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As Aparências Iludem (Hercule Poirot #21)

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A jovem Elinor Carlisle é acusada da morte de Mary Gerrard, sua rival, e levada por isso a juízo. As provas são esmagadoras: apenas Elinor tinha o motivo, a oportunidade e os meios para administrar o veneno fatal. Na sala de audiências o ambiente é hostil e só uma pessoa acredita ainda na presumível inocência de Elinor: Hercule Poirot. Ele é tudo o que resta entre Elinor e ...more
Capa Mole, 240 pages
Published by Edições Asa (first published 1940)
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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are on the dock for murder most foul! The awkward thing is that the contemplation of murder is not an unusual topic for you. Your surprisingly extensive knowledge of poison is also a questionable thing. Whatever is a young lady to do? Look to Belgium for succor! A noted botanist of human nature will soon arrive to save the day, and he’ll turn that sad cypress frown upside down. Will you keep your dignity and integrity intact? Or will you admit that sometimes people
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask."
"And underneath?"
"Underneath is the primitive man or woman."

Elinor Carlisle stands accused of murder. The evidence is mounted against her. The motive, the weapon, the time and place; everything points directly at the facts. And the facts state that Elinor is the one who poisoned poor Mary Gerrard. The only thing that stands between her and ruin is Hercule Poirot.

This one...might just be my favorite Agatha Christie book thus far!
من غير أجاثا يمكن أن يختار هذا العنوان الرقيق "السرو الحزين" لرواية بوليسية تدور أحداثها حول جريمة قتل؟

ومن غير المترجمين الأذكياء يمكن أن يُفسد عليك الرواية إذا ما تذاكى وترجم عنوان الرواية إلى "المتهمة البريئة"؟
في كل مرة أدلف فيها إلى عالم أجاثا أعرف انني سأكون على موعد مع متعة خالصة، أودع فيها الملل، الإطالة، الرمزيات الغريبة، الألفاظ المشينة، كل هذا أتركه ورائي وأستعد لرواية أخرى تحبس الأنفاس وفي كثير من الأحيان تثير المشاعر

اختارت أجاثا هذه المرة عنواناً رقيقاً يتماشى مع الخط الرومانسي لل
Laurel Young
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I just finished re-reading Sad Cypress & I loved it as much as I remembered. Agatha Christie is one of the few authors I can generally count on for that : what I loved at 16, I still love at....well, my current age.

Sad Cypress begin with the elegant, frosty Elinor Carlisle on trial for the murder of the gardener's daughter, Mary Gerrard, one of Christie's fey heroines, "she was like a flower." Both blonde, both beautiful, both beloved by Elinor's aunt, the wealthy owner of the estate both gi
Agatha'dan okuduğum 50. hikaye oldu bu da... Ne kadar çok okursam okuyayım, her kitabın tadı ayrı.
Published in 1940, this is one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases. Elinor Carlisle stands accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard and the first part of this book looks at her looking back at the events which led her there. It begins with Elinor receiving an anonymous letter, warning her that someone has been trying to take her place in her Aunt Laura’s affections. Her aunt is an invalid, having had a stroke, and is cared for at her house by two nurses and Dr Peter Lord. Mary Gerrard is the daughter ...more
Well, I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, and at first glance, this seemed to be a definite "plot twister" Poirot book as any other, with him battling against seemingly unbeatable odds. The story revolves around Elinor Carlisle, a beautiful lady madly in love with her cousin Roderick, yet outwardly distant. She is accused of murdering Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence seems irrefutable, only she had the means, the motive and the opportunity. Will Poirot be able to prove her innocence?

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Jun 13, 2015 Bᴏᴏᴋ ● Oᴡʟᴇᴛ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, Agatha Christie lovers... basically everyone right?

I was so unprepared for this. Ahlala.... There is nothing to be said. Except:

And I have a degree n2 not to throw books.
Seriously though, I was so happy with this book. Amazing plot twist. Amazing characters....
And it's a very easy read (personally speaking).
You can rush through it and finish it in a day or so.

Fatema Alzahraa seleem
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Ha, in your face Agatha. I figured it out. I worked out the killer around the midpoint and while slightly out on the motive, most of the twists fell into place. I gloat because this is Andy 3, Agatha 19 (or thereabouts). To be honest I think she gives the game away a little early with some obviously suspicious behaviour/random comments though it was Poirot's own musing on motive that lead my mind wandering to the conclusion.

Despite figuring it out, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A courtroom styl
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A little confession: This is my first Agatha Christie book, and I'm quite glad I've finally started reading her, and though this might not be the perfect start but I really enjoyed it.

I love mysteries and I gotta say I guessed the culprit wrong. The characters are enjoyable, and the mysetry kept getting revealed in an interesting way. also I like Poirot's charsimatic character a lot.
An adequate addition to the Hercule Poirot canon. Sad Cypress is a bit unusual in that even that cast of suspects is very small and altogether uncertain; in fact, the novel is the first courtroom drama in the Poirot canon and focuses on the presumed guilt of Elinor Carlisle. While the plot is generally intriguing and the solution reasonable, the fact that the mystery depends upon merely one or two clues and speculation prevents this novel from ranking among Christie's best. While not to be avoid ...more
AUTHOR: Christie, Agatha
TITLE: Sad Cypress
DATE READ: 04/05/14
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1939/Putnam/271 pgs
CHARACTERS: Elinor Carlisle; Roderick Welman; Mary Gerrard

FIRST LINES: An anonymous letter! Elinor Carlisle stood looking down at it as it lay open in her hand. She'd never had such a thing before. It gave one an unpleasant sensation. Ill-written, badly spelled, on cheap pink paper.

