Happy Birthday Dame Agatha Christie
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ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Why on earth would a successful and happy dentist commit suicide? Leave it to Hercule Poirot to drill the doctor's patients...and to assuage the numbing fear that another murder will follow.
1. Mr. Morley killed by Alistair Blunt and Mr. Amberiotis
2. Real Miss Sainsbury Seale killed; face smashed to reveal identity; not Mrs. Chapman.
3. [Real Miss Sainsbury Seale able to identify face.
4. Gerda is wife of Mr. Blunt; bigamy; actress
Agatha Christie - The Queen of Crime!
I remember, I was still in high school when I got to read my first Christie, And Then There Were None, and it spoiled things for me. It's just so good, until now I'd recommend it to friends who are non-readers, and most of them will surprise themselves by finishing the book, which is non-chicklit, non-young adult, non-pop, in one day.
After that, I got to read some of her books again, pero isa isa na lang,and after the high of ATTWN, they were, to be honest, a bit of a letdown, but still serviceable.
Last year, my interest was rekindled, what with jaw-droppingly cheap Christie mysteries I found in Booksale, eBay, National, etc etc. That's where I found three uber-cheap Avenel editions with five novels each. I even downloaded some ebooks to complete my reading of the "requisite" Christies. All in all last year, I read more than thirty Christie novels, most of them in dead tree form. Not really that hard, considering you can finish two on a lazy Sunday. I usually take time to savor a book, but with these being mysteries, and though well-written, not exactly what we would call high literary, one couldn't help but stumble headfirst into it, your curiosity spurring you like a mad stallion until the rousing finish.
What I did notice was this: after a while, you would notice a certain pattern to her mysteries. Before, when I was younger, I was just astounded by her mastery, and never would I have thought that I would ever figure out one of her books. But with the sheer volume I read, either through a direct comprehension of the underlying mechanism behind a book (as happened with me in Death Comes as The End, Five Little Pigs, etc, which of course, like a subject one aces quickly became my favorites) or through an inexplicable hunch ("basta sya un, sigurado ako dun"), it got to a point where my batting average was one out of three-point-five, which still makes her mysteries pretty darn inscrutable.
Those were not to detract on her talents at all, in fact, she's one of my favorite authors. I just noticed that, with the exception of the main detectives, which we encountered many times before, her characterizations are quite lacking. This forces us to focus on the mystery, surely, and might be beside the point for some people. But last year, I also got to read what I would consider the finest (alongside And Then There Were None) Christie I came across: Endless Night. It broke many of the conventions Christie used in her novels, but while being of the same length as a typical Christie, man, were her characters here truly memorable and utterly utterly believable! Engrossing race to the finish, given that a full quarter passed before the requisite murder was committed, and the ending: Perfect. i have read many books, and most mysteries would leave me satisfied, like a cat that just drank its milk, but that's about it. This one totally floored me. Throughout her works, I think a running thread has been Evil, which time and again she has tried to depict, with varying degrees of success. Here she pulled the shroud to lay the monster bare. At a time when her novels have begun to droop, she summoned a haunting demon. It was elegiac, authentic, and absolutely masterful.
Now, I have a personal opinion that may rile many afficionados, but I noticed that her novels tend to get stronger, at least for me,when she does away with her detectives. As I've said, I enjoyed her novels, and Poirot with her grey cells, Marple with her small village analogies, and Hastings, Battle, the Tuppences, etc would never fail to entertain me. But the most memorable for me were And Then There Were None, Endless Night, and Death Comes As The End.
Perhaps it's the thrill of having these trapped characters battle it out among themselves, with their survival as the prize?
Hi guys what novels do you suggest for a first-timer? I'm fairly literate with stuff by Arthur Conan Doyle, and perhaps it's about time that I try the female version. Thank you!
THE LABORS OF HERCULES - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Hercule Poirot is rumored to be on the verge of retirement. Yet how can the brilliant Belgian sleuth resists the most intricate and clever criminal challenges of his career? Quite simply, he can't. And so, from the apparently innocent matter of a lost Pekinese to a gentleman whose reputation is poisoned by gossip, from a magnificent specimen of a man spiraling inexplicable into madness to a Russian Countess who blinds the detective's reason with love --- Poirot follows the lure of a seemingly unsolvable series of ingenious crimes.
MOUSETRAP the name of the Agatha Christie murder-mystery play that opened at the Ambassadors Theater in London on November 25, 1952 that later became the longest continuously running play in history.
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Mrs. Nicoletis runs a student's hostel. Grasping and sly, she is about to become a very frightened woman. Celia Austin is a nice enough girl --- if mildly kleptomaniac. Love is doing wonders for her. Miss Lemon is a secretary. she functions like a formidable machine --- never ill, never tired, never inaccurate. So when Hercule Poirot finds three mistakes in one of her letters he knows something is amiss. Then comes murder number one.
DEAD MAN'S FOLLY - AGATHA CHRISTIE
At the reqeust of his fried Ariadne Oliver (an eccentric mystery lover based on Christie herself), Hercule Poirot arrives at a sprawling Devon estate to partake in a weekend game of mock murder. But as the festivities get under way, the players start acting a little too suspicious. What's worse, the victim appears far too dead. now Poirot and Oliver must find the real clues among the fake ones, discover the true motives among the false ones, and play detective to the very end --- before someone else loses more than the game.
