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Perjanjian Dengan Maut (Hercule Poirot #19)

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Mengenal Mrs. Boynton sama saja dengan membencinya. Impian cinta seorang pemuda telah dihancurkannya menjadi mimpi buruk dan kepedihan... Seorang gadis cantik jelita dibuatnya hampir gila... Dua kaka-beradik belia dikurungnya alam jerat mengerikan. Tak puas-puasnya ia memenuhi nafsunya untuk membinasakan.

Kini Mrs. Boynton telah tiada. Belum pernah Hercule Poirot merasakan
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2007 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published May 2nd 1938)
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Jun 12, 2016 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"

Mrs. Boynton is despised by everyone who meets her. Even her family. All of her children live under her thumb and it is easy to see how her manipulative tyranny make Mrs. Boynton one of the most despicable characters (view spoiler) in any Christie novel.

Poirot, having once overheard a conversation between two of the Boyton children, is resolved to investigate when a death occurs on a tr
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Nandakishore Varma
Jan 21, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of my personal favourites.

An obnoxious old woman, Mrs. Boynton (who used to the warden of a women's jail) has kept her daughter and stepchildren in psychological bondage for their whole lives: she gets her kicks from exercising control over other human beings. Obviously, they wouldn't mind if somebody murdered her.

Well, what's hoped for happens. In the Red City of Petra where the family is on tour, Mrs. Boynton is discovered dead with a puncture mark on her wrist, sitting outside a c
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

As a gay man, you have many tasks to accomplish in the course of a normal day. It is best to keep an appointment diary at hand, at all times.

6:00am Gym

8:00am Breakfast (oatmeal and egg whites)

9:00am Hair Appointment

10:00am Shopping (Macy's or Nordstrom's)

11:30am Leisurely al fresco Brunch

(1) assume complete control of all U.S. Federal, state, and local governments, as well as all other national governments
(2) destroy all healthy marriages
(3) replace all school te
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Once again, Christie has written a mystery with an ending I didn't see coming. This time, I can't decide if I think she left enough clues to lead to the culprit, however. Normally, I find myself saying "oh, yeah!" as I read the outcome, but this time I thought it was a little shaky. But, as usual, Christie does a beautiful job fleshing out the characters of a well-rounded cast, with plenty of doubt cast among almost all of them. I changed my mind a few different times as to the possible outcome, ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Hanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What sort of rubbish did I just read? Is this the famous Agatha Christie? Did I read a different book, somehow? Because not a thing about this book was acceptable, let alone great.

So The Boytons have been suffering for quite a long time from this evil bitch of a woman, Mrs. Bonyton. They have been locked up their whole life, not allowed to interact in any way to the strangers in the outside world. Somehow, in an unexplainable way, Mrs. Bonyton has the power to make them all obey, even fear her
Feb 05, 2016 Kavita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So glad to find a Christie book that I don't remember clearly!

An American woman has her family bound to her through psychological torture. She enjoys tormenting people, and takes it out on her isolated family for amusement. But on a trip to Petra, she is exposed to the outer world, as are her family. Suddenly, one day, she is found dead. Though, nobody really cared for the woman, Hercules Poirot does not approve of murder. He sets out to find the truth.

I couldn't guess the murderer at all, thou
Jul 16, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't argue with anyone who claimed Dame Agatha has written better mysteries.....YET this one is fully deserving of several stars for good reason.....

Do others- when reading a book, (especially by one of these ultra-prolific, beloved authors whose time on this earth has passed) do as I, and check the year it was first published?

There are several reasons I do this. One of my main reasons is so I can get a clear picture of the historical setting in which the story takes place. This helps me u
Siddharth Chakravarthy
3 Stars

The Plot was rather simple and it included a number of characters which was a good thing but also a bad thing. Here's why i feel that way : Since many characters were involved, Hercule Poirot (the detective) was faced with quite a complex problem of solving the case by circling out the guilty among them despite the fact that each one of them provided him with their own version of the events and happenings which didn't match well with each other's. So this makes the plot more intriguing an
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Well this one was not as well done as Death on the Nile. I think it was because it was pretty obvious after one character's utterance who did the crime in this one.

