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The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot #13)

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"Mr. Hercule Poirot--you fancy yourself, don't you, at solving mysteries that are too difficult for our poor thick-headed British police? Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be." Was the anonymous note a brilliant challenge or a crackpot hoax? The answer is as loud and clear as a woman's scream--precisely that of Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover blu ...more
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Published August 20th 2003 by AudioGO (first published 1936)
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Jason Koivu
Agatha Christie is such a crafty devil that midway through a novel she might have you believing that YOU are the murderer!

Indeed, The ABC Murders uses slight-of-hand most deftly. Again, I was thrown off the scent of the real killer and was ready to blame others. I feel a bit foolish when she dangles bait in front of me, and although I guess it for what it is, I take it anyway. And yet, if ever it felt good to be played the fool, it's while reading a cracking good mystery.

Ah, but never fear, Her
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Valerie
May 28, 2010 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Geometry Students
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma
Shelves: math
I try to get my math students to read mysteries, because the logical skills of finding a pattern and using inductive and deductive reasoning are often skillfully laid out. If you've read this book, you know why its one that I use to illustrate that point in my class. Sadly, the point is underappreciated by my high school students.
Amy
Agatha Christie is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and definitely a go-to author for when I fancy a quick pick-me-up!

This novel is the 13th book in the Hercule Poirot series, I am reading them out of order as I'm just grabbing them from my library's e-book collection when they become available - although I don't think it matters too much if you read them slightly out of order!

- This novel follows Poirot as he endeavours to solve a series of mysterious murders. After receiving an ano
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Dina
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Mitch
Before I begin my review, let me start off my saying I am a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie. Throughout the years I have always used her novels as "go to" books if I am in a literary dry spell and yearn to read something I am guarentee to enjoy. My girl Aggie usually hits the spot! However, sadly, I must say that "The A.B.C. Murders" is thus far my least favourite of all her books.

The following may contain spoilers:

Poirot, everyone's favourite detective, receives a mysterious letter warning him of
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Tracey
What: paperback
What else: First person narrative
Wherefore: it was on Mount TBR, and my Kindle was acting up

Hastings: "I admit," I said, "that a second murder in a book often cheers things up."

Poirot has semi-retired, but has discovered he is no better suited to the state than Holmes is said to have been, and so lets it be known that he is available to take those cases that interest him (again, like Holmes). At the beginning of this tale Hastings has come home to England from his ranch in Argent
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Grace
I enjoy the Poirot tales, though I often get a little impatient with the ones which are told from the first person narrative of Captain Hastings, who frequently plays Watson to the Belgian detective's Sherlock. These stories, in particular, often seem a bit too heavily padded with scenes where the two men conference - Poirot speaks very enigmatically about the case, Hastings gets frustrated, and Poirot admonishs him to "use the little grey cells." Mystery investigations are by their nature rathe ...more
Kirstine
I got 10 of these books for my birthday, so there might be a few reviews in the foreseeable future. I grew up reading Agatha Christie, and to this day she's one of my go-to authors when I want a comfy, interesting and straight-to-the-chase book.

This one is very good. Poirot is at his best and for once directly involved in the murders, as the murderer contacts him beforehand. I had an inkling of where the story would be headed, but I hadn't figured it out before the big reveal. It will keep you
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Stela
Definitely, Agatha Christie is one of the best. I read this book a long time ago (in my teenage years, I think) and although I had a vague recollection of the plot, the narrative seemed to contradict my memories until the very last pages.

Furthermore, it was so relaxing a reading that I'm looking forward to the next one on my shelf (i've decided to read three or four Christie in a row). Maybe after finishing them I will write a more extensive (and synthetic) review.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 08, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
I recently read a biography of Agatha Christie and it gave me a hankering to read one of hers I had never tried. I've heard The A. B. C. Murders called one of her best, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I thoroughly enjoyed myself from beginning to end, and goodness this was a fast read--just a few hours. It's a short novel, and Christie is very dialogue heavy and undemanding, so her books zip right along. I was amused early on by the little jokes about the detective novel in the repartee between ...more
Chris
Hercule Poirot is not having fun at this party.

Our favorite little Belgian detective's little gray cells are most offended by the actions of the ABC killer. Why? Because this is, to use his term, a "public" murder. Messr. Poirot is much more comfortable with "personal" murders where there the deed is done to act out one of those common (and personal between the killer and victim) human emotions like greed, lust, jealousy, desire for revenge, or a quest for power---but usually cash is king. In M
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Cata
3,5 estrelas

Penso que por esta altura não é segredo que sou uma grande fã de Agatha Christie, apesar de gostar mais de alguns livros do que de outros [o que é absolutamente normal].

Dito isto, Os Crimes do ABC apresenta uma sinopse extremamente sedutora. Aliado à sinopse, existe uma frase logo no Prefácio que conseguiu captar a minha atenção:
”Quanto à resolução do mistério do ABC, só posso dizer que, na minha opinião, Poirot se revelou um verdadeiro génio no modo como lidou com um problema compl
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Rachel
I might lower this to a 2 since I'm feeling 2.5 stars...This is definitely my least favorite Agatha Christie book, and while it was still enjoyable, it just didn't have the "magic" that her books usually have, and it didn't seem unique or particularly engrossing ever. I also found the characters of this to be quite lackluster.

So I thought it was just okay. I didn't dislike it, but I wouldn't recommend it.

P.S- This was the first book my school book club read, and we all pretty much had the same t
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Alberto
Don't want to spoiler anything but the ending was kind of predictable. While I didn't figure out every detail, there was really only one plausible solution, so I guessed almost exactly.
Julie Davis
I really shouldn't have started this book since I have so many others I'm reading right now. However, I saw it was $1.99 for the Kindle and couldn't resist. This is one of my favorite Poirot mysteries, partially because of the other character through whose eyes we see during the book.

