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Dead Man's Folly (Hercule Poirot #31)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,483 Ratings  ·  439 Reviews
Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from.

In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot -- and her instincts are soon proved correct when the 'pretend' murder
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published October 1956)
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Jan 27, 2016 Τζο rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ο λογος που αγαπω να διαβαζω Agatha Christie βρισκεται κρυμμενος στις κιτρινισμενες σελιδες της απαρχαιωμένης εκδοσης που εχω αγορασει σε καποιο παρακμιακο μαγαζακι. Ταξιδευει μαζι με την λατρεμενη μυρωδια παλαιοκαιρισμενου χαρτιου μεχρι τα ρουθουνια μου και εκει σκαει γεμιζοντας το κορμι μου με την αναμνηση της Αγγλιας οπως την γνωρισα απο κοντα αλλα και της Αγγλιας του 1920/1930/1940 κτλ που θα ηθελα να γνωρισω. Ας πουμε πως διαβαζω Agatha Christie για συναισθηματικους λογους και οχι γιατι ειν ...more
Laura Verret
Dislike. I found the explanation TOO outlandish to be considered convincing.
Feb 13, 2010 Yngvild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Dead Man’s Folly is one of Agatha Christie’s jolliest stories, evidently one she had fun writing. It is set in a country fête held in the grounds of a large country house, so the cast of characters includes the whole span of village life from “Sir George”, through foreign hikers from the next-door hostel, to the locals being obligingly colourful. “Du ee want the ferry, sir?” There is, fortunately, a list of characters at the front of the book in case you get lost.

Christie fans will spot many of
Laurel Young
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Lisa Kay
Greenway Boathouse, bought by Ms. Christie for 6,000 in 1932, was the setting for a murder in Dead Man's Folly.

(This is a review of the audiobook.) What can I say about a talented actor such as David Suchet narrating a classic Agatha Christie mystery? The same actor who has not only won awards for his audiobook narrations, but actually played Dame Christie’s iconic fictional Belgian detective, Poirot? Only that he kicks this one up a notch - or a star, anyway.

If you haven’t listened to him be
May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery role play (to put it in modern terms) turns into a real murder which for all practical purposes does not make any sense as the victim is a harmless girl.

I dare anybody to solve this one without waiting for Poirot to explain everything in the end of the book; all the clues are there, none of them is hidden. The plot is so complicated you will have my greatest respect if you do. I was lost somewhere in the middle of the book, until this time I was able to follow Poirot.

5 stars t
Nov 02, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book from beginning to end was classic Agatha Christie. I was happy to read it, especially since it felt like the last few books have been hit or misses for me.

This one has Hercule Poirot in it from beginning to end. Called in by Adriane Oliver because of a "feeling" she has, Poirot travels to her and listens to her explaining she feels she is being led to something in order for a real murder to take place.

The characters in this one are really fascinating. We have Adriane who was
Michael A
I almost rated this two stars, but I don't think I can go that low after thinking about it a little bit. The curious thing about Christie in the later books is her tendency to break her own mysteries. Here is a great example.

I do like her self reference, though it is deeply superficial. The odd Mrs. Oliver again makes her appearance, trying to arrange a pageant of murder within a book that does the same thing. Once again we have her saying she doesn't know why people like her books and having di
Convoluted tale of murder and mistaken identities at a magnificent mansion during a fete, filled with peculiar characters and interesting twists. A Girl Guide gets herself murdered in a boathouse where she’s supposed to be *pretending* to be a dead body for a peculiar game that starts out being partly “solve the mystery” and part treasure hunt, but soon escalates to something far more deadly.

