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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39)
A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place…
The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara ,...more
You are the killer: you kill yourself. You deserve it. Or do you? Are you the hero or the villain? But what does it matter; in the end, death comes to us all. Your adventure is over.
If you decide to reject your notorious life and start anew, choose
I really did enjoy the book. I love Agatha Christie's writing. She never fails to force on me a deep desire to go back to that 'golden era' and live like one of the wealthy characters in her books. I also find myself for a few days after reading any of her books narrating my life as if I were actually living ...more
I con ...more
So maybe Poirot doesn't have the pipe, or the deerstalker, or a Mrs Hudson or even a Watson, in the end. He was, and is, alone, in the end, regardless of the warmth and good intentions of Arthur Hastings, the friendliness and respect of Inspector Japp, or even the vague assistance offer ...more
A much darker book than many of the earlier Poirot stories, and covers a lot of depressing ground. Emotional vampires, passionless marriages, grief, foolish old age, misunderstanding and contempt between the generations - heavy.
Poirot is still sharp, but this book is a downer. It's still good, but I would not recommend it as an ...more
My poor friend.I have described him many times.Now to convey to you the difference.Crippled with arthritis,he propelled himself about in a wheeled chair.His once plump frame had fallen in.He was a thin little man now.His face was lined a ...more
این کتاب با عنوان اصلی بالا، و با عنوان فارسی: «آخرین پرونده ی پوارو» با برگردان بانو «ثریا قیصری»، و با عنوان: «پوارو از صحنه خارج میشود» با برگردان آقای «بیژن خرسند»، و نیز، با عنوان: «پرده»، با برگردان بانو «رویا سعیدی» نیز، به زیور چاپ آراسته شده است
This one is listed as Hercule Poirot's Last Case. It's true; he's dead! It was either this one or The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and I don't know why I ...more
They investigate a killer "X", the identity of ...more
The following may or may not contain spoilers.
The book begins with Porot's best friend Arthur Hastings going to the hotel where he met Poirot to pay him a visit. Poirot is aging and ill, and doesn't have long to live. B ...more
It seems as if ...more
I think that it helped the reading of the book by having the characters of Poirot and Hastings so well established. I enjoyed the story and the plot even though AC managed to fool me with it. I was quite certain that I knew which way the 'action' would go and I even had my reasons but I was ...more
Hercule Poirot is an old man now and he calls his friend Hastings to come join him at "Styles", a mansion now turned boarding house, where they had solved a murder in the past. No murder has yet been committed but evidently there is murderer on the premises, shall we call him X, and Hastings has to be Poirot's legs, eyes and ears to find X as Poirot is in a wheelchair with arthritis. Weird thing is, Poirot knows who X is but will not tell Hastings. Poor H ...more
Дефицитът на внимание, тая болест на епохата ни, и мен не ме е пощадил. Без да си водя записки, няма да запомня кои чии хапчета с какво е подменил, нито пък ще ми светне лампичка, когато тия хапчета се появят на сцената отново. Ако не бях прочел „Завесата“ в рамките на една седмица, дори нямаше да различавам героите един от друг. (Което само по себе си иде да подскаже нещо за речевите им характеристики; над десет са, а всичките говорят толкова еднакво.) Не ми е интерес ...more
Curtain shows Poirot come full circle. Hastings is back as narrator after an extensive break and after having a whole family life in Argentina while Poirot, his old crime fighting buddy, k ...more
The story is very clever and suitably puzzling - I changed my mind about who the ...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more
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