Challenge #28 ~ “A biography, autobiography or memoir.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I was so enthralled when I first started reading this that I got a copy for my dad for Christmas (Poirot and murder mysteries are kind of our thing and this was the perfect gift.) As I carried on reading, though, I did get a little disappointed in the way things turned out, and if you’ve seen the documentary on the TV behind-the-scenes of Poirot, there’s not much different in this book. What started as an interesting collection soon became a never-ending repetitive list, which proved a little disappointing.
The first half was, for me, the most engaging and enthralling part of the book, even though barely any of the actual Poirot adaptations were mentioned. Instead, it offered an interesting insight into the casting process and the ways in which Suchet (as a character actor) attempted to understand the literary hero of Poirot. From here, the chapters went on to detail the journey for each of the films, and as this progressed it became less of a backstage look and more of an endless list into famous cast and crew co-stars. This proved hugely detrimental, to the extent that the last few chapters became a bit of a struggle.
One strength throughout the book that kept me reading was Suchet’s tone. You could feel the emotion and passion behind his portrayal of Poirot as well as the light-hearted enjoyment of the quirky stories from set. The chapter headings also proved engaging, offering a peculiar quote that would later be explained, although these too became more predictable as the book progressed (with the chapter-end cliffhangers disappearing too). With all things considered, Poirot and Me is a steady 4-star read, as difficult as this seems to comprehend in light of the disappointing end. Unlike a fiction, it’s not as if the plotline itself could be altered, but I feel a greater focus on set stories rather than famous co-stars would have offered a more enjoyable portrayal.
Recommended for fans of:
- Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
- Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks
- How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis