Peril at End House (Poirot) Paperback – 15 Oct 2007
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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.
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.
Well worth a read, in my opinion.
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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Agatha Christie has a modus operandi as recognisable as any serial killer, and the details are all present in Peril at End House. Read morePublished 1 day ago by H. Cross
A right good yarn, twists and turns all over the shop. I guessed 2 of them, but not all by any means. A cracker of a tale.Published 1 month ago by mypenname
Agatha Christie was one of the first authors I started reading as a teenager (a number of years ago now!), however, I’ve recently started trying to read those I missed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle
This is one of the first Agatha Christie mysteries I read (I was only 16 at the time) and though not the best, it is a decent introduction to her books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tim Lintott