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Three Act Tragedy (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Book Description

At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die…

Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor’s house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died.

But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison – just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive…

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 430 KB
    • Print Length: 275 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062073834
    • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004APA51K
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,257 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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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Three Act Tragedy 30 Oct. 2005
    “Three Act Tragedy” is well worthy of the title being split into three separate sections of the story which Agatha Christie even named “First, Second and Third Acts.” The theatrical theme is fully developed within the plot as it concerns the famous actor Sir Charles Cartwright.
    ***Possible Spoilers***
    Sir Charles has retired to the quiet costal town of Loomouth and has organised a small party for a number of distinguished guests. There’s the eminent Harley Street doctor Sir Bartholomew Strange, the beautiful actress Angela Sutcliffe, Lady Mary Lytton Gore and her daughter, the curiously nicknamed “Egg”, Mr Satterthwaite a well known patron of the arts and several others. Also amongst the crowd is the beautifully turned out Hercule Poirot.
    When during the serving of cocktails, one of the guests, Rev Babbington keels over and dies, no-one suspects anything more than a unfortunately accident. Sir Charles, who is love sick for Egg decides he has lost her to another and leaves the country for Monte Carlo. Whilst there he meets up with Mr Satterthwaite and they read of the news that Sir Bartholomew has also been killed in an event remarkably similar to the one that happened at Sir Charles’ house in Loomouth. The two immediately decide to return to England to investigate the matter, and when Mr Satterthwaite meets M. Poitrot also in Monte Carlo he lures the famous detective in on their investigations.
    As I say the book has a very theatrical feel to it, with the bulk of the investigation being carried out by Sir Charles who adopts the mannerisms of various characters to aid him in this. M.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Three Act Tragedy, Another Christie winner 23 April 2011
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    One of Christie's darker tales I think, The novel starts with a closed room murder, of an innocent clergyman at a dinner party. One of the guests had to have done it, but who? And Why?

    A Poirot mystery, yet his imput is not really needed- he seems almost an after thought, as if Christie really liked the book and thought more people would read it if she added Poirot. But it doesnt take much away from the story, or from the main dectective, Mr Satterthwaite, helped by his friends and the host of the first party, Sir Charles Cartwright.

    This is one of Christie's classic examples of misdirection, and one of her most callous killers. I really enjoyed reading it, and as with almost all of her books, I never guessed the killer until they were revealed to me, and then I was shocked and felt quite betrayed. Looking back there were one or two clues (the butlers bedroom), but I was definately kept in suspense untill the very end.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    I really enjoyed the Agatha Christie's Mr Quin collection, and was pleasantly surprised to find Poirot and Mr Satterthwaite teaming up to investigate the suspicious death of Rev Babbington, when he suddenly dies at a party Mr Satterthwaite was attending.
    I've seen some reviews disappointed that Poirot takes more of a back seat in this book, compared to his usually being the main focus of the book, but I thought this worked well, and I appreciate an author trying something a little different. Likewise Mr Satterthwaite takes a much more active role in this book, as it tends to be Mr Quin providing the answers in his original book.
    The mystery may be a little more easily solved than some other Christie's, as suggested by other reviews here. I am somewhat reluctant to admit this possibility as I have only ever managed to solve two mystery novels before the solution was given,and this was the first. That said, just because I solved it doesn't necessarily mean it's easier: different people are probably better suited for solving different mysteries.

    To concluded: I loved this book and would read it again, but if your looking for a more standard Poirot (although every book is different in it's own right, so I'm not sure how you'd define this) or a similar read to 'The mysterious Mr Quin' then maybe this is not the book for you.
    I would also recommend reading it after having read a couple of Poirot novels and maybe one of the Mr Quin short stories, but it's not essential.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly light-hearted murder mystery 3 Nov. 2010
    By Jim J-R
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    Three Act Tragedy is an interesting and refreshingly different Christie novel. Poirot himself only appears as a minor character until the end and much of the legwork is done by a team of enthusiastic amateurs who were witnesses to the first crime.

    The act structure seems a little out of place in a novel and somewhat forced perhaps to fit the title, the first two acts being mostly taken up with the setting up of the plot. The final act is almost the entire second half of the novel, and it is here that I found the story picking up.

    The cast of characters is nicely varied, and the setting more loose than many of Christie's mysteries, with the investigators travelling to meet each of the well rounded but equally implausible suspects. I did get a slight inkling of who the perpetrator might be but was by no means certain once the time came for the big reveal. My one complaint would be that the killer's motive jars rather with some of their other activity in the novel, making it seem slightly less plausible.

    Overall I enjoyed this book, which was presented with a much less formal style than some others, possibly due to the new choice of protagonist being somewhat different to Poirot's usual companions (I have since read that he has actually appeared in a number of other Christie stories without Poirot). Christie also manages to weave in a quite plausible love story to keep the characters distinct and alive.
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