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Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot Series #15)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  14,127 ratings  ·  559 reviews
It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths--Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty's Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Berkley (first published 1936)
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Carlo
Unlike other Christie stories, at the beginning of Cards on the Table, we only have four suspects. I believe this is one of Christie's best works and even of the genre, since analyzing motives and studying personalities is one of the best things about detective fiction, and the book is packed with that. Christie tells us in the introduction that this case is Poirot's favorite, and of course that's no surprise.

However, the book is embedded with a huge amount of details which can be a bit overwhe...more
Phrynne
This was one of the best Agatha Christie books I have yet read. Nine people at a bridge game, one murdered, four suspects and four above suspicion who investigate. I have to admit I picked the wrong person as the murderer and Christie gave me quite a surprise at the end. I liked that though because the clues had all been there and I was just not detective enough to pick up on them. Another career that is not for me!
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths--Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty's Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.

My Review: This review is of Christie's novel and the tenth-season film a...more
Lindley Walter-smith
Agatha Christie is sometimes severely underrated as both an observational writer and as a comedian. She's rarely underrated, though, for the perfection of her puzzles. Cards on the Table is one of my all-time favourite Christie novels, because in this one all three strengths shine.

The setup is delicious - four successful murderers playing bridge at one table, four famous detectives at another. At some point in the evening, while being dummy, one of the murderers wanders over and kills the ninth...more
Kathryn
Mr. Shaitana loves to throw parties. He is, after all, a man with a penchant for drama, a Mephistophelian air, and far too high an opinion of himself. M. Hurcule Poirot is one of eight guests invited to Shaitana's for a bridge party. Shaitana suspects four of them of murder, and believes this is his chance to prove himself superior to some of the greatest sleuthing minds of the day--for in addition to Poirot, three other "great minds" of criminal investigation are invited. But, Shaitana's plans...more
Abbey
A most exotic - and extremely wealthy - man hosts an intriguing dinner party: the guests are four famous sleuths and four people who may have killed in the past but who have not, as yet, been found out. He drops numerous hints, and at the end of the evening is found dead. Which murderer killed again? Which sleuth will figure it all out first? One of Christie’s most peculiar stories, it’s fascinating even though I don’t understand Bridge at all and the cardgame plays a part in the solution. Super...more
Nathan Trevor
I love re-reading Christie's! I knew who did it, but kept changing my mind throughout the book, thinking I 'might have remembered wrong'. That's how powerful the misleading and red herrings are. In this book, I noticed quite a few throwbacks to older books of Christie's, which I thought was interesting. There was also a huge mishmash of characters in this book that are popular with Christie, namely: Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race, Ariadne Oliver, Hercule Poirot. I found this really cool; se...more
Harshita
May 10, 2012 Harshita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mystery and detective stories' lovers
I really loved this one! As usual it was a murder...solved by four of the best in their respective fields (all fictional of course!)