Unlike with some other Poirot novels, Hercule really doesn't step up to the plate until about half way through the book. The first half is spent with two fellow doctors/travelers looking upon the weirdness that is the Boynton family.

Two of the characters, Sarah King and Dr. Gerad witness that the entire Boynton family, except for one
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This was not the best book by Agatha. By all means. First of all, Poirot only appears in half the book (100 of 210 pages) and the last 20 pages is the setting as Poirot tells them all how smart he is and how he cracked the murder.

So it seems, not all people had some motifs to kill the Matriach of a American family and the killer isn't who we are led to believe.

My main problem is that Agatha Christie was getting more and more discontent with Poirot and this book shows it. I understand. This lady
Dec 26, 2010 Amainer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually read an Agatha Christie novel when I am at home on Christmas vacation. I had this on my shelf, so I decided to bring it with me.

"Appointment with Death" has Hercule Poirot on yet another holiday, this time to The Holy Land. As usual, Poirot's vacation is interrupted by a suspicious death.

I have read quite a bit of Agatha Christie, and I must say, I found this book somewhat disappointing. The first Christie novel that I ever read, was "Murder on the Orient Express" - to this day it re
Laurel Young
Jan 06, 2011 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read an Agatha Christie mystery since I was a teenager. It's good to be back. Not sure that anyone writes mystery better than she did.
Apr 02, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wherever Poirot ventures, even on holidays to Petra, death seems to follow. Are you sure he is not the real culprit, framing others for his murderous deeds? After all, his reputation, impeccable looks, and harmless appearance might be the perfect disguise. Hmmm... Sound theory. I should be a detective :)

A manipulative and malicious family matriarch is found dead of apparent heart failure, and naturally one or more of her long-suffering children fall under suspicion. But not everything is as simp
Christie thoroughly drew the psychology of her characters in this mystery. The various behaviors displayed due to stress and suppression were all plausible reactions.

Surprisingly, the eccentricity of Hercule himself was not as evident. The Poirot I know has his quirks. At the beginning of this story, it is predictable that he closes his window in order to be sure that “outside air stays outside”. I grinned to myself and said, “Yes, he would do something like that.” I missed his humorous idiosync
Bruce Beckham
Without spoiling the plot, for once I did feel rather tricked as Hercule Poirot eloquently held court in the final chapter of this book, the famous denouement.

I always reckon that a good red herring has a distinctly suspicious whiff - whereas this novel is populated by what turns out to be a great shoal of its innocuous pink subspecies.

No matter - as usual I enjoyed the meanderings of the legendary detective, while the setting - a largely peaceful Middle East - evokes a sense of nostalgia that m
Jul 01, 2016 Versha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyed this cozy mystery immensely. Though the story started a bit slowly the initial discussion and character analysis of Boynton family by Dr Gerard and Sarah King the psychologists, was very interesting to read. And of course yet again I failed to guess who the actual murderer is. Hercule Poirot you’ve done it again!
Jun 25, 2015 D.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those Agatha Christie books where there's no way you'll figure out the murderer. I remember vividly who it was, that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as the first time, but I have to tip my hat at how very clever she was.

The setting in Petra was freaking awesome and I liked how Mrs. Christie integrated the political situation of the time. This book was written in 1938, pre WWII, so there's mention of the League of Nations (a precursor of the United Nations) and there are rumblings
Sep 26, 2011 Priya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the other Christie mysteries, this was quite ok. I did not like Poirot listening to chance remarks which is serving as evidence. I usually like Poirot to come into a completely unknown scene and start investigating. I liked Mrs.Mcginty's dead because of this factor.

But the genius shows with the execution of the crime. As usual while reading Christie's books we know very well that chance remarks are always important, but we always never seem to get the context. This book, the context
Mónica Silva
Dec 22, 2012 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mais um mistério clássico da Rainha do Crime: Agatha Christie. Desta vez situado nas ruínas de Petra, na Jordânia, um ambiente exótico e bem caracterizado, aparentemente um local pacífico para o famoso detetive Poirot. Contudo, isto não se verifica por muito tempo, pois um homicídio rapidamente o arrasta para uma investigação misteriosa e complexa.

