Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot, #39)
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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39)

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The novel features Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings in their final appearances in Christie's works. It is a country house novel, with all the characters and the murder set in one house. Not only does the novel return the characters to the setting of her first, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but it reunites Poirot and Hastings, who last appeared together in Dumb Witness...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 1975)
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mark monday
You Chose Your Own Adventure!

You are the killer: you kill yourself. You deserve it. Or do you? Are you the hero or the villain? But what does it matter; in the end, death comes to us all. Your adventure is over.

If you decide to reject your notorious life and start anew, choose
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Laurel Young
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Hannah
I had to present a class tutorial on this book, so I read it three times in a row: once to understand what happens, once to analyse the crap out of it, and once more to try to enjoy it again.

I really did enjoy the book. I love Agatha Christie's writing. She never fails to force on me a deep desire to go back to that 'golden era' and live like one of the wealthy characters in her books. I also find myself for a few days after reading any of her books narrating my life as if I were actually living...more
Sarai
Poirot is my favorite Agatha Christie sleuth. I also love the corresponding A&E Poirot series with David Suchet playing the famous Belgian detective (those moustaches!). I have to admit, I have a bit of a crush on the Poirot character. He's so smart, so wonderfully pompous but gentlemanly, a wee bit delicate, slightly neurotic, a loyal friend, and dedicated protector of the innocent. I always enjoy Poirot and Hastings working together and Poirot's gentle chiding of Hastings' deductions.

I con...more
Carrie
This is Poirot’s last novel, which, like Miss Marple’s Sleeping Murder, was written (during World War II just in case) long before it was published (in the late 1970’s as her second to last published novel), and unlike the Marple book, it is a real “last” book*. One reason for this is that it takes place at Styles - the setting of the first Poirot novel. It is no longer a private home, but now a guest home. Poirot has invited Hastings (whose wife has recently died) to come to stay there with him...more
Erin
No one, to my knowledge, has written a sonnet about Poirot, a la Vincent Starret's 221B. Perhaps that's because Poirot put so much of an emphasis on life that, in the end, he did everything possible to protect it.

So maybe Poirot doesn't have the pipe, or the deerstalker, or a Mrs Hudson or even a Watson, in the end. He was, and is, alone, in the end, regardless of the warmth and good intentions of Arthur Hastings, the friendliness and respect of Inspector Japp, or even the vague assistance offer...more
Amanda
I know I read this as a teenager, but when I sat down to read it as a 44 year old (right after reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles) I didn't remember a single detail.

A much darker book than many of the earlier Poirot stories, and covers a lot of depressing ground. Emotional vampires, passionless marriages, grief, foolish old age, misunderstanding and contempt between the generations - heavy.

Poirot is still sharp, but this book is a downer. It's still good, but I would not recommend it as an...more
DJ
Aug 30, 2009 DJ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I have to admit that I do keep putting off reading this book as I do hit a stumbling block each time I pick it up and here it is the very start of chapter 2.Which causes me great distress Quote"Nothing is so sad,in my opinion,as the devastion wrought by old age.
My poor friend.I have described him many times.Now to convey to you the difference.Crippled with arthritis,he propelled himself about in a wheeled chair.His once plump frame had fallen in.He was a thin little man now.His face was lined a...more
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
Was it really necessary,Ms.Christie,to kill him this way.? The end of the great Hercule Poirot..!! You could have devised a better plot,a better rival.. Throughout the story there is great tension,but in the end it is proved that it was much exaggerated.. For an armchair detective like Poirot,who cracks his cases with his mind and not by some cigarette stubs or mud on the floor,may be it was fitting to have as his rival a person who thrives on psychological suggestion. But it doesn't exactly fit...more
Tony
Last summer, at an estate auction, I found a beautiful collection of about 50 leatherbound Agatha Christie books - the kind that come from a subscriptlon book club once a month at the rate of about $30 each. I managed to get the whole set for $50 and am slowly making my way through the (I'm only too sad to say) many that I've never read before.

