The Pale Horse: Complete & Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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‘Wholesale murder by black magic…highly ingenious, wholly enjoyable’
‘The acknowledged queen of detective fiction’ OBSERVER
From the Back Cover
To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning?
Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman’s head? Or was it when the priest’s assailant searched him so roughly he tore the clergyman’s cassock? Or could it have been the priest’s visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her death bed?
Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble which Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier?
Wherever the beginning lies, Mark and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, may soon have cause to wish they’d never found it…
‘Wholesale murder by black magic...highly ingenious, wholly enjoyable’
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The plotting is brisk and efficient – the antithesis of, say, 4.50 from Paddington – taking the same sort of nebulous setup (here it’s whether a trio of witches are killing people through psychic means) and building it in a convincing, propulsive and mesmeric way that harks back to the pinnacle of her powers. The first appearance of Mr. Bradley, hinting at the layers involved, reveals a scheme of breathtaking cunning and knavery that feels like a John Dickson Carr plot and really warrants duly-impressed applause, and the gradual piecing together of the inevitable arrangement of matters is convincingly multi-faceted and expertly wrought.
Ariadne Oliver pops up for a few cameo scenes, and has really grown on me over the books; she’s a delight here as she was in Dead Man’s Folly, and it feels like this was a dimension Christie needed to add to her writing to keep herself interested. Her other characters are a little archetypal, but the plot they’re put through is utterly wonderful and contains some of the sharpest writing Christie had done for a while. I found final workings a little tame, but I think that’s in part the book is a victim of its own success elsewhere – I wanted something amazing, and had to settle for something that merely made perfect sense and slotted together seamlessly.
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Worth a read but not her best. I’m still a big fan though.
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A really good plot and some very unusual characters. I really liked the setting. It shows how fallible people can be.Published 4 months ago by P. O'hara
I enjoyed this book more than the TV adaptations I have seen.
As ever with Agatha Christie there is a good storyline although a bit brief at the end regarding the "3... Read more
All types of hokum, but, a good, well crafted mstery- with a novel method of dispatching the victrims.Published 21 months ago by Mr. A. Healy