Name: A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2)
Author: Andrew Wilson
Number of Pages: 416 (Paperback)
Published: February 7th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie “disappeared,” the famed mystery writer’s remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison.
Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. As she embarks on a glamorous cruise ship to her destination, she suddenly hears a scream. Rushing over to the stern of the liner, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death.
After this shocking experience, she makes it to the Grand Hotel in a lush valley on the islands. There, she meets a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, including two men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of Douglas Greene: an occultist similar to Aleister Crowley; and the secretary to a prominent scholar, who may also be a Communist spy. But Agatha soon realizes that nothing is what it seems here and she is surprised to learn that the apparent suicide of the young woman on the ocean liner is related to the murder of Douglas Greene. Now she has to unmask a different kind of evil in this sinister and thrilling mystery.
A Different Kind of Evil picks up shortly after the events of A Talent For Murder, a book I really enjoyed, so I was eager to see where Agatha’s travels and adventures would take her next.
Working with Davison, a British Special Agent, Agatha becomes involved in a murder mystery worthy of one of her own novels as a man has been found in a cave in Tenerife mummified and drained of blood. This gruesome discovery sets Agatha on the trail, but things take another turn when Agatha witnesses a woman jump from the deck of their ship as they’re travelling to Tenerife.
This event draws together a group of apparently unconnected travellers, including the Christie party, and they all end up at the same hotel. During they stay they encounter various locals, some of whom have a colourful history which potentially ties them to the case in which Agatha is interested. Who knows more than they’re letting on and who is simply an innocent bystander? And what will happen when Agatha herself becomes suspected of crime?
Once again Andrew Wilson takes various real life details and weaves them into an intriguing and mysterious tale of murder and deception. I kept thinking I had some idea what was going on and who was behind it all, but several twists later I discovered I hadn’t actually worked it out at all. I like it when the solution takes me by surprise.
I enjoyed A Different Kind of Evil, perhaps not quite as much as A Talent For Murder, but I look forward to returning to this series and some these characters in the next book in the series, which is already available.