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5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling whodunnit
This is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known murder mysteries, which is surprising given the ingenious plot. The criticism that Christie's characters are generally two-dimensional caricatures cannot be levelled here. The fates and intentions of tragic Rosaleen, misguided Rowley Cloade and ambiguous David Hunter will keep you guessing until the final revelation, which...
Published on 20 Jun 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Christie
This book is another typical example of the late Agatha Christie's novels. The plot is yet another time nicely contrived with lots of twists to catch the interest of the 'untrained' reader. However, I'm afraid the book cannot be placed anywhere near her earlier masterpieces that established Christie as the uncontested queen of the who-dunnit genre. Overall a good and...
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by A. Vlassis


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling whodunnit, 20 Jun 2000
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This is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known murder mysteries, which is surprising given the ingenious plot. The criticism that Christie's characters are generally two-dimensional caricatures cannot be levelled here. The fates and intentions of tragic Rosaleen, misguided Rowley Cloade and ambiguous David Hunter will keep you guessing until the final revelation, which will leave you gasping for breath.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Mystery, 28 July 2009
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This review is from: Taken At The Flood (Poirot) (Paperback)
Shortly after her second marriage, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself widowed and in possession of her late husband's considerable fortune, a fortune on which several members of his family were counting.

This is a post-war novel, and there are signs in it that the world of safety and comfort is gone forever. Several mentions are made of increasing prices, higher taxation and the like, and the fact that the war has changed everyone, not always for the better.

This is not one of Ms Christie's lighter reads: the book is full of well-drawn characters with complex identities and motivations. It shows that people, no matter how good they may seem, can have conflicting emotions, and that, under the right circumstances, almost anyone can commit the most terrible crimes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's Taken at the Flood, 9 Nov 2003
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Taken at the flood is a vivaciously told book, a story of romance and murder.
The plot of the murder is hidden by romance full of parts that will make you happy, scared, surprised and even sad.
Some parts even will make you laugh with the thought of "how can anyone do that!"
Travel from London to the country with Hercule Poirot and see if you can crack the murder before him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - loved it., 29 July 2013
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Mr. Steven C. Emmerson (Ipswich, UK) - See all my reviews
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Excellent - one of her best. Long introduction but that's in Christie's best traditions. Real post war feel to it as well - brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong characters, but this leads to a rushed investigation, 5 Feb 2013
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J. R. Johnson-Rollings (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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An interesting if slightly unfulfilling mystery for Hercule Poirot as he is called on to investigate something different to the usual - this time, he's asked to prove someone is alive. It's a complex plot involving a lot of family relationships and quite a large backstory.

The first half of the book focuses on setting up the mystery - who the characters are and how they have found themselves in their situations. This felt like it dragged a bit and made me wonder quite when Poirot was going to make an appearance. He finally turns up about halfway through and sets about his investigations, which then seem quite rushed and disappointing.

The characters - particularly the female ones - are generally well developed and show strong personalities that are probably the most interesting feature of the story. The plot has sufficient complications to baffle the reader, although I did manage to unpuzzle at least some of the clues.

Overall, a middling novel in the series I think - neither the best or worst of the bunch. It starts well, but the actual meat of the story is in the set-up rather than the remainder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable Read, 24 Feb 2012
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The other reviewers have summed this novel perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For myself, I always find it helps to jot the names of Christie's main characters and their relationship on a piece of paper. Otherwise I get confused within her novels.

I also think Poirot is an excellent character and love his subtle humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosy murder., 10 Jan 2008
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Jane Baker "jan-bookcase" (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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One of Christie's earlier works this is Poirot at his most scathing yet humourous. She tells the story of Cloade on his second marriage when he dies with no will. He's rich and 5 people want a share at least of his money. But he has a young widow - she must die. But - does she? A trail of red herrings.... Christie can do no wrong. She plunges you into a tale of feverish bewilderment from the opening sentence in a London Gentlemen's club. Very Christie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Christie, 28 Nov 2009
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A. Vlassis (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is another typical example of the late Agatha Christie's novels. The plot is yet another time nicely contrived with lots of twists to catch the interest of the 'untrained' reader. However, I'm afraid the book cannot be placed anywhere near her earlier masterpieces that established Christie as the uncontested queen of the who-dunnit genre. Overall a good and entertaining read but rather average. I would only recommend it if you are a fan and you've already covered her 1930s period which in my view was her most prolific and inarguably best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious and imaginative, 2 July 2014
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Published in 1948, 'Taken at the Flood' is one of the few Christie novels to be set at a definite date (1946). Lynn Marchmont, ex-Wren, is engaged to Rowley Cloade but finds it difficult to settle down after her war service. The Cloade family have always depended on financial help from Gordon Cloade, a relative who was unmarried and who, they thought, would leave them his money. However, he married an Irish girl, Rosaleen, shortly before his death and she inherited his fortune instead. The entire family is in financial trouble, partly because of the state of the post-war economy. They try to get Rosaleen's to help them, but her money is being carefully guarded by David Hunter, her brother. Frances Cloade is desperate in case her husband is ruined, but David Cloade blocks any help from his sister. Then a man called Enoch Arden, newly arrived in the village, suggests that Rosaleen is still married to her first husband and therefore cannot inherit Gordon Cloade's estate...
As usual with Agatha Christie, the plot is very ingeniously devised, with plenty of surprises. Christie used the concept several times of an older man married to a glamorous but dim-witted and common younger woman and burdened by financially demanding relatives, but is able to give it a different dimension in this novel.
Agatha Christie was renowned for choosing the murderer only when she had written most of the book, giving possible motives to a number of characters and then using the most unlikely one. In some ways, this has led to a brilliant ending. The identity of the murderer comes as a surprise and so does the 'romantic' ending, though actually, both are psychologically powerful. This is a very good plot, worthy of the queen of golden age of the detective novel, though Poirot does not figure in it until more than half-way through. Some people disparage this, but I like the fact that we get deep into the story before he arrives to unravel the mystery. It is one of my favourite Christie stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 18 April 2014
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I have read loads of Agatha Christie books and have loved everyone. This is no exception, if you enjoy murder mysteries with a twist then read this and other books by Agatha Christie.
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