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The Pale Horse (Ariadne Oliver #5)

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“KEJI SEKALI… BEGITU KEJI…”
Wanita sekarat itu berbicara pada Pastor Gorman dengan mata yang memancarkan kesakitan. “Hentikan… Harus dihentikan… Kau harus…”

Pastor itu lalu berbicara dengan sikap tegas yang menenangkan. “Aku akan lakukan apa yang perlu dilakukan. Kau bisa mempercayaiku.”
Pastor Gorman menyelipkan daftar yang berisi nama-nama yang disebutkan wanita itu, ke sep
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2003 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1961)
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Vicki
Apr 20, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
The pale Horse is a really dark mystery. There are scenes that are just down right creepy. There are spells and threats that lend a spooky air to this book.

I listened to the AudioBook and found it very intense during those witch scenes. The mystery begins with the murder of a Catholic priest. He has a list of names in his shoe and that turn out to be a list of dead people. When Mark Easterbrook begins to look into this mystery because his godmother is on the list. Mark was a great character. He
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Hannah
Jun 15, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, mystery
Extremely dark and chilling - read with a stuffed animal or a huggable friend nearby! Very thrilling and powerful read, and definitely my favourite non-Poirot or Marple mystery, hands down. Definitely a tense and creepy affair; the atmosphere is very much like what I would imagine the dark streets of Whitechapel would be during the late 19th Century. Mark Easterbrook is a loveable hero, intelligent and brave, and you can't help but be nervous and root for him at the same time as he plunges headl ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

If you’ve decided that you’ve had your fill of dying, then choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

If you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of living, then choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Poonam
Apr 16, 2016 Poonam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mystery with heavy undertones of witchcraft. There are few scenes that are really creepy and sinister. The whole set-up with the 3 old ladies was alarming.

I actually was confused as to what and how was the murder happening. Was there some actual evil presence or a more logical explanation to it all.
So what is the right answer here?(view spoiler)
I was somewhere able to guess a particular someb
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F.R.
Feb 12, 2016 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Early in this novel a character muses about how best to portray the Witches in a production of ‘Macbeth’. It’s his contention that rather than pushing up the weirdness so the sisters become something which could feasibly fit into a pantomime, they are instead portrayed as the kind of normal – if slightly sinister – old ladies who are frequently dismissed as witches in English country villages. As apparently all English villages have witches (a fact which all country folk know), and it would just ...more
Laurel Young
Oct 14, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Philip
Nov 09, 2010 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read this 1961 Agatha Christie novel of modern-day 'witchcraft' in the early 1970s. Of course I'm not reading a St. Martins Press paperback edition - I'm reading the 1962 Dodd, Mead First Edition copy to which I recently treated myself!

This was one of the better - and better-received - novels of Christie's later period, and several years after its original publication this novel was instrumental in solving a real-life mystery involving several deaths!

This was definitely what I like to thin
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Ivan
May 13, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today is Friday May 13th (2016) and this is the 13th Agatha Christie novel I’ve read. I enjoy her books, her style, although I’ve often found her plots too convoluted and contrived. However, when she is good, she’s really good – I’m thinking of “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” “The Pale Horse” is the best of all I’ve read so far. The plot is ingenious. The story flows with ease, is always interesting and suspenseful. The characters are familiar to Christie fans, and ...more
Bev
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him... (Revelation 6:8)

It seems rather hard to believe that I had never read Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse (1961) before. After all, Dame Agatha is one of my favorites and I spent a great deal of time reading her books when I was younger--but I did not have this one logged and I did not own a copy until I picked up one of my beloved pocket-size editions in May of 2012, so I'm just going to ac
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Sergey
The Pale Horse is Agatha Christie’s novel dealing with black magic. Dame Christie ingeniously weaves a web into the murderous world of an old inn The Pale Horse where a witch, a medium and a psychic form circle of devious intentions. The story opens with Thomasina Tuckerton in a brawl with another woman over a man and that leads to a chain of events that uncovers one murder after another. Ms. Tuckerton’s untimely death and would have been unnoticed if Father Gorman had not been found murdered af ...more
Nina
Jul 03, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
4,75/5 *

Bagus banget! mau saya kasih lima bintang tapi saya gak tahu kenapa si pembunuh membunuh banyak orang di list itu. emang karena uang motifnya tapi gimana caranya. hm. I see it now.


