Sad Cypress (Poirot) Paperback – 18 Aug 2008
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Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.
Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition. See all Product Description
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But the most interesting feature as far as I'm concerned is in the character of Elinore Carlisle. Her skilfully repressed passion and devotion echo a side of the British character that often goes untold, and very possibly hints to the passionate side of Agatha Christie herself, who wrote romantic novels under the name of Mary Westmacott, and loved her first husband Archie Christie so intensely as to actually lose her mind temporarily when he left her for another woman (she experienced a brief "fugue" where she lost her memory and signed into a hotel with the name of her husband's new flame).
As for plot, narration does feel somewhat disjointed as the story is narrated in retrospective, and in parts through letters, but it really does work, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
Poirot joins the story quite late, which makes for a change.
Elinor Carlisle remains one of my favourite Christie women.
Elinor comes across as a slightly cold and controlled young woman, but she is passionately in love with Roddy Welman, who she has known since they were young children and who are both related to Aunt Laura. The couple plan to marry and expect that Aunt Laura will leave one or the other of them the house and money in her will. However, Elinor’s future is suddenly changed forever, when Roddy falls head over heels in love with Mary. Before long, Aunt Laura has died and her lack of a will means that Elinor inherits. However, when Mary is poisoned, Elinor’s is accused of killing her out of jealousy.
This is an unusual Poirot novel, in that there is a possible miscarriage of justice, which is something hardly ever suggested in an Agatha Christie book. The evidence all seems to point to Elinor as the murderer, but Poirot is never wrong – as he himself assures us - and he promises to get to the truth. With interesting characters, a complex plot and some great courtroom scenes, this is a wonderful mystery. It is said most murders happen because of love or money and this has greed, jealousy and repressed emotions in abundance.
Felt… ? A little blur—a slight sense of shock… Roddy’s face—his dear, dear face with its long nose, sensitive mouth… Roddy!
If you want to learn about punctuation to convey the subtleties of conversation and thought processes, this is the book you need.
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This is the first book I have read concerning the detective powers of Hercule Poirot. Obviously I have seen many times his skills on television, and again, as in so many books, it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by bibliophile
I am getting used to Agatha Christie's style of writing now and found this to be an engaging tale with all the clues laid out and Poirot, as ever, solving the mystery.Published 5 months ago by Maisiemaj
great read and another part of my collectionPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie Elizabeth. T. Currie