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The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  22,153 Ratings  ·  1,198 Reviews
An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies in a shallow grave on a golf course. Then another body is found, and Poirot has an intriguing case to solve.
Hardcover, Facsimile of first edition, 320 pages
Published 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1923)
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Beth S.
Jun 14, 2014 Beth S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shut up Hastings. Shut up, shut up, shut up.
Simona Bartolotta
Dec 24, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This plot is so complicated that I lost count of the number of times I lost count of its coups de théâtre. So layered! At one point, when a first (second? Told you I lost count) solution is offered, Poirot says,

“This is not a crime well ordered and regular, such as a detective delights in. [...] ah, indeed, what order or method is there in that?”

and I pretty much agreed with him. I was appalled. I disliked that solution so much, it made so little sense, that I thought it was the worst of all of
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Lawyer
Jan 10, 2017 Lawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of well written mysteries
The Murder on the Links: A Retrospective

It was almost fifty years ago I read my first Agatha Christie novel. I was fourteen. I bought it at a middle school book fair. It was an Hercule Poirot mystery, The Big Four, a Dell paperback that sold for $.45. A bargain at the price.

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My First Poirot

Through the coming years I read all of the Poirot novels. A few of the Miss Marples. Miss Marple just didn't grab me as Poirot and his friend Hastings did. As far as Tommy and Tuppence, well, I could do wit
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Sherif Metwaly

" !! يا بنت اللذين "
و دي جملة بتتقال فور انتهائك من قراءة رواية لأجاثا كريستي
Ensiform
Apr 09, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The second Hercule Poirot novel. To explain its plot accurately would take half an hour and a whiteboard, but briefly: the Belgian detective and his aide Hastings are summoned to the house of M. Renauld, a millionaire who fears for his life. They arrive too late, finding him already dead, half-buried in an unfinished golf bunker, supposedly at the hands of bearded foreign thugs, and possibly at the hands of a jilted lover. But Poirot soon unearths not one, but two of the principals are living un ...more
Veronique
Feb 02, 2017 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Two people rarely see the same thing.”

Another enjoyable Christie. This one is quite confusing with a lot of seemingly nonsensical elements. I did get a few clues right (can't help myself trying) but nothing else. This is partly due to the author not sharing all the data. Naturally, once all is revealed and explained, it made perfect sense.

Another aspect that was highly entertaining was seeing Poirot compete with the French inspector. Not only was this funny (can't believe Poirot restrained hims
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Lydia
Jan 22, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Wonderful ♥

Gosh, Agatha Christie is such a delight to read. And bloody hell that woman knows how to write some twists and turns. I'll admit that Captain Hastings insta-love storyline isn't my thing, but we'll forgive it all because Christie and Poirot are wonderful.
F.R.
Jul 29, 2016 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a lot of ‘Murder on the Links’ distinctly worried about Captain Hastings. Firstly, he spends some time seemingly flirting with a younger, French detective, even at points seeming to agree with this interloper that Poirot is past it; then he causes a crime scene to be corrupted; and finally he actually puts himself in opposition to Hercule Poirot. As if he could ever beat his old friend in a battle of wits or a battle of nerves or a battle of anything. In later Poirot novels, Hastings alw ...more
Obsidian
Feb 21, 2017 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
I realized this year that I have never read this book. I could have sworn I had since I did my Poirot readings a few years back, but then realized nope that I must have confused this book with another. Either way, I am thrilled that I got a chance to immerse myself back into the world of our egg-head shaped detective and his "little gray cells."

Told in the first person POV by Hastings (Poirot's mostly bumbling and honestly dumb as anything assistant) in this one. We have Hasting and Poirot go of
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Lata
Feb 27, 2017 Lata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, auth-f, 2017-read
A somewhat sloppy mystery. Lots of running around, despite Poirot saying he doesn't like running around. There are bits of information that are revealed a little late so it was harder to figure this one out. Hastings narrates, and he is totally ruled by his hormones in this story, while Poirot clashes, mildly, with a French detective, who insists there are many clues to be found in ash, matches and other little things. (Seems like a little dig at another famous fictional detective...)
Blaine DeSantis
Jan 08, 2017 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much better Hercule Poirot mystery that her first book. This book is the 3rd of her works and she really moves this one along, almost as she did with The Secret Adversary (a Tommy & Tuppence mystery). It has a good pacing, a very good plot and for the most part this is a fine effort, but once again she gets a bit too cute for my tastes in that the last 50 pages of the book we have a litany of "solutions to the case" and while each of them has parts of the mystery solved it is not until the ...more
Araz Goran
أجاثا كريستي ~ جريمة في ملعب الجولف..

لا أظن أن أحداً قد خمن النهاية الغريبة لهذه الرواية.. محيرة ومعقدة ومربكة جداً..
Radwa
Apr 27, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تبا !!

لأ حقيقي تبا :D

هكذا بدأت الرواية وهكذا انتهت ايضا، وهذا ما قلته بعد أن انتهت

بدأ الأمر باكتشاف جثة صاحب الرسالة التى ارسلها لبوارو طالبا نجدته لاعتقاده انه سيُقتل
ثم اكتشاف جثة اخرى لرجل مجهول الهوية
الجريمة الأولى تشبه جريمة حدثت قبل ٢٠ سنة وبَقى الفاعل حرا طليقا

أما عن ماذا حدث حقا فهو ما لم يكن فى الحسبان
لكن يمكن اختصار الأمر بكونه "جرائم متداخلة"
غزل أدم
يبدو أن أنا ومستر بوارو نفكر على نفس الموجه
فكل أكتشافاته أنتهاءاً بالقاتل كنت قد أستنتاجاتها بالفعل
Ben Babcock
Hercule Poirot returns to once again solve a murder, this time of a wealthy Frenchman who seems to have foreseen his death. It’s not about Poirot being smarter than other detectives or about him noticing more details—it’s about his method, his organized way of approaching those details and fitting the theory to the facts rather than the other way around.

