Unlike the typical Agatha Christie mystery, this one is a spy thriller rather than a detective story. While many aspects of the espionage seem very simplified and the ending is wrapped up too easily, it was fun to read Christie again and reminisce. My yellowed second-hand copy of this novel, which I got in a book swap, reminded me of those old Christie paperbacks I devoured in my high school library, back when I first dared myself to read books in English. Those books, along with stacks of ancient editions of Reader's Digest
, opened a whole new world of language for me.