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

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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...more
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Published May 25th 2005 by AudioGO (first published 1931)
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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...more
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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
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...more
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.
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
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...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
Carolyn F.
I'm listening to the audiobook BBC Radio dramatization. I have also read the book at least twice and do have the paperback book.

I've watched the TV production and read the book so many times that I was like my husband watching the original Star Trek TV show, I could practically mouth the dialogue before actually hearing it. I enjoyed this book. I loved how Hercule makes Hasting introduce as the preeminent detective. I found though that there were just too many bad guys though - a drug dealer, ad...more
Apr 11, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
This was a quick read, but a disappointingly easy mystery to solve. I often find myself fairly befuddled by the many clues, suspects and twists in the mysteries I read. But this one pointed straight to the answer almost from the get-go. Oh, well. I still liked the story anyway and I suppose there's a bit of smugness that goes along with being right.

new words: puerile, stertorous
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.
Maanasa Kona
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; 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 like 11, so my memory is hazy. This Poirot fable opened its arms and welcomed me into the fold like an old friend might. Colonel Hasting...more
Nick Duretta
Ah, Dame Agatha, after more than 50 years, I'm onto you! Well, almost. I probably read this many years ago, so who knows how much of it stuck in my head. But when I read this carefully constructed plot in which a woman appears to have been murdered by accident--mistaken for another--it set off bells. No, I thought. An "accidental" murder victim always turns out to be the actual intended victim! And (spoiler alert here) -- so it proved in this case. Alas, this wasn't revealed until the absolute l...more
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was pretty awesome.

Having only read one before this one; the mysterious affair at styles, I found it wasn't as good as that one [in terms of characters etc, I found most unlikeable:] but this book still retains the top class storyline of the first book, it also retains the very good plot twist at the end of the book and by now a bit of a development in the relationship between Hastings and Poirot and their characters. Their behaviour at times is quite com...more
I listened to this on audiobook, and it was narrated by Hugh Fraser, the actor who played Hastings in Agatha Christie's Poirot. He was simply an outstanding narrator, and brought the characters of Poirot and Hastings to life. Very well done!

Unfortunately, as my friend Dolly notes in her review, this mystery was pretty easy to solve. Still, I have to admire the layers that Christie puts into her reveals; It's never, "poof, here's the bad guy, mystery solved, we can all go home now," there is alwa...more
Agatha Christie is a writer for whom many readers will have a soft spot. Along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, she’s perhaps one of the best known mystery writes of our time (or, if you’re a young munchkin like me, perhaps slightly before our time). Christie was an extremely prolific author whose work spanned novels, short stories, and plays, and while she was best known for her extensive work in the mystery genre, she also wrote a number of romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott. Christie i...more
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I have a delightfully macabre cover on this book, a bleeding wall and a hook that I can only assume is meant to represent the picture-hook above Nick's bed. It gives me glee to look at this cover.

This is actually one I've read before, although many years ago (if I'm going by the inscription from a friend inside the cover, my sixteenth birthday or thereabouts...) and I have to give it credit for still keeping me guessing, despite also having seen the TV version more than once.

Where it's really l...more
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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
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Pinuccia'nın yazar aylarında bu ay Agatha Christie okunuyor. Her ne kadar biraz geç gördüğümü düşünsem de katılmadan edemedim. Her zamanki gibi kendimi yine kaybettim Poirot okurken. Yazarın bir hayli kitabını okuduğum için bundan sonraki hedefim Poirot ve Miss Marple'ın okumadığım kitaplarını okumaktı, bu etkinlikle bir Poirot kitabım daha azaldı.

Bu sefer olaylar bir hayli karışık. Sadece cinayet değil, kafa karıştıran birçok detay da var. Her zaman kitaplarda...more
Luffy Monkey D.
So, after 4 books which gleaned 5 stars, this dud arrives. This book doesn't really deserves 2 stars but I had to judge it as a re read. The solution would have been breathtaking. But I remember only too well the outcome. I only read it because I didn't remember the title of Peril at End House. The book does not hold well as it's not a cozy mystery. There's no coziness, no nastiness, no sadness, no doom, no (in my opinion) romance even. It's a big nothing.

It's just one of those attempts of ben...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...more
1/5 Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings are taking a well-earned break in cornwall. but a young woman needs their help.
2/5 It transpires that the bullet discovered by Poirot was not the first attempt upon Nick's life.
Poirot and Captain Hastings attend a dinner party at Miss Buckley's house and make a startling discovery.
3/5 All Poirot's efforts to protect Nick seem to have been in vain when, during the fireworks party, murder is committed.
The identity of the body is revealed and Poirot searc...more
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are taking a week's vacation in Cornwall in St. Loo by the sea. There they meet Nick Buckley, a young woman who lives at End House. She tells them that she's had three potentially life-ending accidents in the last three days. Poirot decides to protect her and find the killer. Nick's best friend is Frederica, a woman separated from her violent husband and is evidently is a drug user, and tells Poirot that Nick lies a lot. The Crofts, an Australian couple who ha...more
What fun! I was quite pleased with myself about figuring this one out since I've been getting the last few ones wrong. This one was paced so well! I was a bit disappointed that the characters weren't as intriguing or sympathetic as Christie's characters usually are and some of the subjects, chiefly (view spoiler) were kept so far in the back during most of the book that it threw me off a bit when it they were brought up again. I wouldn't call t...more
I liked this one much better than the previous one (Murder on the Orient Express) I read and I think it is because, as my sister suggests, I like Hasting's narration much better than Poirot's. I had a harder time guessing this one though but I was on the right track . . . somewhat.
this is a re-read, this time in audio. Had read this book atleast a couple of decades ago, and didn't even remotely recollect the story, though I deduced the killer rightly even before Hercule Poirot did (Poirot is not the only one who boasts :D).
Gist: Poirot and Hastings are vacationing in a seaside village, where a local house owner, a young girl is subjected to many near-to-death accidents. Poirot starts investigating, a lady ends up murdered and the heat is on for the killer.
Was a good boo...more
All in all a rather unspectacular outing for Poirot and Hastings. Hastings seems to enjoy marriage mainly by not being on the same continent as his wife and he becomes, book by book, less an active part of the investigation. Poirot seems to be a caricature of himself and indeed only “solves” the case after all the facts are basically dropped in his lap and after he has clearly mis-solved it. Once again we see that there are at least two sets of laws in England; one for the rich/members of the ge...more
"Passando ao livro propriamente dito, este apresenta-nos algo inédito: o homicídio ainda não aconteceu e, como tal, o trabalho de Poirot é evitar que aconteça! É este facto que dá uma nova dinâmica ao livro, que o distingue dos anteriores e que abala Poirot. Nunca pensei que veria alguém conseguir fazer “gato sapato” de Poirot , nem tão pouco vê-lo tão desesperado, mas foi agradável no sentido em que o tornou mais humano."
After a break to have a baby, I’m back re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication ...

This book was better than ice cream! Deliciously enjoyable with no calorie-guilt afterwards. I’ve been reading weird, random books lately. This book welcomed me with comfortable, familiar arms. It made me wonder why I took so long to return to Christie.

This story (and the DVD movie) are vividly burned in my mind, I started the book thinking I remembered all the plot twists. However, as I got into the bo...more
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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 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
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