Contrary to what the title might imply, there is no golf in this book. (Thank God.) Rather, the body turns up in an open grave on the golf cours
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~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
Jun 18, 2016 ~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
4 Dame Christie stars!

My 3rd Christie, and I think this was the best, as of now. Agatha knows how to build a murder mystery and churn out your gray cells to try matching the renowned expert, Hercule Poirot. The murder here was fantastic in planning and structure, and as always, I failed to put up the right guess (I understand you well, Hastings!).

"The great criminal (as you may remember my remarking to you once) is always supremely simple.”

And so it was. The victim was there, just there, a
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Raya  Ka'abneh
Mar 09, 2016 Raya Ka'abneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة ممتعة كالعادة
وحكبة رائعة...
كالعادة تفاجأت بشخصية القاتل!
لكن لا شيء يصعب على عقل بوارو ♥

وأخيراً تزوج هيستنغز من سندريلا :D
David Schaafsma
The second Hercule Poirot novel, published in 1923. 40 more to go! This one has a tad lower rating on Goodreads than most of the others, and I had a hard time getting into it, but on the whole I really liked it, about a 3.5. Poirot burst onto the literary crime scene almost fully realized, in what was her third published book! He's a great character, with a distinct and interesting personality, an elderly Belgian detective with a flair for logic and simplicity and "exercising the grey cells" in ...more
Dina
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Damaskcat
Feb 25, 2017 Damaskcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hercule Poirot receives a cry for help from a millionaire in France. Unfortunately Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive too late to save him as he has just been found dead when they get there. He had been stabbed in the back.

Poirot soon finds himself on a collision course with a French detective who regards Poirot as the lowest of the low. Hastings has his mind less on the investigation that normal as he has fallen in love.

I had some difficulty following the twists and turns of the plot of this s
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Sarah
Sep 17, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars.

Poirot receives a letter from a client which requires a sudden rush to France by boat, accompanied by Hastings. On arrival at the home of Monsieur and Madame Renauld they are confronted by the celebrated French detective, Monsieur Giraud. Their working relationship is not an easy one and both Poirot and Giraud feel a sense of superiority over their own reputations and very different methods. Giraud is deliberately insulting and in return, Poirot taunts Giraud.

The novel is
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Harish Challapalli
Awesome!! Unbelievable!!

This is the third Agatha Christie's Novel I read!! I am spellbound that a person could so meticulously weave a thrilling tale!! Can't think of what inspired her to write but bowled over by the narration!!

Hercule Poirot's shrewdness is unbelievable and there is always Honest Hastings with him through out!! Every character will rise suspicion while reading, but u can never stop guessing!! Mind ticks like clock during each line!! A wonderful page turner, ur eyes will be glue
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Penelope
It wasn't bad at all but this is not one of my favorites.
Stephanie
Sep 08, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I GUESSED WHO DID IT!!!! I FINALLY WON AN AGATHA CHRISTIE!! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING!!
J
Feb 17, 2012 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 2/16/12: I'm in the process of re-reading all of Agatha Christie - one of my favorite authors!

I'd take Agatha over most other books, but this isn't my favorite book of hers. It's the 3rd book she published and her second to involve Hercule Poirot. I think she stumbled a bit. She defines Poirot's character, but makes him appear a bit too harsh. She also makes Hastings appear like a love-sick buffoon, instead of just a lovable romance-prone gentleman. She won't write about the pair again
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3houd
Aug 09, 2016 3houd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يستدعي السيد رينو المحقق هيركيول بوارو على وجه السرعة، ليصل بوارو بعد فوات الأوان و من هناك تبدأ الحكاية باكتشاف جسد السيد رينو و قد طعن ورمي بلا مبالاة في قبر مفتوح.
النصف الأول من الرواية كان مملا و باردا، أما النصف الثاني فقد كان أكثر تشويقا و إثارة.
و لكن بشكل عام لم أستمتع بالقصة و هذا بسبب أن أحد التقييمات يذكر شخصية القاتل بوضوح و بلا أي اهتمام بمن قد تقع عينيه على هذا التقييم.
Sulaf
Oct 09, 2014 Sulaf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loathed the unrealistic romanticism of Hastings! Otherwise, the story as a whole was a little over done, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Amy
Another great mystery from Agatha Christie and her brilliant detective Hercule Poirot!
Crispitina30
Mar 07, 2017 Crispitina30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-shelve
3.5

RETO DE LECTURA 2017

Marzo: un libro que lleve más de un año en tu estantería

La policiaca no es lo mío, pero gracias a Agatha Christie me está empezando a gustar un poquito más.

Asesinato en el campo de golf cuenta la historia de un hombre que, aparentemente, preveé su propio asesinato y pide ayuda a Hercule Poirot para que descubra al culpable y proteja a la supuesta víctima. Pero, lamentablemente, nuestro detective no llega a tiempo y el hombre es asesinado.

Es el segundo libro que leo de
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Suzanne
Feb 16, 2017 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, wobble, uno2017
This was a classic Poirot book, and a good mystery, although not as mind-blowing as some of the other Agatha Christie books that I have read. I enjoyed seeing Poirot "compete" with the celebrated French detective. The title/cover were a bit misleading (this is not a complaint!)- the only golf ball in evidence is the one you see on the cover :)
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