Sharp characterizations and florid plotting make this fun even though it’s not one of her best - it’s ra
Oct 16, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ‘folly’ of the title is actually an architectural term defined as “an eccentric, generally non-functional structure erected to enhance a romantic landscape.” Of course, the play on words using the more commonly understood meaning of the word is intentional. In this classic Christie, Adriadne Oliver arranges a mock Murder Hunt for charity and calls in her friend Hercule Poirot when a real body is discovered. Although this was published in 1956, it has the feel of one of Christie’s slightly ol ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime fans, murder mystery fans, Poirot fans, Agatha Christie fans,
Shelves: 4
I've only read two of Agatha Christie's novels before this (And Then There Were None and The Man in the Brown Suit, the former which I found brilliant and the latter which I found dreadful), but I'm very clearly developing a love for Agatha and her marvelous brain; I've heard it said that Dead Man's Folly is lesser Agatha Christie and that this is a rehash of her previous Poirots, but I found this dastardly delightful. Sure, I'd seen DMF twice adapted for the small screen (with David Suchet and ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the David Suchet adaptation
Shelves: agatha-christie, 2012
* * 1/2

It's a village fête with a twist: instead of a treasure hunt, noted mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver has been tasked with devising a "Murder Hunt". Sounds like a lot of fun! However, Mrs. Oliver is concerned. She has a strange feeling that things could go wrong. So she calls in Hercule Poirot, on the pretence of being the prize-giver for the Murder Hunt, but unfortunately he is too late to prevent a real murder…

This will be one of the final novels adapted for Agatha Christie's Poirot, and
Jun 26, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man's Folly does not make my list of top 10 favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. The victim, to me is inconsequential and I simply didn't care whether she was throttled or not. The characters (suspects) are not as developed as in some of her other books like Death on the Nile and the ending, albeit satisfactory is abrupt. However, it is still a Christie mystery and it has twists and turns that will entertain most mystery-lovers. The clues are there for the sharp reader to pick up and sort, a ...more
Agatha Christie + Hercule Poirot - I am definitely okay with this being my first read of 2016.

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Jul 30, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For crying out loud, is there ANY Poirot novel that I can figure out WHODUNIT before the last page? So far not. Review to come.....
Mohammad Kotb
Aug 13, 2015 Mohammad Kotb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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التحليل الأخير في القصة لم يتناول الكثير من التفاصيل برغم من كل التفاصيل التي ذكرت في القصة، ولكنها لازلت شيقة وممتعة
Jeffrey Round
This is another of those Hercule Poirot mysteries where it's obvious that Christie was tired of her most famous creation. When the Belgian sleuth is there in body but absent in spirit, as he is here, Christie substitutes an authority figure to do the grunt work while allowing Poirot a tidbit of glory with his "little grey cells" toward the story's end. In this case, she employs a well-meaning but narrow-minded inspector with a penchant for blaming foreigners for just about anything. Perhaps feel ...more
Ariadne Oliver é uma escritora de livros policias (que pelos vistos já havia entrado noutros romances de Agatha Christie antes deste) convidada para delinear uma “caça ao assassino”, jogo de pistas que decorreria durante uma festa na casa dos Stubbs. Com a sua sensibilidade para este tipo de histórias, Mrs. Oliver sente que algo está errado e telefone a Hercule Poirot para que a ajude a descobrir o que é, mas nem a presença deste evita que a pessoa escolhida para fazer de vítima acabe realmente ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man’s Folly I think I have read twice before – and have seen a TV adaptation too – so maybe it was no real surprise that I began to remember things after about 60 pages. It all remained very muddled in my head though and so I had to read on to see what I had remembered correctly.
In Dead Man’s Folly, Hercule Poirot is summoned to Devon by Ariadne Oliver – a character of Agatha Christie’s that is quite obviously a thinly disguised self-portrait. I’ve always really rather liked Ariadne Oliver
Oct 09, 2013 Deny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Нямах намерение да пиша за "Двойно убийство", защото повечето романи на Агата Кристи - с малки изключения, си приличат. Като напишеш ревю на един, все едно си написал на всичките. Въпреки това след като я прочетох изпитах едно чувство на неудовлетвореност и разочарование, което чак днес ми се изясни и ме подтикна да го споделя.
"Двойно убийство" на пръв поглед има всичко, което се очаква от един роман на Агата Кристи - Еркюл Поаро, сложна интрига, скрит труп, сбъркана самоличност, цяла тълпа вто
Sep 27, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Man's Folly is another mystery featuring the infamous Hercule Poirot but what makes this book different is that a murder has not been committed...yet. Adriane Oliver, the crime novelist, has been asked to help create a murder mystery game and calls Poirot to come assist her as she believes that a real crime is about to be committed. She gives Poirot little to go on though as all of her suspicions are based on a "feeling" that something is off. And then a murder does happen and of course Poi ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an easy book to listen to. Author Ariadne Oliver helps set up a fete in which she has developed a skit which includes finding someone murdered in the boathouse. There are lots of plot twists and all is not what it appears. Hercule Poirot has been invited to attend by Mrs. Oliver who felt that something was not quite right. Well guess what, a real dead body was found in the boathouse where the fake dead body was supposed to be, and the mistress of the house, Hattie Stubbs, goes missing o ...more
Colin Mitchell
Feb 29, 2016 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good Poirot novel. The sleuth was perplexed and missed the clues to being with, following the murder of and apparently innocent 14-year-old Girl Guide who was helping Ariadne Oliver with a murder mystery at a fete. Poirot ponders for some weeks as another death occurs until eventually he fathoms the mystery. A good plot.
أمّجاد محمد
رائعة من روائع أجاثا، مبهرة حد البكاء
بقدر الشهقه التي أطلقتها في الممر اليوم عند إكتشافي للحقائق،
بقدر الإدمان الذي زاد عشقي لكتابات أجاثا ذلك الإدمان الذي جعلني لا أنام حتى أكملها،
ولا أركز بالمحاضرات حتى أتعرف لتسلسل الأحداث،