Porém, Poirot vê-se contra a vontade de todos os que conheciam a vítima. Ninguém parece minima
Apr 04, 2010 Goose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought for sure I had this one figured out and I did get it part right. I enjoyed this one for the psychology attached to the Boynton family and for the great characterization given to all the characters including Lady Westholme, the rather imperious MP, Dr.Gerard, the French doctor, Miss Pierce, a scatterbrained goose, and Miss Sarah King, a newly degreed doctor. As with many Christie novels, more than one person lies and many people have something to hide. The ending while happy for the Boy ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Compreendes que ela tem de ser morta, não compreendes?”
É como esta frase que este policial de Agatha Christie inicia-se.
Tem como pano de fundo a cidade de Jerusalém e as ruínas de Petra (considerada em 2007 como uma das sete maravilhas do mundo). Tem como personagens: uma psicóloga, um psiquiatra, uma deputada e uma família extremamente sui generis, chefiada pela patriarca Mrs. Boynton, uma mulher tirânica! E claro, Poirot.
Mais um excelente policial que li devoradamente. Recomendo-o.
Sep 02, 2014 Esraa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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- بدأت فِي الرواية و أنا متأكدة إنها هتعجبني لإنها ببساطة
لـِ اجاثا كريستي
- أبدعت كعادتها ، سرد القصة ممتع ؛ وأحداث متتاليية لا تكاد تنتهي من حل لغز حتي تنقلك لأخر
فلا تشعر بالوقت أو بِ ملل ، تمضي في تسلسلُها و حل الألغاز فِ نَهم شديد لتصل إلي حل اللعز " مرتكب الجريمة "

روايـة رائعة و حبكة جيدة جداً .:))
May 08, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On his first night in Jerusalem Hercule Poirot over-hears part of a rather odd conversation while fiddling with his window at the Solomon Hotel.
“You see, don’t you that she’s got to be killed?”

Poirot doesn’t attach too much importance to the words at first – realising he has heard only a snippet of a conversation – totally out of context. Poirot remembers the words of course, and knows that he will recognise the voice again should he hear it.

Staying in the same hotel is the Boynton family from
Shatrujeet Nath
It was strictly okay, something that I have more or less come to expect from Agatha Christie books. The good points were that the author put in some effort at creating decent atmospherics, and there were a couple of places where the writing brought a chuckle and a smile to my lips. The story itself was flat, though, and none of the characters (all very poorly sketched) were remotely inspiring. I couldn't care less who the murderer was, and when the great reveal happened, it left me cold and disi ...more
Mehdi Boudjatit
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جريمة في الصحراء أو موعد مع الموت اذا ترجمنا العنوان الأصلي للرواية هي رواية بوليسية من روايات أغاثا كريستي التي تدور أحداثها بمنطقة الشرق الأوسط و بالضبط بمدنينتي القدس -فلسطين- و بطرا -الأردن- و هذا يعكس تأثر أغاثا بهذه المنطقة خلال زياراتها لها ...
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Krisi Keley
Apr 02, 2013 Krisi Keley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel as I have all of the Agatha Christie novels I've read - for the clever mystery, the interesting story and the author's ability to make sardonic references to human foibles and prejudices in a humorous and rather non-offensive and forgiving way. But Appointment with Death was particularly intersting to me, reading it as I did shortly after reading Murder on the Orient Express, because Christie revisits the choice Hercule Poirot made at the end of that story. Did she do so to ...more
May 06, 2016 SumitRK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the other Christie mysteries, this was just OK.
Pros: 1.The story itself was quite good; set in foreign locales that added to the mystery.
Cons: 1. All characters felt one dimensional & unbearable.
2.No Poirot in almost the first half & the built up takes so much of time.
3. Poirot's deduction & his explanation is confusing and the final twist was totally bizarre.
It was totally unexpected, but it didn't make sense.
So in short, "Appointment with Death" was a fast read b
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