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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; abridged edition edition (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792756185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792756187
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 18 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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'Agatha Christie never lets you down' The Sketch 'The plot is really clever.' Literary Review 'A remarkably good detective story which can be warmly recommended.' New York Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She has sold over 2 billion novels worldwide and has been translated into more languages than any other single writer.

Born on 15 September 1890 in Devon, England, her career spanned six decades in which time she published 80 novels and short story collections and 19 plays. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles published in 1920, was written as a result of a challenge from her sister. In it she would introduce to the world Hercule Poirot, one of the most famous fictional characters of all time. Poirot would appear in over 80 novels and short stories. Nine years later Agatha created Miss Marple - a spinster sleuth who would become so popular she would rival Poirot in the nation's affections.

Her writing won her many fans including the royal family. When Queen Mary was approaching her 80th birthday, the BBC asked how she would want them to celebrate it. She requested a new Christie play! Three Blind Mice was duly written for the radio; it would later be adapted into The Mousetrap and become the longest continuously running play in history.

Although best known for her detective fiction, Christie also wrote a number of books that give us insight into her world. Her autobiography, published the year after her death provides a full, and often humorous, account of her life and Come, Tell Me How You Live chronicles her travels as the wife of a world famous archaeologist, on digs in the Middle East.

Agatha Christie had a truly remarkable life; she was a very private lady though her love of travel and archaeology shines through in her work. Her most famous novel Murder on the Orient Express celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2009 and was inspired by her own travels on the train, when she too became stranded due to weather.

After a hugely successful career and a very happy life Agatha died peacefully on 12 January 1976. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This was to be Hercule Poirot's 2nd 'major' case after the Mysterious Affairs at Styles. In this story a man who asked for Poirot's assistance in an unknown matter was found dead before Poirot arrived. Before Poirot has time to unmask the murderer a second body was found, killed in the same way as the first, at the same spot.
The Murder on the Links was a very raw effort, but it is enjoyable because there is not much 'character-building' as in Christie's later works. The clues were straight to the point and you will have a fun time having a go at it too.
One point to mention is that Hastings found the woman of his dream in this story too :o)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 19 Sept. 2007
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In her second novel featuring Poirot, the peculiar private investigator from Belgium, Christie fails to illustrate the main trait that made her famous. The author had the ability to constantly "fool" us in connection with who the culprit was in each case and at the same time dangle the truth in front of our eyes, without us realizing it. In this novel, that is not the case, and as the story progresses we are immersed into a tangle of complicated connections that go against the aforementioned simplicity.

As is usually the case in Poirot's novels, the events are described by Hastings, a charming character, who serves as the punching bag that tries to make sense of things, only to be beaten down by Poirot's brilliant deductions. The Belgian detective is bored out of his mind, with obvious cases that present no challenge to him, until a letter from Monsieur Renauld arrives. The missive comes from France, and carries a palpable sense of urgency. The sender is convinced that his life is in danger and requests that Poirot gets there to assist him as soon as possible. Thus, the detective, together with Hastings, embarks on a journey to France, towards a new challenge.

Upon their arrival at the villa, they face the news that they got there too late, and that Renauld was murdered the night before. Naturally, Poirot offers to stay around and help solve the case. There are a good variety of suspects, including a lady that had visited the victim frequently, a wife that may feel disrespected, a son that fought with his father shortly before the murder and a mysterious young artist that had crossed paths with Hastings before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2008
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If you don't like cerebral problems or dislike reading a period piece (written in the period), you won't like this book nearly as much as I do.

If you have enjoyed any Agatha Christie mystery, I highly recommend this one to you.

Agatha Christie has been a favorite of mystery readers since she began crafting her country-based, upper-crust stories. Murder on the Links is her second novel featuring that polite but elusive Belgian detective, M. Hercule Poirot. Ms. Christie became the first woman to make a dent as a major mystery writer, an important avatar for the many wonderful women mystery writers who entertain us so well today.

It's good to look backward a bit in considering this story. Sherlock Holmes was the reigning fictional detective of the day when the unimpressive Poirot was conceived. As you may remember, Holmes was a student of arcane subjects . . . which always seemed to allow him to take some seemingly unimportant scrap and turn that scrap into finding the killer. It was an early version of CSI.

Ms. Christie, by contrast, was much less impressed by that approach. Her detective instead thinks about human emotions and uses psychology to track down the killer or killers. To make the point clear, she often set up a foil in terms of a Holmes-like detective who obsessively pored over meaningless clues. A good part of the fun in Murder on the Links comes from her satire of the Sherlock Holmes style story.

Agatha Christie was a master at setting up little puzzles which the reader could solve, after leaping across an abyss of false assumptions and red herrings to reach the only conclusion that is possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SocialBookshelves.com on 4 Feb. 2014
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The Murder on the Links is Agatha Christie's second Poirot novel, and what a cracker it is - the great crime writer never needed to improve, she was at the top of her game from the start. Poirot here is the Poirot that we know and love, and his keen eye for the details that matter is put to the test again.

Here's the deal - Poirot receives a desperate cry for help which summons him to France. Unfortunately, he arrives too late - his client has been found dead on a golf course. Then a second corpse is discovered.

I don't want to say too much because it's a great little read and I don't want to spoil it in case you decide to read it (hint: you should). The novel's characters are larger than life and believable, even if they're hard to relate to and occasionally unlikable. That hardly matters, considering it feels as though any one of them could die at any moment - if anything, it makes it even more interesting.

Christie keeps you guessing right until the last page, lulling you in to a false sense of security and making you feel as though you've finally cracked it, right before proving you wrong and sending you back to square one. Then, at the end, everything comes together like the pieces of a jigsaw and your eyes are opened, forever.

This is a great book to read whether you're a crime aficionado or not - I'm certainly no more interested in crime novels than the average man, but Christie is one of the greatest writers ever to have lived, and while this might not be her magnum opus, it's a formidable piece of work that will leave you deeply satisfied and ready to read more.
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