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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119356
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“Twice as brilliant as Death on the Nile, which was entirely brilliant”
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Hercule Poirot takes a trip to the Middle East and takes on a case where an entire family all have motives for a murder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DARBY KERN on 15 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Once again, the BBC does a stellar job on an Agatha Christie book, one of my favorites no less! John Moffat is perfect as Poirot! My only complaint is the music that opens and closes this production. It's too modern a take on middle-eastern music. I'm sure it was done on a synthasizer. Otherwise- top notch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Christie's most successful and popular books hold a pattern. Her writing subtely encourages you to suspect everyone except the real murderer, who you ignore. Even when you know the rules of her writing and the tricks she plays, she is so brilliant as to still deceive you. Appointment With Death fits that pattern, and as such is a very pleasing read for fans of classic Agatha Christie. There are a limited number of suspects in an isolated area, and details of times and locations are added to muddy the waters. However, there in the middle of the situation is Poirot, quietly confident. As usual, if you have a mind like Poirot's and are really paying attention, you can work it out. For us mere mortals, there is always the answer at the end of the book, and very satisfying it is too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By iandliz on 4 Oct. 2011
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I chose this book to take on holiday with me to Jordan. The murder takes place in the great lost city of Petra and there are passing mentions of Amman and Jerash too so I got a great deal out of reading the book in situ and imagining the characters at their camp in Petra.

However, I found this book lacking. It is my first Christie read, and I am sure she has done much, much better, but I couldn't help feeling she stuck to her tried and tested formula with this one. Murder takes place, many suspects, Poirot is brought in, he interviews everyone then gathers them all together to tell them whodunnit. Furthermore I couldn't relate to the characters. The victim is someone who we have little sympathy with and the suspects are not an inspiring bunch. There is some discussion early on as to whether a murder has indeed taken place and the police came close to letting this one go - the reader can't help but agree and is left wondering why they are bothering. Add to this a very unconvincing love story between a fiesty young doctor and a wet sap of a victim's son and we have a disappointing novel.

Poirot himself is full of self-confidence, bordering on arrogance, and perceptive as always, and that is how he is known and loved. But there is an irritating passage along the lines of "If I was a crime novel detective this is what I'd do" and then goes on to be exactly like the stereotypical crime novel detective, which is what he of course is! I found it neither clever nor funny and did not see the point.

So sorry, not one of her best, but I was pleased to read it in Petra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Pearson on 23 Aug. 2005
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This Five disk set is well worth your money, you get so much more detail with the books than you do with the two hour TV shows with Six hours listening the unabridged Poirot is a joy to listen to.
Hugh Fraser is a great choice to read these books and if you like his voice he has a great gift for playing the different parts.
My only question is why did it take so long for someone to do away with Mrs Boynton!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 May 2012
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Appointment with Death is one of my favourite Christies. It perfectly represents what the best of her craft is: a clockwork plot, subtle clues, simple but effective character sketches, and a logical solution which still surprises. It's a Golden Age detective story down to the last detail, including the atmospheric title.
While in Jerusalem Poirot overhears this chilling exchange between brother and sister: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Later, when an evil old matriarch dies, Poirot investigates her stepchildren, a bunch of repressed basket cases who lived under her thumb.
The stepchildren are like caged animals freed by her death. Christie was a staunch conservative who supported the death penalty and believed that the world would be better off without some people, a belief reflected in how her characters here develop after the murder.
As usual there's romantic subplots, which are neatly resolved in the epilogue. They work here because Christie doesn't let them distract us from the puzzle, like she sometimes does (as in the tortuous Murder is Easy). Suspense and atmosphere languidly uncoil like a snake. The announcement of the murder is a beautifully written scene.
The novel's latter half is mostly dialogue, with some chapters containing almost no other prose. This style might daunt some readers, but they're unlikely to be reading Christie anyway. The denouncement is splendid in its grand procession of logic.
Appointment with Death is the embodiment of classic mystery fiction. An excellent read for fans of this genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2000
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This was my first Agatha Christie book and it has encouraged me to try another one on my latest excursion to Amazon.co.uk! It had a riveting plot which kept me reading throughout the book without wanting to put it down. I would recommend this to any age and anyone who likes crime novels or wants to start reading some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain C. Davidson on 14 Jan. 2010
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This is a truly excellent adaptation of one of Christie's most colourful foreign travel books. The actual denoument is unlikely and Poirot's arrival at the correct solution seems more like luck than anything else but that's Christie's fault and not the production. John Moffat continues to impress as Hercule Poirot, Miriam Karlin is just perfect in the small but vitally important role of the evil Mrs Boynton, Jill Balcon (a series regular) as reliable as ever as Lady Westholme and the young Boyntons all better cast than in either of the filmed adaptations. Nothing important is left out and the fact that the play has to condense the lengthy denoument of the book is no bad thing - excellent!
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