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A highly convoluted tale indeed. M. Poirot, together with the faithful Hastings, are summoned by a millionaire, who advises of great impending doom,to France. Unfortunately, by the time that they reach their destination a murder has already been committed and the millionaire is dead. So follows a complex, intricate and entirely far fetched tale of intrigue and murder mainly set in a French holiday resort. A much bigger cast of suspects that we are used to is presented here. Thrown into the mix is the French detective assigned to the case - a foe of M. Poirot and one doomed, of course, to failure in the face of those little grey cells but a relationship which provides some amusement. There is also a love interest for Captain Hastings. Whilst this is certainly not one of my favourites, it is, overall, a good, fast moving and enjoyable read. Suspend belief and simply enjoy.
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on 18 June 2017
I have to confess I am a Poirot fan.
These books have to be read as if you were living in the same era. Judge them not by modern standards, if you do you will see them as implausible and possibly racist. Remember much has changed since these were writte.
This is a good read, a typical Poirot novel, there is a logic to everything which makes it creditable.
I will say I think the romance involving Hastings contrived, but read the book to the end and the reason for it will become clear.
Beware if you are familiar with the `TV series as they do take liberties with the story.
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on 30 November 2014
As you would expect from a Poirot novel there are a tumult of twists and turns that leave you guessing all the way through. I had some of the plot sewn up about half way through but, as Christie does, she threw a spanner in the works at the end. Good read, a little far fetched at times - but then again that's probably why we read them....
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on 29 June 2015
Compared to other Agatha Christie books this one is very poor. Not a particularly interesting story, the book tediously hauls you along to its climax. Also, beware the "Cinderella" character who is childish and silly. Only really for avid Agatha Christie Poirot fans.
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on 25 July 2017
A very good book, it just became a little too complicated at the end.
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on 22 June 2017
Very enjoyable detective novel and some nostalgia.
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on 26 May 2017
Brilliant
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on 5 June 2017
Another great mystery from the Queen of writers. Lots of twists and red herrings. Thoroughly good read
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on 4 February 2015
Great
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on 16 June 2017
Excellent story, classic Agatha Christie.
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