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Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  15,181 ratings  ·  771 reviews
On a French golf course, a millionaire is found stabbed in the back... An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poiro ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published 1923)
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The second Hercule Poirot novel. To explain its plot accurately would take half an hour and a whiteboard, but briefly: the Belgian detective and his aide Hastings are summoned to the house of M. Renauld, a millionaire who fears for his life. They arrive too late, finding him already dead, half-buried in an unfinished golf bunker, supposedly at the hands of bearded foreign thugs, and possibly at the hands of a jilted lover. But Poirot soon unearths not one, but two of the principals are living un ...more
Beth S.
Shut up Hastings. Shut up, shut up, shut up.
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Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Awesome!! Unbelievable!!

This is the third Agatha Christie's Novel I read!! I am spellbound that a person could so meticulously weave a thrilling tale!! Can't think of what inspired her to write but bowled over by the narration!!

Hercule Poirot's shrewdness is unbelievable and there is always Honest Hastings with him through out!! Every character will rise suspicion while reading, but u can never stop guessing!! Mind ticks like clock during each line!! A wonderful page turner, ur eyes will be glue
Really great fun to read!
Hercule Poirot is just such a great character with his little grey cells and his
funny way of outsmarting everyone.
I read a lot of Hercule Poirot books years ago so nice to read them again as
they are even better second time around.

Re-read 2/16/12: I'm in the process of re-reading all of Agatha Christie - one of my favorite authors!

I'd take Agatha over most other books, but this isn't my favorite book of hers. It's the 3rd book she published and her second to involve Hercule Poirot. I think she stumbled a bit. She defines Poirot's character, but makes him appear a bit too harsh. She also makes Hastings appear like a love-sick buffoon, instead of just a lovable romance-prone gentleman. She won't write about the pair again
Well into 'The Murder on the Links' Hercule Poirot says to Captain Hastings, the narrator of the story, 'If you would use your grey cells, and see the whole case clearly as I do, you too would perceive it, my friend.'

Obviously at this point Hastings was not cognisant of what was going on and I must confess I was in his camp too. Later Poirot states, again to Hastings, who has incongruously fallen in love with a young lady, 'Ah! Voila une femme.' So at least we begin to suspect that a young lady
Shruthi Natarajan
The queen of Mystery. Agatha Christie. No seriously. Every single time my reviews reflect the same surprise, the same amazement, the same confusion, and of course: the same feeling of stupidity that I hadn't guessed the murderer! HOW ON EARTH IS CHRSITIE SOOOO GOOOOD???? OH JEEZ GODS HEAVENS WHAT IS MY LIFE??? To think that one line could make all the difference- "The girl with the anxious eyes".

And oh my my!! Hastings, I missed you buddy!!! In all the seriousness of the book, he brings in the
BOTTOM LINE: Not at all her best novel, but an interesting read - quite annoying by about a third of the way through, but by the end becomes very satisfying in its twists and turns. “Fair Play!” from a de luxe detective, decent pacing, and a fair amount of romance as well.

Begged to “come immediately!”, when Poirot arrives in a small French resort town he is informed that his client is dead, under extremely suspicious circumstances. And Madame Renauld has been found bound and gagged; when releas
Col. Smith
Poirot's 2nd mystery, where he and Hastings are summoned by a wealthy businessman ,only to find the man already dead under mysterious circumstances. The usual red herrings are there. His wife, supposed mistress, her daughter, his son and his sweethearts, the chauffeur, the maids -all contribute to the melee of suspects. To confound further is his colorful previous life and a couple or so attempted blackmails. Poirot sets in to untangle the knot of mystery, aided by Hastings whose rolling eyes ar ...more
My second Hercule Poirot mystery, and it's a treat to "watch" (like an 'ol B&W movie) the little Belgium figure out who the killer was. This series may be an oldie , but, it's still a goodie!
"Chercher la femme" acquires new and complicated meanings in this one! :)))))
Deepu George
Mon ami ....... it was really good very much Poirot
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Audio book performed by Hugh Fraser

Captain Arthur Hastings narrates this second book in the mystery series featuring Hercule Poirot. It all begins when Hastings meets a young woman on a train. In short order Poirot receives a letter from a South American millionaire living in France stating that his life is in danger and pleading with Poirot to come at once. Hastings and Poirot immediately go to France, only to find that their “client” has been murdered. There is no shortage of suspects – wife,
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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The Murder on the Links is Christie’s third novel and the second Hercule Poirot mystery. I had some vague memory of watching the film adaptation on telly a few years ago but funnily enough, the story was completely new to me and apart from the fact that it’s set somewhere in France and there’s a golf course involved, I didn’t remember a thing. And how grateful I am for that! Had I remembered anything else, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have en
In this second Hercule Poirot story, Poirot is moaning that crime isn't what it used to be, criminals are no longer worthy of this investigative prowess. Luckily, that very same day a letter arrives requesting his help in France. Paul Renauld is in fear of his life and wishes to engage Poirot. It's not entirely clear how this short note somehow signifies a matter worthy of Poirot's grey cells when only five minutes before he'd moaning like an old woman, but then maybe I just don't have Poirot's ...more
For some reason this didn't quite work for me. I'm going to put this down to being one of Christie's early novels (only her third) and that she's yet to find her own style. She is very much working in a Conan Doyle style and I don't think that her own characteristics as an author were fully developed by this point.

