The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #13)
There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way though the alphabet. There seems little chance of the murderer being caught -- until her makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans ...
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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 ...more
Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, has spun and extremely intriguing crime fiction and the thirteenth tale from her Hercule Poirot series called, The A.B.C. Murders that revolves around the anonymous letters stating as well as challenging Poirot that a murder will take place in the alphabetical order in a random town, and that intrigues the clever Poirot to come out of his ...more
And to do her justice, not only was this story (and any of her others) thrilling, but it had an element of reality better than most ...more
For once I solved the murder before the end. My little gray cells must be working harder...or I've simply read enough of these stories to be a better guesser.
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 ...more
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Poirot, everyone's favourite detective, receives a mysterious letter warning him of ...more
Agatha Christie isn't called the Queen of Crime for nothing, you know, and this book was a prime example of her proficiency. Generally, her books have an array of suspects, and we readers have to guess who the culprit is before the ending arrives, but this book was quite different. How, might you ask? You see, this time Christie handed us the murderer (view spoiler)[or so we thought (hide spoiler)] on a silver platter. Most of the myster ...more
This is the 13th novel in the Hercule Poirot series and, I believe, is Agatha Christie at her prime. Some of the best Hercule Poirot stories (IMHO) are those in which Poirot's friend Captain Arthur Hastings appears and acts as narrator. One of the unusual aspects of this story is that it is told in both the first and third person narrative. And the third person narrative is reconstructed by the first person (Hastings).
The story opens w ...more
I'm not going to write a big review here, so don't be afraid of spoilers.
I just wanted to say that this book is really good and the whole idea of "The A.B.C. Murders" was pretty intriguing.
But the ending was disappointing (for me personally).
I was waiting for something like this (As usual, when it comes to detective stories.):
But in the end I was like: Yeah? And all this time it was
PS: Readers from Kerala will immediately recall a popular movie from 3-4 years ago, which was plagiarised in part from this novel.
When Captain Hastings comes back on a trip to London from his new home in the Argentine, he hastens round to visit his old friend, Hercule Poirot. After they've done a bit of catching up, Poirot shows Hastings a bizarre letter he has received, warning that a crime will be committed on a certain date in Andover. When the day comes, so does news of a murder – Alice Ascher, the owner of a small newsagents, has been found dead, with a copy of the ABC railway gui ...more
শারলক হোমস আর এরকুল পোয়ারোর ভেতর বে ...more
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 ...more
“I am better than the police,” said Poirot. He said it without conscious arrogance. It was, to him, a simple statement of fact.
Poirot #13 is one I had read many years ago, but am re-reading anyway, since I am not reading them all in order.
In this one Christie creates an idea followed by hundreds of others in different ways: Having a killer use the alphabet to associate with his killings--Mrs. Ascher in Andover, then Betty Barnhard in Bexhill, and so ...more
To catch a fox and put him in box and never let him go! That is not le sport !
Coming back to The ABC Murders, when i picked this book i was sure it was serial killer, when it comes to serial killer, i believe anybody will be have an idea it will be homicidal lunatic or maniac wi ...more
Actual rating: 4.00 stars
Most of the time one reads an Agatha Christie novel there are high chances of you being shocked in the end. But, you also consider yourself wiser, that you now know her methods, the clues she hints in passing, the wrong people you are made to suspect etc., and that next time you read her novel you will be better prepared and that you will be able to guess correctly. But what will happen is that most probably you'll be furious with yourself because the ending will s ...more
Tính tới thời điểm đó thì mình thấy 1 sự may mắn ngập tràn dành cho những người thuộc team phá án. Mình mong chờ việc ông Poirot sử dụng 1 chút chất xám như thường lệ, cùng với sự trợ giúp đắc lực về mặt chân tay của đội quân nhí nhố Scotland Yard, để bắt tận tay day tận trán gã nhân vật X đó. Ở đây, vào 1 ngày đẹp trời, nhân dạng và nơi chốn cư trú của gã bỗng "ngã vào vòng tay" của cảnh sát. Và cũng ở cái ngày ...more
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 ...more
I love Poirot. I've seen most of the shows and read a few of the books. I couldn't pass up this full-cast dramatization audiobook Poirot s Finest Cases Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations . This is the 1st of 8 and I loved it. Very well done. I can't wait to hear the rest of them.
The narration was superb with 5+ stars. It was a wonderful way to spend my time.
To learn plot and twists you never knew before
Like how to infuse your story with humanity
And create a sleuth like Poirot the fans adore
Now, now, now
Christie gonna teach you
(Teach you, teach you)
All about writing girl
(All about writing)
Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat after me
A B C
Is a great mys-ter-y
As simple as, do re mi
A B C, 1 2 3
Baby go and read girl
A B C
It's a great mys-ter-y
As simple as, do re mi
A B C, OMG
Intricate ending I di ...more
Hercule Poirot,the famous detective, is thinking of hanging up his boots once and for all but the devil has other plans for him.
Hercule is faced with yet another mystery to solve. But this time, he knows that it isn't going to be a stroll in the park for him.
It all starts when Hercule Poirot receives a letter from a mysterious man who goes by the name ABC, informing him about a murder which would take place soon.
Any other time, Hercule would've dismissed it for a hoax but things get s ...more
Hercule Poirot encountered one in the mid-30's (just as retirement was approaching) and this murderer brought death by alphabetical order. Agatha Christie's Poirot books are most often quite entertaining and good, this one is no exception!
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.
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t ...more