First Chapter, First Paragraph: An Agatha Christie Novel

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

Here is the first paragraph from an Agatha Christie novel I’m reading. It’s Dumb Witness, also called Poirot Investigates.

Miss Arundell died on May 1st. Though her illness was short her death did not occasion much surprise in the little country town of Market Basing where she had lived since she was a girl of sixteen. For Emily Arundell was well over seventy, the last of a family of five and had been known to be in delicate health for many years and had indeed nearly died of a similar attack to the one that killed her some eighteen months before.

But though Miss Arundell’s death surprised no one, something else did. The provisions of her will gave rise to varying emotions, astonishment, pleasurable excitement, deep condemnation, fury, despair, anger and general gossip.

This novel is different from the other novels I’ve read by Ms. Christie, primarily in the way it begins. As you can see from these first paragraphs, the reader knows  Miss Arundell is going to die. And, it seems she dies from natural causes. But as the story develops, so does the mystery of Miss Arundell’s death, it’s cause and all that entails.

What do you think? Would you keep on reading?

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About Margot

I'm also known as Joyfully Retired. I love to talk. I love to talk about books I've read, movies I've seen, places I've traveled to, people (especially my children and grandchildren), and Food. On the Quirky Girls Read blog I'm trying to read all the books that have won the major awards and then, of course, talk about them.
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7 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph: An Agatha Christie Novel

  1. Hi Margot, I have to say this one absolutely draws me in, but then AC is just awesome IMO. Thanks so much for joining in today.

  2. This is a very captivating paragraph! Thanks for sharing, and now I really must know more….

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  3. kaye says:

    I see trouble brewing . . . I would keep reading. Enjoy your book.

  4. JoAnn says:

    This has hooked me already! Don’t know what I’m waiting for to read Agatha Christie. Enjoy.

  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Agatha Christie! Haven’t read this one in a while, though.

  6. I would keep on…I want to know about all those emotions!!

  7. Kim says:

    Agatha Christie always works for me and this start is very promising!

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