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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  15,979 ratings  ·  714 reviews

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 ,

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Mass Market Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 1st 1976 by Fontana/Collins (first published January 1st 1973)
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mark monday
You Chose Your Own Adventure!

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
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Laurel Young
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حسام عادل
ارقد بسلام (هيركيول بوارو) يا صديقي المحقق العبقري العظيم
الآن يمكنك أن تنعم برقدتك الأبدية..
فقضيتك الأخيرة قد حُلَّت بنجاح
Hannah
I had to present a class tutorial on this book, so I read it three times in a row: once to understand what happens, once to analyse the crap out of it, and once more to try to enjoy it again.

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
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Sarai
Poirot is my favorite Agatha Christie sleuth. I also love the corresponding A&E Poirot series with David Suchet playing the famous Belgian detective (those moustaches!). I have to admit, I have a bit of a crush on the Poirot character. He's so smart, so wonderfully pompous but gentlemanly, a wee bit delicate, slightly neurotic, a loyal friend, and dedicated protector of the innocent. I always enjoy Poirot and Hastings working together and Poirot's gentle chiding of Hastings' deductions.

I con
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Meli
Adieu, mon ami.
Erin
No one, to my knowledge, has written a sonnet about Poirot, a la Vincent Starret's 221B. Perhaps that's because Poirot put so much of an emphasis on life that, in the end, he did everything possible to protect it.

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
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Carrie
This is Poirot’s last novel, which, like Miss Marple’s Sleeping Murder, was written (during World War II just in case) long before it was published (in the late 1970’s as her second to last published novel), and unlike the Marple book, it is a real “last” book*. One reason for this is that it takes place at Styles - the setting of the first Poirot novel. It is no longer a private home, but now a guest home. Poirot has invited Hastings (whose wife has recently died) to come to stay there with him ...more
Amanda
I know I read this as a teenager, but when I sat down to read it as a 44 year old (right after reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles) I didn't remember a single detail.

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
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DJ
Aug 30, 2009 DJ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I have to admit that I do keep putting off reading this book as I do hit a stumbling block each time I pick it up and here it is the very start of chapter 2.Which causes me great distress Quote"Nothing is so sad,in my opinion,as the devastion wrought by old age.
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Curtain (Hercule Poirot #39)
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
Heba
مهما حاولت.. نادراً ما أكتشف حبكة أجاثا
تجدني أشك وأحلل ولكن كعادتها تتنتصر على توقعاتي
فعلاً جميلة ومختلفة كانت الستار
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Was it really necessary,Ms.Christie,to kill him this way.? The end of the great Hercule Poirot..!! You could have devised a better plot,a better rival.. Throughout the story there is great tension,but in the end it is proved that it was much exaggerated.. For an armchair detective like Poirot,who cracks his cases with his mind and not by some cigarette stubs or mud on the floor,may be it was fitting to have as his rival a person who thrives on psychological suggestion. But it doesn't exactly fit ...more
Konstantina
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Tony
Last summer, at an estate auction, I found a beautiful collection of about 50 leatherbound Agatha Christie books - the kind that come from a subscriptlon book club once a month at the rate of about $30 each. I managed to get the whole set for $50 and am slowly making my way through the (I'm only too sad to say) many that I've never read before.

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
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Martin
When we think of a murder mystery we think of a plot where a detective finds out who killed whom, with what and possibly where. None of this applies to this masterpiece mystery. Although known as the second novel Agatha Christie ever wrote, it is one of the last ones published. Agatha Christie herself claimed she wanted to save the book until she had finished a lot more other detective novels. After reading the book you might agree that she was most likely too nervous to release this type of plo ...more
Peter
"Hercule Poirot's famous last case is a rather sad and melancholy book, despite being penned in the 1940s when Agatha was at the height of her powers. Neatly, Poirot is joined by his loyal companion Hastings at Styles, the estate where they first met and solved their first murder together in the 1920s. But Poirot is older, physically spent, and Hastings is haunted by the memory of his dead wife and bothered by his (live) cool, intellectual daughter.

