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Karty na stół (Hercule Poirot #15)

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Pan Shaitana, cudzoziemiec z Orientu, ma egzotyczne hobby: sprasza na brydża morderców. Co gorsza, podczas spotkania pozwala sobie na słabo zawoalowane aluzje. Przynajmniej jeden z brydżystów słucha go uważnie, ponieważ gospodarzowi nie udaje się doczekać końca kolejnego robra... Wśród zaproszonych są jeszcze: pisarka poczytnych kryminałów Ariadna Oliver i niemniej słynny ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published 2005 by Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie (first published November 2nd 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
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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
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Phrynne
Feb 16, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Zahra Rhm
Aug 08, 2016 Zahra Rhm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, mystery
داستان جنایی- معمایی پرکشش و غیرقابل حدس
آگاتا کریستی در این کتابش چهار نفر رو کاندید قاتل بودن میکنه. هر چهار نفر جرمی در گذشته مرتکب شدن. خواننده در طول داستان حدس هایی در مورد این که قاتل کیه میزنه. اما فصول آخر کتاب کاملا گمراه کننده هستن. طوری که احتمالا در هر فصل خواننده در نظرش تجدید نظر میکنه.

روش پوارو برای حرف کشیدن از دیگران جالب بود. حدسیات خودش رو به عنوان چیزی که از اون خبر داره برای مخاطبش بیان می کنه. به قول معرف "دستی میزنه". مخاطبش هم که میبینه پوارو از موضوع اطلاع داره، خودش جری
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Sophie Hannah
Very good, focused novel, with only four suspects. I'd have enjoyed it more if I had the first clue how to play bridge! Not one of my favourite Christies, but still hugely entertaining. Loved Poirot's insistence that he could only solve the murder once he'd found out the bridge-playing technique of each suspect!
Rania Alessa
Nov 12, 2012 Rania Alessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Derus
Aug 30, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jokoloyo
It is not a proper review. I admit that I forgot the story.

So far, this is the only Agatha Christie's story that I could guessed the villain correctly, based on the Bridge plays. (It's hardly a spoiler clue, Poirot always asking the Bridge plays that happened at the murder scene in the story. A little experience in playing Bridge would help).
Too bad I borrowed this book from my college friend, and until now I have no chance to re-read it again. I forget who done it. it should be fun re-discoveri
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Jim
I enjoy reading Agatha Christie novels on occasion. Especially those where Hercule Poirot is the protagonist. They transport me to a different time and place. Cards on the Table was published in 1936. It seems like just about everyone had a butler, cook, parlor maid, or chambermaid. Sometimes all of the above. Regardless of occupation. Even widows on fixed incomes. It must have been nice. In Cards on the Table Poirot meets Mr Shaitana at an exhibition of snuff boxes. Mr Shaitana is a collector a ...more
Đorđe Bajić
Poslednji roman u ovom pregledu je „najsvežiji“. U pitanju je krimić Agate Kristi Karte na sto (1936), delo koje se smatra jednim od najzanimljivijih eksperimenata u karijeri „kraljice zločina“. Broj osumnjičenih u krimićima je obično veliki, neretko dvocifren – u ovom romanu ih, kako spisateljica ističe u predgovoru, ima samo četvoro. To čitaocu omogućava da se usredsredi na potencijalne ubice i lakše reši misteriju. Tako je, barem, u teoriji. U praksi, Agata Kristi je svog arogantnog Poaroa st ...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
Dina
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Bruce Beckham
Mar 02, 2016 Bruce Beckham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Infuriating!

The reader is charged to deduce which of four guests at a bridge party murders their host - in plain sight of the other three.

It sounds easy, but I must say, I didn't get remotely close - and if I can offer a word of advice (without it being a spoiler) I should say pay attention to what interests Poirot.

Despite my blundering sleuthing, I nonetheless enjoyed the period insight, and cringed as usual at the inadvertent racism that was evidently de rigueur for the time.

For the denouement
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Veronique
Jul 01, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third Superintendent Battle story (out of five), and here comes Poirot uninvited :O) Thankfully he didn’t completely take over.

Christie takes a different approach in this book. From the beginning, we know that the culprit is one of four people. This is less than usual. Of course, any and all could have done it. Potential murderers being forced in a game with four investigators is also an interesting element, and a complicated dance ensue, taking on characteristics of each said investigator.

