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Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot #32)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,318 Ratings  ·  636 Reviews
Mama tercinta, kemarin malam telah terjadi pembunuhan. Bu Springer, guru olahraga kami, menjadi korban. Terjadinya tengah malam. Dan pagi ini polisi datang dan mengajukan pertanyaan-pertanyaan pada setiap orang. Bu Chadwick meminta agar kami tidak membicarakan hal itu pada siapa pun, tapi saya pikir Mama tentu ingin tahu. Anakmu tercinta, Jennifer.
Paperback, 355 pages
Published 1999 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published November 2nd 1959)
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Jul 22, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one quite as much as the other two I've read so far, and I'm not sure why. If Mrs. Upjohn recognized someone at the school who she knew from her previous life in intelligence work and knew this person was a trained killer, why would she leave her daughter in the same school and then travel the world? I hate to say that it's a plot hole, but it bothered me slightly.
Sophie Hannah
Nov 01, 2015 Sophie Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the detail about the school in this novel, which is why I gave it four stars. The plot is not one of Agatha's best, though it's not bad. But, as in Hickory Dickory Dock, Poirot presents much of the solution without telling us how he came to work it out, and Agatha novels work best when we are able to follow the workings of Poirot's mind more closely. However, all the school stuff makes this novel enjoyable and atmospheric.
The Books Blender
Jun 10, 2016 The Books Blender rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cara Agatha… le tue trame sono sempre piacevoli e ben orchestrate. Gli eventi ben intrecciate e "ingarbugliati" al punto giusto; i personaggi si muovono con agilità sullo sfondo della tua Inghilterra. È un piacere passare una serata in tua compagnia. ^^
(A breve una recensione un po' più precisa e non uno sbrodolo di ammirazione per la Christie XD)

-- Post sviolinata --

Voto: 3,5

Non è semplice gestire un giallo: la trama deve essere avvincente senza rivelare troppo, ma consentendo al lettore di ra
Laurel Young
Jan 21, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat Among the Pigeons is an atypical Agatha with a number of strengths but a couple of odd weaknesses. I really enjoyed the fact that the first 100 pages are more of a novel of manners than a mystery, focusing on the development of interesting characters at a girls' boarding school. I admit, I picture Waverly Academy from Nancy Drew! When murder finally occurs, the motivation thus has more depth. This would be one of her best but for two detractions: first, it is very odd to bring in Poirot 200 ...more
Sep 03, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: practically everyone !
the very first - from such a long list of - agatha christie's detective novels i've read.
quite a 'right' choice because the story reminds me of the more familiar enid blyton's boarding schools' series (i.e. mallory towers), but with such expanded plots that includes romance, theft and murder. very juicy indeed.
i could even remember that i skipped sleeping that night just to finish this novel, and succeeded doing so in less than 48 hours.
this novel was probably the one that triggered my crave
Nov 05, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This story took several hundred pages to even get going. I figured out a ton of things before anyone else did.

We once again get Poirot in this novel at around the 80 percent mark. I have seen it before, and will say it again. The Poirot books are boring when we focus too much on other people.

I wish that we had Poirot involved from the beginning so at least he didn't come in as a side character. The main character in this book from beginning to end was Julia Upjohn. Since this book was pub
Jul 20, 2015 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Experienta mea cu Agatha Christie a inceput cand eram in clasa a 5-a si, intelegandu-ma foarte bine cu bibliotecara de la scoala, ma lasa sa ma plimb printre rafturi. In consecinta, cu fiecare imprumut incercam cate ceva nou, pana am descoperit-o pe ea, marea doamna a romanului policier, de care m-am indragostit ireversibil si care o sa ma farmece intotdeauna. I-am citit toate titlurile publicate pana la acel moment - desigur, majoritatea erau foarte cunoscute: Crima in Orient Express [beloved o ...more
This is my last Agatha Christie - for now. It was a nice trip down the memory lane, for three of the four novels I read were actually re-readings.

