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Murder Is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,567 Ratings  ·  460 Reviews
On her way to Scotland Yard to report several murders in her village, an elderly woman encounters retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam. He dismisses her ravings about the murderer finding it easy to kill, as long as no one knows who he is--until two more killings occur, one of which is the old lady's. Previously titled Easy to Kill.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 19th 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published June 5th 1939)
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mark monday
Sep 15, 2013 mark monday rated it liked it
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are aged but you are no fool. You are stronger than the foolish victims around you. They never listen. It will be the death of them, you say. But they dismiss you, they find you charming but inconsequential, they ignore that you have lived an entire life of emotion and experience and the world is no playground to you. It is a mine field, it is a pit, it is a coal mine and the people around you are canaries. Canaries die! Murder is easy if everyone thinks it is an ac
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Kavita
Jun 04, 2015 Kavita rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Hmmm ... not sure how I feel about this one! On one hand, I really loved the village setting, the old ladies and I even enjoyed the actual plot a lot. On the other hand, I really found the main pair quite irritating, their 'love' story unbelievable and since everything else hinges on that bit, the entire story rather runs down a little.

The book starts off very interestingly with a chance meeting in a train between Luke Fitzgerald, retired policeman, and Lavinia Pinkerton, a fluffy village elder
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Abeer
Oct 11, 2015 Abeer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
It was a fun read considering the twist in the end. And it's like being with Miss Marple but not really - because of the old woman in the story. The twist was really good!!! It was a revelation within a revelation. It's true what they say, you can never know with Agatha Christie... ;)
Mitch
Mar 22, 2014 Mitch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
98% of the time I LOVE Aggie. Agatha Christie is my "go to" gal when I'm in a reading slump. Like a hot rich Brazilian man under the covers, you know you're not going to be disappointed. Well, usually. But there is the rare DUD in her collection. And if I can relate it to the above analogy of the sexy South American, this book is the equivalent of hopping in bed with this Brazilian hottie and discovering that OOPS...he pooped the sheets!

Sorry, but "Easy to Kill" by Agatha Christie was a surprise
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Kathryn
Jul 27, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was ok
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Theresa
Jul 24, 2008 Theresa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers who are in between reading a really great mystery.
Shelves: glad-i-read-it
The concept and overall plan of this novel were genius, but the actual product was not quite as chilling as was possible. There comes a point in the novel where key characters discuss the series of murders that have occurred and their tendency to escalate in audacity and gruesomeness. Yet, I was not quite as disturbed as Agatha clearly intended me to be. I don't thrive on violence, but this novel needed to reach a little farther to produce the hair-raising effect it was trying for.

