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Peril At End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot #8)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  16,465 ratings  ·  727 reviews
Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.

Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-c
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Published May 25th 2005 by AudioGO (first published 1932)
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The best Agatha Christie novel I've read in a long time. Not simply because the mystery is so deliciously confusing and leaves Poirot 50 different shades of puzzled, not because we get to see a much more human and emotional Poirot, but very much because it has such a dazzling cast of characters, and reminded me more than anything of Paris in the 1920's.

I was reading this and I really wanted to see the adaption of it on the big screen, because I had these great images in my head. Especially our
Hercule Poirot and his friend, Captain Hastings, are relaxing peacefully on holiday in Cornwall. This soon changes when they meet a young lady at their hotel. She lives nearby and during a conversation she reveals some worrying information. Poirot's interest is sparked and he soon realises she is in great danger. Poirot decides he must protect her and begins investigations with Hastings help.

This was a very witty, engrossing book with plot twists, amusing dialogue and entertaining characters. A
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From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Episode 1: Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is on holiday in Cornwall when a bullet lands at his feet at the Majestic Hotel...

Episode 2: Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings attend Maggie Buckley's dinner party and make a startling discovery.

Episode 3: Hercule Poirot discovers the identity of the body - and then turns his attention to some old letters.

Episode 4: Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings head to London to meet up with Chief Inspector Japp.

Episode 5: He
Amber Tucker
I caught only vague snatches of Poirot, televised versions, during my formative years. My parents, once in a while, pulled out their dusty videotapes with David Suchet; I knew the impressively-mustached face, was familiar with the smug French accent so naturally belonging to it. Until now, unfortunately, I'd never read any of Agatha Christie's Poirot. I was loyal to Sherlock Holmes, or so I thought. I had no idea what I was missing. Make no mistake, I still adore Holmes, but I also find I'm deli ...more
Άλλο ένα πολύ καλό βιβλίο από την Αγκάθα Κρίστη.

Ο Πουαρό έχει συνταξιοδοτηθεί και κάνει διακοπές με το κολλητάρι του, τον Χάστινγκς. Εκεί συναντούν μια νεαρή κοπέλα, την Νικ, που τους διηγείται πως μέσα σε δυο μέρες είχε τρία ατυχήματα που παραλίγο να τής κοστίσουν την ζωή. Καθώς μιλούν η Νικ διαμαρτύρεται για μια σφήγκα που περνάει μπρος από το πρόσωπό της. Όταν φεύγει, ξεχνάει το καπέλο της πίσω κι όπως ο Πουαρό το κρατά στα χέρια του, με την σκέψη να τής το επιστρέψει, διαπιστώνει μια μικρή τ
I almost never rate a Christie book lower than 4 stars, because I just love her writing. I won't go as far as saying she's the best writer in the history of the world, but she's a master of her genre and I always enjoy her books. They're such wonderful comfort food, enjoyable and untaxing to read but still with interesting and compelling stories that make you want to find out whodunnit.

However I find Peril at End House is one of her less enjoyable books. I can't explain why. Maybe it's because I
Sep 23, 2015 Kirstie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, obviously.
Peril at End House

My First Time!
This book, I know, will always hold a special place in my heart because this is the first Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read! Okay, I don’t know if that’s really as *gasp* worthy as my (melodramatic) imagination wants to believe, but it’s a big thing for me, guys, okay? Of course, I’ve know about Christie since forever (and being a Doctor Who fan have been interested in reading her since “The Unicorn and the Wasp” (fantastic episode, absolutely splendid). I’m so
Book Concierge
Hercule Poirot mystery # 8 has the “retired” detective on holiday with his friend Hastings at the Cornish seaside town of St. Loo. A mystery lands in their laps when a young heiress, the current owner of the once magnificent End House, admits that she’s had several near misses in the last few days. Nick Buckley can’t imagine why anyone would try to kill her, but Poirot insists she is in grave danger, and, indeed, there are several more attempts. Unfortunately her cousin is shot instead when she’ ...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
Very clever and emotional crime story with Hercule Poirot. M. Poirot is on vacation with his friend, Mr Hastings.

