- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (23 Oct. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006168132
- ISBN-13: 978-0006168133
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 11.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,091,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Murder is Easy (The Christie Collection) Paperback – 23 Oct 1995
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‘Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre.’
Contains some clever plotting and enough casting of suspicion to keep you guessing like mad.'
'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
From the Back Cover
Luke Fitzwilliam could not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer was at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood… or her speculation that the local doctor was next in line.
But within hours, Miss Pinkerton had been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke was inclined to think so – until he read in 'The Times' of the unexpected demise of Dr Humbleby.
‘Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre’
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
A real must-read book for all crime fiction fans.
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.
I was a little surprised that there was quite a significant romantic thread, unusual in Christie’s novels; some of the relevant conversation was perhaps a bit cringeworthy, but then dialogue wasn’t one of the author’s strong points.
What Agatha Christie lacked in characterisation she more than made up for in her plotting. I was pretty sure from early in the book that I had guessed the criminal; and it turned out that I was wrong. Clues and red herrings were laid with care, and worked exactly as, I'm sure, the author intended.
Definitely recommended if you like mid-20th century light crime fiction.
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The order came in good time as advertised. I have not started the book yet, but I am sure I will enjoy, like all the other Agathie Christies I have readPublished 5 months ago by Margaret John
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Interesting to read an Agatha Christie book that doesn't involve either Miss Marple or Hercules Poirot. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary
Very good holiday book. Easy to follow, interesting, entertaining! For a change there is no Miss Marple nor Hercule Poirot.Published 9 months ago by Anette M.