COMMENTS: Is there anyone better at th
It's been some time since I last read Poirot and I must say I found this book a tiny bit different from the others; no fussing over untidy rooms, no moustache management, and no squeals due to lack of symmetry! It's almost as if the great papa has changed. And there is no Hastings... I always hate that. :-/
Plot-wise it was another natural masterpiece; and I must say I did not see what was coming!
Loved it.
I think I've hit the point of diminishing returns when it comes to Agatha Christie mysteries, unfortunately. I've caught on too much to how she constructs her ambiguities and who is to be immediately eliminated as a potential culprit (view spoiler), I've grown bored with the vintage "I think this is supposed to be romantic for the time, but it's kinda creepy" aspects, and I'm done with trying to ponder how illegitimacy~ factors int ...more
The five star rating is for the print book, not this audiobook. I'd rate the audiobook 3 to 3 1/2 stars. The audiobook is a dramatized version of Agatha Christie's "Sad Cypress." Elinor is charged with poisoning Mary Gerrard. The motive? More than one, actually. First, Mary unwittingly stole the love of Elinor's life, Roddy. Second, Mary may be the heir to the fortune of Elinor's aunt, a fortune that Elinor believes is rightfully hers, though she was willing to generously provide for Mary. When ...more
Brad McKenna
Save for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there is no mystery writer that I love more than Dame Agatha Christie. When I picked up Sad Cypress it was like going back to an old friend. It had been years since I last read a Christie story. For those of you that read my The Sherlockian review, it should come as no surprise that I’m very fond of Hercule Poirot. Like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot is a marvelous character. His idiosyncrasies are both charming and insulting. Mentally superior to the majority of people ...more
First I must say there are SOOOO many reasons why I love Agatha Christie. She totally deserves the title of best mystery writer of all time. And "Sad Cypress", although not on my top 5 list of Christie book, is for sure one of the better ones regardless.

Here are some reasons why I love Agatha. Her settings are always vivid, mysterious, and cooped-up feeling. You literally feel trapped in the atmosphere she presents. I love that ALL of the characters seem guilty and all have heaps of secrets (eve
Jann Barber
Second reading: I was interested to see that Christie spent a good deal of time setting up the characters and background of this story. Poirot didn't make an appearance until page 115, so the reader was actually ahead of his "leetle grey cells" at this point.

I enjoyed watching Christie lead the reader through a variety of plausible reasons to explain why several of the characters could have committed the crimes.

Christie was definitely skilled at her craft!

My review from 2011:
A most satisfying r
Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.
(Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night)

Die Verlobten Elinor Carlisle und Roddy Welman (entfernte Cousins) erhalten einen anonymen Brief, in welchem sie gewarnt werden, dass jemand sich an ihre reiche Erbtante Laura Welman, ranmacht, um sie zu beerben. Elinor hat s
Salam Almahi
For the (i think) second time of my Christie reading history that one of the people I suspect is the murderer!! endless joy!
This is a historical event right here, ladies and gentlemen.

This book made me not want to do anything other than reading it this whole day.. which was exactly what I did, by the way.

Also, it felt like a movie set in The Victorian Age. Emotions flooding all over the place and shit.
Nice change of direction. It'll be nice if plain coarse people are good for more than "simple expressions of truth" or embodying the ugliness of humanity, though. I mean is this noveling? All the protagonists are good-looking? Have I not been paying any attention my entire stupid reading life?

It's just I've got like 40 more of these to go and everything's becoming so obvious and tedious. "So why don't you stop?" Because I've already committed myself to this idiotic project and I don't want to gi
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Mais uma vez Christie apresenta um mistério intrigante, onde as aparências iludem mesmo! Sempre com reviravoltas e uma narrativa dinâmica, Christie não desilude.

Uma das melhores características da obra literária desta autora são as suas personagens, mas particularmente os seus detetives. Neste livro surge o famoso detetive belga Hercule Poirot, cujas idiossincrasias continuam a torná-lo numa das personagens mais cativantes do repertório de
Having read almost all of Agatha Christie's books years ago, I am surprised to find, upon rereading the book, the mystery is still fresh to me. A few pages upon reading the book, I was set on giving this a 3 star. Then, I cheated -- yes I peeked the end and found who did it (but not how the person did it). It is a rather interesting reading the rest of book upon having that information in the back of my head. Even with that clue, which enables me to pay more attention on the every thing that thi ...more
This is my favorite of the Agatha Christie novels I have read so far. I like Hercule Poirot; his personality, thinking process and detection methods. The characters in this novel are believable creations, the story is interesting and well told. It is a love story, a murder mystery and a courtroom drama.
4 stars since it is Christie, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as others.
I found the ending to be a bit anti-climatic, although I didn't know who the culprit was, but there was much going round and changed identities and long-lost relatives and so forth, so the ending just wasn't as dramatic as I enjoy from Christie.
With a book such as this one, I tend to sit back and just enjoy the ride. I know she'll have Poirot explain the mystery to someone, and I'll get the resolution then. I did enjoy t
Medio esperaba ese final aunque sospechaba de otro un poco más.
Me gustó, cuantos giros Dios mío.
Agatha es la mejor<3
Idris Heartent
A good novel, i don't like the main character they are weak somehow :3 :/.
Tamara Minawi
انه لمن الصعب حقا لرواية مثل هذه ألا تخلد في الذاكرة !
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“Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable. [Hercule Poirot]” 34 likes
“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.” 19 likes
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