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Super super love Hercule Poirot. Too bad my tome of Hercule Poirot's stories (Hardbound and old) got Ondoy-ed. :'(
BLACK COFFEE - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is regarded by generations of fans as the greatest mystery writer of all time, and her novels are read and cherished the world over.
Now, in the first novel to appear in over twenty years, perhaps Christie's most famous and beloved detective, Hercule Poirot, returns to bring his "little grey cells" to bear on one more case. In the spring of 1934, Poirot is summoned to Surrey by England's most prominent physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Amory fears that someone in his household is attempting to steal his latest discovery, a formula critical to England's defense. Poirot, with Captain Hastings at his side, rushes to Surrey but arrives too late. Amory has died, his formula is missing, and anyone in this country house, full of relatives and guests, could have been responsible.
Originally written by Agatha Christie in 1930 as a three-act play, now adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne (an expert on Christie's life and work as well as a world-renowned theater and opera critic) , Black Coffee is classic Christie at its finest, sure to delight newcomers and devotees alike.
DUMB WITNESS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
The letter requesting the renowned detective's services arrived too late --- one month after the sender's demise. But a client was a client, and Hercule Poirot was determine to get to the bottom of the mystery. Why had Emily Arundell believed her life was in danger? And why had the old lady revised her will only days before her death? Poirot faces one of the most unusual challenges of his career as he tires to determine which of the victim's disgruntled relatives did not have a motive for murder.
MURDER IS EASY
It was just Luke Fitzwilliam's luck to be stuck next to a dotty old woman like Miss Fullerton on the London-bound train --- although he found himself quite entertained with her tall tales about a series of perfect murders in the quaint village of Wychwood. But when he reads the next day of the freak accident that killed her, too, Fitzwillaim's amusement turns to grave concern. A visit to the isolated village confirms his worst fears. For Wychwood seems to be divided by an eccentric lot of locals: those who are in on a dark and dangerous secret -- and those who don't live long enough to share it.
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Hercule Poirot is en route from Calais to Nice on the Blue Train when he finds himself at the center of a vexing crime. A young American woman, Ruth Van Aldin Kettering, is found brutally murdered on board the train. The killer is still at large, and it is up to Poirot to pick him or her out among a cast of suspicious characters. among them are Ruth's husband, Derek Kettering, to whom she is unhappily married, and an exotic dancer with a taste for a man like Derek.
As he pursues the killer, Poirot encounters several passengers with a keen interest in a large, legendary ruby the Ruth possessed, a gift form her wealthy father. it's a race against the clock for the charming detective in this stylish, fast-paced mystery with dozens of twists and and ending that is but impossible to predict.
first published 1932
ISBN ISBN13: 9781579127374
A vacation at the Majestic Hotel in the Cornish countryside is just what Hercule Poirot thinks he needs...until he meets Nick Buckley, the lovely young mistress and End House. When several near-death accidents befall Nick in a short period of time, Poirot suspects foul play. It's a race against the clock to protect Nick from the next and possibly fatal blow, and find out who, or what, is behind her bad luck.
copyright renewed 1960,1961
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Renowned as Agatha Christie's most famous mystery, Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by two real-life crimes and by the author's own experience of being marooned on the fabled luxury train during Christmas of 1931.
While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board! Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth. He launches an immediate and urgent investigation into this vexing crime --- for which each of the thirteen other passengers seems to have a motive.
THREE ACT TRAGEDY - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Act One: Fourteen guests have arrived for a lavish feast at Sir Charles Cartwright's handsome estate overlooking the sea. Among those assembled is the estimable sleuth Hercule Poirot.
Act Two: The local rector partakes of a predinner cocktail and promptly drops to the floor. dead. But his martini glass bears traces of only that --- an excellent, and very dry, martini.
Act Three: If a poison did the rector what was it that had been poisoned? Who's next? who in the Loomouth manor is turning an in intimate dinner party into a ghastly crime scene?
Leave it to Poirot to bring down the finale.
