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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 3 September 2017
Murder in the Mews, by Agatha Christie, consists of four novellas - all featuring the inimitable M. Poirot. As novellas, they are longer than the very short stories from Christie but nowhere near the length of a full novel. For the avoidance of doubt those novellas in this volume (note that there are other editions which only contain three novellas ) are as follows :- Murder in the Mews; The Incredible Theft; Dead Man's Mirror and Triangle at Rhodes. It's a nice medley, for sure, and a little show piece for our Belgian detective. Each is a well and tightly plotted little piece and each a puzzling scenario for Poirot, each putting his 'little grey cells' to the test. On the whole very enjoyable indeed, although, I always feel that the shorter stories do not do our little Belgian detective much justice (and I judge by the Christie yardstick :) ) - character development is sleight and there is very little depth - so, if already well versed in the joys of Poirot, then this is a good addition to whole picture and is an enjoyable, entertaining read.
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Top Contributor: LegoHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 December 2012
"Murder in the Mews" was the last book Agatha Christie published in 1937 and consists of four Poirot short stories - although all are quite long by her usual standard, and one really novella length. All feature Poirot, one features his old friend Inspector Japp and another has a guest appearance by Mr Satterthwaite, of the Harley Quin stories and "Three Act Tragedy".

The first title story, "Murder in the Mews" and the third story, "Dead Man's Mirror", both feature a suicide, later suspected of being murder. One story is set in a small house, in a street peopled with those who service the aristocracy (there are, for example, a large amount of chauffeurs living nearby). "Dead Man's Mirror" sees Poirot summoned to a country house by a wealthy man obsessed by his family name, but both cleverly weave the plot around ties of family and the past.

The second story, "The Incredible Theft" involves espionage and important documents stolen from a study during a weekend party. Lastly, there is the enjoyable "Triangle at Rhodes", with Poirot on holiday. Christie always wrote excellent stories in exotic locations and this is no exception. For me, it is the best story in the collection, with an actress (often a baddie in Christie novels!) causing jealousy and marital discord on the beach. These are a nice collection of stories, with Poirot cleverly solving each case in his own special way. Out of interest, for a man who distained the methods of Sherlock Holmes, you will find that he is actually inspecting footprints in "Dead Man's Mirror", the first time I can remember him doing so. Overall, a fun collection with the author, and her detective, at their best.
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on 5 September 2011
Murder in the Mews is a collection of four novellas, each depicting one of Hercule Poirot's minor cases. There are two cases of suspect suicide, a theft and an accidental murder.

The first three cases each have a good amount of meat on them, though number three has a few too many characters to keep track of in such a brief tale. I'm afraid I didn't find any of them particularly strong, particularly in some places where vital clues were withheld from the reader - something Christie is usually very good at avoiding. This having been said, even in the stories which did keep everything in the open I was unable to successfully pinpoint the culprit before the big reveal.

I don't think the the novella formats lends itself well to Poirot's adventures, and story three (which was my favourite) looked as if it could have been extended into a full novel. However the short story format of the final tale felt even more of a let down after the more detailed episodes that it followed.

Overall, I'm afraid to say that this collection is probably best one for the purists rather than the casual reader, and hitting the full length novels would better serve anyone seeking a whodunit to tax their brains.
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on 25 July 2017
Agatha Christie at her best with a short selection of Poirot stories, never get tired of reading these stories and other ones by a truly unique Author
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on 9 May 2018
I hate paperbacks but this was good for what it was. Great customer service. Highly recommended.
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on 9 November 2013
I expected one story. Instead I got four separate ones! All of which were very enjoyable. I love Agatha Christie and her Hercule Poirot who is such a brilliant detective, solving all his mysteries with his little grey cells.
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on 28 November 2012
Murder in the the Mews.
I cannot praise Agatha Christie enough. This book was up to
her normal standard. I have read many of Agatha's books and
enjoy them all. Very hard to put down. Recommended to all
Kindle readers.
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on 7 November 2016
Good read.
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on 3 December 2017
I am an avid Agatha Christie fan. This book as usual was excellent.
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on 10 January 2016
great addition to my collection
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