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Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  6,534 ratings  ·  309 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 1938)
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mark monday
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...more
Jul 24, 2008 Theresa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
On the train from Wynchwood-under-Ashe to London are Miss Lavinia Fullerton, an elderly resident of the English village, and Luke Fitzwilliam who has recently returned to his homeland from a rather long tenure as a colonial police detective. He is conscious, but not attentive, to the spinster's convictions that a person in her community is a murderer. Carefully, the killer has disguised murder as accidents, and what is more terrifying is that Miss Fullerton knows the next victim's name. She is t...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..
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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...more
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
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,...more
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...more
Mar 06, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
An Odd1
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
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
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...more
Laurel Young
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
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...more
Mónica Silva
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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...more
Luffy Monkey D.
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
Jul 28, 2008 Elaine rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dotty old lady knows the score.
Not sure if I've read too many of these mysteries or if this book was lacking, heavily, in clever misdirection. Right from the start our would-be protagonist Luke shows he is an unreliable 'detective'; easily swayed by the enigmatic and alluring qualities of a Miss Conway and unable to accurately recount the words he exchanged with murder victim Miss Pinkerton. Luke falls pray to a whole cast of characters with very specific stories who all appear to be guilty. Strangely, Luke continues to reite...more
Ryan G
Normally, I would start off the review by providing the synopsis from either the dust jacket or the back cover, but that's not going to happen this time around. For those of you who still want to see it, I'll put it at the end of this post. The reason for change is pretty simple, I could not start off as if this was going to be a normal review. It's actually going to be a rather rambling, hopefully coherent, thought process put down on paper, albeit it's a computer screen this time around.

Timo Ivanov
This is one Agatha Christie's most famous novels in which none of her main characters like Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple appear. In a classic Christie maneuver, former police officer Luke Fitzwilliam chats with a little old lady on a train to London. She says she knows of at least seven murders in her small village, and she knows who the murderer is. But she's run down by a car before she can report to Scotland Yard.

Fitzwilliam wrangles a room at the manor home of Lord Easterfield, a pompous own...more
Fabiola G.
In realtà, 3* e ½...
... Perché la trama è un sacco carina! (O comunque a me è piaciuta davvero.)
Non si prende 4 stelline perché ho indovinato l'assassino (yeyyy! XD), non dico proprio appena l'ho "visto" - ovviamente - ma comunque molto presto. L'unico dubbio che avevo riguardava il COME avesse ucciso una delle vittime e questo l'ho capito solo nel finale, quando la mitica zia Agatha l'ha chiarito (genio fino alla fine!).
Quindi, tra le 3* dovute al fatto che avessi indovinato quasi subito e le...more
Sarah Cohen
I have always loved mysteries, and Agatha Christie is one of the best mystery writers I know of and the book Murder is easy is a book that has a lot of cliffhangers. I always wanted to keep reading. It was so hard for me to figure out who killed Miss Pinkerton. There were a lot of suspects and I tried to figure it out but I never got the right person I was wrong so many times befor they told me who it was. It was pretty shocking to say the least. I want to read this book again and see what the m...more
Catherine Ryan
I always have liked this book, I am thinking it is one of the first Christie books I read, along with "The Moving Finger".
It reminds me a lot of a "Miss Marple mystery", and I really like the characters of Luke Fitzwilliam (a retired detective, just returned to England)and Lavinia Pinkerton (known as Fullerton in some editions of the books) a old woman (with distinct similarities to Miss Jane Marp...more
I didn't really start enjoying this book will 2/3s way through. I found Bridget to be remote and sarcastic and felt like I missed a chapter on how Luke courted her. When Christie got down to the business of murder, the novel shined. I think if she stuck to this the story would have been much better rather than introducing a romance that just didn't work, in my opinion.

Overall, a mediocre performance judged by the high standard of Christie's best, but still a most enjoyable mystery due to numerous deft touches in plotting and characterization. The jagged progress of the romance between the detective and his liaison in the small village where the murders occur is particularly well-handled.
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