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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece Ed edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007119305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007119301
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another popular Hercule Poirot mystery now available on CD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Agatha Christie, queen of crime writing, was the first crime novelist whose work of this kind I read. It remains my favourite genre. Her style of plotting is one that I like too. Peril At End House was one book in a set given to me by my mother as a Christmas present.

It involves Christie’s idiosyncratic creation, the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. He is a wonderful vehicle for solving a murder mystery.

Peril At End House starts in a beautiful part of the UK. So, while on holiday by the sea in St. Loo, Cornwall with his trusted companion Captain Arthur Hastings, Poirot suffers a fall and injures his ankle. While there, they meet Nick Buckley, a young woman who lives at End House. She seems to be accident prone. She is heiress of a local estate. Nick tells them that she has had three potentially life-ending accidents in the last three days. Poirot suspects more than mere chance is behind these events so he decides to protect her and find the killer. Strange connections surface between distant relatives, an absent pilot and a local gang of friends.

Nick’s best friend is Frederica is a woman separated from her violent husband. It seems she is a drug user. Frederica tells Poirot that Nick lies a lot. The Crofts are an Australian couple who have rented a lodge at End House but seem a bit too friendly. When Poirot learns that Mr. Croft mailed Nick’s Will to her lawyer, but that it was never received, he suspects the Crofts of foul play too.

Poirot also discovers her lawyer is her closest living relative and fears he might want to have End House for his own. Lots of suspects are in the mix and the danger continues to grow.

Peril At End House is crafted with Christie’s usual style and the tension is cleverly layered until Poirot finally reveals the explanation in full. It is not a long book and is quick to read, but I did enjoy it very much. If you enjoy a traditional murder mystery, I highly recommend it.
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This is a fairly standard Poirot novel featuring Captain Hastings as the narrator. Poirot decides to intervene when a young lady is shot at within spitting distance of his holiday accommodation.

I'm afraid that I was not particularly impressed by this one. There were probably too many characters and it seemed a lot of effort for both the reader and Poirot to keep track. Indeed, the detective had to resort to writing down lists of the suspects several times to keep track.

While by the end of the novel everything does finally add up, it seems that the clues were rather lacking, and there was nothing there for the reader to get their teeth into to try to solve the mystery themselves. I think Christie has possibly gone a little too far with trying to out fox her audience.

Overall though its not bad for a quick read. Certainly more entertaining than a lot of what's available.
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Another very cleverly written book. I kept changing my mind as to who was the murderer and was very surprised to discover who he or she was at the end. Agatha Christie never ceases to amaze me with her Hercule Poirot stories.
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Peril at End House was a solid read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me guessing as to who the evil-doer was, but that was mainly down to the author giving away so few hints as opposed to me genuinely being outmatched. However, I think the fact that so few hints were given away was a good thing. It makes it more `real life' as in the real world we are not often bombarded by the sheer stupidity of criminals. So perhaps it is best to not always have such an easy time of it in crime fiction?

Well worth a read, in my opinion.
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This book is exactly what you come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, but with a change in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective and star of this mystery series. He has just retired and is slowly settling into a quiet, calm life of leisure and is refusing to be called back into duty. His mind, he thinks, is made up. However, a new mystery finds him, small and subtle at first, then shows itself to have a sinister meaning. He can't help but observe that which is right in front of him, and without meaning to, he is drawn into its web, and begins to apply his detective skills.

The great Hercule Poirot, who is known far and wide for his unmatched detective skills, can't resist asking one question, then another, then another. A perplexing and potentially deadly set of circumstances takes shape, and his concern for the wellbeing of a young woman he happens to meet, leads him to investigate. However, the motives and players behind this mystery prove themselves difficult for him to ascertain. Where he was always bursting with confidence and assuredness in his perceptions, skills, and outcomes, he is now struggling with something unfamiliar to him - a shaky self-confidence that worsens and lingering uncertainty. He finds himself bumbling about without meaning to. As events unfold, he feels powerless to stop them. His once sharp and nearly infallible intellect and investigative skills seem to be outmatched. His frustration grows and so do his mistakes, missteps, and incorrect assumptions.

With its intriguing twists and turns, Peril at End House is a very engaging and rewarding mystery tale and will be sure to please die-hard Agatha Christie fans as well as those new to the stories.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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