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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece edition edition (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119301
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The actual solution is quite unusually ingenious.”
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Hercule Poirot's relaxing holiday on the Cornish coast takes an unexpected turn when he meets young and pretty Nick Buckley. For it seems to Poirot that too many accidents have been happening to Nick and he, with the help of Captain Hastings, is determined to prevent another accident becoming a tragedy. But even hiding Nick away in a nursing home does not prevent another attempt on Nick's life and Poirot has to resort to subterfuge and cunning to solve this tricky case. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 9 Aug 2010
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This is a fairly standard Poirot novel featuring Captain Hastings as the narrator. Poirot decides to intervene when a young lady is shot at within spitting distance of his holiday accommodation.

I'm afraid that I was not particularly impressed by this one. There were probably too many characters and it seemed a lot of effort for both the reader and Poirot to keep track. Indeed, the detective had to resort to writing down lists of the suspects several times to keep track.

While by the end of the novel everything does finally add up, it seems that the clues were rather lacking, and there was nothing there for the reader to get their teeth into to try to solve the mystery themselves. I think Christie has possibly gone a little too far with trying to out fox her audience.

Overall though its not bad for a quick read. Certainly more entertaining than a lot of what's available.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rai Aren on 25 Nov 2009
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This book is exactly what you come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, but with a change in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective and star of this mystery series. He has just retired and is slowly settling into a quiet, calm life of leisure and is refusing to be called back into duty. His mind, he thinks, is made up. However, a new mystery finds him, small and subtle at first, then shows itself to have a sinister meaning. He can't help but observe that which is right in front of him, and without meaning to, he is drawn into its web, and begins to apply his detective skills.

The great Hercule Poirot, who is known far and wide for his unmatched detective skills, can't resist asking one question, then another, then another. A perplexing and potentially deadly set of circumstances takes shape, and his concern for the wellbeing of a young woman he happens to meet, leads him to investigate. However, the motives and players behind this mystery prove themselves difficult for him to ascertain. Where he was always bursting with confidence and assuredness in his perceptions, skills, and outcomes, he is now struggling with something unfamiliar to him - a shaky self-confidence that worsens and lingering uncertainty. He finds himself bumbling about without meaning to. As events unfold, he feels powerless to stop them. His once sharp and nearly infallible intellect and investigative skills seem to be outmatched. His frustration grows and so do his mistakes, missteps, and incorrect assumptions.

With its intriguing twists and turns, Peril at End House is a very engaging and rewarding mystery tale and will be sure to please die-hard Agatha Christie fans as well as those new to the stories.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 3 Oct 2012
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Peril at End House was a solid read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me guessing as to who the evil-doer was, but that was mainly down to the author giving away so few hints as opposed to me genuinely being outmatched. However, I think the fact that so few hints were given away was a good thing. It makes it more `real life' as in the real world we are not often bombarded by the sheer stupidity of criminals. So perhaps it is best to not always have such an easy time of it in crime fiction?

Well worth a read, in my opinion.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "ufogirl03" on 18 Sep 2003
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When we were told in English to read an Agatha Christie Book, we all groaned. But the book turned out to be one of the best I've EVER read.
The plot twists and turns and leads you to your final conclusion...... to find that it's wrong!
Are all of Mrs Christies Books like this?
I certainly hope so!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2010
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I don't believe most of the readers who claim they worked out 'who dunnit' in Agatha Christie's novels, but it is sometimes possible to guess the perpetrator and pick up one or two pieces of the jigsaw along the way. 'Peril At End House' is one of those novels. For me, Christie made this one just a bit too obvious, which is unlike her. It begins with a series of near-miss accidents, one of which occurs under Hercule Poirot's nose. The subsequent journey is entertaining despite the predictability of the outcome, which is as well-worked as usual. This novel, however, comes from Christie's difficult late 1920s period, when the turbulence of her first marriage came to a head and the quality of her work suffered a dip. Not too bad, but definitely no masterpiece.
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By Julie on 10 Sep 2014
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What can I say, usual exellant Agatha Christie
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Carne on 8 Aug 2014
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Another very cleverly written book. I kept changing my mind as to who was the murderer and was very surprised to discover who he or she was at the end. Agatha Christie never ceases to amaze me with her Hercule Poirot stories.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2001
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I really liked this book. You will have to read acouple of Agatha Christie books to even guess the ending. Good plot and lots of plot twists.
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