On the terrace of their noble hotel they encounter the charming young Miss Buckley. Miss Buckley has been the victim of some unfortunate "accients" and lives in a old mansion with some creepy and mysterious servants, some suspicious tenants and has a group of friends in the vicinity for a visit.

The onset is different here as there has been no successful crime yet, when M. Poirot enter
Shruthi Natarajan
AGATHA STOP IT!!!!!! I SWEAR I SUSPECTED EVERY SINGLE PERSON... except the murderer. gah. Amazing! Absolutely amazing! Aw poor Hastings though, you make me laugh so much!! :D ;D Look, I am not going to say any more. My reviews are now stereotypical when it comes to Christie's books, as Sneha pointed out :) But I really cannot help it. Now, i am going to read Curtain. Poirot's last case. Finally.

Jeez, Magdala Buckley- how you annoy me.
Dr. Sulaiman
الرواية جيدة جداً وتظهر فيها بوضوح إمكانيات الكاتبة أجاثا كريستي، وهذا من حيث تشابك خيوط الجريمة وأدلتها وظروفها، إذ أبدعت أجاثا كالعادة في جعل عدة دوافع تتداخل فيما بينها للاستفادة من نتيجة الجريمة المرجوة، ولكني أعتقد أن الترجمة العربية للرواية قد شابها بعض الأخطاء ،أو ورد فيها بعض النقص، وهذا للأسباب التالية:
-كما جاء في ملخص الرواية أنها حدثت في شاطىء الريفيرا، ولكن متن النص يبين أن الوقائع حدثت في شاطىء سانت لو في إنجلترا!
-في نهاية الرواية عبر مسرحية بوارو لم يتضح بشكل كافِ مصير المسدس الذي
There are times when I am snuggled up in my bed, with a mug of hot coffee next to me, and I want nothing but a good Agatha Christie mystery to accompany me for the evening. Yesterday evening was one such evening and I found myself curled in bed with Peril at End House. I think I might have read this book before, but I have been reading Agatha Christies since I was about 11, so my memory is hazy. This Poirot fable opened its arms and welcomed me into the fold like an old friend might. Colonel Has ...more
When a woman's life is threatened, Poirot and Hastings end up bodyguards. Nick Buckley has recently had several attempts made on her life. She refuses to believe the fallen painting, the dislodged boulder, the faulty brakes, and the near miss of a bullet were anything other than unfortunate accidents. Hercule believes otherwise. Poirot and Hastings, are stumped as to motive. Miss Buckley lives in a mortgaged house with little money left. If it isn't fortune the fiend is after then what is it? Po ...more
What more is there to say about Agatha Christie? 'Genius' seems to be the only comprehensive word. She surprises you every time and is meticulous in the information she reveals at different points in the plot. Peril at End House is a post-retirement Hercule Poirot case, one he takes out of concern for the safety of young Nick Buckley. Several people in her life appear to have no more than far-fetched motives to wish her harm, and as Poirot investigates the case, one surprising plot twist follows ...more
Never imagined there would be an other English detective in the likes of Sherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective would certainly join the rank of Sherlock Holmes with regards to his meticulous observations and shrewd detections.

The story starts with Hercule Poirot deciding to put an end to his illustrious investigating career with his trusted friend, Captain Hastings. But when he realizes that his acquaintance from the End House, Miss Nick Buckley was being targeted for murder, h
Molto carino. Però, a due terzi del libro, ho sgamato il colpevole. Sospettavo anche la complicità di un altro personaggio, che, invece, si rivela essere del tutto innocente. :-)
Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge #16: Un libro que aun no hayas leído de un autor que ames.

