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The Murder at Hazelmoor

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  8,163 Ratings  ·  522 Reviews

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.

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Hardcover, 275 pages
Published March 3rd 1987 by Putnam Adult (first published 1931)
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Miriam
Nov 13, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A pretty entertaining mystery, although a little excessive as to coincidences and red herrings.
The human element would have been stronger if we had ever met Jim -- or would it? Maybe he would have proven to be just as wimpy and dull as he sounded second-hand.
Laurel Young
Jan 11, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just for maximum confusion, many of Christie's novels have different titles in the British vs. American editions. What I actually read was entitled Murder at Hazelmoor, but it is aka The Sittaford Mystery. Whatever one calls it, this novel typifies why Dame Agatha is the Mystery Goddess to me. I love many of her contemporaries--Sayers, Marsh, Tay, Wentworth, and esp. Rinehart--but it is rare for them to stump me. I've just been at this game too long; I usually have the solution figured out by th ...more
Carmen
Mar 08, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Agatha Christie does it again.

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
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BrokenTune
Dec 12, 2012 BrokenTune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"Major Burnaby drew on his gum boots, buttoned his overcoat collar round his neck, took from a shelf near the door a hurricane lantern, and cautiously opened the front door of his little bungalow and peered out."

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
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Richard Derus
THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY made it onto my list, 5 Snowy Literary Escapes from this Summer of Climate Change Horror http://tinyurl.com/h6ca8ca You'll get mental frostbite reading this one, but it's better than the heat! #BeachReads
Uncle
Dec 16, 2013 Uncle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
During a freak snowstorm, guests at a country house amuse themselves by conducting an impromptu seance. What starts as an innocent game of table-turning, turns genuinely sinister when the spirits spell out that the house's absent owner, Captain Trevelyan, is not only dead, but that he has just been murdered. Hours later the Captain's body is discovered in a neighboring village, slain just as the "spirits" predicted. So begins Agatha Christie's novel The Sittaford Mystery (published 1931), but pe ...more
Caidyn
I actually guessed the killer right! Ah, how wonderful it is to follow your gut right from the start and not let go even as she started throwing in little hints to who else it could be. Overall, this wasn't too thrilling of a mystery since I followed my gut the whole time and didn't sway with it. Usually, I just go along with mysteries and don't bother trying to formulate too many ideas. Most of my ideas are flexible in mysteries. This is one of the few I've actually gotten right, another notabl ...more
Susan
Vintage Christie. However, I found it hard to keep all the characters straight in my head and I'm not sure I completely understood who a few of them were, and next I found the reason for the murder pretty lame. Also, the whole murder episode had a pretty unbelievable element in there, too.

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
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Evi Routoula
I really like Agatha Christie and i believe that she is maybe the best writer for this kind of fictional stories. This book is one of her early works most probably ( around 1920s?), it is a rather long book for its kind: too much blah blah, until the last pages you cant imagine who is the killer of course but the reasoning of the whole plot at the end isnt believable for me. It is a good story for relaxing but i was waiting for something better.
RebeccaS
I finished this Agatha book this morning and I really enjoyed it. As per usual, I had NO idea who the murderer was and was totally surprised by the twist at the end.
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This was definitely more of a character drive story than one of action. All the characters seemed to be sizing up the others and spent lots of time gossiping about each other.
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However, without my favs Miss Marple or Poirot this wasn't one of my favorite ACs. I give it 3.5 stars, but round up because this is the queen and she de
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Yngvild
Mar 15, 2010 Yngvild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There is something very appealing about murder mysteries set in remote English villages under heavy snow. It is more than the Christmas card prettiness and the excuse for roaring fires. There is an expectation that something interesting will happen, like the murder of a rich old Scrooge.

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
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Abbey
1931, apa MURDER AT HAZELMOOR; Miss Emily Trefussis, Charles Enderby, reporter, and Inspector Narracott, the little town of Sittaford, near Dartmoor Prison. Cranky (but wealthy) Captain Trevelyan is murdered during a snowstorm and while many suspects have motive, they didn't have the opportunity... Four stars.

