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20 Aug 2009

A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place…

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot’s declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?…


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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002316196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002316194
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,306 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's swan song. 3 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you don't already know it, this is Poirot's last case.
I came across this book after I had read MANY other Poirot's cases and I was familiar with the surroundings. Lady Agatha takes us back to Styles Court, where we first met the little Belgian man with the egg shaped head. And so, the circle is closed.
This is, in my opinion, the most mature of Christie's stories. Poirot faces the ultimate assassin: an individual capable of the perfect crime. He understands his methods, but also finds it impossible to intervene. And so he takes the matter on to his own hands, although knowing that no crime can go unpunished.
Maybe the essence of the book is in the last few lines, hidden by a mark on a man's forehead. Don't miss it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's swan song. 18 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
If you don't already know it, this is Poirot's last case.
I came across this book after I had read MANY other Poirot's cases and I was familiar with the surroundings. Lady Agatha takes us back to Styles Court, where we first met the little Belgian man with the egg shaped head. And so, the circle is closed.
This is, in my opinion, the most mature of Christie's stories. Poirot faces the ultimate assassin: an individual capable of the perfect crime. He understands his methods, but also finds it impossible to intervene. And so he takes the matter on to his own hands, although knowing that no crime can go unpunished.
Maybe the essence of the book is in the last few lines, hidden by a mark on a man's forehead. Don't miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curtain 24 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Even though Poirot is physically disabled his little grey cells are still in working order as he solves his last case. Brilliantly read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff ! 23 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
It is for Poirot what The Remorseful Day was for poor old Morse ! It is Poirot's last stand - although weak & infirm he manages to thwart the most dangerous criminal he has encountered . One can just hear David Suchet & Hugh Fraser saying Poirot and Hastings lines . I long for the TV adaptation as those two actors are superb as Hercule Poirot & Captain Hastings and it would draw a line in the sand by filming this great novel . Of course it is a sentimental return to Styles where it all started as dear Poirot's life goes full circle by returning to the scene of his early great success in England . It is nice to see Poirot & Hastings back together - hunting again as in the ABC Murders . It is a great storyline as one would expect from Dame Agatha Christie . She finally does what Mrs Oliver never did with Sven her detective of whom she got fed up . The twists & turns and little clues aka red herrings are what one would expect from Dame Agatha and certainly keep the reader on the edge of their seat . If you wish to crown your collection of Poirot litrature or just wish to know how the David Suchet series will end then this is the novel for you !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recent TV version didn't do it justice 15 Jan 2014
By AlexM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to compare the book with the recent TV adaptation which I found disappointing. Ingenious plot a fitting end to the Poirot series. The Kindle version has an excellent section at the end with summaries of all the Poirot cases. Very useful and, armed with this, I might well (re-)read others in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sasha D
Format:Paperback
As a lifelong AC fan who finds something to enjoy in almost all her works, I like this tale and find it quite moving. I've always loved the dynamic between Poirot and Hastings and their spikily affectionate exchanges, so this being the last Poirot novel is poignant for me. AC's books are always readable, amusing and wise. When she is at her best, her work is timeless. Probably why I hardly ever see her books in charity shops.

There are gaping holes in this plot, bizarre motivation of the killer, the whole premise is unlikely at best, and weak characterisation (I found Hastings' daughter Judith particularly irritating)but it moves along at a fair pace, Poirot is as sharp, perceptive and wry as usual and Hastings as kindly, well-intentioned and misguided.

Classic nostalgia where people greet each other with "hullo", "queer" used to have a totally different meaning, a sinister lothario Major, saucy nurse(the obligatory redhead for Hastings to admire :)) tisanes, drugged hot chocolate, and lamentations about English cooking...back in the original setting where Poirot and Hastings first met decades ago. What's not to like?

As a sucker for AC's classic 10-15 people whodunnit, each with their own secrets, where things are never quite as they seem, I cannot help but enjoy Poirot and Hastings together for the final time, back at Styles. I re-read each of my 70 AC novels every 5 years or so, and I never stop enjoying them. There'll never be another writer like AC for me.

Far from her best, but still enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Although you could read and enjoy this book without having read any earlier cases you will appreciate it more if you read it last. This is because the character of Hastings and Poirot is integral to the plot - but I wont say any more and spoil it for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing end to an amazing collection! 7 Feb 2014
By Ladan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After having read MANY Agatha Christie novels, I didn't want the last one to disappointment... and it definitely didn't! Christie is a genius, and this book was one of her greatest. (The ABC murders is my favourite personally)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful farewell to Poirot and Hastings
'Curtain: Poirot's Last Case', published in 1975, is, of course, just that - the little detective's 39th and final investigation - as well as that of Arthur Hastings. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Super read.
I love Poirot,and this kept me on the edge of my seat. Another great story about my favourite detective Poirot.
Published 3 months ago by Linda
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Published 3 months ago by Miss Debbie Peacock
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value
This book is good value for money but a bit different to other Agatha Christie novels. It makes the reader feel tinged with sadness at the demise of Hercule Poirot throughout; even... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joan Herdman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting especially for fans
For fans of Agatha Christie this sets the seal on Poirot's lifetime of detection with an interesting and original twist at the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hollands
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a slog
Having watched many of the episodes with DavidSuchet I thought it about time to try reading one of the books. Disappointing, slow and difficult to get into.
Published 4 months ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the pleasure
I have been putting off reading this book for years. Monsieur Poirot and his leetle grey cells have been entertaining me since I was a teenager, both in book and on TV. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Kates
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
This was a gift from my Granddaughter and I do like it but I am an Agatha Christie fan especially Hercule Poirot stories.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Janet M Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The curtain falls on Christie's great detective!
This is a wonderful tale, full of twists and turns and is a fitting end for one of the world's greatest literary detectives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pacem et amorem
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's Last Case
Very good read, kept one thinking all the way through. Being Poirot's Last Case was quite sad, end of an era!
Published 6 months ago by vivienne mann
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