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Agatha Christie
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3 Sep 2007 Poirot

Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to ‘get rid of’ her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn’t help feeling that he was being taken for a ride.

After all, how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had finally granted her a divorce?


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece edition edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120741
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,458 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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“The whole case is a triumph of Poirot’s special qualities.”
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Actress Jane Wilkinson approaches Hercule Poirot and pleads with him to speak to her husband, Lord Edgware, who is refusing to divorce her. The next morning Lord Edgware is found murdered and witnesses tell Poirot that Jane Wilkinson was the last person to see him alive. However, Jane was at a dinner party miles away at the time with twelve other guests who will testify to her being there. When two murders are committed, including that of famous impersonator Carlotta Adams, Poirot finds himself in the midst of one his most perplexing cases. 'To sit back and be led through… by the most seductive and elegant of tones is pure joy' Spectator --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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When Jane Wilkinson, Lady Edgware, contacts Hercule Poirot to ask him to intercede with her husband so that she can get a divorce and marry another man, Poirot agrees reluctantly. Lord Edgware, it turns out, is surprised by this request since he had written a letter to Jane agreeing to end their marriage three months before. Lord Edgware is soon discovered dead, and a woman identified by witnesses as Jane, his estranged wife, has entered his house late on the night of his death. The problem? Jane Wilkinson has been at a dinner party that night, and twelve other guests have seen her.

In this novel, written in 1933, Hercule Poirot is in his seventh outing as Christie's detective, and, joined by his redoubtable assistant, Capt. Arthur Hastings, he "helps" Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard in the solution to this complicated case. The world of theatre plays an important role--Jane Wilkinson and Carlotta Adams (soon the "late" Carlotta Adams) are actresses, and several other characters, notably Brian Martin, have theatrical careers. The world of art also plays a role in the conclusion, and the lives of aristocrats and would-be aristocrats, such as Jane Wilkinson, along with their servants and staff, keep the action high-toned, but not high-principled.

Poirot rises to the ensuing challenges when two more murders take place. Relying on his "little gray cells" as much as on the clues he finds--in a letter written by a murder victim before death, in an engraved gold case filled with Veronal, in secret loves, and in positive witnesses who may not have witnessed what they think--Poirot provides the reader with much amusement, the result of his affectations, and much suspense, since he does not share his thoughts until he the time of his grand announcement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Edgware Dies 27 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of Christies earlier Poirot books, narrated by Captain Hastings. Lord Edgware is stabbed to death, and it looks like a clear cut case against his wife, Jane Wilkinson. However, at the same time she was seen entering Lord Edgwares study she is also at a dinner party, seen by 12 witnesses, and even more strange is that Lord Edgware has just granted her a divorce, removing her motive for the murder........

The book has Christies brilliant plot, with excellent suspense and hidden twists, dead ends and red herrings. There is quite a bit of anti-Semitism, though this is the last book that its really noticable in, and at that time It was the general way of speaking/ thinking rather than Christies particular personal beliefs.

A must read for all Christie fans, or for fans of crime fiction in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whodunnit? 22 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You might find this difficult to believe, but until this weekend I'd never knowingly read an Agatha Christie novel.

I was in a youth hostel, had finished the books I'd taken and had to pick from their shelves.

Having chosen and then decided against several of the more likely options, I came across 'Lord Edgeware Dies'. On the inside of the cover, it reminded me that 'Agatha Christie' is known throughout the world as the Queen Of Crime'. That was the clincher. It also seemed thin enough for me to get through in a couple of days.

'Lord Edgeware Dies' is a Poirot novel. He's that lovable Belgian sleuth, the one I've seen on the telly so many times and switched over from to avoid the prospect of an ITV interpretation of the early 20th Century. Thought I've never watched the programme, it still gave me a strong image of the man and it seemed to fit pretty well.

Poirot and sidekick Hastings happen upon their latest mystery in the land of London theatre. Whilst taking supper at the Ritz later on, they come across a group of actors and it's not long until Jane Wilkinson (beauty, actress and the current Lady Edgeware) has persuaded the pair to join her upstairs at her private suite to discuss a few matters. Having earlier announced that she'd happily kill her husband, she asks Poirot to intervene with Lord Hastings and get him to divorce her so that she can marry even further up on the social ladder.

Enter a group of theatre cronies that includes Carlotta Adams, actress of some talent and mimic of the stars, including Lady Edgeware.

A brief sketch is given of all the characters and the ball is spinning.

It turns out Lord Edgeware has already agreed to divorce. Poirot is perplexed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff 14 Feb 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is a very good novel indeed ! It involves three of Agatha Christies brilliant creations who were made to go to together i.e. the great Poirot , the lovable Hastings and the dogged Japp . There is a great deal of suspense & drama as one reads it you can imagine messars Suchet , Fraser and Jackson saying the lines . In the end you have the grim satisfaction of the moralist proved right as the murderer gets the inevitable punishment . It must be a very successful novel because it is one of the few that both Sir Peter Ustinov & David Suchet have done for TV . The only others that they have both filmed are Evil Under The Sun & Death On The Nile . Aagtha Christie has constructed some excellent characters - Lord Edgware Dies the novel would have benefited from Miss Lemon's inclusion . But fans of the character need look no further that David Suchets fine adaptation as filmed in the late 1990's . This novel has its own fair share of twists & turns and by having the great sleuth , his lovable sidekick and investigating officer grasping at straws you can see Dame Agatha has learned from Arthur Conan Doyle's way of writing detective fiction ( i.e. for Poirot read Holmes , Hastings is a character a la Watson and of course for Japp Lestrade was an obvious template for Agatha Christie ) . She sets the scene very well and it is wonderfully easy to read and so is handy both for train or coach journey's and rainy afternoons . A great way to relax . I read the novel and enjoyed wathcing both Suchet and Ustinov in their seperate TV movies conveying the same story in different ways . They both do it justice and seeing David Suchet as Japp in Thirteen At Dinner is an absolute hoot . Amazon.co.uk are superb for selling such a great Christie classic at such a fair price !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good solid read, keeps you guessing and reading on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Edgeware Dies by Agatha Christie
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie is a Poirot mystery and it is a very good book; Agatha Christie is amazing.
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i love the agatha christie books
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Excellent double bluff by Christie!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, excellently read
Glamorous actress Jane Wilkinson is desperate for a divorce from her abusive husband, Lord Edgware, and declares publicly that she could cheerfully kill him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by shaitarn
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Christie, in her pre-War heyday, tells a tale of deception, misdirection and one of the most amoral killers she ever created.
Published 3 months ago by shesings
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I love Agatha Christie and all her books are great. I had seen the programme on television and decided to get the book. I have to say the book is much better and a must read.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. D. Chisholm
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but.......
As with pretty well everything Christie, this is an excellent read. My usual gripes, e.g. all 'locals and servants' speaking "There's them as says... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. D. R. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a big fan after all these years
Though very dated in style and its non-pcness this novel still grips. It's an iconic story though not in the class of "Roger Ackroyd" which will always be my Christie favourite. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jane Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good used book, added to my collection, to be read but can be sure it will be a good read
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