Eniwei, saya gak nyangka bakal dapat buku ini. akhir akhir ini saya sering ngunjungi Blok Willis dan dapetin bukunya agatha christie murah. pale horse ini terbitan lama, 2005. covernya hitam dan ada gambar gagak di cover bagian atas. udah gak segel tapi masih bagus dan cuma 15rb. sama kaya harga bukunya agatha
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Alexandra
Dec 20, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: euro-mystery
This is one of the best Agatha Christie mysteries without Poirot or Mrs. Marple. Mark Easterbrook makes for a compelling and sympathetic narrator. Christie does a terrific job setting up an eerie, sinister atmosphere with discussion of Macbeth and the three witches. When the book's "three witches" appear, the scene has been well set. Christie outdoes herself with the misdirection in this book - I was totally surprised by the reveal of the evil mastermind, but the clues scattered throughout the b ...more
Molecule
Jun 09, 2014 Molecule rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روايتي الثانية لاغاثا و قد جائتني كإقتراح و إعارة من إحدى أعز الصديقات ، في الحقيقة " رغم انني من المتعصبين لدان براون " الا ان اسلوب اغاثا في طي الاحداث بغموض و واقعيه ادهشني ، رواية بحق تجعلك تتلهف للوصول للنهايه لمعرفه سر الجريمة .. و انتهت بخاتمه جميلة و لطيفه جداً ...more
Viviana
Hoje, em homenagem ao seu 122º aniversário, terminei mais um livro daquela que é considerada a Rainha do Crime ou Duquesa da Morte como esta preferia ser apelidada.
É, como todos os outros, um livro que nos agarra desde as primeiras linhas e nos transporta para o mundo do crime em Inglaterra.
Apesar de, nesta história, não aparecer o meu detective preferido (Poirot), acabei por gostar muito da originalidade das personagens. Mark Esterbrook interpretou na perfeição o papel de investigador sedento
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Deepa Swaminathan
Apr 21, 2011 Deepa Swaminathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Is it possible to cause the death of someone by sheer power of mind, that is, without any visible contact? Is it possible to contract a deadly disease merely by someone’s ill wish? Are there people who can act as a living bridge between the mortal world and a world of uncanny powers? Agatha Christie proposes this improbable and incredible theory in her highly interesting book - The Pale Horse.

Story - Third person’s narrative- The story starts with a description of an ailing woman calling for the
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Laila_m_240526
This was my first book to read by Agatha Christie, I’d add this book to my list of “the best books I’ve read” directly. I honestly chose this book cause of it’s title “the plae horse” since I like horses but then when I came to see who the author of the book was I trusted that it would be a good one since I’ve heard a lot about Agatha Christi and how her books are great and finally got the chance to read one.

The story starts in a tea house where a man witnesses a fight between two young girls, a
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Lance Lumley
May 29, 2015 Lance Lumley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard Christie fans.
Recommended to Lance by: Library book sale
In my goal of reading many of Agatha Christie's books, this one was a struggle to get through. I can read her books in 2-3 days, but this one took me some time, where I even stopped and read another book in 2 days and went back to this. This is nothing to do with her writing or skills-she is still the best at the genre, but the characters didn't move me as much.
After Father Gorman visits a lady who asks to see him on her death bed, Gorman receives a list of names and sticks it in his shoe. Whil
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Fuad Fidah
May 25, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
আরেকটা ভালো বই। পরথম পরথম হয়ত সনদেহ যাগতে পারে, হরর বই পড়ছি না তো? তবে শেষের দিকে এসে যখন খোলাসা হয়ে যায়, তখন.....


ফিনিশিংটা অনযানয বই এর মতো অনেক বেশি টুইসটেড না হলেও সযাটিসফাইয়িং। একমাতর আপততি হলো কাকতালের কিছুটা পরাধানয। ইংলযাণডে কি মাতর এই কজন লোক বাস করে? এছাড়া বেশ ভালো।

দেয়া যায় না, কিনতু . অনায়াসে পেতে পারে।
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Shopgirl
Feb 25, 2016 Shopgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dame Agatha a encore frappé : impossible de trouver le coupable avant la révélation finale !

