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The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  13,391 ratings  ·  669 reviews
Classic Christie -- and a hole-in-one for her most popular sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Here he investigates the brutal murder of a millionaire discovered on the golf course of his lavish estate.
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Turtleback Books (first published 1923)
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The second Hercule Poirot novel. To explain its plot accurately would take half an hour and a whiteboard, but briefly: the Belgian detective and his aide Hastings are summoned to the house of M. Renauld, a millionaire who fears for his life. They arrive too late, finding him already dead, half-buried in an unfinished golf bunker, supposedly at the hands of bearded foreign thugs, and possibly at the hands of a jilted lover. But Poirot soon unearths not one, but two of the principals are living un ...more
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Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Awesome!! Unbelievable!!

This is the third Agatha Christie's Novel I read!! I am spellbound that a person could so meticulously weave a thrilling tale!! Can't think of what inspired her to write but bowled over by the narration!!

Hercule Poirot's shrewdness is unbelievable and there is always Honest Hastings with him through out!! Every character will rise suspicion while reading, but u can never stop guessing!! Mind ticks like clock during each line!! A wonderful page turner, ur eyes will be glue
Beth S.
Shut up Hastings. Shut up, shut up, shut up.
Well into 'The Murder on the Links' Hercule Poirot says to Captain Hastings, the narrator of the story, 'If you would use your grey cells, and see the whole case clearly as I do, you too would perceive it, my friend.'

Obviously at this point Hastings was not cognisant of what was going on and I must confess I was in his camp too. Later Poirot states, again to Hastings, who has incongruously fallen in love with a young lady, 'Ah! Voila une femme.' So at least we begin to suspect that a young lady
BOTTOM LINE: Not at all her best novel, but an interesting read - quite annoying by about a third of the way through, but by the end becomes very satisfying in its twists and turns. “Fair Play!” from a de luxe detective, decent pacing, and a fair amount of romance as well.

Begged to “come immediately!”, when Poirot arrives in a small French resort town he is informed that his client is dead, under extremely suspicious circumstances. And Madame Renauld has been found bound and gagged; when releas
Re-read 2/16/12: I'm in the process of re-reading all of Agatha Christie - one of my favorite authors!

I'd take Agatha over most other books, but this isn't my favorite book of hers. It's the 3rd book she published and her second to involve Hercule Poirot. I think she stumbled a bit. She defines Poirot's character, but makes him appear a bit too harsh. She also makes Hastings appear like a love-sick buffoon, instead of just a lovable romance-prone gentleman. She won't write about the pair again
Deepu George
Mon ami ....... it was really good very much Poirot
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Audio book performed by Hugh Fraser

Captain Arthur Hastings narrates this second book in the mystery series featuring Hercule Poirot. It all begins when Hastings meets a young woman on a train. In short order Poirot receives a letter from a South American millionaire living in France stating that his life is in danger and pleading with Poirot to come at once. Hastings and Poirot immediately go to France, only to find that their “client” has been murdered. There is no shortage of suspects – wife,
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
Original review:

The Murder on the Links is Christie’s third novel and the second Hercule Poirot mystery. I had some vague memory of watching the film adaptation on telly a few years ago but funnily enough, the story was completely new to me and apart from the fact that it’s set somewhere in France and there’s a golf course involved, I didn’t remember a thing. And how grateful I am for that! Had I remembered anything else, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have en
In this second Hercule Poirot story, Poirot is moaning that crime isn't what it used to be, criminals are no longer worthy of this investigative prowess. Luckily, that very same day a letter arrives requesting his help in France. Paul Renauld is in fear of his life and wishes to engage Poirot. It's not entirely clear how this short note somehow signifies a matter worthy of Poirot's grey cells when only five minutes before he'd moaning like an old woman, but then maybe I just don't have Poirot's ...more
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A Rainha do Crime continua com a sua fórmula para criar excelentes policiais, mantendo o leitor constantemente interessado na estória e motivado para deslindar o crime.

Um dos pontos fortes desta estória foi o facto de assentar sobre um crime antigo, um segredo do passado que aparenta ser fulcral para a resolução deste mistério.

Contudo, este livro deixou-me um pouco desiludida, principalmente devido à escolha do narrador. Em vez de ser Poir
Santh memories
Hercule Poirot received a letter of asking help, where the surprise thing was it came at once with the death of the writer. He was found in the golf court, almost buried. With the assistance of his best friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, they came to the place of incident.
What was the connection between two murders happened during last 20 years? Between the millionaire’s wife and his secret lover lived next door? Between a beautiful entertainer girl and a blackmail? And the worse, the second murde
"Chercher la femme" acquires new and complicated meanings in this one! :)))))
I remember the teachings of Papa Poirot – Method is important, and major motive of committing a murder is money. Keeping them in mind I pursued the case following the footsteps of Poirot along with Capt. Hastings. But no, I could not. I am an imbecile; at least she makes it clear that I feel thus. She is truly a queen of Crime, but every time I say that out loud, it seems that the title falls short of her intellect and reasoning.