This one is listed as Hercule Poirot's Last Case. It's true; he's dead! It was either this one or The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and I don't know why I...more
Martin
When we think of a murder mystery we think of a plot where a detective finds out who killed whom, with what and possibly where. None of this applies to this masterpiece mystery. Although known as the second novel Agatha Christie ever wrote, it is one of the last ones published. Agatha Christie herself claimed she wanted to save the book until she had finished a lot more other detective novels. After reading the book you might agree that she was most likely too nervous to release this type of plo...more
Peter
"Hercule Poirot's famous last case is a rather sad and melancholy book, despite being penned in the 1940s when Agatha was at the height of her powers. Neatly, Poirot is joined by his loyal companion Hastings at Styles, the estate where they first met and solved their first murder together in the 1920s. But Poirot is older, physically spent, and Hastings is haunted by the memory of his dead wife and bothered by his (live) cool, intellectual daughter.

They investigate a killer "X", the identity of...more
Kurt
While I generally dislike Hercule Poirot and many of Agatha Christie's novels that feature him, this farewell to the character is surprisingly good. The basic premise is that Poirot and a buddy head to a shabby "hotel" (it's somehow less than a hotel, but I think there are cultural issues here that I don't understand as someone from the States) in the middle of nowhere to eat bad food, sit in the sun, meet other guests who have set aside weeks to similarly do nothing (again, I think there are re...more
Mitch
For a plane ride I decided to take along the final Hercule Poirot book: "Curtain", by Agatha Christie. I enjoyed it because it was a very quick and breezy read (perfect for the plane) and had a nice cast of characters. The pace was smooth and brisk, and the ending was interesting.

The following may or may not contain spoilers.

The book begins with Porot's best friend Arthur Hastings going to the hotel where he met Poirot to pay him a visit. Poirot is aging and ill, and doesn't have long to live. B...more
Connie
I've been re-reading and newly reading Agatha Christie lately. I started as a medicinal for the Congressional (House of Reps, talkin' to you) stupidity over the wasteful and harmful government shutdown, and the rush again to the fiscal cliff of the debt ceiling. (Yes, cut the deficit but not with a bloody hatchet.) Dame Agatha's mysteries, astringent and logical, clever and insightful, humorous and dazzling --who can think of fools and foolishness with her even voice in your ears?

It seems as if...more
John Lee
Between the books and the TV series I thought that I knew all of the Poirot stories and as I started reading this one, I kept thinking that any minute, I would remember what was going to happen. But I didnt.
I think that it helped the reading of the book by having the characters of Poirot and Hastings so well established. I enjoyed the story and the plot even though AC managed to fool me with it. I was quite certain that I knew which way the 'action' would go and I even had my reasons but I was...more
Subhojit
spellbound by the twists and turns... indeed the Dame has surpassed herself in this novel. Poirot's swan song simply "does not get no gooder than this". Though his last and final case and our hero is confined(?) to a wheelchair his little grey cells have little shine lost. They are still as active( if not more) as the 1st murder at Styles. It is with a heavy heart that one puts down the book realizing there will not again be the moment of the little Belgian chastising his companion regarding the...more
Bill
This is my token Christie entry on the bookshelf. Actually, from 1967-1976 I read every novel, except for the two posthumous ones. Some of the last were sadly downhill (Passenger to Frankfurt), but even when I thought I had her figured out, which happened more often after 40 or 50 books, she could still catch me, especially "The Secret of Chimneys," or was it "The Moving Finger." I can't remember now. I had "Sleeping Murder" figured partway through, but she got her revenge with "Curtain." I neve...more
Ahmad
Curtain (Hercule Poirot #39)
این کتاب با عنوان اصلی بالا، و با عنوان فارسی: «آخرین پرونده ی پوارو» با برگردان بانو «ثریا قیصری»، و با عنوان: «پوارو از صحنه خارج میشود» با برگردان آقای «بیژن خرسند»، و نیز، با عنوان: «پرده»، با برگردان بانو «رویا سعیدی» نیز، به زیور چاپ آراسته شده است
Halit Emin
"Evet, bir virtüözdü X."

müthiş bir son.
Kalin
Криминалетата не са за мен.

