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Thirteen at Dinner (Hercule Poirot Series #9)

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A thriller and a short story collection by the master of mystery -- and the most popular author of all time, with over 2 billion books sold in 45 languages
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Published April 7th 2003 by AudioGO (first published 1933)
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Laurel Young
Absolutely classic Christie--this is the sort of novel that makes her reputation as Queen of Crime so richly deserved. I'd read it before and STILL got tangled in the red herrings and double, no triple, twists to the point that I questioned whether I had mis-remembered the solution. Poirot is at his best, and so is Hastings--we have to remember that Hastings, without meaning to be, is not a reliable narrator. He puts his own pedestrian spin on things: a suspect says something crucial, and Hastin ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Lord Edgeware, and Murder Has Come to Dinner.

On the menu:

 LIME GROVE
o Nitro Poached Green Tea and Lime Mousse

 RED CABBAGE GAZPACHO
o Pommery Grain Mustard Ice Cream

 JELLY OF QUAIL, CRAYFISH CREAM
o Chicken Liver Parfait, Oak Moss and Truffle Toast

 SNAIL PORRIDGE
o Jabugo Ham, Shaved Fennel

 ROAST FOIE GRAS
o Rhubarb, Braised Konbu and Crab Biscuit

 MOCK TURTLE SOUP (c.1850)
o "Mad Hatter Tea"

 "SOUND OF THE SEA"

 SALMON POACHED IN A LIQUORICE GEL
o
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Geoffrey
This is probably my second favorite Agatha Christie novel, right behind "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." It also has a special place in my heart because it was the first Agatha Christie novel that I actually read. This book made me want to actually read more Christie novels instead of merely watching the film and/or television adaptations. Generally speaking, I love "Lord Edgeware Dies" because I immensely enjoy all of the elements of the book. First, I found the story itself very engaging. Specif ...more
Simona Bartolotta
(Poirot parlando all'amico, il capitano Hastings:)
«Avete davvero molta fiducia nelle mie qualità di psicologo, Hastings. Mi adulate. Sapete, amico mio, che ognuno di noi è un mistero, un groviglio di passioni conflittuali, di desideri, di aspirazioni e qualità? Mais oui, c'est vrai: ognuno di noi cerca di farsi un'opinione sul suo prossimo, ma nove volte su dieci sbaglia.»

Durante la lettura si ha la sensazione di assistere ad un concerto di dilettanti: questi musicanti da due soldi iniziano a su
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Dina
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Heena P.
This is the first Hercule Poirot book I’ve read and I’ll tell you what, it wasn’t a total disappointment. I loved the mystery and the way the suspense unfolded but not so much the lead characters. For me, Hercule Poirot = (Miss Marple X 10) + even worse! Tolerating his irritating grandma behaviour really became a challenge. I really hated him and most probably will not read more than a book or two from this series (that too only the recommended ones). Believe it or not, he irritated me to the po ...more
Cata
Mais uma vez Agatha Christie apresenta-nos um crime intrincado e brilhantemente construído.

Jane Wilkinson disse para quem quis ouvir que queria o marido morto. Disse que se meteria num táxi e o mataria ela mesma. Pouco tempo depois Lord Edgware estava morto e havia testemunhas que afirmavam que Jane Wilkinson o tinha ido visitar nessa noite e que tinha sido a últimaa pessoa a o ver com vida. Mas existe um outro grupo de pessoas que afirma que nessa fatídica noite, Jane Wilkinson estava num janta
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Sketchbook
Dame Agatha likes to use disguise and/or bogus identity as a key plot device. Seeing a GR review, I took out my copy for a reread as I was reminded of a Sketchbook prank inspired by this whodunit. I'm not fond of big cocktailers, but sometimes one "has" to go. There I stood, bored to hell, not knowing anyone other than the hostess, and drinking too much champagne.

Oh, there's someone I know, the artist Neil Smithson (not real name). We fell into lite chatter. Soon we were interrupted by a young w
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Faa
I think Lord Edgware Dies has its own uniqueness.
It might not be different from AC other books, but the setting was so straight forward that you can really guess firsthand who was the murderer.
It just that, when you read further you will ask yourself questions like why this character did this, was these two people connected, was there any affair between them, was she there when this and that, and many other questions. All this questions will make you re consider your list of suspects. You might
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Lobstergirl
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Nigel Bird
You might find this difficult to believe, but until this weekend I'd never knowingly read an Agatha Christie novel.

I was in a youth hostel, had finished the books I'd taken and had to pick from their shelves.

Having chosen and then decided against several of the more likely options, I came across 'Lord Edgeware Dies'. On the inside of the cover, it reminded me that 'Agatha Christie' is known throughout the world as the Queen Of Crime'. That was the clincher. It also seemed thin enough for me to g
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Maninee
I have had it. I am fed up. I have finally had the last straw. Every time I pick up a Poirot book, I promise my self, that it is worth it. That the amazing, mind blowing, completely nuts explanation at the end of the book that leaves my head spinning is worth the aggravation of having to bear with Poirot for 200+ pages.

But it has finally got to me. Poirot and his frustrating exclamations, his strange emotional upheavals, his cryptic remarks and his absolute refusal to share anything at all with
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The Belgian sleuth gets embroiled in some mysterious upper class marital problems. Agatha Christie whodunnit with John Moffatt.
عمرو الجندى
من اجمل جرائم اجاثا :)
Mary Ronan Drew
Thursday it rained all day, an unusual thing here in semi-arid Spokane, and it has turned colder here finally, with highs in the 50s. So the other day was perfect for the combination of hot tea, cats, a warm radiator, my gold chair, and an Agatha Christie mystery.

