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Murder Is Easy (Agatha Christie Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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‘Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre.’
Guardian

Contains some clever plotting and enough casting of suspicion to keep you guessing like mad.'
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'One of Agatha Christie's best mystery novels, a story fascinating in its plot, clever and lively in its characters and brilliant in its technique.'
New York Times

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'Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre.' Guardian Contains some clever plotting and enough casting of suspicion to keep you guessing like mad.' Books 'One of Agatha Christie's best mystery novels, a story fascinating in its plot, clever and lively in its characters and brilliant in its technique.' New York Times

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006207380X
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece ed edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004APA54M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Is Easy 9 April 2006
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was surprised to find that this one isn't more popular on these pages. I thought it was very good, and slightly different to the normal English village murder mysteries that Dame Agatha wrote about. This one is quite quirky. There have been a number of inexplicable deaths in the village of Wychwood in recent times - people falling off bridges and ladders, swallowing poison, dying from an infected cut etc - and Luke, a policeman just back from a tour of duty in the Far East, decides to go undercover to investigate. I agree that Luke isn't a strong character, and either Poirot or Miss Marple would have been far better in this role, but even so, this is a darkly brooding little tale. At times Wychwood feels more like it should be a village in a John Wyndham or a Dennis Wheatley novel, with horrible cruelty lurking under civilised surfaces, and Satanic rites being practiced nearby. I personally got the culprit completely wrong, and was utterly convinced it was somebody else entirely right up until the final few pages! I thought the murderer was one of the author's most original and memorable ones I've read so far.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christie, refreshingly solvable. 5 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hardly need speak about Agatha Christie, deservedly the best-selling mystery novel author of all time. Murder is Easy is one of her best novels, being typically easy to read, obviously contrived and yet filled with plot twists and misdirections. During the exposition of the plot the reader cannot help but be seduced by the unravelling of the mystery, and it all seems, indeed, a little too easy... but with a breathtaking twist in the tail everything is turned around more than once. In retrospect it seems so simple, and all the clues are there. And yet the reader is almost guaranteed not to guess the ending. The only thing to add is that this is one of the few Christies where the pleasure of detection and mystery is leavened with the tension of personal risk to the main characters. The final few chapters in particular took my breath away when I first read the book. Written in the 1930s and yet still as accessible today as it ever was, this is a book well worth reading for both the Christie fan and the generalist reader of detective fiction. Read it and see why Christie is the Queen of Crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christie 27 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murder is Easy, is a gripping tale and a classic piece of detective fiction in its own right. It was written in the 1930's so some of the attitudes and opinions of the main character seem at times laughably old fashioned, but this does not detract from enjoying the tale, and could be said to give it a period charm. I must admit that this time I thought I had outfoxed Christie and guessed the identity of the murderer, but in classic Christie style I was completely surprised to find it was someone I had not even suspected.
A real must-read book for all crime fiction fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder is Easy 21 July 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a good standard murder mystery by Agatha Christie. It does not feature any of her famous investigators like Poirot or Miss Marple so if you are used to reading those ones, it's a bit of letdown. However, the story is good, interesting characters and plenty of possibility. It goes into the occult a bit - A.C often wrote about things in the news at the time or in her life. This book was written 1938 but it stands up well and isn't too dated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 7 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and I never tire of reading her books. Bought this in fascimilie edition for nostalgic reasons. Started reading it on Friday and finished it today with much enjoyment.

The characters are certainly varied and there are alot of twists and turns in this book that keeps you guessing (incorrectly) right up until the end. The description is this book is just right. Not too much and not too thin either.

A very easy read that can be picked up and put down whenever you feel like a nice bit of escapism from our yesteryears.

Good book. Will certainly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 23 May 2011
By Junius
Format:Paperback
This is a good book and easy to read. It will keep you guessing until the end, just as the hero does, suspecting one character and then another. The romantic and supernatural subplots are also interesting. It is very much a closed book setting. The point about it being easy to kill because no one suspects you is a very good point and this applies to serial killers, too. Is the killer here a serial killer (anachronistic term I know)? There were none in the UK in the 1930s in real life.

The flaws are that the hero, a retired policeman, but still reasonably young (no age is ever given), seems to be a complete amateur when it comes to investigations. He has very little idea whatever. A few other points is that the book states witches as being burnt in the nineteenth century - none were executed in the nineteentn century and in the sixteenth and seventeenth century witch trials the punnishment was hanging. Burning was for heretics. There also seem to have been a lack of inquests; with six murders, only that of Amy Gibbs has any sort of official investigation, which is pretty unrealistic.

An entertaining read if you can overlook these flaws, which I mainly could.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a Miss Marple novel 5 July 2005
By Miguel M. Santos VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
During a train journey to London, Luke meets an old lady on her way to Scotland Yard to denounce a murder which is about to happen. When she is run over by a car, he decides to investigate. This is the starting point of Agatha Christie's "Murder is Easy", and this is what sold me the book. However I couldn't feel but disappointed. Although the plot is very good, there is something which is lacking from her best novels. One of my guesses is that Luke, never a detective you really care for, or you will remember for long, is to be blamed. By trying to make him as different as possible of her recurrent sleuths, a very bland character was created. Another thing I felt was that there seem to be a one or two holes in the plot towards the end. My feeling is that this would have given a very good Miss Marple novel. It would be her environment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Far to dated to be believable nowadays
Published 20 days ago by Tom Burchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BRILLIANT
Published 22 days ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This may be Ms Christie's best crime story!
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder is Easy
Very enjoyable and this time without either Poirot or Miss Marple to solve the crime,I would recommend this one as being one of her best books,...........
Published 2 months ago by Gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very different Agatha Christie
This book wasn't what I was expecting; no Poirot or Marples! But it held my attention and the plot was good and well sustained. so a good read
Published 7 months ago by Valerie Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Good reading, now I can complete my collection of Agatha Christie's (in the signature edition) and read all the mysterie novels
Published 12 months ago by Sarah Van Maele
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Luke Now
Stiff upper lip Luke Fitzwilliam comes back 'Home' after Police service abroad and seems to have left most of his detective skills there. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lacey Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn!
A wonderful story. Couldn't wait to hear the conclusion of radio 4 serial, so downloaded it. Not disappointed! Have downloaded several more by Agatha Christie
Published 17 months ago by jellyelli
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Christie
Great book! Bought it to replace an older well read copy that has been loved.

Classic Christie novel with a nice new look!
Published 18 months ago by slartibartfast
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints
Come on Kindle readers, you cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie.She never fails to surprise and hold one's concentration.Yet another five star.
Published 19 months ago by gary c atkins
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