Title: The Secret of Chimneys
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery / Crime
Date: 2017 (1925)
Started: 10th January 2019
Completed: 12th January 2019
Summary: Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the centre of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favour has placed him in serious danger. As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge
on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret…
The Mystery of Chimneys was Agatha Christie’s fifth novel to be published. It introduces the new characters of Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent.
I really enjoyed this book as I have with all of the Agatha Christie novels I’ve read so far.
The plot was wonderful. Christie is the queen of plot twists and I can never guess what’s going to happen next. I was thoroughly immersed by the mystery and loved every single twist and turn that happened. I also loved that this book was in third person narrative. It helps keep the mystery mysterious for longer.
I really liked a lot of the characters, especially the two main female characters. Virginia was up for an adventure, constantly making sure that she was in the centre of everything, and I loved that she was resistant to another marriage despite only being 27. She’s evidently had enough of married life and is happy to be a widow. Lady Eileen Brent, also known as Bundle, was a wonderful character. Her insistence at her being a socialist made me laugh for some reason. She’s a likeable character and I’m glad that she pops up in more novels. Anthony Cade was an odd character. I was drawn to him but I knew he was bad news. He attempts to do a little amateur sleuthing, under the guidance of Superintendent Battle, but he’s often wrong in his assumptions. Battle was an interesting character too and I’m excited to read more books featuring him.
There’s some period typical racism and discrimination in this book, especially in regards to eastern European nations and Native Americans. It makes me uncomfortable when I read it but it did happen and I have to accept it for what it was. I would not accept this type of language and imagery from a book written today though.
Overall, The Secret at Chimneys was a wonderful mystery with some memorable characters. I loved reading it and I’d highly recommend it.