Not to mentio
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Melanie
Sooo... One star may be a little harsh, but this was by far the least interesting Agatha I've read to date. I was quite bored and underwhelmed.
The set-up was ok, but I was severely unimpressed with our "detective" Luke Fitzwilliam (he was even a policeman! I wouldn't have guessed!). He makes all the cliché mistakes and never compensates with any actual cleverness. The story just continues to happen all around him without him making any useful contribution, and every other character in the book k
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Luffy
May 10, 2013 Luffy rated it it was ok
This book reminds me of the movie Gosford Park. It's because the guilty party is not what is hinted at and I fell for the red herrings hook line and sinker. Unlike the movie, the book is disappointing beyond redemption. It's a good enough book, but the murder of Lavinia Fullerton is incredulous for me. The old push and shove from the crowd is fine, but how does the murderer convey that the car that hit her is a Rolls. Did the murderer keep on following Lavinia waiting for the perfect crime to o ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
I loved this one. It was perfect,just the right amount of thrill and detection. And you even have a romance going on in the background. The suspense is there till the last page and it keeps you guessing. Well.. I was guessing till the last never for once pointing at the right one. This is a real nice story considering how Val McDermid would have written it.. The perfect storyline for a serial killer mystery.. You just need to add the gruesome details..
Lauren
Apr 09, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2012
Eh. It was all very plodding, really.
Maybe I set myself up for disappointment because I expected Poirot or Marple to show up at some point, and then all I got was Luke Fitzwilliam, who ... just wasn't interesting or all that likeable. I particularly liked how he felt eligible to pursue Bridget simply because he didn't like her old fart fiancé. Never mind that he himself was an old fart too, and bloody lied his way into their house to begin with. "I know what's best for you after a few days in yo
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Monique
Feb 08, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
I have never read an Agatha Christie novel that warranted anything less than a three starred review..its just impossible, she is an amazing storyteller who can deftly and accurately describe a character in a few sentences so you feel you can see them living and breathing in front of you..I adore her style and hail her as a literary genius any day of the week, a true master however I believe I have read too many of her books because while reading this one I took a wild guess at the culprit knowin ...more
Laura
Mar 06, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
From BBC Radio 4:
Agatha Christie murder mystery. Ex-policeman Luke Fitzwilliam hears about a series of murders from a dotty old lady he meets on a train. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson
Sarah
May 27, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Although Luke Fitzwilliam is one of the least likable characters Christie has ever come up with I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. If he had been any less dense than he was the story would not have played out quite so deliciously. This is one of the few Christie mysteries I can remember reading which has the frightening suspense of the reader realizing who the murderer is while the dumbwitted Fitzwilliam remains in the dark. Of course, the much-too-intelligent-for-Fitzwilliam Ms. Conway has figu ...more
Paula Dembeck
Luke Fitzwilliam is a retired police officer returning from a stay in the Far East. He boards the London train and chooses a seat in a carriage with an elderly woman, Miss Fullerton, who tells him she is on her way to Scotland Yard to report a series of murders that have taken place in her village. She believes she knows who the murderer is and she also believes she knows the name of the next victim.
(N.B. I must take this moment to clear up a problem I have encountered with other reviews of thi
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An Odd1
Apr 12, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
On a train, Luke Fitzwilliam, policeman overseas, meets elderly Lavinia Fullerton enroute to Scotland Yard, because "the last person anyone would suspect" p8 in Wychwood under Ashe village has killed repeatedly, masked as accidents. She fears good Dr Humbleby is next. When Luke sees obituary column, he intervenes. Whoever crosses local boy turned newspaper magnate Lord Easterfield .. dies. (view spoiler) ...more
Judy
Mar 18, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What? An Agatha Christie book with nary a sighting of Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple? Unbelievable. I actually just threw this book onto the top of the pile I was checking out of the library this week without checking to see it was about and read it in one sitting last night. Luke Fitzwilliam, who is a newly retired policeman, has just returned to England from the colonies and he finds himself sitting by a little old lady on the slow train to London. Of course, we little old ladies can't kee ...more
Laila_m_240526
Nov 12, 2013 Laila_m_240526 rated it it was amazing
This was my second book by Agatha Christie and I found it as amazing as the first book that I read, her books don’t ever get boring.

The story revolves around a man named Luke Fitzwilliam who emerged back from the Middle East and is currently living as a retired policeman. As he arrived to England he took a train to London and there he got the chance to sit with an old woman named Miss Pinkerton who made a journey from Wychwood to reach Scotland yard for a reason which was to report about a serie
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Laurel Young
Jan 15, 2010 Laurel Young rated it liked it
SPOILERS INCLUDED! I read this under the title "Easy to Kill", which makes far more sense as it is the phrase oft-repeated in the book. This one is a great example of a game Dame Agatha liked to play with her readers, which I call Follow the Red Herrings. She does a brilliant job of dropping all these hints that are just subtle enough that the amateur detective doesn't catch them but I did...only to completely switch directions at the end! I love this because I would be disappointed if I ever ou ...more
Yunita1987
Oct 06, 2010 Yunita1987 rated it really liked it
Murder is Easy -> Pembunuhan itu mudah

Buku Agatha pertama kali yang aku baca dan itu juga karena ada teman yang baik hati meminjamkannya utkq.
Melihat judulnya sudah sempat takut, takut gak sanggup baca nih buku.hehehe..

Cerita berawal dari seorang pemuda bernama Luke Fitzwilliam dan melakukan perjalanan dengan kereta api menuju London. Didalam kereta, dia bertemu dengan seorang wanita tua bernama Lavinia Fullerton dan wanita itu mencerita semua pembunuhan yang terjadi ditempat dia tinggal di W
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Mónica Silva
Apr 20, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mais uma experiência com saldo positivo, fruto da minha paixão pelo universo literário de Agatha Christie. Desta vez sem os detetives do costume – Poirot ou Miss Marple – o leitor é levado a descobrir quem será o maníaco homicida a aterrorizar uma pacata aldeia, escolhendo as vítimas mais improváveis e inocentes.

