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Drame En Trois Actes (Hercule Poirot #11)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  8,335 ratings  ·  368 reviews
- J’ai oublié un invité. Il n’en serait pas du tout flatté. Ce type est l’homme le plus vaniteux que je connaisse.
- Qui est cet individu si épris de sa personne ?
- Un drôle de citoyen mais un homme célèbre. Vous le connaissez peut-être de réputation, Hercules Poirot, c’est un Belge.
- Le détective ? C’est en effet un personnage remarquable. J’espère, Charles, que pendant ce
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published 1973 by Le Masque (first published 1934)
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Laurel Young
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to die...Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison -- just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was ab
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
This book was a bit frustrating for awhile. Hardly any Hercule Poirot was in it! Even so, I grew a bit bored and not just because of the absence of the detective. At first the story was all over the place before the middle act, which was distracting. The characters and scenes were interesting enough for a bit, but meh...I kept wanting to skim ahead after awhile. Much of it was thoughtful dialogue among secondary characters without any continuing ties to go on.

After page 128, seriously, Hercule
Grettel Grace
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Luego subiré una reseña buena pero justo ahora es tarde y tengo sueño, solo diré...

Lectura impecable. Perfecta. La historia te atrapa desde la primera pagina. Te tiene danzando en un sin fin de hipótesis. Los personajes están perfectamente planteados. Y la manera en que se va desarrollando la historia, cada acontecimiento, es simplemente increíble. La autora tiene una imaginación y elocuencia impecable. Realmente no dudare en tomar otr
In which a clergyman dies at dinner – with no apparent motive or reason – and it’s only the beginning…

On the one hand, it features a varied cast of characters, including a charismatic actor friend of Poirot’s, Sir Charles Cartwright, who dominates the proceedings. Cartwright was played by Tony Curtis in the Ustinov film, and Martin Shaw in the lovely Suchet adaptation, and is the best thing about both the novel and the films. The structure of the murders is well-conceived and elaborate without f
Dennis Brock
This was my 10th book in my quest to finish every Poirot mystery written by Christie. I rather appreciated the fact that once again the author used a unique style in presenting this mystery. Every book seems to be written differently and I love that! With that being said though I was disappointed that Poirot was not really in the novel until well after a hundred pages. But once he was around he was in top form! I also struggled to understand the motive for the murders, and felt it was a rather w ...more
Creo que fue más bien de un 4 con algo, pero no me gusta la idea de ponerle menos de cinco.
No fue espectacular como otros, pero sí muy bueno. El final me sorprendió, pero no me voló la cabeza.
Un buen libro entretenido, ligero pero atrapante para sacarse el gusto amargo de otro libro que no te terminó de convencer.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3.5 stars

I listened to the audio book, which made it a little hard to keep track of all the characters, but I enjoyed the complexity of this mystery. It also seemed to have more humor than a lot of Agatha's other works. I loved hearing Hercule Poirot's explanation at the end about why he sometimes pretends not to speak English very well. He's a clever one, the little Belgian with the mustachios.
4.5 stars
an other glamorous Poirot novel.

i faced two problems with that book:

1st problem: i bought it as "The Mysterious Mr Quin", sigh.. how is it possible to publish a book with a wrong title??!!

2nd problem: (which was my fault), i read the reviews on goodreads before reading the book itself, so i found that "The Mysterious Mr Quin" is composed of many short stories, and i honestly dislike that, so i put in mind that i'm gonna read a boring book, so i didn't give it a chance at beginning..

Mary Ronan Drew
Plotting is Agatha Christie's forte of course but she outdoes herself with this 1934 Hercule Poirot mystery. It begins with the death of the beloved rector of the parish, a man without an enemy in the world. Who would want to kill him? Maybe it was natural causes - no poison was found in the martini he had just sipped when he collapsed at a party given by a recently retired actor, Sir Charles Cartwright. When another man dies in a similar manner (only this time it's a glass of port) a post-morte ...more
Nothing ever happens in a quaint little town of Loomouth, not until the local vicar dies at a dinner party at Sir Charles Cartwright's mansion. The police attribute his death to natural causes and the matter is forgotten until Sir Charles' friend, a renown doctor of psychiatry dies in a chillingly identical fashion. Luckily for them Ercule Poirot is there to untangle the mystery and identify the murderer.

