The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Audio CD – Audiobook, 25 Oct 2011
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From the Back Cover
There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling-card? To leave the ABC Railway Guide beside each victim's body. But if A for Alice Ascher, bludgeoned to death in Andover, and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill, then who will Victim C be?
Hercule Poirot is intrigued by this murderer's mind. Something just doesn't ring true about a psychopath who lays his clues so carefully.
"The Empress of the crime novel."
There is a serial killer on the loose, murdering his victims in alphabetical order and leaving an ABC Railway Guide beside each body. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel shows why Agatha Christie is still the best crime writer of all time. The book may be set in the 1930's, but she has such an understanding of human nature and her plot and characters all stand the test of time. Her books never drag, are always immensely readable and Poirot - well, he is simply the best fictional detective ever created. Enjoy!
I found the mystery intriguing. I also smile at how how things have changed since the book was written e.g. 'An electric bell trilled sharply above the girl's head' (to you and me, that's a doorbell); when a man packs an overnight bag, he includes a 'spare collar'; and '...The evening post arrived about ten o'clock...'.
The plot is simple: someone arrogantly writes to Hercule Poirot telling him that he/she (no spoilers here!) will murder someone whose surname begins with the letter A in Andover on a certain date. The murderer signs the letter as "ABC".
After the murder, Poirot receives another letter: this time the victim will be someone whose surname begins with the letter B, living in Bexhill-on-Sea, and again ABC names the date.
It's risky business, giving prior notice of a murder - naming the location, date and even first letter of the victim's surname. It increases the chance of being caught. That's part of the tension in the book.
The quest is not just a whodunnit but also who will the next victim be and how far down the alphabet will it get. (And how would ABC ever handle Z?)
The plot is simple but the book isn't (when you read the book, you'll understand what I mean by that). Thoroughly recommended.
Another murder is announced to Poirot - this time in Bexhill. Poirot is getting increasingly concerned and he and his friend Captain Hastings are soon hot on the trail of this mystery murderer. I found it a totally baffling mystery and I definitely didn't work out who the murderer was until Poirot himself explained in his inimitable fashion.
I really enjoyed reading this story and Agatha Christie could certainly teach many authors writing today a thing or two about plotting! The book is well written, the characters are varied and interesting. The book definitely justifies Christie's unofficial title - 'The Queen of Crime.'
A tobacconist with the initials A.A. is duly murdered in Andover and a waitress with the initials B.B. is strangled at Bexhill-on-Sea a month later. Poirot receives a third letter threatening a third murder in Churston, Devon.
How far will the series of murders continue before Poirot discovers the killer's identity and the reason for the murderous procession through the alphabet?
ABC Murders is brilliantly original, unusual and inspirational for many similar serial-crime stories of other UK and US crime writers, and noteworthy for a concise masterpiece of exposition by Poirot near the story's end on the rationale behind serial murder and the reasons why this series was different.
Quite simply, brilliant! So too is the TV equivalent featuring David Suchet which, along with other episodes, painstakingly reproduces much 1930s period detail.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic so clever from start to finish. The reader is sent all over the country with the A for Andover then B for Battle. Loved it, Loved it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is absolutely brilliant and i loved reading it. It was really interesting and kept you always wanting to read more at the end of the chapter.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book from start to finish. It was a great read, with twists and turns all the way through. Excellent read.Published 10 months ago by Chewbacca's scared Cousin
Bought this book as its the next one in the series of Poirot I want to readPublished 12 months ago by Mrs T