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Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #21)

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Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy.

Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor's, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for financial gain, the pair

Paperback, 191 pages
Published 1970 by Fontana (first published March 1940)
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The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the…more
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The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the novel.

Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are on the dock for murder most foul! The awkward thing is that the contemplation of murder is not an unusual topic for you. Your surprisingly extensive knowledge of poison is also a questionable thing. Whatever is a young lady to do? Look to Belgium for succor! A noted botanist of human nature will soon arrive to save the day, and he’ll turn that sad cypress frown upside down. Will you keep your dignity and integrity intact? Or will you admit that sometimes people
من غير أجاثا يمكن أن يختار هذا العنوان الرقيق "السرو الحزين" لرواية بوليسية تدور أحداثها حول جريمة قتل؟

ومن غير المترجمين الأذكياء يمكن أن يُفسد عليك الرواية إذا ما تذاكى وترجم عنوان الرواية إلى "المتهمة البريئة"؟
في كل مرة أدلف فيها إلى عالم أجاثا أعرف انني سأكون على موعد مع متعة خالصة، أودع فيها الملل، الإطالة، الرمزيات الغريبة، الألفاظ المشينة، كل هذا أتركه ورائي وأستعد لرواية أخرى تحبس الأنفاس وفي كثير من الأحيان تثير المشاعر

اختارت أجاثا هذه المرة عنواناً رقيقاً يتماشى مع الخط الرومانسي لل
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask."
"And underneath?"
"Underneath is the primitive man or woman."

Elinor Carlisle stands accused of murder. The evidence is mounted against her. The motive, the weapon, the time and place; everything points directly at the facts. And the facts state that Elinor is the one who poisoned poor Mary Gerrard. The only thing that stands between her and ruin is Hercule Poirot.

This one...might just be my favorite Agatha Christie book thus far!
Nandakishore Varma
Jun 01, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is one of those mysteries with an extremely tight plot. The human drama - the eternal love triangle - around the tragedy is gripping; there are a very limited number of suspects; and the accused seems to be indubitably guilty (in fact, the story starts with her trial). However, Poirot steps in with a last minute sleight of hand which leaves us all gasping for breath - with a perfectly plausible solution.

Here, Dame Agatha's extensive knowledge of poisons - a skill she picked up during the wa
Laurel Young
Jun 01, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ده اللى بقوله بعد كل رواية لأجاثا كريستي :D

إلينور كارليسل بريئة من تهمة قتل مارى جيرارد
رغم كل الأدلة الموجهة ضدها، ورغم امتلاكها الدافع والوقت الكافى لإرتكاب الجريمة
هيركيول بوارو يعتقد ذلك
وهو دائما على حق
لكن إن كانت إلينور بريئة فمن الفاعل إذا؟ وما دوافعه؟
I just finished re-reading Sad Cypress & I loved it as much as I remembered. Agatha Christie is one of the few authors I can generally count on for that : what I loved at 16, I still love at....well, my current age.

Sad Cypress begin with the elegant, frosty Elinor Carlisle on trial for the murder of the gardener's daughter, Mary Gerrard, one of Christie's fey heroines, "she was like a flower." Both blonde, both beautiful, both beloved by Elinor's aunt, the wealthy owner of the estate both gi
Sep 15, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1940, this is one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases. Elinor Carlisle stands accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard and the first part of this book looks at her looking back at the events which led her there. It begins with Elinor receiving an anonymous letter, warning her that someone has been trying to take her place in her Aunt Laura’s affections. Her aunt is an invalid, having had a stroke, and is cared for at her house by two nurses and Dr Peter Lord. Mary Gerrard is the daughter ...more
An unusually set up mystery that begins with court proceedings, as the accused suspect is being tried for the murder of an innocent, lovely girl. But of course, the things aren't what they seem. As we learn through flashback, someone else must be the guilty party. The trick is now to find out who. I did not expect much from this little novel, but ended up really having a good time with it.
Agatha'dan okuduğum 50. hikaye oldu bu da... Ne kadar çok okursam okuyayım, her kitabın tadı ayrı.
Re-read on June 2016
New rating 3.75 stars
Nhi Nguyễn
Thêm một tác phẩm xuất sắc nữa của Nữ hoàng truyện trinh thám :)) Đọc mà không thể nào ngừng được ^^ 2 ngày nghỉ lễ ở nhà quất sạch luôn :D

Bìa sách đẹp, dù là bản tiếng Anh hay tiếng Việt ^^ Nói chung có bông hoa lá hẹ là tui khoái :)))))
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Jun 13, 2015 Bᴏᴏᴋ ● Oᴡʟᴇᴛ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, Agatha Christie lovers... basically everyone right?

I was so unprepared for this. Ahlala.... There is nothing to be said. Except:

And I have a degree n2 not to throw books.
Seriously though, I was so happy with this book. Amazing plot twist. Amazing characters....
And it's a very easy read (personally speaking).
You can rush through it and finish it in a day or so.

Oct 28, 2015 Afrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعطيك أجاثا كريستي لمحة سريعة لكل أبطالها، بداية من الهيئة وملامح الوجه والشخصية في أثناء سردها للأحداث، دارت بنا في الأحداث قبل وقوع الجريمة وكما يراها أي شخص عادي، وما بعد الجريمة، ثم تمر بِنا على الشخصيات فرداً فرداً وتعطينا لكل واحد الدوافع التي من الممكن ان تجعل المجرم يفكر في جريمة القتل وما مصلحته، وفي كل مرة أظن أني اهتديت للقاتل أجدني مخطئة، تتلاعب "أجاثا" في كشف الحقائق وتقدمها لنا مجزءة، وطبعاً تجعل من يكشف عن هذه الجريمة هو المفتش "هركول بوارو" بحنكته بعد سماعه للأقوال واستنتاجه مع ت ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Arati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, and at first glance, this seemed to be a definite "plot twister" Poirot book as any other, with him battling against seemingly unbeatable odds. The story revolves around Elinor Carlisle, a beautiful lady madly in love with her cousin Roderick, yet outwardly distant. She is accused of murdering Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence seems irrefutable, only she had the means, the motive and the opportunity. Will Poirot be able to prove her innocence?