This is the 4th book of Agatha Christie’s I read. I do not underst
Sólo puedo decir que cada día tengo ganas de leer más libros de Agatha Christie sobre Poirot. No sabría compararlo con el anterior, el primer libro, pero sí podría decir que los 2 libros me produjeron sensaciones totalmente diferentes, aunque ninguno me gustó más que el otro, como tampoco el otro menos.
Me encantó, me fascinó. No podía parar de leer y lo leí en horas.
Como el anterior, está pasando a entrar entre mis lecturas favoritas. 5 de 5. O más.
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

An urgent cry for help, two dead bodies of almost similar men and the dark secrets of the past that have come back to haunt an affluent man. Poirot is called to France by a well known South American millionaire named Renauld. But Renauld is murdered before Poirot can reach him.
Once Poirot begins investigating, it soon becomes clear that this is a murder most extraordinaire.

Can Poirot solve this confusing and seemingly motiveless puzzle which contains ma
Kelsey Hanson
Another excellent novel by Agatha Christie. Though I will admit as an avid golfer I am a bit sad that there wasn't much mention of the sport but apart from that it was an excellent novel. It started off a bit slow for me but it did pick up. I also love the interactions between Darcy and Hastings. Poirot is also delightful as per usual.
My second Hercule Poirot mystery, and it's a treat to "watch" (like an 'ol B&W movie) the little Belgium figure out who the killer was. This series may be an oldie , but, it's still a goodie!
Als Poirot und sein Partner Hastings den französischen Landsitz ihres schwerreichen Auftraggebers Renauld erreichen,ist dieser bereits tot. Er wurde hinterrücks erstochen in einer Grube seines neuen Golfplatzes gefunden.
Der belgische Dedektiv und sein langjähriger Freund versuchen Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen.
Dies war nun mein drittes Christie Buch und mein zweiter Poirot. Und ich muß sagen,genau wie bereits in seinem ersten Fall tappt der Leser hier bis zum Schluß im Dunkeln,jeder ist verdächtig
Mohamed Ateaa
بوارو و مهمة جديدة
الثري الغني يقتل
ويدعو بوارو قبل القتل للاستفادة من خدماته
وتتوالي الاحداث و تتكشف في النهاية لغز الجريمة في ملعب الجولف

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يناير 2014
Nov 17, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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Nahiyan Asadullah
Jan 07, 2015 Nahiyan Asadullah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nahiyan by: Everyone
My first Christie read in 2015!

And how was it?

Well, I'm actually a bit unsure of my reaction to this story, and I'll explain why. First off, Hercule Poirot is not my favorite Christie character, as I prefer Miss Jane Marple to him.

Secondly, what's with that goof Hastings? I hate him!

I hate to say that but Poirot really got a pet in the form of Captain Hastings! Truth be told, I haven't read many Poirot books as I restricted myself to Marple only; so this is probably the first time I witnessed
Mary Ronan Drew
Golf must have been really big in 1923 when this book was published. There’s no other explanation for the title because the book has almost no connection with golf. Sure, the body is found in a open grave on land where a golf course was being built (in France no less) – and that is one of the important clues to the mystery – but it might as well have been any construction site.

We who love her books forgive Agatha Christie her whim and in this complicated story with new revelations every few page
An Odd1
Narrator Captain Hastings meets a forthright young "Cinderella" enroute to flatmate Hercules Poirot, pining for a challenging case. Wealthy M Renauld writes vaguely of danger, but is stabbed in the back by a freshly dug grave, the night before our duo arrive at his French chateau. The body was certain to be found, left by an area designated as a "bunkair" for Renauld's planned golf course, the only relevance to the title.

Commissary Lucien Bex and investigating magistrate Hautet welcome the cogit
My third foray, Agatha's third novel read in order, is immediately engaging. A part of me hesitates with English oldies, worried they'll be boring form flowery Shakespeare-esque dialogue. When I roll up sleeves and simply read, the suspicion is for not. I am impressed by the talent for captivation, that rises above the antiquity of years.

My second visit with John Hastings & Hercule Poirot is a pleasure in France, an outlet for Hercule to elaborate in French, which I speak. A family man and s
Bev Hankins

It seems hard to believe that Murder on the Links is only the second Hercule Poirot novel--and the one where Hastings meets his soon-to-be wife and disappears to the Argentine for a vast number of books. After leaving the books alone for a while and watching the lovely adaptions starring David Suchet, it has made me think that Hastings was always there--for every one of Poirot's cases. Alas, it was not so. But, on to the review...

In Murder on the Links, Poirot receives an urgernt message from fa
Christie books are insidious. I read them all when I was in high school, and thought them excellent mysteries. I'm revisiting them, and as much as I love Poirot still, I'm shocked by the amount of chauvinism in the books - what's with all the putting down of modern women even while falling in love with them at the drop of a hat? Granted, it's mostly Hastings that is the culprit, but there's enough of it to really grate.

As a mystery it's ok. It goes everywhere before it reaches a conclusion. At
For some reason this didn't quite work for me. I'm going to put this down to being one of Christie's early novels (only her third) and that she's yet to find her own style. She is very much working in a Conan Doyle style and I don't think that her own characteristics as an author were fully developed by this point.

Surprisingly for a book in which Hastings plays such an important role, there's very little humour. He's not a character who was fully utilised in this novel, which is a pity because t
Douglas Cootey
Oct 21, 2009 Douglas Cootey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans only
Shelves: mystery, borrowed
This book suffered from simply having too much in it. Perhaps some would like the twists, turns, flips, and surprises at the end, but I failed to enjoy them because of M. Poirot. What an insufferably cruel man to sit back content with his knowledge while allowing others to emotionally react to each new, but false, development. Obviously, Christie wrote him that way so that she could delight her readers with a plot that had more twists than the Colorado River. Unfortunately for me, the story's en ...more
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