DEATH IN THE CLOUDS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Twenty-one people have boarded the Prometheus at France's Le Bourget airport for a routine, one-day flight to London. But what begins as an ordinary excursion over the English Channel turns into a most extraordinary case of murder when a female passenger is shot with the venom tipped dart of a South African blowpipe. Even more bizarre is that the killing could go completely unnoticed by any other passengers --- including Hercule Poirot, the brilliant Belgian detective, sitting not fifteen feet from the victim.
THE A.B.C. MURDERS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
A --- my name is Alice and I come from Andover
She is the killer's first victim: Alice Ascher from Andover. And next to her corpse is a spellbinding clue that's as simple as ABC.
It appears that an anonymous serial killer plans to knock off his victims one-by-one, A through Z. What's more, he's daring one authority in particular to catch him: a master detective named Hercule Poirot. Alphabetically speaking, Poirot fears that it's now a matter of one down, twenty-five to go...
I'd like to think that Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was uber popular amongst her detective novels it actually influenced budding novelists/book writers/crime writers of the last century. PROOF: It's actually noted on Elise Title's No Right Turn (and eventually made me curious to seek who Agatha Christie is...
copyright 1937; 1959
CARDS ON THE TABLE - AGATHA CHRISTIE
It was the match-up of the century. Four sleuths --- Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver, Colonel Race of his Majesty's Secret Service, and in the incomparable Hercule Poirot --- invited to play bridge with four specifically invited rivals, each of whom had once gotten away with murder. For the host it was irresistible entertainment --- until his won murder became part of the game. Now it is up to Poirot to play his hand and decipher one of Agatha Christie's most ingeniously plotted puzzles.
I'm really devastated. ^_^ The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the only AC novel that is included in the list of 1001 books you must read before you die list. How i wish i was spoiled on other AC novels but not on this one, it pains me to read every word with the revelation. Reading this one is like reading it for the second time, it's useless. Oh well, i just want the comment to be change for i'll pity any reader who suffers the same as i do. ^_^ Thanks guys. No hard feelings, really. ^_^
Oh, hello. The list of 1001 books you must read before you die is For discerning bibliophiles and readers who enjoy unforgettable classic literature, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. Each work of literature featured here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word.The featured works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others. Addictive, browsable, knowledgeable—1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die will be a boon companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books. Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question. Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors, as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs.
New York times, Time magazine and other pioneer critics and writers have carefully selected each entry. I'ts a huge 900+ encyclopedia-like book. Luckily, I have a copy. ^_^
If you want to check out the list, try visiting my blog. I'll upload the list for you, you might also want to check my review on every entry I've read. I'm trying to include it in my hobby that to always read an entry.
I've also captured photos of my actual copy once i finished reading one, you check it here. I hope my album's not private on facebook unless you have to add me. ^_^
MURDER IN THE MEWS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
What clues to a man's death are reflected in the broken fragments of a shattered mirror? How could a woman commit suicide by holding a gun in her right hand to shoot herself in the left temple? What connection is there between stolen, confidential documents and bizarre rumours of ghostly apparitions? Who turned a holiday love triangle into a violent act of criminal passions? The questions are posed by the ingenious A.C. The clues are left to H.P. The solutions are "not only unpexpected...but unpredictable
first published 1939
ISBN 13: 9781579126926
APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH
When Ms. Boynton is found dead of poisoning, there are so many suspects that it is nearly impossible to determine who might have been responsible. Only Hercule Poirot has the keenness of mind to untangle the stories of each individual and determine the true killer.A brilliant psychological mystery sprinkled with her trademark sardonic humor, Appointment With Death is pure Agatha Christie at her best
original copyright 1938
HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Simon Lee, the master of Gorston Hall, has seen to it that creatures will indeed be stirring at his isolated estate this season. The aging millionaire has invited his relatives for a holiday getaway of fun and games -- and the greedy pack of sycophants are going to get exactly what they deserve. It begins with a few minor alterations in his will. It ends with a wailing scream and a deathly gurgle. His own. The question isn't who had reason to slash Simeon's throat, but rather how could the grisly crime have occurred in his bedroom, locked from the inside? Now another guest has arrived at Gorston Hall. And this one has a gift for detection.