The Pale Horse

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The Pale Horse The title of my mystery book is The Pale Horse. The author is Agatha Christie. There was no illustrator, but Linda Thomas did the cover art. The copyright date of The Pale Horse is 1961. My book's publishing company is POCKET BOOKS, which is a division of Simon and Schuster. The city of publication is New York, NY. The opening setting of my book shows the main character, Mark Easterbrook, sitting in an espresso in Chelsea, a kind of slummy town. The mood of the first scene is kind of apprehension because as Mark is sitting there the scene is calm until a fight breaks out at the next table. This means a lot to the book because when the two girls where fighting one girl pulled out another girls hair by the roots and the other girl said it didn't hurt. That girl died soon from mysterious causes and these deaths are what the whole book is about.

And you can get that feeling from reading the first chapter that that fight in the little espresso and the unexplained death of one girl has something to do with how the book turns out. The antagonist in my book was Zachariah Osborne. He was a man of about middle age, with a round face, a black mustache, and he wore spectacles. His voice was a very deep bass. He can be described as very respectable looking. He was a pharmacist who had always wanted to be the one to bring a criminal to justice. Mr. Osborne was the man who poisoned all the people who died. The resolution of my book was that the victims were not killed by suggestion, as many had thought. Killed by suggestion means that someone says that a person will die, and pretty soon their body just dies. Anyways, the victims actually died from thallium poisoning, or thallium salts. Zachariah Osborne was caught and convicted of the murders of at least 10 people. I kind of had an idea that it was Osborne when he was talking to a detective and was trying to lead the path towards Venables, who was a crippled, respectable man, but he looks as though he could be a crook. The clues that were given were that Mr. Osborne was too eager. He said that he saw the profile of Mr. Venables across the street, and he described it exactly, but the problem was, it was foggy out so he wouldn't have been able to see across the street when the man was murdered. There wasn't any foreshadowing that I picked up on. I'm not that good with mysteries though, so there may have. This book was pretty good. It was kind of weird, but it was all right. I've read much better mysteries, so on a scale of one to ten, I would give it a seven. Compared to other genre, it wasn't that great. I guess that that book was just boring. Mystery books aren't my thing. What I really like is historical fiction. Those are really neat. All in all, The Pale Horse was a pretty good book.