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Murder Is Easy (Agatha Christie Collection) Paperback – 3 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece Ed edition (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000713682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007136827
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre.’
Guardian

‘Contains some clever plotting and enough casting of suspicion to keep you guessing like mad.'
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'One of Agatha Christie's best mystery novels, a story fascinating in its plot, clever and lively in its characters and brilliant in its technique.'
New York Times

From the Back Cover

Luke Fitzwilliam could not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer was at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood… or her speculation that the local doctor was next in line.

But within hours, Miss Pinkerton had been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke was inclined to think so – until he read in 'The Times' of the unexpected demise of Dr Humbleby.

‘Suspense, mystery, romance and an agreeable touch of the macabre’
GUARDIAN

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By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE on 9 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to find that this one isn't more popular on these pages. I thought it was very good, and slightly different to the normal English village murder mysteries that Dame Agatha wrote about. This one is quite quirky. There have been a number of inexplicable deaths in the village of Wychwood in recent times - people falling off bridges and ladders, swallowing poison, dying from an infected cut etc - and Luke, a policeman just back from a tour of duty in the Far East, decides to go undercover to investigate. I agree that Luke isn't a strong character, and either Poirot or Miss Marple would have been far better in this role, but even so, this is a darkly brooding little tale. At times Wychwood feels more like it should be a village in a John Wyndham or a Dennis Wheatley novel, with horrible cruelty lurking under civilised surfaces, and Satanic rites being practiced nearby. I personally got the culprit completely wrong, and was utterly convinced it was somebody else entirely right up until the final few pages! I thought the murderer was one of the author's most original and memorable ones I've read so far.
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I hardly need speak about Agatha Christie, deservedly the best-selling mystery novel author of all time. Murder is Easy is one of her best novels, being typically easy to read, obviously contrived and yet filled with plot twists and misdirections. During the exposition of the plot the reader cannot help but be seduced by the unravelling of the mystery, and it all seems, indeed, a little too easy... but with a breathtaking twist in the tail everything is turned around more than once. In retrospect it seems so simple, and all the clues are there. And yet the reader is almost guaranteed not to guess the ending. The only thing to add is that this is one of the few Christies where the pleasure of detection and mystery is leavened with the tension of personal risk to the main characters. The final few chapters in particular took my breath away when I first read the book. Written in the 1930s and yet still as accessible today as it ever was, this is a book well worth reading for both the Christie fan and the generalist reader of detective fiction. Read it and see why Christie is the Queen of Crime.
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I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and I never tire of reading her books. Bought this in fascimilie edition for nostalgic reasons. Started reading it on Friday and finished it today with much enjoyment.

The characters are certainly varied and there are alot of twists and turns in this book that keeps you guessing (incorrectly) right up until the end. The description is this book is just right. Not too much and not too thin either.

A very easy read that can be picked up and put down whenever you feel like a nice bit of escapism from our yesteryears.

Good book. Will certainly recommend.
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This is a good book and easy to read. It will keep you guessing until the end, just as the hero does, suspecting one character and then another. The romantic and supernatural subplots are also interesting. It is very much a closed book setting. The point about it being easy to kill because no one suspects you is a very good point and this applies to serial killers, too. Is the killer here a serial killer (anachronistic term I know)? There were none in the UK in the 1930s in real life.

The flaws are that the hero, a retired policeman, but still reasonably young (no age is ever given), seems to be a complete amateur when it comes to investigations. He has very little idea whatever. A few other points is that the book states witches as being burnt in the nineteenth century - none were executed in the nineteentn century and in the sixteenth and seventeenth century witch trials the punnishment was hanging. Burning was for heretics. There also seem to have been a lack of inquests; with six murders, only that of Amy Gibbs has any sort of official investigation, which is pretty unrealistic.

An entertaining read if you can overlook these flaws, which I mainly could.
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One of the Marpleless, Poirotless Christie books, this is a clever well structured puzzle with subtle clues and a range of suspects who include a 1930s media mogul - think a cross between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. I like it!
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By A Customer on 27 April 1999
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Murder is Easy, is a gripping tale and a classic piece of detective fiction in its own right. It was written in the 1930's so some of the attitudes and opinions of the main character seem at times laughably old fashioned, but this does not detract from enjoying the tale, and could be said to give it a period charm. I must admit that this time I thought I had outfoxed Christie and guessed the identity of the murderer, but in classic Christie style I was completely surprised to find it was someone I had not even suspected.
A real must-read book for all crime fiction fans.
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The hero of this crime novel is a charismatic former policeman from the colonies, the type known as 'an empire builder,' and his name is Luke Fitzwilliam. Younger than Poirot, I'm sad that Dame Agatha didn't persevere with him as her detective of choice in other books. The setting of the story is akin to the Little Old Lady Land of Miss Marple, and the Miss Marple-like figure in the opening pages gets run over in Whitehall. All in all, it's a good yarn, and nicely free of the plot blunders occasionally encountered in Dame Agatha's other works.
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