Pubblicato in Italia con il titolo La domatrice. Un gruppo di turisti proveniente da tutto il mondo si ritrova nell’antica città di Petra. E quando uno di loro viene trovato morto, tocca a Hercule Poirot scoprire il colpevole.
This is another gripping mystery from the Queen of Crime featuring an ancient city, a dysfunctional family, a large cast of characters with motive for murder, and Hercule Poirot who, once again, finds himself investigating while on holiday.
The setting is Jordan. Staying at the Solomon Hotel there are an American family, the Boytons, who on the outside seem very close and devoted to each other, but in reality, the dynamics are very complex; a renowned French psychologist, Dr. Gerard, who becomes fascinated with the Boyton family; Miss Sarah King, a psychiatrist student, who strikes up a friendship with the youngest Boytons; and, of course, Hercule Poirot.
When the matriarch of the family is found dead, seemingly from a heart attack, Poirot suspects that there is something more going on, especially since he had previously heard one of the Boytons say “You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?”. But, finding out the truth won’t be that easy…
This is a fascinating character-driven novel where everyone is a suspect, everyone keeps a secret, and the truth is difficult to figure out. I really enjoyed the psychological side of the story and I loved the complexity of the mystery. Another highly recommended novel!