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
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Nour El Houda Ziani
This is the third Agatha Christie novel I read. What I love about it and what makes it special to me is that when I started reading it I wasn’t in a good place as a reader, and it just made love reading again so I guess it came in the right place at the right time. It actually caught my attention very early on; I was hooked in the first chapter, which is too early for me because I usually start appreciating a book after at least 2 chapters. It really flew by quickly. I guess this is the Agatha C ...more
Uche
May 11, 2012 Uche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read enough books that I should have been able to figure out the murderer. But I'm glad I switched off my brain a little and enjoyed the suprise when it came. My favourite thing about this book - like most Agatha Christie books I adore - wasn't themystery, though. It was the characters. Or more specifically the character if Emily Trefusis who is now second only to Anne Beddingford of the Man in the Brown Suit fame, as my favourite Agatha Christie hero.

"Oh! my God," said Jim Pearson. "Can n
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J
Feb 17, 2013 J rated it really liked it
Re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication ...

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
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Mary
Nov 13, 2007 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: crime
Agatha Christie books are like delicious little snacks. Most of them aren't particularly long, they're incredibly easy to read, and they always leave you feeling satisfied. I think that might be why I love her writing so much. The stories are just convoluted enough that you're surprised by the ending, but not enough that it's completely unbelievable.

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
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Elisha Condie
Is there anything better than Agatha Christie for summer reading? No. No there is not.

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
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Alice
Oct 14, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mystery
One of the most delightful Agatha Christie's I've read. It's fresh and peppy with all of the intriguing Christie twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. And a girl detective a la Nancy Drew!
Mmyoung
Aug 19, 2010 Mmyoung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christie
The Sittaford Mystery, like The Murder at the Vicarage seems to reflect Christie looking for, if a not a new pattern for writing her books, at least the introduction of a new variation within the mix. Once again, as in several earlier books, the most proactive of the characters is a young woman although the point of view is not hers. The mystery itself is less ornately planned than many of the earlier Christies and is a rare example of a believeable “aha” moment of detection. All the information ...more
Kaito Aileen
Jul 30, 2014 Kaito Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like fun(ny) murder mysteries and/or manipulative characters
The premise goes like this: isolated by a snowstorm, a bunch of neighbours make a séance (for fun) and the ouija board spells out that the landlord is dead. The landlord lives 2h away, but his friend is worried enough that he makes the trip in the storm... and 2h later, does indeed find the landlord dead.

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
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Cheryl Landmark
Apr 06, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine example of Agatha Christie's clever, imaginative mind. Her portrayal of the insular life and intriguing characters of a small, remote English village was, as usual, very well done.

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
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The BookChick
Jan 17, 2012 The BookChick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Description:
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
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Lori
Jul 07, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mystery from the great Christie is full of so much detail, I don't know where to begin. First, there's Miss Emily Fortescu, the "sleuth" of the story. She's the fiancee of Jim Pearson, who has been inprisoned for killing his rich uncle, a crime he did not commit. It's up to her to find out who really did kill the old man. She gets help from a news reporter, Charles, who falls for her, but is supposed to be her cousin. Of course, Emily uses her charm and his affections to her advantage to so ...more
Ali
Jan 13, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like the Poirot and Marple books the best, but this one with neither of the great Christie detectives on duty - is a marvelous read. I was happily curled up under a blanket most of the afternoon with this one.
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
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Chậu Tưởng Kí
Lần đầu đọc Agatha Christie mà không phải là thám tử Poirot hay bà Marple. Không thể nói là xuất sắc như mình mong đợi (nhất là sau khi đọc Án mạng trên chuyến tàu tốc hành Phương Đông) nhưng cũng khá hay. Không hiểu sao mình rất thích cách mấy nhân vật trong câu chuyện bà tám về nhau =))))). Hẳn là sau khi vụ án được phá câu chuyện vẫn sẽ còn được nhai đi nhai lại bởi mấy vị này.

À mà nhân dịp này nên đọc luôn Chết trong đêm Noel hay là đọc mớ sách mới hốt về hôm đi hội sách nhỉ ._____. ước gì c
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Kirsti
Oct 28, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A snowstorm, a seance, a murder. Jolly fun!

Also published under the title Murder at Hazelmoor.
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Enni Linnavirta
Jan 06, 2017 Enni Linnavirta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this book. It feels like I've been reading this for ages, even though I haven't.
I always enjoy reading some murder mysteries. Because when you finish the book, and know, how the murder was done, it just blows your mind, always. I don't really have any experience of other than Agatha Christie's murder mysteries, so what I just said refers only to her books. I have almost read every single one of her books, but this was one that I, for some reason, haven't read yet. But as alway
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Selah (abibliophilesstyle)
Tricky, tricky Agatha! I think this one will work for the Popsugar Challenge "unreliable narrator" without giving anything away (since it's not first person).
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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