CAT AMONG PIGEONS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Another term has begun at Meadowbank, a prestigious, well-respected British girls' school. The indomitable headmistress is preparing to retire and name her successor. There is a disconcertingly mature Middle Eastern princess among the students and several new staff members in residence. And a brand-new sports pavilion is the pride of the campus.
But the school year suddenly takes a deadly turn when one of the teachers is found shot to death. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that the killer was not an outsider --- and equally clear that no one at Meadowbank is who he or she seems to be. It is up to Hercule Poirto to determine who is who --- and, more importantly, what has drawn the killer to the school -- before anyone else falls victim to the cat among pigeons.
1st published 1960
THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING AND A SELECTION OF ENTREES - AGATHA CHRISTIE
first time to read an agatha christie. Ordeal by Innocence. although not my usual read (medyo focus na ako sa human condition), i find it satisfying and quite engaging. haha. stupid me, binasa ko nga lang ang last page nalaman ko tuloy yata kung sino ang culprit (yes, curiosity was too strong; but i can be wrong).
1st published 1942
POIROT INVESTIGATES - AGATHA CHRISTIE
ISBN 0-8161-4539 3
CURTAIN - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Styles Court is the scene of the last reunion between Arthur Hastings and supersleuth Hercule Poirot, who join forces to crack five “open and shut” murder cases at a vacation guest house. As far as Poirot can see, the only thing the murders have in common is that, for each murder, there is only one obvious and probable suspect. But wait – there is one other connection: person X, who not only knew the victims, but was also near the scene of their murders.
The case grows increasingly ominous, as each new clue in any given murder implicates yet another of the guests at Styles Court, it’s up to Hastings and Poirot, in his last case ever, to learn the identity of person X before he or she takes any more victims.
i love her crime novels esp Miss Marple.
THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Responding to her friend Carrie's urgent invitation, Miss Jane Marple has arrived at her sprawling estate. To Miss Marple's surprise, Carrie's remote "Gothic monstrosity has been turned into a home for delinquent boys. What's more, Carrie's own children and grandchildren have taken up residence --- and a few of them are thrilled at how mother is squandering the family fortune. Then a brutal murder proves that philantrophy is the least of Carrie's problems --- and Miss Marple finds that where there's smoke, there's mirrors.
A POCKET FULL OF RYE - AGATHA CHRISTIE
Inspector Neel wasn't doing very well with his poison case at Yewtree Lode. Someone had obviously finished off rich Rex Fortescue with a does of taxine, a lethal alkaloid obtained from yewberries. no one could explain the handful of rye in his coat pocket or the sinister joke referring to blackbirds in a pie, but there were plenty of suspects to consider. Fortescue had been a ruthless entrepreneur who had made many enemies. It seemed more probable to Inspector Neel, however, that the guilty person was a member of the dead man's large and greedy family. Fortescue's young second wife, Adele, wanted to marry her lover, Vivian Dubois. He, however, was more interested in the hundred thousand pounds she would inherit than in Adele herself. And there were Fortescue's daughter and his two sons and their wives. Each of them had a reason to be glad the old man was dead.
The killer soon claimed more victims, and because Miss Marple knew one of them, she arrived on the scene. The appearance of the vinegary little spinster was at once acclaimed by Inspector Neele. It was not long before the and Scotland Yard were comparing notes, and the cunning and duplicity of the guilty one became dramatically apparent.
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renewed copyright 1985
4:50 FROM PADDINGTON - AGATHA CHRISTIE
On her way home from London, Elspeth McGillicuddy is shocked to witness a brutal crime. As her train runs alongside another, she observes, through the window of the neighboring carriage, a woman being mercilessly strangled. Thought the murderer's face is in shadow, Miss McGillicuddy sees the woman's body crumple to the floor just as the two trains go their separate ways. The strangling, however, goes unreported. When no other witness --- and no corpse --- can be found, who will believe Miss McGillicuddy's story? Who, except Miss Jane Marple>
Intrigued by her friend's account, Miss Marple, with the help of a young sleuth, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, launches her own clever investigation that leads to Rutherford Hall. The Rutherford clan provides an intriguing cast of suspect, including a cantankerous father, a spinster daughter, and three unusual sons. Lucy and Miss Marple must wend their way through the roots of this family tree in order to finally unmask a dangerous killer.
copyright renewed 1990
THE MIRROR CRACK'D - AGATHA CHRISTIE
The quaint village of St. Mary Mead has been glamorized by screen queen Marina Greg, who's taken up residence in preparation for her comeback. But when a local fan is poisoned, Marina finds herself starring in a real-life mystery --- supported with a scene-stealing aplomb by Miss Jane Marple, who suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else. But who? It it was meant for Marina, then why? And before the final fade-out, who else from St. Mary Mead's cast of seemingly innocent characters is going to be eliminated.
A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY - AGATHA CHRISTIE
"Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?" So asks a stranger of Miss Jane Marple while she is vacationing on luxurious St. Honore. Before she has a chance to answer, the mystery man vanishes, only to be found dead the following day. Now Miss marple is asking the questions: What happened to the curious photo? Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares/ Why doesn't the most-talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? And why is Miss Marple fearing for her own life.