April 20, 2015

Mini Monday | The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie

Title: The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
Author: Agatha Christie
Publication Date: September 2013 {this edition}
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks {this edition}
Series: Hercule Poirot
Source & Format: Owned; paperback
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Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are on holiday at the opulent Grand Metropolitan Hotel in Brighton, where they meet the wife of a wealthy stockbroker. As they discuss the jewels worn by Mrs. Opalsen, the great detective relates his experiences in cases which have concerned some of the best-known jewels in the world. Excited by his anecdotes, the wealthy matron eagerly offers to show him a very expensive pearl necklace, but when she goes to retrieve it, she discovers that it has been stolen.

This particular Poirot story is shorter than most of the chapters in the Harry Potter series, but that makes its magic even more potent. Christie, in less than fifteen pages, creates a story that emphasizes a theme so common to literature: don’t judge a book by its cover. 

Poirot’s story begins in what I think would be the best people-watching location in the world: the Grand Metropolitan Hotel in Blackpool. I imagine it to be a bit like Disneyland: people of each and every kind strolling along… Anyway, Poirot and Hastings meet this fascinating couple, the Opalsens. The Opalsens, if you can’t tell by their name, wear their wealth on their sleeve, and are almost naively trusting. The introductions and subsequent conversations with these characters create an almost circus-like air as the mystery unfolds itself.

I won’t go into too much detail about the story because, well, it’s so short that the plot would be revealed. However, I will say that I loved the subtle depths of the plot, Christie’s gentle reminder to the reader that the first impression isn’t always the correct one, and the good humor that Poirot gamely puts away another mystery. 

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