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Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot #32)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  12,069 ratings  ·  397 reviews
A revolution in the Middle East has a direct and deadly impact upon the summer term at Meadowbank, a picture-perfect girls' school in the English countryside. Prince Ali Yusuf, Hereditary Sheikh of Ramat, whose great liberalizing experiment -- 'hospitals, schools, a Health Service' -- is coming to chaos, knows that he must prepare for the day of his exile. He asks his pilo...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1959)
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Mark
Sep 03, 2007 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: practically everyone !
the very first - from such a long list of - agatha christie's detective novels i've read.
quite a 'right' choice because the story reminds me of the more familiar enid blyton's boarding schools' series (i.e. mallory towers), but with such expanded plots that includes romance, theft and murder. very juicy indeed.
i could even remember that i skipped sleeping that night just to finish this novel, and succeeded doing so in less than 48 hours.
this novel was probably the one that triggered my crave...more
Laurel Young
Cat Among the Pigeons is an atypical Agatha with a number of strengths but a couple of odd weaknesses. I really enjoyed the fact that the first 100 pages are more of a novel of manners than a mystery, focusing on the development of interesting characters at a girls' boarding school. I admit, I picture Waverly Academy from Nancy Drew! When murder finally occurs, the motivation thus has more depth. This would be one of her best but for two detractions: first, it is very odd to bring in Poirot 200...more
Chris Thompson
This is my first experience with Agatha Christie. Mystery is not a genre I read a lot of, but Christie is so well-known I thought I'd give it a shot. Many novels do have elements of mystery in them, of course, particularly in hiding certain plot points or motivations until the end, so I am familiar with the conventions. I find that mystery, like many other things in life, is at its best before everything is revealed. Monster movies are always scarier when you don't see the monster than when you...more
Jessica
Well, you know how Agatha Christie novels had international intrigue subplots you didn't pay attention to? Turns out they involve a pretty interesting view of world affairs. Like when the people of the city of "Ramat" reject their British-educated young prince who builds hospitals and roads -- they miss his grandfather, a bloodthirsty tyrant -- and this explanation is given: "While in England people who are picturesque and violent cause embarrassment and are not much liked, in the Middle East, B...more
Lindley Walter-smith
This book really makes me wish Christie wrote school stories as well as mysteries and thrillers. Really enjoyable thriller/murder mystery set in a boarding school, with intrepid young ladies and an awe-inspiring headmistress mixed up with international intrigue. Poirot comes in right at the end, grandfatherly and kind, to save the day. The best part, though, is the boarding school setting, the students and the teachers.
Bibliophile
Experienta mea cu Agatha Christie a inceput cand eram in clasa a 5-a si, intelegandu-ma foarte bine cu bibliotecara de la scoala, ma lasa sa ma plimb printre rafturi. In consecinta, cu fiecare imprumut incercam cate ceva nou, pana am descoperit-o pe ea, marea doamna a romanului policier, de care m-am indragostit ireversibil si care o sa ma farmece intotdeauna. I-am citit toate titlurile publicate pana la acel moment - desigur, majoritatea erau foarte cunoscute: Crima in Orient Express [beloved o...more
Marleen
The story starts in the Middle Eastern Sheikhdom of Ramat which finds itself on the cups of a revolution. The young Sheikh knows his life is in danger and asks his friend, a British pilot, to find a way of smuggling a small fortune in jewels out of the country. The pilot’s sister happens to be in Ramat with her young daughter, Jennifer, and he hides the jewels in their luggage without having a chance of telling them and while being secretly watched.
Next the story switches to Meadowbank, a posh a...more
Diane
This is billed as an Hercule Poirot book, but be aware - his fine moustaches don't appear until 3/4 of the way through. Having said that, it's a pretty good read, with a not-too-farfetched solution (which can't always be said of Christie's work.) She has also been accused of hiding pertinent info from readers until the end, to keep them from solving the mystery. While there is an exciting 'reveal' at the end of the book, this time she actually makes the reader aware of something it takes everyon...more
Smitha
the story is set in an exclusive residential school catering to the creme de la creme. There is a hidden cache of precious jewels, coup in a middle eastern country, mixing up of teachers and students of varying nationalities and personalities in a residential school in a remote English island. Three murders serially and sequentially - all involving the female teachers of the school, espionage, assumed identities - you name it, the book has it. I love boarding school stories and I enjoyed this on...more
Lara
This one was a bit odd, as I forgot I was reading a Poirot mystery until he was introduced nearly 3/4 of the way into it!

I enjoyed the setting at the girls' school, it was very well written and was the cause of my forgetting all about good old Hercule. I felt it provided an interesting backdrop for the murders and intrigue. I enjoyed the way she set it up this time, although it was a bit confusing to me at first.

