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Murder in the Mews (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Murder, stolen plans, a mysterious death and a menage a trois – four intriguing novellas featuring Hercule Poirot…

How did a woman holding a pistol in her right hand manage to shoot herself in the left temple? What was the link between a ghost sighting and the disappearance of top secert military plans? How did the bullet that killed Sir Gervase shatter a mirror in another part of the room? And who destroyed the ‘eternal triangle’ of love involving renowned beauty, Valentine Chantry?

Hercule Poirot is faced with four mystifying cases – Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, Dead Man’s Mirror and Triangle at Rhodes – each a miniature classic of characterisation, incident and suspense.


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“All four tales are admirable entertainment… her solutions are unexpected and satisfying”
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062073990
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046RE5CC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,360 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the Mews (Poirot) 10 Dec. 2012
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
"Murder in the Mews" was the last book Agatha Christie published in 1937 and consists of four Poirot short stories - although all are quite long by her usual standard, and one really novella length. All feature Poirot, one features his old friend Inspector Japp and another has a guest appearance by Mr Satterthwaite, of the Harley Quin stories and "Three Act Tragedy".

The first title story, "Murder in the Mews" and the third story, "Dead Man's Mirror", both feature a suicide, later suspected of being murder. One story is set in a small house, in a street peopled with those who service the aristocracy (there are, for example, a large amount of chauffeurs living nearby). "Dead Man's Mirror" sees Poirot summoned to a country house by a wealthy man obsessed by his family name, but both cleverly weave the plot around ties of family and the past.

The second story, "The Incredible Theft" involves espionage and important documents stolen from a study during a weekend party. Lastly, there is the enjoyable "Triangle at Rhodes", with Poirot on holiday. Christie always wrote excellent stories in exotic locations and this is no exception. For me, it is the best story in the collection, with an actress (often a baddie in Christie novels!) causing jealousy and marital discord on the beach. These are a nice collection of stories, with Poirot cleverly solving each case in his own special way. Out of interest, for a man who distained the methods of Sherlock Holmes, you will find that he is actually inspecting footprints in "Dead Man's Mirror", the first time I can remember him doing so. Overall, a fun collection with the author, and her detective, at their best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I don't feel the novella format works for Poirot 5 Sept. 2011
By Jim J-R
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Murder in the Mews is a collection of four novellas, each depicting one of Hercule Poirot's minor cases. There are two cases of suspect suicide, a theft and an accidental murder.

The first three cases each have a good amount of meat on them, though number three has a few too many characters to keep track of in such a brief tale. I'm afraid I didn't find any of them particularly strong, particularly in some places where vital clues were withheld from the reader - something Christie is usually very good at avoiding. This having been said, even in the stories which did keep everything in the open I was unable to successfully pinpoint the culprit before the big reveal.

I don't think the the novella formats lends itself well to Poirot's adventures, and story three (which was my favourite) looked as if it could have been extended into a full novel. However the short story format of the final tale felt even more of a let down after the more detailed episodes that it followed.

Overall, I'm afraid to say that this collection is probably best one for the purists rather than the casual reader, and hitting the full length novels would better serve anyone seeking a whodunit to tax their brains.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot at his best. 10 Feb. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm not really into Agatha Christie's short stories because the beauty of her books many times lies in the development of the characters in a 'standard' novel.
However, after reading this book, my impression changed. Hercule Poirot has to be at his best to solve four curious crimes.
In 'Murder of the Mews', a widow committed suicide with a shot in her left temple, by the gun was in her right hand. Was it murder? Was the murder intended for another person?
In 'The Incredible Theft', the plans of a bomber was mysteriously stolen in the study of Lord Mayfield. Poirot has to uncover the motives behind the guests in the house to discover the shocking truth.
In "Triangle at Rhodes', a popular actress with her 'ways with men' was murdered in a bar after taking a poisoned drink intended for her husband, and Poirot must clear the name of the obvious killer.
In "Dead's Man Mirror' which is my favourite story in the book, Sir Chevenix-Gore was found dead in his locked study, keys in his pocket and pistol in the room. The key to solving the apparent suicide (which is, in fact, murder) is the broken mirror in the room.
Read the book to enjoy a refreshed Poirot experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second to none 28 Nov. 2012
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Murder in the the Mews.
I cannot praise Agatha Christie enough. This book was up to
her normal standard. I have read many of Agatha's books and
enjoy them all. Very hard to put down. Recommended to all
Kindle readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the Mews 9 Nov. 2013
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I expected one story. Instead I got four separate ones! All of which were very enjoyable. I love Agatha Christie and her Hercule Poirot who is such a brilliant detective, solving all his mysteries with his little grey cells.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stories of Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot! 31 Oct. 2001
By A Customer
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The theme of illusion and illusive identity is an essential element in Agatha Christie's technique as a writer of classic crime fiction. That illusion is a theme of infinite variety is demonstrated in the three novellas and final short story that pack this volume full of snap and crackle.
The title story, "Murder in the Mews", opens on 5th November, the night English children set off a blaze of colourful fireworks. The sky glows and bursts as comets, rockets, and squibs explode in memory of Guy Fawkes' plot to blow up the Palace of Westminster when King James I and VI opened Parliament in 1605. It is a night when any loud bang can be mistaken for another. A quite innocuous crack might be interpreted as something suspicious while the sound of explosives, however deadly, goes unnoticed. In this skilfully crafted novella, Monsieur Poirot and Inspector Japp investigate a fatal shooting of the fiancée of a Member of Parliament. Nobody hears the shot to determine the exact time of death. 'Nor likely to,' insists Mrs Hogg the chauffeur's wife, 'with fireworks popping off here, there and everywhere and my Eddie with his eyebrows singed off as near as nothing.' The question of when death took place is followed by the problem of how and why it occurred. Was the shooting murder or suicide? Moreover, has a perfectly constructed secondary plot been set in motion that only Poirot can prevent from achieving its lethal justice? "Murder in the Mews" is a story of moral dilemma as grave as that faced by any seventeenth-century plotter. 'Is it in honour or in execration that on the fifth of November the feu d'artifice are sent up?', muses Poirot, 'To blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
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