I often go back to Agatha Christie (same with Jane Austen) when I want a comfort read. I know murder and generally very convoluted murders shouldn't be a comfort read but its strange but it works!
This book set in Jerusalem initially and then moving into Petra involves the Boynton family with an evil, malignant matriarch at its head. Add to it Sarah King a newly fledged doctor, several other characters and Poirot who just "happens" to be around. Murder seems to follow Poirot like a magnet almost.
The strange thing in this story is that everyone feels that the old lady - Mrs. Boynton must die. That it is absolutely no loss to anyone if she pops off and this is a different feature of the Poirot series.
As usual it is always the unexpected that will happen and the murderer is someone whom you would not point the finger at initially. I wonder whether anyone has truthfully been able to solve the murders in Agatha Christie before the end?
A light read of just 252 pages. For fans of murder mysteries and Agatha Christie a must read.