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Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #21)

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Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy. Enter Hercule Poirot to investigate. John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in this BBC full-cast radio drama.

1/5 A poisoned pen
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Audio CD, 3 pages
Published July 19th 2004 by BBC Audiobooks (first published March 1940)
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Osenka This comes from wikipedia :

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the…more
This comes from wikipedia :

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the novel.

Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.(less)
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Scott He also wanted to make it look to Poirot that a stranger had been there, unaware that his license plate had been noted.
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Mansuriah Hassan
Jan 08, 2017 Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an unusual Poirot series, in which there is a possible miscarriage of justice. With a beautiful title taken from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Sad Cypress is often referred to one of the most outstanding Agatha Christie books, and also one of the best to feature our favourite Belgian investigator, Poirot. As the book opens, the main character Elinor Carlisle a woman blessed with beauty and brains reinforced by wealth - finds herself on trial for murder. The mystery of Elinor's personali ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are on the dock for murder most foul! The awkward thing is that the contemplation of murder is not an unusual topic for you. Your surprisingly extensive knowledge of poison is also a questionable thing. Whatever is a young lady to do? Look to Belgium for succor! A noted botanist of human nature will soon arrive to save the day, and he’ll turn that sad cypress frown upside down. Will you keep your dignity and integrity intact? Or will you admit that sometimes people
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من غير أجاثا يمكن أن يختار هذا العنوان الرقيق "السرو الحزين" لرواية بوليسية تدور أحداثها حول جريمة قتل؟

ومن غير المترجمين الأذكياء يمكن أن يُفسد عليك الرواية إذا ما تذاكى وترجم عنوان الرواية إلى "المتهمة البريئة"؟
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في كل مرة أدلف فيها إلى عالم أجاثا أعرف انني سأكون على موعد مع متعة خالصة، أودع فيها الملل، الإطالة، الرمزيات الغريبة، الألفاظ المشينة، كل هذا أتركه ورائي وأستعد لرواية أخرى تحبس الأنفاس وفي كثير من الأحيان تثير المشاعر

اختارت أجاثا هذه المرة عنواناً رقيقاً يتماشى مع الخط الرومانسي لل
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask."
"And underneath?"
"Underneath is the primitive man or woman."


Elinor Carlisle stands accused of murder. The evidence is mounted against her. The motive, the weapon, the time and place; everything points directly at the facts. And the facts state that Elinor is the one who poisoned poor Mary Gerrard. The only thing that stands between her and ruin is Hercule Poirot.

This one...might just be my favorite Agatha Christie book thus far!
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David Schaafsma
“A little difficult to know where you were with Elinor. She didn't reveal much of what she thought and felt about things. He liked that about her. He hated people who reeled off their thoughts and feelings to you, who took it for granted that you wanted to know all their mechanism. Reserve was always more interesting.” ―Rodney, in Sad Cypress, Christie

“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.”
― Agatha Christie, Sad Cypress

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene I
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Laurel Young
Jun 01, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie
I just finished re-reading Sad Cypress & I loved it as much as I remembered. Agatha Christie is one of the few authors I can generally count on for that : what I loved at 16, I still love at....well, my current age.

Sad Cypress begin with the elegant, frosty Elinor Carlisle on trial for the murder of the gardener's daughter, Mary Gerrard, one of Christie's fey heroines, "she was like a flower." Both blonde, both beautiful, both beloved by Elinor's aunt, the wealthy owner of the estate both gi
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Veronique
Oct 08, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christie does an interesting thing in this novel by focusing a large part of the narration through one character's point of view while not revealing her true thoughts, creating interest and enhancing the suspense. The courtroom sections were also nicely combined, seemingly widening the field. Poirot of course 'does his thing' but in a very smart way, adapting his approach and interrogation to each witness in order to get to the facts. This was surprising since his ego is usually in the way ;0)
Penelope
“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.”
― Agatha Christie, Sad Cypress


Very good.
Susan
Sep 13, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1940, this is one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases. Elinor Carlisle stands accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard and the first part of this book looks at her looking back at the events which led her there. It begins with Elinor receiving an anonymous letter, warning her that someone has been trying to take her place in her Aunt Laura’s affections. Her aunt is an invalid, having had a stroke, and is cared for at her house by two nurses and Dr Peter Lord. Mary Gerrard is the daughter ...more
Andrea
An unusually set up mystery that begins with court proceedings, as the accused suspect is being tried for the murder of an innocent, lovely girl. But of course, the things aren't what they seem. As we learn through flashback, someone else must be the guilty party. The trick is now to find out who. I did not expect much from this little novel, but ended up really having a good time with it.
İlkim
Agatha'dan okuduğum 50. hikaye oldu bu da... Ne kadar çok okursam okuyayım, her kitabın tadı ayrı.
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Re-read on June 2016
New rating 3.75 stars
Nhi Nguyễn
Thêm một tác phẩm xuất sắc nữa của Nữ hoàng truyện trinh thám :)) Đọc mà không thể nào ngừng được ^^ 2 ngày nghỉ lễ ở nhà quất sạch luôn :D

Bìa sách đẹp, dù là bản tiếng Anh hay tiếng Việt ^^ Nói chung có bông hoa lá hẹ là tui khoái :)))))
Damaskcat
Feb 06, 2017 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elinor Carlisle is on trial for her life - accused of murder. Hercule Poirot is not convinced she is guilty. One of Elinnor's well wishers asks Poirot to investigate even though the evidence against her seems to be overwhelming. Poirot starts to unravel the circumstances which led to the death of Mary Gerard apparently from eating fish paste sandwiches made by Eleanor.

