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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119349
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The finest murder story of her career… Mrs Christie has never been more ingenious”
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About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


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This is a very unusual Poirot novel in that it has an equal number of suspects and detectives (four in each case). Poirot is invited to dinner by an eccentric acquiantance, Mr Shaitana, who promises to introduce him to four murderers who have got away with their crimes. When Poirot arrives at Mr Shiatana's he finds three other detectives there, enigmatic Superintendant Battle, Colonel Race of the Secret Service, and Mrs Ariadne Oliver, an eccentric writer of detective fiction. The four murderers are elderly widow Mrs Lorrimer, bluff Doctor Roberts, dashing, adventurous Major Despard, and Anne Meredith, a young girl. The two parties, murderers and detectives, settle down to play bridge in separate rooms, and Mr Shiatana sits by the fire in the murderers' room. In the course of the evening he is murdered, but which of the four is responsible? The four detectives set out to solve the crime. As always in Christie's novels there are plenty of humorous touches, one of my favourites is where Superintendant Battle calls for one of the suspects: "I should have kept him to the end" said Mrs Oliver. "in a book, I mean," she added apologetically. "Real life's a bit different" said Battle. "I know" said Mrs Oliver "badly constructed." In the course of the book the detectives find out all the can about the suspects, and learn about the murders they commited earlier (one suspect turns out to be innocent of any murder). There are lots of exciting twists to the plot and you are kept guessing right up until the end. It is apparently possible to find out the identity of the murderer by studying the bridge scores reproduced in the book, if you understand bridge that is. I don't but it doesn't matter, this is an intriguing and clever mystery, definitely one of Mrs Christie's best.
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This is a slightly differently constructed murder-mystery from many of Dame Agatha's stories, and although interesting and entertaining in parts, it ultimately feels rather contrived.
The plot involves the murder of Mr Shaitana, a showman/poseur who dresses like Mephistopheles and enjoys teasing and baiting his acquaintances for his own amusement in a manner that most would probably find obnoxious (I have a vision of Christopher Lee!). He invites four detectives, including Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Ariadne Oliver, and Colonel Race, to a dinner party together with four other guests that he informs Poirot have all committed an undetected murder. And they all accept the invitation, despite not really liking him! After dinner the two group separate and play the card game Bridge in separate rooms. During the Bridge games one of the four 'murders', fearing revelation, kills Shaitana with a stilletto dagger as he dozes in a chair. The detectives then set about trying a identify the culprit.
Poirot uses the Bridge scores and the observational abilities of the four suspects to make conclusions about their character, which is clever in parts, whilst all four detectives investigate the history of the suspects. Some say they find Ariadne Oliver a little annoying, but although I think she adds some welcome humour, one can't help thinking that as a literary self-caricature Dame Agatha is almost mocking her readership at times.
A strong point of the novel is that Poirot is present with his piquant observations, deductions and all his glorious character flaws from the start. Dame Agatha mis-directs the reader with the usual range of blind avenues and red-herrings.
However, overall the story has a very contrived feel to it.
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The premise for this story is a party host being murdered during a game of bridge. One of the four people in that room is the murderer. With next to no evidence, Poirot, a crime novelist and Scotland yard are set to solving this mystery.

It has the hallmarks of a good read, but I feel Christie tries too hard in places. For instance, a series of events happen that have next to no bearing on the case. She paints an unbelievable psychological portrait of the suspects that just doesn't really hold much substance. And the most detracting thing is that the vast majority of the book revolves around Bridge terminology. If you are unacquainted with the game you will have no clue what a trick, dummy, rubber, grand slam etc... are and whole pages (often whole bouts of conversation) are taken up with such terminology.

It's not a bad story as a whole. The reader is often thrown through loops as to who the criminal is, so it does keep you thinking. However, I found myself reading more to get through it than out of the excitement a Poirot novel usually gives me, though. It's certainly worth a read, but there are other Poirot titles that are more deserving.
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Considered by many to be her greatest work, it certainly is one of her finest. Agatha Christie herself said there are only four starters and any one of them might have committed the crime.
One detective per suspect is a great idea, although as one of them is Poirot, there's really only one. Agatha Christie thought the limited number of suspects might knock out the surprise. But it doesn't. In many ways it easier to keep up with who's who.
Poirot's thought process is as baffling as ever, and full of clues if only we could spot them. The really big clue comes though in the...
Christie at her best

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