They investigate a killer "X", the identity of
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Kurt
While I generally dislike Hercule Poirot and many of Agatha Christie's novels that feature him, this farewell to the character is surprisingly good. The basic premise is that Poirot and a buddy head to a shabby "hotel" (it's somehow less than a hotel, but I think there are cultural issues here that I don't understand as someone from the States) in the middle of nowhere to eat bad food, sit in the sun, meet other guests who have set aside weeks to similarly do nothing (again, I think there are re ...more
Mitch
For a plane ride I decided to take along the final Hercule Poirot book: "Curtain", by Agatha Christie. I enjoyed it because it was a very quick and breezy read (perfect for the plane) and had a nice cast of characters. The pace was smooth and brisk, and the ending was interesting.

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
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Connie
I've been re-reading and newly reading Agatha Christie lately. I started as a medicinal for the Congressional (House of Reps, talkin' to you) stupidity over the wasteful and harmful government shutdown, and the rush again to the fiscal cliff of the debt ceiling. (Yes, cut the deficit but not with a bloody hatchet.) Dame Agatha's mysteries, astringent and logical, clever and insightful, humorous and dazzling --who can think of fools and foolishness with her even voice in your ears?

It seems as if
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John Lee
Between the books and the TV series I thought that I knew all of the Poirot stories and as I started reading this one, I kept thinking that any minute, I would remember what was going to happen. But I didnt.
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
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Subhojit
spellbound by the twists and turns... indeed the Dame has surpassed herself in this novel. Poirot's swan song simply "does not get no gooder than this". Though his last and final case and our hero is confined(?) to a wheelchair his little grey cells have little shine lost. They are still as active( if not more) as the 1st murder at Styles. It is with a heavy heart that one puts down the book realizing there will not again be the moment of the little Belgian chastising his companion regarding the ...more
Bill
This is my token Christie entry on the bookshelf. Actually, from 1967-1976 I read every novel, except for the two posthumous ones. Some of the last were sadly downhill (Passenger to Frankfurt), but even when I thought I had her figured out, which happened more often after 40 or 50 books, she could still catch me, especially "The Secret of Chimneys," or was it "The Moving Finger." I can't remember now. I had "Sleeping Murder" figured partway through, but she got her revenge with "Curtain." I neve ...more
Mrin
Jan 25, 2015 Mrin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't know anymore
Recommended to Mrin by: everyone who knows I like Agatha Christie, unfortunately
I had no idea I was capable of hating so indifferent a book so passionately. It's like Agatha Christie decided to pull a carefully crafted ACD-style "fuck you" to her readership and this was the result. That so many people regard this as the best of her novels is appalling. I don't want to become the Linus Torvald of goodreads reviewers (I am really, really not remotely in the same league of being a jerk (or the same league of intelligence or creativity, alas)), but seriously: this book sucks. E ...more
Halit Emin
"Evet, bir virtüözdü X."

müthiş bir son.
✿ Deni
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Chana
Well that was kind of a shocking ending.
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
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Kalin
Криминалетата не са за мен.

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
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Margaret
Aptly named, Curtain is Poirot's final showing. It was written much before its 1975 publication date (here for more historical perspective on the later Christie works), which gives some perspective considering Christie planned on ending Poirot this way before she finally published it the year before her death.

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
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Tali
The first thing I had to bear in mind when I read this last Poirot novel, was that although I hadn't been reading the series in order, I did save this one until last. Which means I read it immediately after One Two, Buckle My Shoe. Coming after the moral message in that second book, meant that I didn't enjoy this novel as much as I wanted to, given that it turns everything I've ever thought about Poirot on its head.
The story is very clever and suitably puzzling - I changed my mind about who the
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 42 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)
  • 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)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
And Then There Were None Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)

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