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Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot #19)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  23,798 Ratings  ·  951 Reviews

Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: "You do see, don'
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Leatherette Bound, The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection, 198 pages
Published July 1987 by Bantam Books (first published May 2nd 1938)
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Simona Bartolotta
Aug 24, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
“They have been in prison so long that, if the prison door stands open, they would no longer notice!”

It was rather frustrating to have to wait more than 100 pages for the murder to happen, but oh, it was so worth it. Poirot's final dénouement was particularly appreciated. And I'm so ridiculously glad they all had their (view spoiler), in the end.
This time around, the queen of crime did not disappoint at all.
Jaya *The Velocireader*
Re-read on October 2016
I stand by my rating :))
***
10+++ Stars

This is perhaps one of my most favourite Christie's. No matter how many times I read it (last count was 8), this story does not get old, all those descriptions and sequences retain their power to thrill me even when I read it today. I simply love this book and the mystery of it.
This has nothing to do with anything Jerusalem, archaeology, historical artifacts. Nope. Absolutely not.
Nandakishore Varma
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
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karen
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BrokenTune
Nov 30, 2015 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
4.5*

"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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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

2:00pm
(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
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Hanna
May 24, 2015 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
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David Schaafsma
“You are a detective, are you not?”
“Yes, mademoiselle.”
“A very well-known detective?
“The very best detective in the world,” said Poirot, stating it as a simple truth, no more, no less.

The best opening to an AC mystery for me yet:

"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"

Poirot overhears a brother try to persuade his sister to kill their tyrannical and sadistic and morbidly obese mother, and why not?! We quickly learn that even if you are a complete pacifist that you might see why it
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Melissa
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Mahdi Lotfi
خلاصه ی داستان:
در اردوگاهی تحقیقاتی در اورشلیم، خانوادهای به نام بوینتون اقامت دارند که همسر رئیس خانواده، آقای بوینتون که رئیس این پروژه تحقیقاتی باستانشناسی است. رئیس خانواده لیدی بوینتون، زنی مستبد و شکنجهگر است که فرزندانش قصد دارند وی را بکشند. اما پیش از آنکه آنان اقدامی کنند، وی به قتل میرسد. پوآرو که در زمان قتل در همانجا بوده، این ماجرا را پیگیری کرده و قاتل را مییابد...

هرکول پوآرو برای گذراندن تعطیلات به اورشلیم میرود و در هتل سلیمان اقامت میکند و در شب اول اقامتش از پنجرهی مجاور چیزی
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Kavita
Jan 19, 2016 Kavita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, jordan
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
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Tarinee
Nov 04, 2016 Tarinee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always wanted to be a detective .

Ok I accept .I wanted to be a Painter ,Engineer ,Ninja(Naruto) , Superman/Shaktiman ,President ,KBC winner , Pizza delivery boy ,librarian ,IPS .But with all these constantly changing aims of my life ,one thing was common .I always wanted to be a detective .

So the result was inevitable .
I love books
I always wanted to be a detective .I still do .
Result : Agatha Christie's novels are always a treat for me .

Her books are not just another Cozy read for me ,it also
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Amainer
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
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Dina
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3houd
Jul 01, 2017 3houd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
في أثناء رحلة عائلية لعائلة بوينتون تموت السيدة بوينتون بشكل مفاجئ مما يرجح وجود شبهة جنائية. فيدخل في الموضوع المحقق الفذ هيركيول بوارو لتحديد ما إذا وجدت جريمة من عدمها.
لم تعجبني الرواية, مملة إلى حد ما.
Obsidian
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
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Laurel Young
Jan 06, 2011 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christy
Apr 28, 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
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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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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
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Almeta
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
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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
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Julia
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.
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
Andrea
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
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Versha
Jun 21, 2016 Versha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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!
Ahmad Sharabiani
می فهمی؟ او باید کشته شود
این جمله در گوش هرکول پوآرو طنین انداخت، و در مقابل چشمان او، در هیئت شبحی سرگردان درآمد، از پنجره بیرون لغزید، چند لحظه ای در هوای تاریک معلق ماند، سپس همچون پرنده ای به سوی «بحر المیت» پر کشید و در دل شب نا پدید شد. از فصل اول ترجمه رویا سعیدی
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
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Priya
Sep 24, 2011 Priya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
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
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Goose
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
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