The more I read Agatha Christie's mysteries the more I like them. It seems like with every
Although a Poirot mystery, the great detective is on the fringes of the action in this novel. Attending a house party given by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, he witnesses the seizure and death of the gentle local pastor, Stephen Babbington. There seems to be no reason to suspect foul play, but Sir Charles and his friends Mr Satterthwaite and Sir Bartholomew Strange think the death suspicious. Later, Sir Batholomew Strange, a Harley Street specialist, gives a dinner including many of the guests pr ...more
Nancy O'Toole
When Reverend Stephen Babbington dies after consuming a cocktail, the final analysis is that he died of a fit, ruling out murder. That is until a second death takes place in a manner almost identical. Three amateur detectives take the stage: Sir Charles Cartwright, a former actor, his friend Mr. Satterthwaite, and a young woman known as Egg, whom Sir Charles is not so secretly in love with. The trio begins to inspect the guests at each party, but struggle to find how the two murders are connecte ...more
Another Christie re-read: I first read this in 1975 as MURDER IN THREE ACTS, the title under which it was first published in the US in 1935 (it was already evident that her American publisher felt that "Death" or "Murder" in a Christie title made for better sales). It's a smooth read - Christie was in her 'golden age,' here, after futzing around during the 1920s, when she produced a mixture of detective novels and thrillers (and one masterpiece of detection, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD). During ...more
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I might have been finished with this review earlier but I was a bit TOO BUSY REFRESHING POTTERMORE FOR THE DAMN CLUE.


Three Act tragedy was, in my opinion, not one of Chrisite's best works. Maybe I have read too many of her books by now to recognise her style, because I knew who the culprit was after about the first hundred pages. That's not to say I could guess the motive behind the murder(s) - Christie excelled at it as ever.

Unlike other books, Poirot, after making an extremely brief app
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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I first saw this a couple of years ago as a TV adaptation, and I have to say that the novel is much better than that interpretation. That given, it wasn't one of Christie's novels that reached out and grabbed me from the start. The mystery is straightforward enough - two murders which appear to have no motive or bearing on each other, but the solution lies in the novel's title. The plot and the romance in it did lag in the middle which is why I've knocked the stars off. I did enjoy the book bein ...more

So, this is obviously my absolutely favorite Hercule Poirot novel, since I was such a genius that I solved the crime before the chapters got into double digits. I couldn't guess the motive, but I knew who did it, how said person did it, and other specifics of the crime fairly early on! Christie had me second-guessing myself about half way through, but I stuck with my own detecting skills and was richly rewarded at the end. figuratively of course.

You know, it really not fro
Tami (synchro from BL)
Clever and unusual.

I would have never guessed the culprit until the very end...

A very good one! Also with some kind of sweet romance in the background.
A perfect Christie offering. Slight, subtle, and sublime. Populated by retired stars, church men, hot-headed youths, careful mothers, missing butlers, and other community staples. All of which work together with a smoothness that belies the writer;s craft that keeps it all moving.

Like many Christie series books, this one spends much of its time without the "hero/sleuth" at the center. For her deftness at this, we should all be grateful.

On a personal level, I do love that it closes with Poirot e
Good mystery. I didn't solve it!
I had an inkling of who the true culprit was throughout the novel, because it resembles a previous Poirot story in some ways. However, I can't think of the name of that other mystery at this time, and I'm afraid that if I were to look it up and name it, it would give away the ending of this one.

This specific mystery is different from most of the other Poirot stories before it, because Poirot doesn't come into the story line until later on. Or, at least, he doesn't play the role of detective unti
A mix between a Poirot mystery, and one of those earlier works with one-time sleuths. Indeed, the famous detective only steps on stage in the second half of the book, to which he might have been a late addition, but he makes up nicely for his tardiness by being his usual brilliant self.
A must read for any Christie fan, the last page features a rare and delightful confession by Poirot (unrelated to the murder but resist the temptation to go read it prematurely, as the eye might inadvertently catc
This 5 episode radio drama was very well done, although it took me a while to adjust to someone other than David Suchet as Poirot's voice :) For some reason, this Christie had been left off in my GoodReads shelves but soon after starting, I did recognize the story. However, that didn't prevent my enjoying this production, which I actually listened to on air, and the episodic nature of the broadcast brought back happy childhood memories of listening to books on the radio during summer vacation.
Famous actor Sir Charles Cartwright has retired to Cornwall, and one night has a dinner party that includes Mr. Satterthwaite, the attractive young Miss Egg Lytton-Gore, and Hercule Poirot. At that dinner, the harmless old vicar Mr. Babbington falls over dead, and everyone but Sir Charles thinks it was natural causes. When the famous doctor and friend of Sir Charles, Sir Bartholomew Strange, keels over in much the same manner some time later at his institution in Yorkshire, however, no one think ...more
All the strengths and weaknesses of classic Christie: the characterisation is rather crude, the writing sometimes weak. But as ever, the plot moves quickly and the murder is both impossible to guess and, in retrospect, tantalisingly obvious. A fun, easy read.
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“Mr. Satterthwaite looked cheered.

Suddenly an idea struck him. His jaw fell.

"My goodness," he cried, "I've only just realized it! That rascal, with his poisoned cocktail! Anyone might have drunk it! It might have been me!"

"There is an even more terrible possibility that you have not considered," said Poirot.


"It might have been me," said Hercule Poirot.”
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