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The Murder on the Links (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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On a French golf course, a millionaire is found stabbed in the back…

An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse…

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic whodunnit 15 Mar. 2001
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    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
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping plot and engaging narrative 29 July 2012
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    Rating: 5 out of 5 biscuits

    The Murder on the Links is Christie's third novel and the second Hercule Poirot mystery. I had some vague memory of watching the film adaptation on telly a few years ago but funnily enough, the story was completely new to me and apart from the fact that it's set somewhere in France and there's a golf course involved, I didn't remember a thing. And how grateful I am for that! Had I remembered anything else, I'm quite sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. And in spite of the fact that I don't think any of her books can top And Then There Were None, it was definitely one of the best mysteries she's ever written.

    I don't know if you remember but I mentioned in my review of The Mysterious Affair at Styles (the very first Poirot novel) that I found Hastings's narrative a bit monotonous and dry and it took me a little while before I got into it and got used to his style. Well, this was definitely not the case here. I was drawn into the story from the very first page and even though I'm a relatively slow reader, I devoured half of the story in one sitting. As opposed to book #1, The Murder on the Links is more fast-paced and less concerned with family affairs, family history than the first book was, which is something I'm quite happy about. (Three chapters and 30 pages in we already have our first victim and Poirot is already working on the case so if this is not fast paced then I don't know what is. :) ) Hastings is funny, incredibly naive and as always, hasn't a clue about what's going on, just like us readers. His friendship with Poirot is both charming and entertaining, and it's one of the things that make this book as good as it is.
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    Classic Agatha Christie. What an unexpected twist at the end. She always keeps you guessing. This book is one of my favourite Agatha Christie books! Highly Recommended!
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