Dead Man's Folly (The Christie Collection) Paperback – 4 Mar 1996
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‘The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction.’ New York Times
‘The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect.’ Times Literary Supplement--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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DEAD MAN’S FOLLY
Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt.
Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…
'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.
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Top Customer Reviews
Poirot's curiosity is aroused and he immediately packs and catches a train for Devon. When the murder mystery turns out to involve a real murder both Poirot and Mrs Oliver are totally baffled - as are the police and it is several weeks before the case is finally solved.
I did pick up the clues but unlike Poirot could not in the end make anything of them so I wanted to keep reading to find out what was really going on. The book is well plotted and the characters well drawn and the motivations interesting. What more could any fan of classic crime novels want?
The plot of this story follows a village fete in the village of Nassecomb – Sir George and Lady Stubbs organise the event, and invite a well-known mystery novelist named Ariadne Oliver (read, ‘Agatha Christie’) to organise a murder hunt. Unfortunately, things turn sour when the 14-year-old girl who was supposed to be playing the murder victim is discovered at the scene, only this time she’s dead for real!
The novel starts off reasonably slowly, but it gathers momentum with every page until you’re twenty pages from the end and dying to know who did it. As always, the denoument is far from a disappointment, and though I don’t want to tell you too much in case I ruin the ending, I can tell you that even though I was familiar with the story-line, the true identity of the murderer and the motive never crossed my mind.
The solution to the case is very ingenious indeed, but it is not built clue after clue. Rather, it follows a conventional plot until the solution is exposed at the very end of the book, as if Poirot had a sudden insight, drawing from evidence that was not revealed before. Also, the solution is quite far fetched.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but I think it will lose some appeal for a reader not that interested in Agatha Christie's places.
The book is typical Agatha Christie ie murder at a country house who an interesting assortment of characters. Poirot is on form too picking out the clues and until all is revealed. The book moves at a nice pace with no foul language are graphic gore or sex which makes a nice change from alot of modern books.
As I said before this is the first Christie book and it's one of my favourites. If you enjoy a classic whodunit from the "Queen of Crime" then this book is for you.
The book is hardback, approximately A4 size and runs to 46 pages. The illustrator, Marek, has interpreted Christie's slightly caricatured cast of characters well and has also brought out some of the humour and lightness of tone that always make her books a joy.
Dead Man's Folly features Poirot and his novelist friend Ariadne Oliver investigating the death of a young girl murdered during a village fete. The plot is easy to follow in this format, though as to be expected much of the investigation is very abridged. This may act as a good introduction for older children to Christie's books, and I'm sure would also be an interesting curiosity for established fans. Good fun.
The new contempary design is brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful to see the location settings at Greenway., during a recent visit.
The place brings the story alive ! Amazing.
another Agatha Christie to my collectionPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie Elizabeth. T. Currie
I have read this book under the title the Greensborough folly and didn't realise it was the same book till I was half way through. Read morePublished 8 months ago by suzy stubbs
Really enjoyable. Read it if you intend to go to Greenway, Agatha Christie's summer home in Devon (National Trust), read it before you go, because it is set there.Published 11 months ago by SuzyMM