So we have Colonel Race of the secret service; Superintendent Battle, a police officer; Adriane Oliver, a crime writer and Hercule Poirot, a private detective. They have all been invited by the flamboyant Mr Shaitana, a collector with a Mephistopheles complex(in my opinion the name itself is a giveaway!), to a dinner party along with four other people whom the latte...more
Rania Alessa
رواية رائعة وغامضة بمعنى الكلمة مليئة بالألغاز وحلها كان ذكياً وعبقرياً وضعت الكاتبة الأضواء على شخص ومن ثم طلع شخص لا يخطر على البال بحل واسباب ذكية ورائعه جداً تعتبر من أفضل الروايات التي قرأتها إطلاقاً أنصحكم بقراءتها تحياتي
Christine
Am I reading too much Agatha Christie? Maybe. But I fly through them since they're easy to read and so captivating, I can't put it down. This book's explanation of the crime was not as satisfying this time since there's an explanation and then, wait, that's not the real explanation. Not sure if Christie is just throwing in a curve ball to be cute. Also, I feel I'd probably enjoy the book more if I understood how to play bridge. Poirot uses the bridge game to explain the state of mind of the kill...more
Laurel Young
THE perfect Poirot novel. Yes, Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None are worthy to fight over the title of Best Christie of All (I would include a bunch of other, lesser-known contenders as well). But if you love Poirot, this is his ultimate case: pure logic, pure reason. No red herrings, no "least likely" suspects. Four suspects, each of whom has equal motive and opportunity, in a closed setting--I kept expecting the solution to somehow be the butler or something sneaky, but...more
Simona Bartolotta
«Non trovate che esistono persone che dovrebbero essere assolutamente uccise?»
Vengo da un periodo di astinenza, erano secoli che non leggevo qualcosa della Christie. O almeno, a me sono sembrati secoli.
Come al solito, anche questa indagine di Poirot si è rivelata appassionante e maledettamente ingarbugliata. Temo che il mio talento come investigatrice sia pari a meno diciassette. L'unica cosa che ho trovato un tantino disappointing è stato il finale, sin troppo affrettato.
Poirot, oh idolo mio,...more
Micael Costa
"Na minha opinião, este caso foi um dos mais interessantes com que alguma vez me deparei. Sabem, não havia nada em que nos basearmos.
Não havia pistas tangíveis... nenhumas impressões digitais... nenhuns papéis ou documentos comprometedores. Havia apenas... as próprias pessoas."
Poirot
Katherine Clark
Really, at least 3 1/2 stars. I am teaching a course on the mystery genre this semester, so naturally, when I needed a mystery to read, I picked up one I thought I hadn't read before by Agatha Christie. As it happens, I had read it before, but it didn't matter. Christie still fooled me, and quite cleverly and even fairly. I also appreciate the treatment of Ariadne Oliver and Christie's mockery of mystery writers and herself in particular. I don't think I noticed this before. Lovely book and clev...more
Donna
I have almost every Agatha Christie mystery on my shelves in paperback but somehow I missed this one over the years. I thought this story was just fascinating. A sleezeball of a guy throws a party and invites four murderers who got away it and four people associated with criminal investigation, including not only Hercule Poirot but three other favorites from her books--Ariadne Oliver, Colonel Race and Superintendent Battle. During the course of the evening the host is murdered. Any of the four s...more
Zahra
القاتل لم اتوقعه فعلا
ولكن الرواية كان يلف حولها نوع من البرود
قضية من النوع البارد كهذه لا تعجبني دائما
وعلى اي حال فهي تستحق القراءة
Kelsey Hanson
For a brief moment there I thought that I had this figured out and I was so proud of myself. And then I was wrong again. I continue to be impressed by Agatha Christie and I still haven't been able to figure one of them out. That being said this isn't my favorite Agatha Christie novel. I feel like I would be able appreciate this novel a lot more if I actually understand how bridge works. They do spend large amounts of time discussing the game and it's all Greek to me. Poirot is awesome as per usu...more
Hadi Wijaya
Here are my comments:

- This book is should be shorter than it is, because there is 4 detective that surely cause some confusion. If only the only detective is Poirot then everything should be solved quickly. It seems that there are so many stories which didn’t supporting the case. But I don’t know probably it is how unprofessional detective works; wasting more time and efforts in some things those are not very important.

- When the murderer is found at the end of story, it seems that it happens b...more
Susan
In this classic mystery, Poirot is invited to a dinner party with a difference by the slightly unsavoury Mr Shaitana; a rich man addicted to parties and gossip. He wants Poirot to come to dinner to meet his exhibits - murderers who he claims have "got away with it." Although Poirot finds his hobby dangerous he agrees, leading to a dinner party with four sleuths (Poirot himself, Colonel Race, who works for the Secret Service, Superintendent Battle from Scotland Yard and our old friend the detecti...more
Jenny Maloney
To put it simply, the title is exactly what this story is about -- the cards on the table. Christie lays out all of the suspects, lays out all of the sleuths, and lays out the crime scene. Christie tells the reader flat out in the Foreward: "There are only four starters, and any one of them, given the right circumstances, might have committed the crime." Everything in the story hinges on figuring out what the true circumstances of the murderous night are...and then you can figure out the whoduni...more
Carol
Cards on the Table left me with a weird sense of claustrophobia. As some people have commented, there are very few suspects in this mystery - only 4 - and the almost circular plot revolves around the investigation of these four personalities. Two of the four pschological studies are dislikeable, one is very eccentric and the last is a standard Christie caricature. Their histories, actions during the crime scene, personalities, motives, thoughts, etc are scrutinized ad infinitum. There is "no exi...more
Amr Medhat
رواية مثيرة جدا ومشوقة حتى آخر فصل

جريمة قتل تقع في حجرة صغيرة وسط جولات من لعب الورق !