سيد بوارو يا مبهر يا فذ يا عبقرينا الصغير
سيدة ستبيس ومارلين والسيد صاحب الميناء العجوز
ضحايا أنتم لهذا العالم الشرير تماماً كما قالت
السيد فوليا " العالم مليئ بالشر والأشرار"

السيدة أوليفر تتحدثين بسرعة لا أحد يفهمك تشبهين احدهم كثيراً ذلك الذكاء وذاك الشعر المجعد، وسيل من
Eman Abubakr
Oct 27, 2014 Eman Abubakr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think AGATHA CHRISTIE is a great writer and this book one of the proves.
It is one of the greatest books I have read, it's interesting and and full of secrets, it took me two days to finish because I was curious and willing to know who is the killer.
Jul 23, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Dead Man's Folly is one of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. It also features Ariadne Oliver and a Murder Hunt. As the story opens, Miss Lemon, Poirot's super-efficient secretary, has answered the telephone. It is Mrs. Oliver calling from Devonshire. She tells M. Poirot that she needs his assistance immediately. When he queries her, she says she can't go into details as the telephone is not private. She informs him that a car will meet him at the station and rings off without another c ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Classic Christie with our favourite Belgian detective
Aug 16, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, scribd, reviewed
More of my favorite eggheaded Belgian detective! Love the setup for this one. Hercule Poirot's old friend, mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, is coordinating a murder mystery party at an estate. She suspects she is being manipulated to set up the mystery for a real murder, and calls in her pal Poirot to thwart the killer.

This is classic Christie at her best--twists and turns, and just when you think you know who the killer is, she throws you another curve ball. All is resolved by the satisfying e
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike a lot of Agatha Christie books, it takes almost half of the book until someone is murdered. In her classic style of writing, Agatha Christie gives us plenty of possible suspects to choose from. I constantly was changing who I though knocked off the girl and couldn't quite figure out what had happened to Hattie Stubbs. Was she really as stupid as she appeared to be, or does a intelligent woman lurk in the shadows?

I found all of this to be quite intriguing, as I do with most of Agatha Chri
2.5 stars, really, indicating this isn't an Agatha Christie that holds up well to re-reads, but it was very interesting to read it directly after having listened to the BBC Radio Play version on a very long car journey.

The differences between the text and the radio play are small but striking: in the play the victim, Marlene, is portrayed as more of a boy-crazed minx than comes across in the text (as is her younger sister), and the murderer is similarly more vilified, with (view spoiler)
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