I mus
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Harshita
Aug 05, 2015 Harshita rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
Jun 06, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ashley
Rating: 4.5/5
***Minor spoilers***

Hercule Poirot meets Mr. Shaitana at a party, and he is invited over to a dinner party. This is no ordinary dinner party, however - Mr. Shaitana has stated that some of the guests there will be people who have previously murdered and gotten away with it. At this party, there are four "sleuths" present - Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, Ariadne Oliver, Col. Race, and of course, Hercule Poirot. There are also four people who had supposedly murdered before -
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Obsidian
Aug 18, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The is the 15th book featuring Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.

The plot of Cards on the Table is Poirot investigating what person out of a suspect list of four people killed the host.

Poirot comes across Mr. Shaitana after he tells him that he plans on having a dinner party with four sleuths (Poirot, Colonel Race, Superintendent Battle, and a crime writer by the name of Ariadne Oliver) and four supposed murderers (Dr. Roberts, Mrs. Lorrimer, Major Despard, and Anne Meredith) and wants to see i
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Laurel Young
Jan 11, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
«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,
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Karen ⊰✿
Dec 20, 2015 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: towerteamsiv
Oh, Agatha Christie is so clever. I was sure I knew who was guilty... foiled again!

This story centers around a dinner party where there are four guests playing bridge and their host is murdered. All four are suspected of being murderers in their past and so the question is, who decided to kill again in such an audacious way?
Susanne
Apr 15, 2016 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely entertaining mystery with Poirot and author avatar Ariadne Oliver ("Why did I make [my detective] a Finn? I know nothing about Finns. Finns are always writing to correct me.").

Back when I was in school, I read several Agatha Christie novels and was disappointed by how the author didn't play fair - there was always some terribly important clue denied to the reader so you couldn't possibly solve the case yourself. The stories were also very dark and the people nasty.

This is NOT one of th
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Andrea
Dec 31, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the fifteenth Poirot novel got me all confused. No other before it had me swaying between adoration and boredom like Cards on the Table did. The moment I thought it was going into obscurity, it would pick itself up with an unexpected twist, only to resolve in some banality, later to be revealed a clever red herring! I never knew what to expect at that point. All four suspects could as well be found guilty, along with Poirot himself, and half of Scotland Yard. Well played, Madam. Also, coul ...more
Hanne-col
Brilliant. Quite possibly my favorite of the Hercule Poirot mysteries I have read so far.
Annie Hawthorne
Talk about plot twists! O.O
Lydia
Aug 15, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I finished this book today, and I really enjoyed it!

Agatha Christie is a classic mystery author and this is another really good book. I'm more of a Miss Marple fan (knitting, crime-solving, sassy badass that she is) but Poriot is not a bad detective either.

Without spoiling it, all of these characters had really interesting back stories and there were plenty of twists and turns and suspects. The interesting part of this story is that no one seems to have a motive, at first, but it all unfolds
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Alayne
Jun 27, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5
Me acordaba algo del argumento y el asesinato en sí de haberlo visto en la serie, pero no demasiado más; sólo tenía algunas imágenes en la cabeza.

Me gustó algo de la trama, pero por alguna razón, no soporto los casos de Poirot relatados en tercera persona con un narrador omnisciente. Me gustan los contados por Hastings, otro personaje que aparezca en la historia, o que si es en tercera persona, lo siga solamente a Poirot, no a los demás personas... No sé porque, pero por alguna razón me moles
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Elahe
Aug 03, 2016 Elahe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
به شدت اعتقاد دارم هیچ چیز مثل مرگ، آن روی پنهانی و خبث طینت انسان ها را برملا نمیکند. هنوز نعش خشک نشده است که جنگ و دعوا بر سر ارث و میراث شروع می شود و همه می خواهند گلوی همدیگر را برای تصاحب سهم بیشتر بدرند

هیچ اعتقاد و توجهی به این سر و صداهایی ندارم که مردم از ترس مرگبه راه انداخته اند و مرتب با اعتراض به دولت شعار می دهند که اتوبان مثل عزرائیل و ترافیک، قاتل بی رحم و هوای آلوده، جانی خطرناک ناشناس نسل بشر است

راستش فکر نمی کنم باران برای نسل بشر مزاحمتی به وجود آورده باشد، جز این که همه آن
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 40 books)
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  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

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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.

“So would I. But I don’t know that we’re wise.”
Mrs. Oliver; Rhoda Dawes”
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