After reading Sherlock Holmes fairly devotedly for a while, I am rather stunned to see what a dunderhead Captain Hastings is compared to Dr. Watson. However, I'm enjoying the book quite a lot. I recall a couple of
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Nancy O'Toole
I've read quite a few Agatha Christie books, but a little while back I got burned by a particularly bad one (The Big Four) which ended up putting me off her books for a while. I'm glad I decided to come back though, as The ABC Murders is pretty much everything you'd want in a Hercule Poirot book, an intricate little mystery filled with surprising twists, a colorful cast of characters, and just the right mix of humor and drama. Retired detective, Hercule Poirot finds himself facing a very differe ...more
An Odd1
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Cheryl
Just like the scheduling details in Hampton's ABC Railway Guide, Hercule Poirot is receiving letters taunting him with the specific dates and places of the murders of random victims whose surnames begin with A, B, C, and D. The mad serial killer threatens to continue murdering through each letter of the alphabet!

What is the connection between the killer's ABC signature, the railway schedule, and Alexander Bonaparte Cust, a traveling salesman following Hampton's Guide who just happened to be in e
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Hellen
I can't be the only one in my generation that used to watch CSI religiously and after that the other CSI's and after that all the old and new crime series to satisfy the need for new crime show episodes. After all those years and hundreds of episodes my interest in such shows has decreased a lot. They try to offer different angles, but after several hundred hours a lot's needed to surprise me and my crime show heuristics(if the killer is found within 30 minutes, it's not the killer and then it's ...more
Ashrakat Deyab
This is the first time I've read an Agatha Christie book and hopefully it will not be my last. After watching BBC's Sherlock, I felt a need to shift my general trend of reading fantasy books to reading mystery books. And so I picked up The ABC Murders.

I like Sherlock Holmes particularly because his character is very compelling and is portrayed so well both in the original and the retelling. I'm sad to say that Poirot is not as interesting and admirable as Sherlock Holmes. We are barely given
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El
Anytime someone talks to me about Agatha Christie lately, I find myself heaving a big sigh. By all accounts I should be all over this lady, I should be ripping through her mysteries like no one's bidness. But so far each of the books I've read feel interchangeable and if you were to ask me the plot of one over another I'd probably tactfully change the topic. Or say, "Look, a deer!" and run the other direction.

I'm not discounting what Christie has done for detective fiction, or what she has done
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Socialbookshelves.com
This is Christie at her best, published first in her glory period in the 1930s when she also released Murder on the Orient Express, Three Act Tragedy, Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None. I promise, you'll enjoy this one - it's up there with my favourites.

Picture the scene - Alice Ascher is killed in Andover, Betty Barnard dies in Bexhill, and Sir Carmichael Clarke is found dead in Churston. Hercule Poirot receives a letter in advance of each murder, telling him where to expect the cr
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Damaskcat
Hercule Poirot receives a taunting anonymous letter telling him there will be a murder in Andover on a certain date and signed 'A B C'. When a woman is found dead in her tobacconists/newsagents shop with a copy of the ABC train timetable open at the page for Andover it seems the letter wasn't a hoax.

Another murder is announced to Poirot - this time in Bexhill. Poirot is getting increasingly concerned and he and his friend Captain Hastings are soon hot on the trail of this mystery murderer. I fo
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
It's hard to believe this was my first Agatha Christie. I enjoyed it thoroughly, as I love to watch David Suchet's Poirot. Usually watching a movie or TV and then reading the book spoils the book because I'd have pictures created for me rather than using my own imagination. Not so, in this case. I loved hearing the accents in the written word. Also, one scene in the book seemed familiar to me - I decided it was the same place as the ending in The 39 Steps. I guess you can use a "movie" set over ...more
Sara Yahya
رواية من أفضل الروايات اللي قرأتها لأجاثا كريستي
مشوقة جدًا .. مثيرة بلا ملل أو تفاصيل في غير موضعها .. عبقرية في تسلسل الأحداث و إبقاءها في ذهنك
4 جرائم قتل لـ قاتل متسلسل قرر يتحدي بوارو في كشف هوايته

4 جرائم قتل لأشخاص مختلفة ، في السن و الشكل و المكان
الرابط بينهم كان الحروف الهجائية بالترتيب

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مجرد تنشيط لعقلك .. سيدة تقتل دون أي أثر يشير لقاتلها أبدًا .. لا دوافع ولا مببررات
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قد تجدون تلك الفكرة مكررة بعض الشيء .. لكن نحن في زمن الرواية .. الأربعينات كانت الأصل .. جديدة تمامًا ..، لن تشعر
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Rachel
This book wasn't bad - it was engaging and a good story and I was eager to continue reading - but the cleverness in case-solving that I think of as a hallmark of Hercule Poirot felt somewhat lacking in this book. There seemed to be not that much deductive prowess, except right at the end, and more waiting around telling a good story. It was enjoyable, but didn't feel clever as Agatha Christie usually does.
Lizzie
I won't say too much so as not to spoil it for those who've not yet had the pleasure - but the basis of this book has been used in loads of books since written and films produced. What an original thinker Agatha Christie was... The book is thrilling and sinister and a superb ending...great Poirot to start you off if you've not already discovered him
Rebecca
This one was ok...nothing too exciting. I was able to pick out the bad guy early but this was at the end of a Christie reading marathon so I was totally satuarated wiht her writing style.

Shruti
Ms. Christie shows why her mystery fiction is incomparable to any other.
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 40 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
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