Small-town murder in real life, he had found, rarely bore any likeness to the small-town murders in Agatha Christie novels, where seven people all took a turn at stabbing wicked old Colonel Storping-Goiter at his country house in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh during a moody winter storm.... As a rule, small-town murder in real life was simple, brutal, and stupid.This snippet caught my eye because at the moment, in addition to the King book, I'm also reading Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table, featuring Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. Christie and King are two crime writers who could not be more different, of course. And I have to admit, although they each have their attractions, Dame Agatha seems to be more my speed (or make that my cup of Earl Grey).
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