The whole episode starts with the death of Elinor's aunt and her own engagement to her aunt's nephew which is broken off after he
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Meriana
Sep 13, 2016 Meriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Proses persidangan yg menegangkan membuka sekelumit misteri pembunuhan yg luar biasa ini. Terdakwanya adalah seorang perempuan anggun dengan pendirian teguh, cerdas, dan hati (yg katanya) murni. Perempuan ningrat yg tulang rahangnya mampu menginspirasi cinta untuk tumbuh dan seniman menciptakan karya seni.

Seluruh bukti memberatkannya, begitu pun kesaksian-kesaksian yg ada. Bahkan dirinya sendiri juga sepertinya ikut memberikan tuduhan demi tuduhan pada hatinya yg dia sendiri pun tak pahami.

Jadi
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Arati
Apr 13, 2012 Arati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, and at first glance, this seemed to be a definite "plot twister" Poirot book as any other, with him battling against seemingly unbeatable odds. The story revolves around Elinor Carlisle, a beautiful lady madly in love with her cousin Roderick, yet outwardly distant. She is accused of murdering Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence seems irrefutable, only she had the means, the motive and the opportunity. Will Poirot be able to prove her innocence?

I
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Bᴏᴏᴋ ● Oᴡʟᴇᴛ
May 03, 2015 Bᴏᴏᴋ ● Oᴡʟᴇᴛ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, Agatha Christie lovers... basically everyone right?
A 95%. OUTSTANDING BOOK.

I was so unprepared for this. Ahlala.... There is nothing to be said. Except:

And I have a degree n°2 not to throw books.
Seriously though, I was so happy with this book. Amazing plot twist. Amazing characters....
And it's a very easy read (personally speaking).
You can rush through it and finish it in a day or so.


ƁRAƲO AƓAƬHA ƇHRǀSƬǀƐ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dina
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Jennifer
Sep 24, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christie gives us a good build up the murder in this mystery - a sick older aunt, an inheritance, a broken love affair, a handsome doctor….there is a lot going on before Mary eats the poisoned fish paste sandwiches (as if fish paste alone wasn't lethal!) You know once Hercule Poirot is on the scene that the truth will out. While I feel like I've read every Poirot, I really didn't remember this one - thoroughly entertaining.
Laurel Hicks
Good one!
Edward Davies
Aug 01, 2016 Edward Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great little mystery with some incredibly clever red herrings peppered throughout, especially seeing as, from the opening chapter, we are presented with who the killer is supposed to be.
Afrah
Oct 22, 2015 Afrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعطيك أجاثا كريستي لمحة سريعة لكل أبطالها، بداية من الهيئة وملامح الوجه والشخصية في أثناء سردها للأحداث، دارت بنا في الأحداث قبل وقوع الجريمة وكما يراها أي شخص عادي، وما بعد الجريمة، ثم تمر بِنا على الشخصيات فرداً فرداً وتعطينا لكل واحد الدوافع التي من الممكن ان تجعل المجرم يفكر في جريمة القتل وما مصلحته، وفي كل مرة أظن أني اهتديت للقاتل أجدني مخطئة، تتلاعب "أجاثا" في كشف الحقائق وتقدمها لنا مجزءة، وطبعاً تجعل من يكشف عن هذه الجريمة هو المفتش "هركول بوارو" بحنكته بعد سماعه للأقوال واستنتاجه مع ت ...more
Radwa
Feb 13, 2015 Radwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tbr challenge: read a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit

A little confession: This is my first Agatha Christie book, and I'm quite glad I've finally started reading her, and though this might not be the perfect start but I really enjoyed it.

I love mysteries and I gotta say I guessed the culprit wrong. The characters are enjoyable, and the mysetry kept getting revealed in an interesting way. also I like Poirot's charsimatic character a lot.
Ramkumar  R
Jun 13, 2016 Ramkumar R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_mystery
one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases.There was never a single dull moment .The no.s of suspects were not that many and the mechanism of the deed in itself was a unique one.With flashbacks intertwined with current scenes,it is worth the read.
Toka Youssef
Sep 01, 2016 Toka Youssef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انبهاري بيزيد بعد كل كتاب أقرأه لأجاثا كريستي!!
Julie Davis
I reread this after I don't know how many years. I remembered the twist but enjoyed it anyway because of Christie's style with a story.
Debbie Robson
Oct 27, 2016 Debbie Robson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently joined the Newcastle Shakespeare Society and really enjoyed our discussion on Twelfth Night. We began to read the play and came to the marvellous lines:
“Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.”
The lines reminded me of this Agatha Christie book that I have been meaning to read for ages. I haven’t read many of hers as I don’t read crime fiction generally but I’m now looking at murder mysteries (I’m re
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Jasmin Mohd-zain
Jan 24, 2017 Jasmin Mohd-zain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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And so I thought :

"My my Dame Agatha,what such devious mind to murder you have !
The better to trick you with and have you exercise your grey cells, Hercule Poirot..[.heh heh]"

What an interesting plot twist.....I had to stop and think about this plot for quite a while.
"Sometimes lies also tell you the truth" says Poirot.

And out of that line came this story of a perfect companionship to matrimony, so quickly destroyed by the serendipity of love at first sight !

Is this a love triangle story or
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Sarah
Jul 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The July 2016 book for the Agatha Christie Reading Group, my other Christie group. I am now starting to read their Books of the Month, as well as those of the Agatha Christie Lovers group.

This is one of my favourite Agatha Christies, in my top five. Why? It dates from 1939, when Christie was at the height of her powers. Most of my favourites date from the 1930s and early 40s. It involves poison, and Agatha Christie knew her poisons and was very ingenious with them. And I like the central charact
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“Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable. [Hercule Poirot]” 48 likes
“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.” 25 likes
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