Ramkumar  R
Jun 13, 2016 Ramkumar R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_mystery
one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases.There was never a single dull moment .The no.s of suspects were not that many and the mechanism of the deed in itself was a unique one.With flashbacks intertwined with current scenes,it is worth the read.
Aug 31, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha, in your face Agatha. I figured it out. I worked out the killer around the midpoint and while slightly out on the motive, most of the twists fell into place. I gloat because this is Andy 3, Agatha 19 (or thereabouts). To be honest I think she gives the game away a little early with some obviously suspicious behaviour/random comments though it was Poirot's own musing on motive that lead my mind wandering to the conclusion.

Despite figuring it out, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A courtroom styl
May 27, 2015 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-challenge
Tbr challenge: read a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit

A little confession: This is my first Agatha Christie book, and I'm quite glad I've finally started reading her, and though this might not be the perfect start but I really enjoyed it.

I love mysteries and I gotta say I guessed the culprit wrong. The characters are enjoyable, and the mysetry kept getting revealed in an interesting way. also I like Poirot's charsimatic character a lot.
Brent Soderstrum
Nov 15, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Herule Poirot novel takes on a different venue as the ending doesn't take place in a dining room with all of the suspects gathered round to hear Hercule pontificate. This one takes place in a courtroom which I kind of enjoyed. Elinor is on trial for the death of her friend Mary. Sure looks like she is guilty. Mary was the young girl who her fiancé Roddy was in lust with. In fact she broke them up. Mary was also becoming very close to Elinor's aunt who was on death bed. The aunt had even sai ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To care passionately for another human creature brings always more sorrow than joy; but at the same time, Elinor, one would not be without experience.
Anyone who has never really loved has never really lived.

Told in medias res, we begin Sad Cypress reading about how Elinor Carlisle was standing trial accused of the murder of Mary Gerrad. Elinor watches the galley and sees Hercule Poirot sitting there watching her. We then flashback several weeks to when Elinoir discusses an anonymous letter she r
Jun 23, 2015 Baelor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, 2015, mystery
An adequate addition to the Hercule Poirot canon. Sad Cypress is a bit unusual in that even that cast of suspects is very small and altogether uncertain; in fact, the novel is the first courtroom drama in the Poirot canon and focuses on the presumed guilt of Elinor Carlisle. While the plot is generally intriguing and the solution reasonable, the fact that the mystery depends upon merely one or two clues and speculation prevents this novel from ranking among Christie's best. While not to be avoid ...more
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Apr 05, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-mystery
AUTHOR: Christie, Agatha
TITLE: Sad Cypress
DATE READ: 04/05/14
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1939/Putnam/271 pgs
CHARACTERS: Elinor Carlisle; Roderick Welman; Mary Gerrard

FIRST LINES: An anonymous letter! Elinor Carlisle stood looking down at it as it lay open in her hand. She'd never had such a thing before. It gave one an unpleasant sensation. Ill-written, badly spelled, on cheap pink paper.

COMMENTS: Is there anyone better at th
Apr 11, 2016 Celestine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Erittäin hyvä murhamysteeri. Christie johtaa lukijansa pahasti harhaan. Onneksi on Poirot, joka ratkaisee kaikki ongelmat.
Dec 03, 2013 Subhojit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been some time since I last read Poirot and I must say I found this book a tiny bit different from the others; no fussing over untidy rooms, no moustache management, and no squeals due to lack of symmetry! It's almost as if the great papa has changed. And there is no Hastings... I always hate that. :-/
Plot-wise it was another natural masterpiece; and I must say I did not see what was coming!
Loved it.
I think I've hit the point of diminishing returns when it comes to Agatha Christie mysteries, unfortunately. I've caught on too much to how she constructs her ambiguities and who is to be immediately eliminated as a potential culprit (view spoiler), I've grown bored with the vintage "I think this is supposed to be romantic for the time, but it's kinda creepy" aspects, and I'm done with trying to ponder how illegitimacy~ factors int ...more
Oscar Despard
Dec 23, 2015 Oscar Despard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad Cypress is another mystery from Agatha Christie featuring Hercule Poirot, her eclectic Belgian detective. This time, he is plunged into the murder of a young woman, who has made her alleged murderer to have her engagement broken. The evidence against her seemingly unquestionable, another young man in love with the accused has gone to Poirot asking for his help to acquit her. This mystery has good twists and turns, and is typically intriguing throughout. The whodunnit element in this book is ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Shelby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Agatha Christie has a way with her mysteries that make it impossible for the reader to put down any of her books without completing them. Such was the case with Sad Cypress; the opening in a court room, a lovelorn heiress on trial, the methodical unravelling of the complex case by Hercule Poirot, the young country doctor's willingness to aid the detective amid the sense that he's keeping something from him all pique the interest of the reader and force them to read "one more chapter"! Her charac ...more
Kathy Worrell  ツ
3.0 stars for Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the courtroom discussions.
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“Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable. [Hercule Poirot]” 41 likes
“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.” 22 likes
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