Not this one, and a pleasant surprise it was. With a subject so flashy (coup d'état in an Arab state and a legacy of jewels) it would have been easy for the author to slip into kitsch. not Agatha Christie, though, who reveals herself not only a master of mystery but also a skilful observer of the young girls psychology. A very interesting touch was the
Lindley Walter-smith
This book really makes me wish Christie wrote school stories as well as mysteries and thrillers. Really enjoyable thriller/murder mystery set in a boarding school, with intrepid young ladies and an awe-inspiring headmistress mixed up with international intrigue. Poirot comes in right at the end, grandfatherly and kind, to save the day. The best part, though, is the boarding school setting, the students and the teachers.
Greg Z
Mar 30, 2016 Greg Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This isn't a Christie classic, certainly. I did enjoy the way jewels are smuggled out of a Mid-Eastern country in chaos, and I enjoyed that an English Girl's School is the location for most of the mystery, an unusual locale for Dame Agatha. There are the usual red herrings, the expected plot twists. But for no real reason, the author brings in Poirot about 4/5ths of the way through, while any local inspector/police officer would have served just fine. It feels as if the publisher sent a draft ba ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An odd one - this is a really strong Poirot book if you ignore the fact that Poirot is barely in it (he turns up on page 182, approximately 3/4 of the way through, proceeds to listen to everything that has happened before explaining the solution). He feels like an afterthought, brought in to wrap it all up and bring in some readers.

However, despite that, the actual story and intrigue is excellent. Wartime espionage, secret identities, a middle eastern revolution, a quaint English girls boarding
Jul 26, 2015 Weasleyorange rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bunun dışında her zamanki gibi harika konu,son derece zekice kurgu ve kraliçe farkı. "Eh,bien.."
Nicholas Kotar
Feb 02, 2016 Nicholas Kotar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when I binged on Poirot so much that I started to see the resolutions of his mysteries in my dreams before I finished reading them. That was not good. It made for not very restful sleep, to put it mildly. It also didn't help that I was in Australia at the time, being kept awake by kookaburras. I mean, I didn't even know what a kookaburra was, and then, this screeching thing is like a hammer to my temples, keeping me awake at ungodly hours... Never mind.

I'm also a huge fan of Dav
Bruna Prior
Aug 05, 2015 Bruna Prior rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um ótimo livro de Agatha Christie! Gostei da ambientação, dos personagens, da trama bem estruturada.
Os eventos que se desenrolaram de forma misteriosa em Meadowbank, renomada escola inglesa para meninas, tem sua origem em um país fictício do oriente médio, Ramat, que está passando por uma revolução. Ao pressentir que seu fim está se aproximando, o príncipe da Ramat confia a seu amigo algumas jóias muito valiosas, as quais ele deseja que sejam retiradas do país de alguma forma. As jóias é o elem
Martin Smrz
Hercule Poirot got on the scene only in 70% of the book, so his style and personality was missing in the book and the whole twist was not sophisticated as in other Agatha Christie Books.
Sarah ~
Feb 16, 2013 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, crime
حِينَ تَقرأُ لأغاثا كريستي
للمرَةِ الأولى ..
تنْبَهِر ...

وإذا كانت هذه هي الروايَة الأولى التي تقرؤها لها ..تنبهر أكثر ..

Chris Thompson
Jul 15, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience with Agatha Christie. Mystery is not a genre I read a lot of, but Christie is so well-known I thought I'd give it a shot. Many novels do have elements of mystery in them, of course, particularly in hiding certain plot points or motivations until the end, so I am familiar with the conventions. I find that mystery, like many other things in life, is at its best before everything is revealed. Monster movies are always scarier when you don't see the monster than when you ...more
Well, you know how Agatha Christie novels had international intrigue subplots you didn't pay attention to? Turns out they involve a pretty interesting view of world affairs. Like when the people of the city of "Ramat" reject their British-educated young prince who builds hospitals and roads -- they miss his grandfather, a bloodthirsty tyrant -- and this explanation is given: "While in England people who are picturesque and violent cause embarrassment and are not much liked, in the Middle East, B ...more
Natália Lopes
Mar 02, 2016 Natália Lopes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Agatha Christie fan and mystery/detective novel fan
Shelves: agatha-christie
I just finished my re-read of this book, because it's been a while and I couldn't remember lots of details about the story and the plotline. It deserves the 5-star rating I gave it when I first added here on Goodreads. It is a solid novel, with a good plot, engaging characters and the same Christie twist that gets us in the end, but it pleased me to see that it didn't rely on the main detectives to keep it going or interesting. Dame Agatha got me involved and engrossed as much as in her other mo ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is billed as an Hercule Poirot book, but be aware - his fine moustaches don't appear until 3/4 of the way through. Having said that, it's a pretty good read, with a not-too-farfetched solution (which can't always be said of Christie's work.) She has also been accused of hiding pertinent info from readers until the end, to keep them from solving the mystery. While there is an exciting 'reveal' at the end of the book, this time she actually makes the reader aware of something it takes everyon ...more
Colette Fairbairn
This is the first and only Christie novel I've ever read (though I am in the process of reading Towards Zero), so I can't compare to her other works, but everything in this book just feels a Everything is partly, if not wholly, unnatural. The dialogue is the worst, character actions a close second. HOWEVER: I don't know how, but I still had fun reading it. Normally these things would drive me insane, and I don't know if it's something in the writing style that I missed or just enjo ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Dhuaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I can't help but think Christie's style is better suited to unexpected murders in slow, blissful villages with old-fashioned, charming characters, not grand international conspiracies with special agents and whatnot. International affairs are somewhat too serious to be written about in the same casual tone and with just a handful of characters. They should be bigger in scope.