والمشتبه فيهم أربعة كل منهم من الممكن أن يكون هو القاتل !

كل فصل يكشف معلومة جديدة يجعلك تفكر وتشك في كل واحد منهم
حتى يأتي المحقق (بوارو) الرائع بالحقيقة وكشف اللغز :)

رواية ممتعة جدا
شكرا للعزيز محمد مجدي مختار
على الترشيح

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Rabiah Riaz
The introduction says it all..what do you do when everyone's a murderer and there happens to be a murder of someone who knew them all?

People usually take Christie lightly *oh just some detective story* but no.. Agatha Christie is so much more than that. I learned more about human nature and behaviour from her than from anyone.

Hat's off
محمد مختار
من أحلى الحبكات اللي قريتها
بتحكي الرواية عن شخص بيحب الإختلاف والجنون والشهرة والغرابة
وانو يقرب من الخطر اسمو شايتانا
بيعمل حفلة في بيتو ويعزم أربعة ليهم علاقة بالشرطة أو التحقيق
وأربعة تانيين ارتكبو جرائم قبل كدة على حد قوله
ويخلي كل أربعة يعدو في أوضة ويلعبو كوتشينة وهو قاعد في النص يتفرج
في آخر السهرة بنلاقي شايتانا المضيف اتقتل وماينفعش حد يكون قتلو غير
واحد من الأربعة اللي هو زعم انهم ليهم جرائم سابقة

النهاية مفاجئة للغاية حتى آخر كام صفحة
Matthew
Like Louis Sachar's "Cardturner," I'm intrigued by fiction that uses the card game of bridge in the plot. Christie's premise is most clever: Shaitana, an exotic "Dago," invites four acquaintances with checkered pasts to an evening of dinner and bridge, while four sleuths (including Hercule Poirot) play in an adjacent room. When the host is later found stabbed to death, the scoresheets themselves (which Christie provides) are just the clue that Poirot needs to solve the case. As usual, Christie w...more
Rachel
*sigh* Hercule Poirot. He's like the comfort-food of male protagonists.

A fair amount of this mystery revolves around bridge (the card game). I don't know anything about bridge and in fact, I think I was picturing cribbage every time the characters mentioned it. Fair Warning: apparently there is a thing in bridge called "The Rubber." If you're immature like me you will read "The Rubber" and immediately picture a condom. If you are immature like me you will find yourself snorting when you come ac...more
Zev Valera
One of Christie's best. Just re-read it this week-end and was impressed by the amazingly convoluted yet simple-in-the-end plot that is the hallmark of high Christie. Red herrings, doppelgangers, society glamour; its all there.
Kasey
Brilliant. Absolutely outstanding. What I love about Christie's books is that she manages to pull me into her 1900s London world all the time. This case was intricate and certainly puzzling for me, as I am still an amateur when it comes to mystery. In this book, the characters were described and introduced in ways that had me rooting for all of them at the end, no matter how twisted all of the suspects seemed. And then Christie throws in an unexpected ending, which sometimes I dislike because th...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 22, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bridge players who like mysteries
I'm in sixth grade, and I decide that instead of reading another Judy Blume book, or Paula Danziger, I would venture over to the adult side of the library and pick out a grown-up book. I'd heard of Agatha Christie, and I liked mysteries pretty well, so Why Not? I'll give it a go.
Unfortunately for my sixth grade self, the mystery hinges on a bridge game. I was and am clueless about bridge, so that made this book a lot less fun for me.
But I was determined, and it didn't stop me from reading anoth...more
Luffy Monkey D.
I had read this book about 15 years ago But 1) It was in French and 2) I read the ending so fast that it didn't register with me who the murderer was. Now that I've finally read it, I'm glad that, months later, I'm penning a review for this quite original story. If I understand rightly, there are the four suspects and all four are murderers. The young girl who was a kleptomaniac was one, then there's the murderer himself. A quite original and riveting tale. Poirot is surprisingly present this o...more
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“Do you believe in the value of truth, my dear, or don’t you?”

“Of course I believe in the truth,” said Rhoda, staring.

“Yes, you say that, but perhaps you haven’t thought about it. The truth hurts sometimes – and destroys one’s illusions.”

“I’d rather have it all the same.” said Rhoda.

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