Дефицитът на внимание, тая болест на епохата ни, и мен не ме е пощадил. Без да си водя записки, няма да запомня кои чии хапчета с какво е подменил, нито пък ще ми светне лампичка, когато тия хапчета се появят на сцената отново. Ако не бях прочел „Завесата“ в рамките на една седмица, дори нямаше да различавам героите един от друг. (Което само по себе си иде да подскаже нещо за речевите им характеристики; над десет са, а всичките говорят толкова еднакво.) Не ми е интерес...more
Eliot
"My narrative...must be somewhat rambling" (53). You can say that again...

For a novel written in the 1940s but held back for publication until 1975--in other words, a novel Christie was sitting on for thirty years--Curtain comes off as a hastily-written, threadbare hack job and not at all the dignified "swan song" for Poirot which it was intended to be.

Characters are even more than usually one-dimensional; Hastings' narrative is tedious, disjointed, and poorly paced; the dialogue is artificial;...more
Margaret
Aptly named, Curtain is Poirot's final showing. It was written much before its 1975 publication date (here for more historical perspective on the later Christie works), which gives some perspective considering Christie planned on ending Poirot this way before she finally published it the year before her death.

Curtain shows Poirot come full circle. Hastings is back as narrator after an extensive break and after having a whole family life in Argentina while Poirot, his old crime fighting buddy, k...more
Tali
The first thing I had to bear in mind when I read this last Poirot novel, was that although I hadn't been reading the series in order, I did save this one until last. Which means I read it immediately after One Two, Buckle My Shoe. Coming after the moral message in that second book, meant that I didn't enjoy this novel as much as I wanted to, given that it turns everything I've ever thought about Poirot on its head.
The story is very clever and suitably puzzling - I changed my mind about who the...more
Dani Noviandi
Turunkan tirainya, dan kau akan melihat kebenaran.

Buku ini adalah buku terakhir dimana Poirot, sang detektif nyentrik asal Belgia mengungkap kasus pembunuhan. Berlokasi di Styles yang sebelumnya juga pernah menjadi lokasi pembunuhan, kali ini Poirot dan Hastings harus menyelidiki dan mengawasi seseorang yang dicurigai terlibat dalam lima pembunuhan yang terjadi belakangan ini. Tidak main-main, seseorang itu tidak membunuh langsung korban-korbannya, tetapi menggunakan orang lain sebagai pembunuhn...more
Kathleen Hagen
Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, by Agatha Christie, A-minus, narrated by Hugh Fraser, produced by BBC Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

I read almost all of the Agatha Christie books back in high school, but I missed the last Poirot book. The last book was set at the same estate the first Poirot book was set: Stiles. Poirot lets Colonel Hastings know that he wants him at Stiles, so he comes. Poirot indicates that there will be a murder. He tells Stiles that there is a Suspect X, who is present for...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
And so it ends. I spent most of my year reading almost all of the Poirot books in chronological order of publication so this feels so much like the end of an era. Now it's a matter of rereading not for the great reveal but for the psychology and the words chosen. I was surprised to see Hastings in this but it's very much a book wrapped in nostalgia for a time long gone (even more so now) and memories not quite forgotten. The case itself was good, though not as great as, say, Murder on the Orient...more
Cricket Muse
As much as I enjoy the David Suchet Hercule Poirot series I can't say the same for Agatha Christie's original stories of the famous Belgian sleuth. While they are quick and entertaining, perfect for that lazy summer day read, they are also frustrating. The main reason is due to Dame Christie's penchant for red herring chases. She drops so many false leads that one needs to construct a spread sheet to keep it all straight. This is very much the case in Curtain, the last of the Hercule Poirot stor...more
Sonia Gomes
Jan 04, 2010 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder stories aficionados
Shelves: crime, very-good
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Catherine
This was for the reading challenge task to read a book published in the year you were born. I was surprised to learn that Christie published that late, but this is the last book she ever published (though it was written in 1940). It returns to the location of the first Poirot book, and tells the tale of Poirot's last case. I usually like her stories (though I've honestly not read many, just seen the PBS movies or listened to audio books). Maybe reading it was not the same, or maybe this one just...more
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