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The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #13)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  55,165 Ratings  ·  2,053 Reviews

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 ...

Kindle Edition, Masterpiece Ed edition, 240 pages
Published December 15th 2003 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 6th 1936)
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Gavin Abdollahi The stories have very little continuation between them, but still, there is continuation. Not reading it in order doesn't really o anything, you just…moreThe stories have very little continuation between them, but still, there is continuation. Not reading it in order doesn't really o anything, you just have to be careful of books where Poirot spoils other books.(less)
Hannah Brown Hi, I understand that this book, at first may seem a little confusing, as it's written from different points of view. I won't reveal any spoilers,…moreHi, I understand that this book, at first may seem a little confusing, as it's written from different points of view. I won't reveal any spoilers, however, I feel the style works well with the book- especially when all is revealed at the ending. If you read more of the book, it will make sense better to you I would think. Not Poirot's usual style but I did enjoy this one and I'm sure you will too. Hope this helps, and feel free to ask me any other questions about the book:)(less)
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Jason Koivu
Jan 16, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Dec 21, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
“Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”

----Agatha Christie

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
Shobhit Sharad
Agatha Christie is a WITCH! I don't know how but she manages to confound me EVERY TIME I read one of her books. Specially, with this one. You're going with the story, reading with a flow, building up to the climax, and then suddenly whatever you were thinking is snatched away from you, and you begin to look at the things in a way that you never thought of until now.

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
Jan 07, 2017 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These alphabetical serial murders are a bit different from the usual Christie crimes -- or ARE they?

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.
Amy | shoutame
Mar 09, 2015 Amy | shoutame rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Sep 26, 2011 Mitch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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the tenth muse
Jan 30, 2017 the tenth muse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone with a penchant for mystery
"Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas."

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) on a silver platter. Most of the myster
"Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be."

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
Aug 10, 2015 Alexandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
3,5-3,75 (I CAN'T DECIDE) STARS.

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.):  photo zomg_zpsxoq90vlt.gif

But in the end I was like: Yeah? And all this time it was BLABLABLA? That's good. Right? Nice move, Agatha. Despite the fact, that I pretty
Nandakishore Varma
A far-fetched plot, but interesting nonetheless - about a serial killer who chooses his victims in alphabetical order (hence the title). However, there is much more hidden beneath the apparent alphabetical obsession.

PS: Readers from Kerala will immediately recall a popular movie from 3-4 years ago, which was plagiarised in part from this novel.
Mar 28, 2017 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audiobook, 2017
A great narration of a true classic...

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
Nov 17, 2016 Wasee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বই বিষয়ে বলার আগে, আগাথা করিসটির সমপরকে কিছু কথা বলে নেই। রহসয,রোমাঞচ,করাইম থরিলার,গোয়েনদা কাহিনী, মারডার মিসটরি - আমার পড়া বেশিরভাগ বই-ই এই ঘরানার ভেতর আবদধ। সবাভাবিক কারণেই নানান রকম গোয়েনদা চরিতরের সাথে পরিচিত হয়েছি, একটু একটু করে উপলবধি করেছি লেখকভেদে কীভাবে রহসযের গাথুনীর বহুমাতরিকতা দেখা যায়। বিভিনন দেশের,বিভিনন কালের, বিভিনন বয়সী কালপনিক গোয়েনদা চরিতরগুলো আমাদের মনে বাসতবের চেয়েও বেশী পরভাব ফেলে। তবে, দিনের শেষে নিরদিষট কোনো চরিতর ঠিকই মনে দাগ কেটে যায়।

শারলক হোমস আর এরকুল পোয়ারোর ভেতর বে
Jun 28, 2009 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 4-star, hist-myst
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
David Schaafsma
“Who are you? You don't belong to the police?'

“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
Aug 30, 2016 Naddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
When it comes to mysteries, murder, whodunit, Agatha Christie has no equal, I m not sure how she able to pull it always together. It is third book on my shelf from Agatha i m sure there will be more in near future too.

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
Apr 27, 2008 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The A.B.C. Murders, Agatha Christie
عنوان: قتلهای الفبایی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: محمدعلی ایزدی؛ تهران، هرمس، کارآگاه، 1392، در 278 ص؛
May 13

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
Oct 02, 2015 Bắp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trước khi 2 chương cuối cùng mở ra, cảm giác của mình là hoàn toàn không thỏa mãn :3
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
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
❆ Crystal ❆
Review for audiobook ~ 5 stars story ♫ 5 stars narration
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 Poirot s Finest Cases Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations by Agatha Christie. 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.
Bill Lynas
Nov 15, 2016 Bill Lynas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ABC Murders is one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels, & after reading it a few times over the years & also watching the television version I thought it was time to check out the audio CD. How sad am I ? This unabridged version is read by Hugh Fraser, the actor who plays Hercule Poirot's sidekick Captain Hastings in the TV series, & he reads it very well indeed. There's ample opportunity for him to put on various accents & he does them admirably. On occasion I have given ...more
Oct 08, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You went to mystery-writing school girl
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

Is a great mys-ter-y
As simple as, do re mi
A B C, 1 2 3
Baby go and read girl
It's a great mys-ter-y
As simple as, do re mi
Intricate ending I di
Tahsina Syeda
Dec 19, 2015 Tahsina Syeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
করিসটির বইয়ের পরতিটা বাকযই একেকটা সূতর। শুরু থেকেই তিনি পাঠককে সমান সুযোগ দিতেন রহসয সমাধানের, ডিটেকশন কলাবের এই শপথ ছিল তাঁর শিরোধারয। আর এই কারণেই আমি কিছু লেখকের শুধু শেষ লাইনে টুইসট দেয়ার পরবণতা অপছনদ করি। রহসযোপনযাস হবে লেখক ও পাঠকের মধযে বুদধির খেলা। করিসটি সব সূতর দিয়েও তাঁর পাঠককে ঘোল খাওয়াতেন, এই জনযই তিনি সমরাজঞী। আর তাই মগজকে সিনদুকে তালা দিয়ে রেখে যারা বই পড়তে চান তাদের জনয করিসটি নয়। ...more
Maruf Hossain
Nov 18, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Mindblowing! "Take a bow, Christie."
And The translation is too good.
Siddharth Chakravarthy
4 Stars

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
Thomas Strömquist
Long before The Silence of the Lambs and The Bone Collector, there were odd and quirky serial killers.

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!
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.
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