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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007211654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007211654
  • ASIN: 0007211651
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Wholesale murder by black magic…highly ingenious, wholly enjoyable’
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‘The acknowledged queen of detective fiction’ OBSERVER

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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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Imagine the setting circa 1960. Mrs Christie has a sharp eye for contemporary fashions (hairstyles like birds nests, thick jumpers worn for dinner) and mores (coffee bars, flower shops that sell one bloom in masses of maidenhair). Instead of Poirot and Miss Marple, we have Mrs Oliver and Mrs Dane Calthrop (I love the way she mixed and matched detectives). The central character, Mark Easterbrook, is a serious, bookish man who stumbles across some odd happenings and begins to add two and two when he bumps into an old friend, now a forensic pathologist. The central 'case' is seen from many angles (and more than one narrator), and its elements are only linked by the mysterious phrase 'the pale horse'. It turns out to be a former pub now inhabited by three eccentric ladies of a certain age who are only too happy to tell you about their hobby - black magic. Can they possibly be linked to a list of names whose owners turn out to be rather dead? Easterbrook and a picture restorer called Ginger are determined to find out. Their search leads them from mansion flats to boarding houses to dusty offices in Birmingham to draughty country vicarages. Now read on!
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At first I wasn't quite sure about this title, not being a fan of black magic and seance's . How wrong was I to doubt Agatha, she has the knack of leading everyone up the garden path. The story had very little to do with the occult. A well deserved five star rating. Kindle readers get on this magnificent crime writer. You can't go wrong.
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This is not your usual Christie feast, but well worth the read. There's some black magic and superstition, suspicious deaths and a murderer that you might not get until the end. Lots of twists in the tale, danger for the main characters and some great names. It's not a Marple novel, though the TV series got her in there, just as they did with The Sittaford Mystery, which never featured her in the book, but got her involved in the TV plot! Though there is Ariadne Oliver in the story. A fun read if you like this kind of thing.
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This is unusual in that it is not a straight whodunnit, nor does it feature any of the author's usual sleuths, though there are a few characters appearing here who appeared in earlier books, notably Mrs Aridadne Oliver. The setting is unusual, too, amid the youth (well heeled, naturally)of Chelsea in 1961. It is well paced and the leading characters are sympathetic. The twist at the end is also well done. Superstition and black magic seem to play a prominent role, as in Murder is Easy. Recommended reading for those who can cope with a non-traditional mystery.
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I read this book in two days, i found the plot excellant. Some say it's not one of christie's best but the only complaints i have are that the ending came to soon, read it!
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I’m not precisely sure at what point I starting approaching the works of Agatha Christie with a certain apprehension, worried that her position in my affections was becoming rather precarious, but The Pale Horse feels like a shot in the arm following the disappointment of her three previous novels. She was 71 when it was published, and by common consent with her best days behind her, and this is a rich, dense and immensely rewarding book that only falls short of classic status simply because of the high standard she had already set (this is the woman who wrote The Moving Finger, after all).

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.

I know, right? Some people are never happy...
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I chose this item as I have always loved spoken word and it makes the ironing much more bearable!

The item was dispatched very quickly and arrived very fast.

Item was in excellent condition, exactly as described. Very positive transaction!
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I’m a massive fan of Agatha Christie and generally love all her books, but alas this isn’t one of her better ones. This is a modern mystery (i.e. early 60s) but it is more a howdunnit rather than a classic whodunnit. The whole plot is very unlikely and there were large parts of the book that were given over to what seemed like unnecessary conversations and descriptions. It was hard to get involved with, or care about, the characters.

Worth a read but not her best. I’m still a big fan though.
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