(also published as “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”)
Bobby witnesses the death of an unknown man, and hears his last words, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?” Bobby thinks nothing of it, until he is poisoned days later. The words must have some meaning. Why else would someone try to kill him? His childhood friend, Lady Francis, is intrigued by the mystery, and agrees to help Bobby track down those involved in the stranger’s death. They are surrounded by suspicious characters and possible enemies. Just when Bobby and ‘Frankie’ think they know who to trust, they are betrayed by the last person they suspected, and their lives are in danger every minute.
I loved this book so much! The mystery was baffling, and the clues seemed to point in all directions. I was fascinated with all the twists and turns in the plot. I had no clue what was really going on until the big reveal at the end. It was so dramatic!
I adored the characters of Bobby and Frankie! They are so cute and funny and smart. They spend most of the book dancing around each other and trying to play it cool. I loved the slow burn romance and the way the writing showed little things that revealed their true hearts, even though they were trying to hide their real feelings. I like a little bit of romance that doesn’t get too sappy, but that brings a deeper level to the story and to the characters.
Bobby is hilarious and sweet, and Frankie is blunt and bold. They are both trying so hard to be tough and savvy, but they are really just adorable. They are both complex characters with a lot of layers. It was so interesting to see their character development in different directions through the story.
The writing is genius! The pacing of the plot really keeps your attention. Even little details take on a greater significance. I liked the settings of these quiet country towns where something sinister is lurking. It’s like the quietness of a little town lulls you into complacency, but underneath that peaceful exterior there is murder and drugs and lies.
I think this is one of my new favorite Agatha Christie books!