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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (3 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000723449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007234493
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Twice as brilliant as Death on the Nile, which was entirely brilliant.’
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A tyrannical old martinet, a mental sadist and the incarnation of evil. These were only three of the character descriptions levelled at Mrs Boynton, the matriarch who kept her family totally dependent on her. But did she really deserve to die on the excursion to beautiful Petra? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Christie's most successful and popular books hold a pattern. Her writing subtely encourages you to suspect everyone except the real murderer, who you ignore. Even when you know the rules of her writing and the tricks she plays, she is so brilliant as to still deceive you. Appointment With Death fits that pattern, and as such is a very pleasing read for fans of classic Agatha Christie. There are a limited number of suspects in an isolated area, and details of times and locations are added to muddy the waters. However, there in the middle of the situation is Poirot, quietly confident. As usual, if you have a mind like Poirot's and are really paying attention, you can work it out. For us mere mortals, there is always the answer at the end of the book, and very satisfying it is too.
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Once again, the BBC does a stellar job on an Agatha Christie book, one of my favorites no less! John Moffat is perfect as Poirot! My only complaint is the music that opens and closes this production. It's too modern a take on middle-eastern music. I'm sure it was done on a synthasizer. Otherwise- top notch.
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Appointment with Death is one of my favourite Christies. It perfectly represents what the best of her craft is: a clockwork plot, subtle clues, simple but effective character sketches, and a logical solution which still surprises. It's a Golden Age detective story down to the last detail, including the atmospheric title.
While in Jerusalem Poirot overhears this chilling exchange between brother and sister: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Later, when an evil old matriarch dies, Poirot investigates her stepchildren, a bunch of repressed basket cases who lived under her thumb.
The stepchildren are like caged animals freed by her death. Christie was a staunch conservative who supported the death penalty and believed that the world would be better off without some people, a belief reflected in how her characters here develop after the murder.
As usual there's romantic subplots, which are neatly resolved in the epilogue. They work here because Christie doesn't let them distract us from the puzzle, like she sometimes does (as in the tortuous Murder is Easy). Suspense and atmosphere languidly uncoil like a snake. The announcement of the murder is a beautifully written scene.
The novel's latter half is mostly dialogue, with some chapters containing almost no other prose. This style might daunt some readers, but they're unlikely to be reading Christie anyway. The denouncement is splendid in its grand procession of logic.
Appointment with Death is the embodiment of classic mystery fiction. An excellent read for fans of this genre.
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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
This was my first Agatha Christie book and it has encouraged me to try another one on my latest excursion to Amazon.co.uk! It had a riveting plot which kept me reading throughout the book without wanting to put it down. I would recommend this to any age and anyone who likes crime novels or wants to start reading some.
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Personally I found the book rather disappointing and confusing with all the comings and goings, though I had no idea at all who had committed the murder. I would like to have known why the murderer had a criminal record which gave her a prison sentence and a reason to kill the person who knew the answer.
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It seems that, though BBC TV are rapidly desappearing down the tubes, Radio 4 can still come up with the goods. That said, this is not the best Poirot story in their repatoire, although it's enjoyable all the same. The ending is ludicrous, but surprsing (the fault of Agatha Christie not of the writer) and it doesn't do such a good job of evoking the Middle Eastern setting as the wonderful adaptation of Murder in Mesapotamia did. Also, some of the acting is a little dodgy, most notably John Woodnut, who is miscast as Colonel Carbury.
That said, if you want to be transported to a world of mysterious old monuments and murder in the desert for an hour and a half, you could do much worse. Hugely enjoyable.
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"Appointment with Death" is probably one of the top three if not the best Poirot story for me personally. I have connected more with the characters in this book than any others before. Definitely recommended.
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This is a truly excellent adaptation of one of Christie's most colourful foreign travel books. The actual denoument is unlikely and Poirot's arrival at the correct solution seems more like luck than anything else but that's Christie's fault and not the production. John Moffat continues to impress as Hercule Poirot, Miriam Karlin is just perfect in the small but vitally important role of the evil Mrs Boynton, Jill Balcon (a series regular) as reliable as ever as Lady Westholme and the young Boyntons all better cast than in either of the filmed adaptations. Nothing important is left out and the fact that the play has to condense the lengthy denoument of the book is no bad thing - excellent!
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