Either way, I couldn't get into this book. It's not uneventful, but it kind of dragged.
Mohamed Gamal
Apr 27, 2016 Mohamed Gamal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هى رواية حلوة
بس دة ماكنش اللى كنت منتظره
اللى سمعته عن اجاثا كريستى خلانى منتظر رواية اقوى بكتير من الرواية دي
بس بردو دي اول رواية اقراها ليها و من الظلم احدد اتقانها من رواية واحدة
يمكن انا حبيت الشخصيات و المدرسات و الطلبة اكتر من شغفى لمعرفة من القاتل و لماذا قتل
يمكن تكون الرواية دي كانت تحفة فى عصرها لكن لشخص قرأ و شاف روايات و افلام كتير عن جرايم القتل شايفها مجرد جريمة
و مش عارف اذا كنت صح ولا لا
اجاثا كريستى مهتمة جدآ بالعرب و الشرق الاوسط عامة
غير الرواية دى مهتمة بالعرب في روايات تانية واضح
رومولا الن
ممتعه الروايه كثيييراا رغم ظهور بوارو القليل بها لكنني احببت حياة المدرسة والطالبات فيها...
دائماً تدهشني اجاثا...
Monica Harris
Feb 24, 2016 Monica Harris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Christie in a long time and I wanted to read something that wasn't topical. I was disappointed. It dragged on once we figured out the jewels were in the tennis rackets and it was slow going until Poirot showed up toward the end. I hated the ending. There were no clues earlier in the book about who the culprits would be and it was just too improbable.
Nov 19, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sold-back-to-hpb
I'm not sure what to make of this installment in the Poirot series for you can hardly call it a Poirot mystery when everyone's favorite mustachioed Belgian detective appears only in the last 100 pages—and really not even that since he doesn't appear in the final chapter. That said, I didn't necessarily mind Poirot's absence, for I knew inevitably he'd show up and oh so conveniently explain everything and give the reader a few "Wait, that's just a bit too damn convenient, dear 'ol Aggie, and meth ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts in the Middle Eastern Sheikhdom of Ramat which finds itself on the cups of a revolution. The young Sheikh knows his life is in danger and asks his friend, a British pilot, to find a way of smuggling a small fortune in jewels out of the country. The pilot’s sister happens to be in Ramat with her young daughter, Jennifer, and he hides the jewels in their luggage without having a chance of telling them and while being secretly watched.
Next the story switches to Meadowbank, a posh a
Julie Davis
This was an interesting hybrid of Christie's stand alone book style with Hercule Poirot's entrance unexpectedly delayed until the last third of the book. I really enjoyed it even though I recalled, from my long ago Christie reading days, where the treasure was hidden and some of the key diversions.

But ... she got me again! I was sandbagged (haha) by the true identity of the culprit, even though that person was one where I'd identified some discrepancies in the story.

Very enjoyable, just not one
Emma Jolie
Dec 01, 2015 Emma Jolie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating is compared to other Hercule Poirot books.

I had such a fun time reading this book! Once again I thought I had it figured out but Christie bested me once more. I honestly think I enjoyed this Poirot novel more than the others I have read simply because he is only in it for the last few chapters. It felt like another story was starting by the time he comes in and that was fine with me. I was having a good time trying to figure out the mysteries without having a super sleuthing detective al
Dharia Scarab
This book had too many different plots and characters thrown out all at the beginning. It just didn't hold my interest.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but
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