Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The Golden Ball” by Agatha Christie

saturday-shortsSaturday Shorts Week 1
Welcome to our new weekend series for 2014. 
Every Saturday this year one of our staff will suggest a favorite short story from the library’s collection, all of them great choices for quick weekend reading.

golden ball

The Golden Ball and Other Stories can be found in our Mystery section: M CHRISTIE

Well, this is a fun one to kick-off a new blog series. It’s definitely Christie’s breezier, more humorous side. Sure, “The Golden Ball” has got a little mystery at its heart, and even a little gun-play, but it’s more Jeeves and Wooster than Poirot or Marple in style.

We follow young George Dundas, who gets fired for playing hooky on a beautiful London day yet manages in a mere afternoon to turn his unemployment into a cool £20,000 a year. That was no small sum when the story was published in 1929. His path to wealth involves a rambunctious socialite named Mary Montresor, a thrilling car ride, a brief kidnapping, a cleverly used banana peel, and a little impromptu martial arts.

If you’d like to see the humor that’s always woven into Christie’s mysteries come to the forefront, “The Golden Ball” is a great place to start. Check the mystery section for it next time you’re in.

Review by Matthew

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This entry was posted on January 4, 2014 by in Book Review, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Saturday Shorts, Short Stories.
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