The Murder at Hazelmoor
M-U-R-D-E-R. It began as an innocent parlor game intended to while away the hours on a bitter winter night. But the message that appeared before the amateur occultists snowbound at the Sittaford House was spelled out as loud and clear as a scream. Of course, the notion that they had foretold doom was pure bunk. Wasn't it? And the discovery of a corpse was pure coincidence....more
And what are the believers' motives for conjuring up those on the other side to predict someone's demise? Is there a wish to eliminate a rival to claim a competition prize?
THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY ma ...more
I love this opening paragraph. It sets the scene for one of my favourite cozy mysteries: A small village near Dartmoor - you know, the misty remote parts of Baskerville fame.
Some of the villagers have are gathering for tea and enjoy a game of table-turning, adding a supernatural edge to ...more
No Marple or Poirot in this one. Instead, Emily Trefusis is our plucky heroine. Christie adores creating a smart, attractive, sharp female character.
Emily is determined to get her fiancée, James Pearson, out of jail. He's accused of murder - but Emily knows there's no way he could have done it. "Jim is a frightful idiot. But he doesn't murder people.”
Once again, Christie's wit and humor blow me away. She is such a funny writer! I would almost classify her books as ...more
The Sittaford Mystery is an absolute Agatha Christie classic. It has an interesting mix of characters, young and old, plenty of red herrings, and a clever riddle at its heart. The surprising item here is the youn ...more
This novel didn't not have Miss Marple or Poirot but a different, and never again used, Inspector. While he was present in the story, he seemed to do very little in solving the case.
On an aside note, I read thi ...more
During a snowstorm Major Barnaby becomes worried about his best friend, Captain Trevelyan, who has just recently relocated to a small cottage about six miles away. They're both quite elderl ...more
This was an extremely pleasant, if not compelling, book. A classic cozy book. I wasn’t crazy about the seance idea, but it served a purpose in the plot and wasn’t overly emphasized. I fell in love with the characters of Major Burnaby and Emily Trefusis. I didn’t mind the absence of Christie’s famous characters like Poirot or Miss Maple. I also loved how small and isolated the town of Sittaford was. I wish there were additional books with this ...more
"Oh! my God," said Jim Pearson. "Can n ...more
I get the feeling that I read this story in a short story format, because a lot of the plot seemed very familiar. It's a testament to how interestin ...more
Mysteriously, the time of death is the exact time when the séance took place. (!!) How can that be possible? Clearly, if someone was in on it, they surely wouldn't hint at it!
I guess we can say ...more
There were plenty of red herrings, suspects, motives and clues. Emily Trefusis was a great character--high-spirited, determined, intelligent and charming. That she used all of her feminine wiles to coerce men into doing whatever she wanted is not a trait I admire in women, but Emily's tactics certainly net ...more
In The Sittaford Mystery we have the ingredients of a truly atmospheric old whodunit. A fabulous setting - a wintry Dartmoor just before Christmas. Mysterious characters who are obviously not telling the whole truth, an escaped convict from Princetown, a feisty young woman fightin ...more
And the thing that's amazing about Agatha Christie novels - and this will sound so contrived - but it's seriously the last person you'd suspect. It gets me everytime! And I love that. I'll even try to suspect who I think is an innocent, and I still get it wrong.
I liked this story because it had a plucky heroine who was doing most of the deducing. And the inscription in the front of the book was awesome: "T ...more
The book starts off with a party held in a stately manor in the middle of nowhere. There is several feet of snow covering the ground and more is one it's way. The strange mixture of party goers dec ...more
I do not think this is one of Agatha Christie's most gripping books although I managed to read it. The mystery is solved in rather a contrived fashion. The book was first pub ...more
A blizzard has hit England. In the tiny village of Sittaford, on the fringes of Dartmoor, a party of six is gathered in Sittaford House, home of Captain Trevelyan. He has rented the house out for the winter and is staying in a nearby village. As evening draws in, a séance is proposed. But it reveals more than they had anticipated - TREVELYAN DEAD, spells out the board. Slowly the table begins to rock again, spelling out the word M-U-R-D-E-R. Is it true? And who would kill a man ...more
Este é um mistério denso e intrigante, pontuado por um ambiente de espiritismo e magia. Afinal, terá sido um espírito a fazer o prenúncio arrepiante de uma morte? E como é que o assassino terá conseguido escapar com o temporal que bloqueou as estradas? Gostei bastante deste ambiente diferente, repleto de misticismo, em que nada é o que parece.
Sem o contributo de Poirot ou Miss Marple, este é mais um livro com uma investigação amadora. As p ...more
A rich recluse, Sir Trevayne, rents his remote mansion out to a woman & her daughter, while he takes a manor in town. He is in the habit of dining w/ his friend on Tuesdays & Thursdays, but due to the snow, dinner has been cancelled and his friend goes up to Hazelmoor for the evening instead.
After dinner a seance is held and the "spirit" taps out that Trevayne is Dead, Murdered! It is found that Trevayne's estranged nephew has been to visit him, pri ...more
I was halfway through the audiobook before I realized that I had read this a long time ago. The killer was a surprise to me at this time and I think will be a surprise to almost everyone. I didn't care for the reasons Emily stayed with John, because he's hopeless without her. What kind of reason is that?
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more