This time Christie gives some pretty obvious clues, at least as to where the jewels...more
Shouvik
It's more of a thriller than a classic detective mystery although a mystery shrouding is amply present. Poirot is introduced much later in this book but honestly while reading it,I seemed to have forgotten it to be a Poirot novel,probably one of the few Poirot novels which appeal even Poirot plays a little role and much of his crime solving psychology isn't revealed explicitly. And that seems to be the greater success,to write a Poirot novel but to create that sense of attraction and thrill that...more
Shannon
Classic Agatha Christie. Loved it. Less about the mystery then the charming glimpse she gives us into a corner of British life, and the insightful way in which she draws us into the lives and thoughts of her characters. Miss Bulstrode, Meadowbank School for Girls' headmistress, has made it to my list of favorite female characters, for her level-head, strength, and determination which invoke the respect of those surrounding her in the story and similarly in the reader.
Great read.
Ryan
This is likely one of my favorite Agatha Christie Poirot stories. Poirot appears late in the tale and is all the good things about Poirot (which is probably to really say, not the irritating things). I love that the hero is really a young girl who pays to random bits of information. I also like the higher level theory of education presented by Miss Bultstrode - that a school should have some traditions, should have a vision, but should be about the present, the students now. That isn't an easy b...more
Rachel
I didn't like this one quite as much as the other two I've read so far, and I'm not sure why. If Mrs. Upjohn recognized someone at the school who she knew from her previous life in intelligence work and knew this person was a trained killer, why would she leave her daughter in the same school and then travel the world? I hate to say that it's a plot hole, but it bothered me slightly.
Matteo Pellegrini

Il romanzo comincia con un flashback ambientato tre mesi prima della storia a Ramat, un paese molto ricco del Medio-oriente, in cui sta per scoppiare una rivoluzione. Il principe Ali Yusuf dà al suo pilota e intimo amico Bob Rawlinson una piccola fortuna composta da molti gioielli, che devono uscire dal paese, perché si fida solo di lui per effettuare questo compito. Rawlinson apparentemente nasconde i gioielli nella valigia di sua sorella, Joan Sutcliffe, che è andata a trovarlo con sua figlia

...more
Dolly
Jun 28, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
Shelves: mystery, 2008, english, death
A wonderfully enticing mystery from Agatha Christie - I adore her stories and have read them since I was a teen. The charming settings, the duplicitous characters, the plot twists, the clever solutions...I love it all. They are quick reads and a welcome diversion.
Lou
Agatha Christie surprised me with his story so enjoyable. The story was very entertaining but at times I felt a little lost with so many names, but I liked that it was Julia who reveals the mystery.
Colette Fairbairn
This is the first and only Christie novel I've ever read (though I am in the process of reading Towards Zero), so I can't compare to her other works, but everything in this book just feels a little...off. Everything is partly, if not wholly, unnatural. The dialogue is the worst, character actions a close second. HOWEVER: I don't know how, but I still had fun reading it. Normally these things would drive me insane, and I don't know if it's something in the writing style that I missed or just enjo...more
paris
حِينَ تَقرأُ لأغاثا كريستي
للمرَةِ الأولى ..
تنْبَهِر ...

وإذا كانت هذه هي الروايَة الأولى التي تقرؤها لها ..تنبهر أكثر ..


Chana
Another book checked off in my quest to read all the Agatha Christie books.
I tend to like Hercule Poirot mysteries and this one was pretty good. It did drag in places. When I started reading it seemed so current. Here is a conversation between Prince Ali Yusef and his English friend and pilot Bob Rawlinson,
Says Prince Ali "Take refuge in your Embassy? That, never. The extremists would probably storm the place -- they wouldn't respect diplomatic immunity. Besides, if I did that, it really would...more
Ankit
Yet another good read by Agatha .... indeed it has surprises in store for the readers towards the end.
Ahmad
قتلی در دبیرستان دخترانه مدوبانک صورت می گیرد، اسم اصلی کتاب گربه در میان کبوترها
Yanni
I tried many times to read this book. Unfortunately, I always gets bored by it in the middle and left it out. But yesterday I read it and cannot put that down until I finnished. It's like reading a school dormitory stories from my favourite detective stories. The plot is easily predicted though, I already have a nasty feeling about the culprit, too many side is involved in this case and there are too many deaths at the end

Nevertheless, I enjoiy Christie writing in her unusual backgound story : G...more
Ellie
One of the best Agatha Christies, in my opinion!
Norain MT
Ah, how do I rate this book? Three stars or four? I always find it hard to review books in mystery-thriller-detective-etc genre for fear of divulging too much and God forbid, becoming a spoiler. But with Cat Among the Pigeons at least I can confidently list what I liked and did not like about it.

What I liked, firstly, was the English boarding school setting. I was a fan of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers and her other school series and I must say, Agatha Christie managed to capture that all-girl sch...more
Bookworm1858
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
Black Dog & Leventhal, 1959
297 pages
Hercule Poirot Mystery
4/5 stars

Source: Bought (it was on sale)

Summary: Meadowbank School is an outstanding school for young girls which is suddenly rocked by the murder of the new games mistress. Was she too curious for her own good? Does it have some connection to the recent revolution in a Near East country? (Hint: yes) Never fear: Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells are on the case.

Thoughts: The book opens wi...more
An Odd1
"Cat among the pigeons" by Agatha Christie is the feeling by Meadowbrook elite girls' headmistress Miss Bulstrode, ugly suprising astute Eileen Rich p93, and "consultant" Hercule Poirot p196, that hidden predator(s) murdered thrice and kidnapped once. Men control important events and detect solution. Women perform and suffer misdeeds.

Rama Prince Ali entrusts fortune in jewels to his pilot Bob Rawlinson, both immediately assassinated. Nosy Miss Springer of games is shot, second in command Miss V...more
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Julie
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Rahel
The story's about a murder at an exclusive girl's school. The unpopular games mistress got herself killed in the middle of the night in the sports pavillon ... but there's more to it than it seems ... especially after the second murder.

Be careful if you read on - containing SPOILERS.

It all starts with a revolution in an arabic country where a prince is trying to flee the country before he gets murdered. Beforehand he hands over some diamonds to his trusted friend and pilot to get them out of the...more
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