Book Review: Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie

Name:  Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4)
Agatha Christie
Number of Pages: 
274 (Kindle)
January 2020 (first published June 5th 1939)
Genre:  Mystery, Crime


Luke Fitzwilliam could not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer was at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood – or her speculation that the local doctor was next in line.
But within hours, Miss Pinkerton had been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke was inclined to think so – until he read in The Times of the unexpected demise of Dr Humbleby…

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

Every so often I like to sample another Agatha Christie murder mystery, and Murder is Easy is the latest in my explorations of Christie’s many books. This one is included in the Superintendent Battle series, and I’ve never read any of the other books or come across this character before, but I found that didn’t matter as the story really belongs to Luke Fitzwilliam. Battle only makes a very brief appearance right at the very end of the story.

Luke goes to Wychwood after hearing a tale from a lady on a train that a serial killer may be residing in the village. Luke listens politely but thinks little else of it until he reads that the very same lady has been killed, apparently in an accident. He concocts a tale about writing a book and ventures off to Wychwood to see what he can find out.

Luke has a potential shortlist of suspects, and manages to find motive and means in many of the cases, but reasons it all out to himself in such a way that actually any of the people he suspects could indeed have committed the murders and still be wandering around the village, planning their next crime, a serial killer amongst a sleepy village. All these deaths come about in such subtle ways, things that can be passed off easily as accident, or coincidence.

I liked the countryside village setting, a place that may seem welcoming and cosy but may actually be the home of a serial killer.
The cast of characters, and the way they are revealed through Luke’s questioning and investigations, through chat and gossip among the locals, and the various scandals that abound in this small community also added to the overall mystery. There’s even a little romance in the midst of the murders.

I tried to keep up with the various threads and Luke’s many suppositions, and thought I might have worked out who the killer was but alas, I was proved wrong in the end. I’m glad I picked Murder is Easy as my latest Christie, it was an enjoyable mystery.


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