Mrs. Christie nunca decepciona.
Another typical Agatha Christie book with an unexpected ending. Apparently I have suspected almost every characters except the suspect! *sighs*
خطر في إند هاوس
جريمة شائقة لأجاثا كريستي كعادتها دائماً
طبعا تجد نفسك مستغرقاً تماما في القراءة وتوقع الحل
ولكنك بالطبع ستندهش كثيراً حين تجد حلاً لن تتوقعه ابداً
علي العموم اقرأ بتمهل
وانتظر حتي النهاية (:
In 6th grade, I went through an Agatha Christie obsession and read everything by her I could get my hands on. I believe I even dressed up as Hercule Poirot for a book report. But since 6th grade, I never read her again. I decided to read one of hers again just for kicks, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I might even go read a few more. They're kind of like literary crack.
This was yet another entertaining story with the famous Agatha Christie`s signature plot twists. This stories being set in the late 1920`s and early 30`s make them almost historical in an investigative sense. I really enjoyed Poirot`s somewhat unorthodox methods to reach conclusions.

It wasnt her best, but it held my attention enough.
Mariel Zani Begoña

It was good but it didn't blow me away as some of her others books and I was able to foresee who the culprit was

Estuvo bueno pero no me voló la cabeza como otros de sus libros y, además, pude descubrir quien era el culpable
E quando se pensa que está tudo explicado, é porque ainda falta explicar muita coisa. Tipicamente à rainha do crime, a trocar-me as voltas como sempre. Mais um livro espectacular. Poirot é sem dúvida o meu detective preferido!
James K
After reading three Agatha Christie books this summer (And Then There Were None, Peril at End House, and Murder on the Orient Express), I have grown to love her writing. Of these three engaging mysteries, Peril at End House is my favorite. Although starting very slowly it picks up a quick pace and keeps you guessing. With constant cliff-hangers, at the end of each chapter, you never want to put it down. The ending is shocking, bold, and very well written. This series of Agatha Christie books fe ...more
shush n move on!
مش مصدقة ان بوارو مكانش عارف اللعبة كلها م الأول .. هوا نفسه علق أول ما قابلها ف بداية القضية على القبعة بتاعتها وازاى انها سهلة النزع ع عكس القبعات اللى بتبقى مثبتة .. كان منطقى ان رصاصة اخترقتها هتطيرها يعنى ! رغم عدم ذكره لـ ده .. والحل كمان قالته هيا بلسانها ف البداية برضه لما كانت بتعرّفه عن عيلتها وقالت ان اسمها ماجديلا وانه اسم نادر ع عكس شيوعه الملحوظ ف عيلتها .. وجت الرسالة بتاع الطيار تؤكد ده.. ثم علبة الشيكولاتة مع ان حد ف ظروفها كان طبيعى أوى يضرب عن طعام المشفى نفسه فضلا عن اللى جاى ...more
Laurel Young
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Hercule Poirot, America's beloved cheesy detective, seems to pick up cases anywhere, even when "retired." He and his sidekick Hastings, aided at times by old friend Inspector Japp, have quite the difficulty this time. First they have to convince Nick someone's trying to kill her in the first place, then they have to figure out who the would-be assassin is before their chances run out.
Nearly all of Christie's work is good, although Peril didn't carry the magic and charm her other stuff does. I'm
An excellent mystery! The Dame has done it again. I could not possibly guess the true villain of the story, but when it's all said and done, everything makes perfect sense. This time Hercule Poirot takes on a case of a young woman, who has been a target of mysterious accidents. Convinced that those were in fact murder attempts, the famous detective plunges headfirst into the world of intrigue, deception, and greed. One of the best Poirot instalments I've read so far.
Sasha Bell
This is such a great book! Agatha Christie novels are always good for light reading, because they are easy to read and have no symbolism, but are still clever and entertaining. Peril at End House, like Murder on the Orient Express, contains the detective Hercule Poirot, my favourite person ever. He's very entertaining, but unfortunately, he frequently uses French expressions that I had to decode using google translate.
I'm giving this book 4 stars because the ending is great, but too much time w
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