The author of The Diamond Heist, Sai Daksh Shetty, was 11 when he wrote the book. What can I say except that I remember writing poems at that age, extremely embarrassed to show it to anyone and extremely angry when someone read it? Getting a story out at that age needs courage, because there’s so much to learn yet, but you have a milestone to remember that will shape your future for you. Maybe not in concrete, but the way your mind thinks and your personality.
Before I say anything about this particular Christie novel, let me say this: Hercule Poirot is one of the best and the greatest fictional detectives to have ever been created, right there beside Sherlock Holmes. While Holmes sometimes seems inhuman, Poirot has enough bouts of humanity for the reader to identify with. The little Belgian detective with an egg-shaped head has quite a soft spot in my heart. And I couldn’t bear to see him dissed. Ever.