O protagonista e detetive amador, Luke Fitzwilliam, é uma personagem divertida mas pouco observador e por vezes um pouco descuidad
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Graded By: Jill
Cover Story: Spiders and Poison and Dead Birds, Oh My!
BFF Charm: Eh
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Twist!
Bonus Factors: Cocktails!
Relationship Status: Just a Fling

Read the full book report here.
Martha
Nov 17, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Agatha Christie novel! My first great mystery of hers; I am hooked now. At first I was lulled into Luke Fitzwilliam, a retired policeman, running through all the possible suspects over and over. And, frankly, I was getting a little bored. I didn’t see what the big deal was with Agatha Christie. I didn’t understand the slow winding road to the character build-up. Now I see how Agatha develops her stories, it is deliciously deceptive!

The first unexpected scene of romance was so shocking,
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Faiha Rimawi
أول قرائاتي لـ أجاثا كريستي ... وطبعا لن تكون الأخيرة ... خاصة وأنها تكتب روايات بوليسية
هذا النوع من الروايات الذي ليس بمقدوري مقاومته ... ولا مقاومة شغفي لإنهاء الرواية بجلسة أو جلستين

*****
دائما عن\دما يقرأ المرء هذا النوع من الروايات .. ينتظر متشوقا لذروة الصراع ... أو ما تسمى بالعقدة الكبرى ... التي تتمحور حولها الرواية جميعها ... انتهت الرواية وأنا أنتظر هذه الذروة ولم أدركها
خاصة وأن عنصر التشويق في مثل هذا النوع من الروايات يضفي عليها طابعا آخر عن بقية الروايات الأخرى ... و أيضا لم تكن م
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Elaine
Jul 28, 2008 Elaine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I'm going to review all Christie's books/stories with one review. She's an awesome author. The reader gets a peek into aristocratic English life of a much earlier time period. The stories are all plot-driven, with sketchy characters, and sometimes contrived clues, but the plots are INTERESTING and keep the reader involved. There's a lot of violence,blood, guts, and evil--off screen/page--but no voyeuristic sex in great detail, thank heaven!! These books are as nice to read as curling up in your ...more
Lindley Walter-smith
Nov 04, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it it was amazing
Part of the reason this book is so chilling is that it seems to be incredibly realistic about what really would happen to a nice, gossipy old lady who is clear eyed about the evil in the world and sees murder when no one else does: basically, Christie deconstructs her own Miss Marple. But partly, it's about a very rare thing in Christie's world, an actual serial killer.

Really a wonderful book. The only disappointment is that Battle is really only in it for a cameo - I like the main character and
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Durdles
Nov 10, 2008 Durdles rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I have virtualy all her books and have been reading them since I saw her in her garden on the banks of the river Dart in the early 1970s. My French-exchange friend couldn't understand why I was so excited about an old lady.
I think I actually prefer her light thrillers such as the Tommy and Tuppence books and "Why didn't they ask Evans" where a couple argue about the case until it is solved. This one is interesting chiefly for it's un-PC depiction of hinted homosexual activity. I guessed the mur
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Jeane
Jan 20, 2013 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is not really an explanation needed according to me for any Agatha Christie book. But it doesn't often happen that I find one of her stories which I didn't read yet and I read this one in Spanish.
The story is about an old lady from an English village who takes the train to London to go to Scotland Yard and tell about the murders happening in the village where she lives and about the people she thinks will be the next. Luckily she tells this all to an ex-police who just comes back from abro
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Maria
Aug 01, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Dotty old lady knows the score.
Reymigius
Feb 10, 2016 Reymigius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secara umum, novel ini mengisahkan Luke Fitzwilliam sang pensiunan polisi dalam usahanya mengungkap pelaku pembunuhan berantai.

Apabila novel detektif kebanyakan konsentris pada hal-hal yang sifatnya teknis, di novel ini Agatha cenderung menonjolkan sisi psikologis para karakternya. Lewat Fitzwilliam, dengan cermat beliau merincikan masa lalu dan motif para terduga, sehingga dengan begitu kita secara tidak langsung belajar memahami perilaku manusia dan apa yang bisa melatarbelakangi suatu tindaka
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Luke Draper
Sep 07, 2015 Luke Draper rated it really liked it
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie is a story following Luke Fitzwilliam, a former police officer, who is trying to unravel the mystery of how so many people seem to be dieing in Wynchwood. The police say that they were all terrible accidents but Luke is not convinced. He is searching for clues and evidence to who actually murdered all these people and why.

This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It is very intriguing and I found it a very fun book to read. The whole time while I was re
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