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Agatha Christie , David Suchet
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1 Jan 2007

Another classic Poirot story brought to life by Hugh Fraser.

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.

Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007157556
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“Poirot solves another exciting case”
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Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.

Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion explored 11 Feb 2009
By v
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sad Cypress is one of Christie's books which stand out in my memory, and that now and then I fancy reading again. The twist at the end, which is surprising and quite prosaic, the magic of the Christie atmosphere, in between style and tension is there, and the implied importance of heredity and class are almost Victorian!

But the most interesting feature as far as I'm concerned is in the character of Elinore Carlisle. Her skilfully repressed passion and devotion echo a side of the British character that often goes untold, and very possibly hints to the passionate side of Agatha Christie herself, who wrote romantic novels under the name of Mary Westmacott, and loved her first husband Archie Christie so intensely as to actually lose her mind temporarily when he left her for another woman (she experienced a brief "fugue" where she lost her memory and signed into a hotel with the name of her husband's new flame).

As for plot, narration does feel somewhat disjointed as the story is narrated in retrospective, and in parts through letters, but it really does work, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
Poirot joins the story quite late, which makes for a change.

Elinor Carlisle remains one of my favourite Christie women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diehard Fans Can't Be Wrong! 10 April 2007
By C. Knowles VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book is cited as a favourite perhaps more than any other by hardcore Christie fans, and with good reason. It's outstanding in the Christie catalogue. Beautifully written (for this type of book anyway!) and the most emotionally engaging and affecting of all her work, it's an absolute gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Poirot novels for me 6 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
Christies novels vary, for me, in how well they've stood the test of time. Also, though the crime is always convoluted, sometimes things go just a little bit too far! I think Sad Cypress is a winner judged on both these criteria and I'm surprised it's not more famous than it is. There's real atmosphere and tension and the characters are more vividly drawn than in some other Poirot adventures (Dead Man's Folly, for example). Elinore Carlisle is one of Christie's better characters I think. Her repressed passion and unrequited love lead her to the edge of madness and make her actions seem believable when they're actually quite odd. I liked the narration style, which includes excerpts from letters, and felt this kept me 'on my toes' looking for clues. The ending is particularly mature and thoughtful for Christie, who often ends novels as if she ran out of ink. Poirot is a joy, as ever - the main reason for reading any of these novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Sad Cypress' 8 April 2011
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With a beautiful title taken from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', 'Sad Cypress' is one of my favourite Agatha Christie books, and also one of the best to feature Poirot. It doesn't have the sheer audacity of, say, 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', but as one of her more emotionally engaging books it's at least up there with 'Five Little Pigs' (another underrated story), or the beautiful 'A Murder is Announced'.

As the book opens, the main character Elinor Carlisle is on trial for her life. The courtroom setting doesn't really mean much one way or the other, it's merely Christie experimenting with a new kind of plot framing device. No, it is the mystery of Elinor's personality and her true motivations which keep the reader guessing continually throughout the book, and hungry to learn who really killed the poisoning victim, Mary Gerrard.

Agatha Christie is usually ignored by literary critics or dismissed as 'genre fiction', but she was actually a master at portraying a wide range of psychological types, and that (along with her cunning solutions) is probably the reason that she's still the bestselling novelist of all time. Although her psychological types can occasionally be a little unbelievable as flesh and blood characters, that certainly isn't the case here - 'Sad Cypress' contains some of her most memorable and vivid figures. It will definitely stick in your head for some time after you have read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Poirot 16 Oct 2010
By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Elinor Carlisle stands in the dock accused of the deaths of her aunt and the lodge man's daughter Mary Gerrard, the only one with clear motive and opportunity, but Poirot reveals the unseen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovley book 9 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I like this Chrstie as it just seems like a lovely little story with flawless telling. Expertly clued, it will keep you guessing until the end. There are no loose ends and everything ties up well. I'd recommend this to any detective story lover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 15 July 2010
By S
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed listening to this. It sounded like a full cast dramatisation. David Suchet puts on a lot of different voices and does it brilliantly.

Well well done. I prefer David Suchet to Hugh Fraser. The story was very good too. It is retrospective and I enjoyed it a great deal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read! 22 July 2007
Format:Paperback
For me, this is one of Agatha Christie's most rounded novels. It may be fair to say that for the majority of her books she sacrificed depth of character for the sake of plot. However, this book has everything. Good characterisation, plenty of emotion and it goes without saying a rip-roaring plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy murder-mystery reading told in the typical Agatha Christie style
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Published 5 months ago by John M
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
As always a great read by Mrs Christie. Although the accused is vindicated in the end by the great detective Poirot I still am saddened by her affect and interesting character... Read more
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Published 12 months ago by Mrs.M.A.Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good used book, added to my collection, to be read but can be sure it will be a good read
Published 16 months ago by O
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull angle
By the time she wrote this one, Christie was already beginning to dwell on the influence of the past on the present in terms of sins and retribution. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Walter Plinge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classix Christie
I have read this book several times over the last 30 years and enjoyed it immensley each time and this time was no exception. If you like Christie, this book will appeal. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Cypress...A Poirot Mystery
Oh I did enjoy this one and it was one of the rare moments in my life when I actually had an incling "whodunit"!! Eleanor Carslile is accused of murdering her aunt, did she do it? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wendy McFarlane
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I'm reading through all the Poirot in order of publication, and it was a pleasure to get away from the attempts to extend the formula using exotic locations or the extreme fancies... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Thomas Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and quick Poirot investigation
In 'Sad Cypress' Hercule Poirot is hired on behalf of an accused murderer in an attempt to get her off the charges, despite all the evidence saying that she's guilty. Read more
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