Une ambiance un peu différente, un enquêteur qui n'est pas Poirot mais que j'aimerais retrouver dans une autre intrigue, trois veilles sorcières et une liste de personnes décédées ...

Encore une lecture captivante !
Jeffrey Marks
Jul 26, 2015 Jeffrey Marks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better 1960s Christies. An interesting twist on the typical murder mystery.
Cindee
Dec 17, 2013 Cindee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a little bit different from her usual mysteries, or at least from the ones I have read so far. For starters, this did not feature a Miss Marple or a Hercule Poirot and this was not set during the golden age. Rather, it features Mark Easterbrook and it is set after the Second World War (I presume since it references Hitler).

A priest is murdered after he was asked for and attended to a woman on her deathbed. She was most agitated and had something very important to tell Father Gorman
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Mazel
Aug 07, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
Un prêtre estimé de tous, le père Borman, est assassiné dans la rue.

Il venait de recueillir l'ultime confession d'une femme.

On retrouve sur lui un papier, comportant une liste de noms : des personnes mortes récemment - ou en train de mourir - de maladie.

Quel secret redoutable a pu lui révéler l'agonisante ?

Tombé sur cette histoire tout à fait par hasard, l'historien Marc Easterbrook - grand ami de la célèbre romancière Ariadne Oliver, bien connue des lecteurs d'Agatha Christie - va se passio
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Jeff Miller
Jun 23, 2015 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat different Christie novel suggesting supernatural themes as the answer. Although throughout you know that the real cause will not lead that way. Still quite fun and once again Christie through me for a loop in the final solving of the mystery. She is a like a magician always getting you to look the other way.
Andrew Logan
Sep 27, 2014 Andrew Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AC is on excellent form here. A clever plot and lots of clever little ideas to kept the reader engaged.
As with some of her other 1960s books there is a real feel for that time in Britain. What people were like, what they were thinking about, how they saw the way their world was changing. Really interesting from that perspective, for example the reference to the "off-beat" generation (suddenly something became clear!) and her discussion of magic vs science a good 12 years before Asimov's famous p
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Joanne
Apr 04, 2014 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a pretty thrilling read, keeps you wanting more and so hard to put the book down! Agatha Christie keeps us in such suspense, piecing and trying to link clues together, with such splendid twists!!
Great read if you wish to take a break from Miss Marple and Poirot.
Asaad Alsayer
كعادة اغاثا كريستي تشويق وإثارة وحبكة بوليسية لمن اعتاد على اسلوبها بالإمكان فك طلاسمها ومعرفة النهاية من أولى الصفحات.
عكس المبتدئين في القراءة لها سينبهروا جداً بها.
Miria
The plot twist was HUGE... Really HUUUGGGEEE.... I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As a child, I liked hearing about ghosts and black magic. Can someone you want to be dead be killed by black magic and that way the same cannot be proved in the court of Law? You will enjoy the story throughout. Only one thing in the story doesn't make sense to me- why one of the magicians wear Indian saree? Does the West world associate India with black magic?
Amy
Mar 05, 2015 Amy marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I need to stick with Agatha Christie books before the 1960's. The later ones I just don't think are as good and I feel like her characters just go through the books a little sad that they've found themselves in modern times.
Ana Silva Rosa
Mar 01, 2016 Ana Silva Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I loved this!! I'm always a sucker for mystic and occult themes, and having been written by Agatha Christie makes this book a million times better. The characters were absolutely believable and intriguing, esp Ginger and Mark and yes, I loved the 3 wicked sisters also.

For the most part, I was fooled but obviously Agatha Christie wouldn't write about the supernatural without having a proper explanation for it.
Vir
Oct 06, 2014 Vir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
El misterio de Pale Horse logra enganchar al lector desde la primera página, manteniéndole enredado en esa trama de extrañas muertes y brujería donde tendremos que estar atentos a cualquier mínimo indicio para lograr desentrañar todo antes de que llegue el sorprendente desenlace.

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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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