The mystery was Thirteen at Dinner and it is one of the best Christie's I've read. As with many of the Hercule Poirot books, it is a slice of London life in the 1930s. If you were a gentleman or a lady, others of your kind would take yo
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Joshua
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Jerry
Classic whodunit from Master -- fun short mystery read!

Also entitled "Thirteen at Dinner", this mystery novel from the early 1930's (!) is a Christie classic in her Hercule Poirot series. The plot engages the reader quickly when Lord Edgware is bumped off. All clues certainly point to actress Jane Wilkinson (Lady Edgware), who has been overheard at dinner (for 13) wishing death for her husband, from whom she wants a not forthcoming divorce. However, an airtight alibi rules out Wilkinson, and so
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Célia
Volta e meia sabe-me bem voltar à Rainha do Crime. Por esta altura, já li uma quantidade considerável dos seus livros (apesar de estar bem longe de os ter lido todos) e, apesar de já saber mais ou menos o que esperar em termos de estilo, é notável a capacidade que Agatha Christie tem para me supreender com os seus enredos intrincados e os seus finais inesperados.

Desta vez, a vítima é Lorde Edgware. No início da história, a mulher de Edgware, uma famosa atriz de seu nome Jane Wilkinson, procura P
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Dolly
Jun 05, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I am sure that I've read this one before. It is in a compilation of stories that I received as a Christmas gift when I was a teenager (Five Complete Hercule Poirot Novels.) In any case, it's been over 20 years since I read it, so I figured it was worth another shot. I so love her stories and her books are my favorites when I'm looking for a cozy mystery. Enough time had passed since I'd read this one that even though I was sure I knew whodunit, I could not remember all of the details of the plot ...more
D.G.
I don't remember if I've ever read this book in the past but I remember watching the movie version on TV so I knew who was the murderer. As usual, I really enjoyed how the author gave you some clues from the beginning and hoodwinked you with certain details.

Two things to note: first, the cover has NOTHING to do with this story. I like these new covers but they usually refer to something about the plot. In this case, none at all. Nobody was killed with a gun (and there are several dead bodies her
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Kelsey Hanson
This was another Agatha Christie novel so it wasn't going to be "bad" but it wasn't my favorite. I was able to figure out a few things around the same pace as Poirot so that made me feel pretty smart but overall there wasn't as much action on this one. There was too much talking and debating between Poirot and Hastings with not enough focus on the actual mystery. Still it was worth a read and I enjoyed it.
Mary Ann
Poirot and Hastings, who evidently plays a lot of hooky from his Argentinian ranch, are taking in a show one afternoon when they become embroiled in a divorce case that turns into a murder with plenty of plausible suspects. Was Lord Edgware killed for his terrible secrets, for his money, or simply because he had become an inconvenience?

This one really kept me guessing, and it was great fun trying to figure out which clues were the important ones. This novel, as many Poirots are, is elevated thr
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Maya Zauberman
Spoilers ahead!

How could Jane Wilkinson, the former Lady Edgware, have killed ex-husband Lord Edgware when she was seen attending a dinner party by thirteen different people? How does the death of Carlotta Adams, the disappearance of the money in the safe, and the death of Donald Ross tie in to this case? Why is the religion of Ms.Wilkinson's fiance so important? This is a challenge for Poirot indeed!
Although there are blatant anti-Semitic undertones (Agatha Christie was not known to have high r
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Patricia Rodrigues
Mais um livro de Agatha Christie lido à velocidade da luz eheheheh
Torna-se impossível conseguir pôr o livro de lado sem chegar ao fim.
Os livros de Agatha Christie têm histórias altamente misteriosas e onde nem tudo o que parece é.
Neste livro, o marido de uma jovem actriz é assassinado, após esta querer o divórcio e dizer várias vezes que o quer ver morto. No entanto, na altura em que o Lorde Edgware foi assassinado, Jane estava numa festa. Quem é o culpado?
Uma vez mais, temos várias personagen
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Bart Van Loon
This is one of my favourites in the long Poirot series of Agatha Christie. What I particularly like about this story is that it gives you more insight in the way Poirot thinks about a case and gets to the truth than in the others. It also really gives a lot of interesting settings and information to the reader to allow him/her to try and find the guilty one himself/herself.

The characters in this book are well gone into and very likable. The world of London's theatre and film actors and the odd c
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Shereen Aldaimalani
As per usual, Agatha Christie had me completely fooled until the last five pages. It's such a shame that people consider Sherlock Holmes to be the best detective of all time when Christie's Hercule Poirot is sitting right there, gathering dust on the shelf. He has all the makings of a loveable character - and his relationship with Hastings is extremely charming and entertaining. Plus, his moustache is his pride and joy, and what reader could resist a character who says, "I am a little proud of m ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I forget how much I LOVE Agatha Christie until I reread one of her books. She was a brilliant writer!!! And as I get older, I'm discovering a lot of subtlety to her books that I missed when I was younger.
Jeffrey Round
An all-round solid work, this mystery came fairly early on in the game, before Christie started to resent her most famous creation, Hercule Poirot, and back when she was still turning out highly-intricate, if somewhat-implausible, plots that challenge both the reader and Poirot. In fact, this one reminds me more than a bit of her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. While attending the theatre one evening, Poirot meets a number of actors, including the estranged wife of a misanthropic lo ...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Eustacia Tan
After reading CSI: Binding Ties, it was time to go back to a traditional cozy mystery. And what better than the Queen of Mysteries - Agatha Christie? I managed to find one of her books that I haven't read at Rainbow Plaza, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lord Edgware Dies is a case that misleads even Poirot. And the mastermind is Lady Edgware, a woman who appears to be dumb. But, as she says, it's "a good idea to seem stupider than you are." Is it scary that I once said something similar?

Anyway, the
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