A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

The King of Clubs is a story featuring Hercule Poirot assisted by Captain Hastings. It chronicles a crime where a family playing bridge on a quiet evening are interrupted by a melodramatic neighbour who has witnessed a crime.

This story repeats several of Agatha ‘s favourite motifs. The movements of the family at the time the crime takes place are determined by the evidence of their game of bridge. Agatha takes advantage of card games, their intervals and rules, in several of her stories . The most notable among these is Cards on the Table.

There is another formula she has used before, a European prince intent on marrying a British starlet. The story is short, and not really one of my favourites but then maybe I am not well versed with bridge and so cannot appreciate the significance of the King of Clubs.

8 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

  1. It’s not one of my favourite stories either – but I do love Cards on the Table! I don’t play Bridge at all, but my understanding is that you certainly need a full deck to be able to play properly (as was claimed here), so the fact that the King of Clubs remained tucked inside the box proves that the ongoing Bridge game was completely staged, not real. Bit of a limp story all round, I thought 😦

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