorosos” vemos um caso de paixão arrebatadora.
O leitor que se embrenhar nestas histórias certamente será envolvido pelo delicioso emaranhado que a Rainha do Crime tece. Suas tramas são feitas de um verdadeiro catálogo das paixões humanas: coragem, mesquinharia, desejo, cobiça, curiosidade, ímpeto. Está tudo ali, amarrado e desenvolvido com uma saborosíssima mistura de entretenimento e inteligência.
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