Surprisingly for a book in which Hastings plays such an important role, there's very little humour. He's not a character who was fully utilised in this novel, which is a pity because t
Mónica Silva
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A Rainha do Crime continua com a sua fórmula para criar excelentes policiais, mantendo o leitor constantemente interessado na estória e motivado para deslindar o crime.

Um dos pontos fortes desta estória foi o facto de assentar sobre um crime antigo, um segredo do passado que aparenta ser fulcral para a resolução deste mistério.

Contudo, este livro deixou-me um pouco desiludida, principalmente devido à escolha do narrador. Em vez de ser Poir
Murder on the Links is definitely one for fans of Captain Hastings. He exhibits his usual grand imagination and gets everything completely wrong again, which is the one trait that makes him so endearing. Here, he finally finds the romance that he's been seeking, but unfortunately, this is one of the times when Christie does not deliver her best. The actual mystery is honestly rather dull, and the girl, supposedly a spirited good sport, came across as rather two-dimensional. The "romance" was bar ...more
A truly delightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Poirot was spectacular in this book full of twists and turns. The pitting of wits of old school (Poirot) and new school (Giruad) was entertaining to read. I loved the plot, the denouement and especially the last bit where Poirot names the foxhound Giraud.
No todo lo que escribió Agatha Chistie puede considerarse como obras maestras...este es uno de esos ejemplos: una trama enreversada hasta la maxima potencia que resulta poco convincente, a lo que hay que agregar los "amores express para toda la vida" de un Hastings más insoportable que en otras historias de Poirot.
Un final sin duda inesperado, aunque demasiado elaborado para mi gusto, pero sin duda quedara en mi memoria por un largo rato.
Santh memories
Hercule Poirot received a letter of asking help, where the surprise thing was it came at once with the death of the writer. He was found in the golf court, almost buried. With the assistance of his best friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, they came to the place of incident.
What was the connection between two murders happened during last 20 years? Between the millionaire’s wife and his secret lover lived next door? Between a beautiful entertainer girl and a blackmail? And the worse, the second murde
I enjoyed reading a Poirot mystery through the eyes of Hastings, Poirot's sidekick. Hastings falls in love and coincidentally his love seems to be connected to a murder case that Poirot goes to solve. That and other strange coincidences made this mystery confusing at times. One reason there is confusion is because Hastings is telling us his thoughts and he makes assumptions that are wrong. The first half of the book was delightful, but I found the second half disappointing. I give this book 3 1/ ...more
In recent reviews, I have commented upon the great mystery novel writers being able to create memorable characters as their detectives and this helping to cement the greatness of their work. However, most times you are not allowed into these great character's minds, but instead receive the story through a third party--the side kick. Arthur Conan Doyle, while creating the archetype for the modern detective in Sherlock Holmes, also created the archetype for the side kick in John Watson. In Murder ...more
I remember the teachings of Papa Poirot – Method is important, and major motive of committing a murder is money. Keeping them in mind I pursued the case following the footsteps of Poirot along with Capt. Hastings. But no, I could not. I am an imbecile; at least she makes it clear that I feel thus. She is truly a queen of Crime, but every time I say that out loud, it seems that the title falls short of her intellect and reasoning.

This is the 4th book of Agatha Christie’s I read. I do not underst
Sólo puedo decir que cada día tengo ganas de leer más libros de Agatha Christie sobre Poirot. No sabría compararlo con el anterior, el primer libro, pero sí podría decir que los 2 libros me produjeron sensaciones totalmente diferentes, aunque ninguno me gustó más que el otro, como tampoco el otro menos.
Me encantó, me fascinó. No podía parar de leer y lo leí en horas.
Como el anterior, está pasando a entrar entre mis lecturas favoritas. 5 de 5. O más.
Elizabeth (TheBookishUniverse)
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It’s fast-paced and in the first 30 pages we already have our first victim and Poirot is already working. In the end of each chapter, Poirot discovers a new clue, something very important to the murder and you, as a reader, you cannot simply put the book down.
My thoughts:
I devoured half of the story in one sitting, simply because I couldn’t put it down. If you had seen my tweets, you probably know that already. I haven’t felt more intense in my whole life, maybe I’m exagg
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

An urgent cry for help, two dead bodies of almost similar men and the dark secrets of the past that have come back to haunt an affluent man. Poirot is called to France by a well known South American millionaire named Renauld. But Renauld is murdered before Poirot can reach him.
Once Poirot begins investigating, it soon becomes clear that this is a murder most extraordinaire.

Can Poirot solve this confusing and seemingly motiveless puzzle which contains m
Kelsey Hanson
Another excellent novel by Agatha Christie. Though I will admit as an avid golfer I am a bit sad that there wasn't much mention of the sport but apart from that it was an excellent novel. It started off a bit slow for me but it did pick up. I also love the interactions between Darcy and Hastings. Poirot is also delightful as per usual.
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 43 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • 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)
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  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
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