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There Is a Tide (Hercule Poirot #27)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,877 Ratings  ·  428 Reviews
After Gordon Cloade dies in a blitz without leaving a will his young wife Rosaleen inherits his entire fortune, infuriating his relatives, all of whom desperately need the money. So when a violent murder occurs, not many people are surprised. However, Rosaleen is not the victim…

Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1965 by Dell (first published March 1948)
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Aug 26, 2010 amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"When you caught hold of me by the throat and said if I wasn't for you, no one should have me - well - I knew then that I was your woman!"

Be still my wife-beating heart.
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

Your name is Lynn Marchmont, and you have come home from the war. Home to your predictable village of Warmsley Vale, your predictable fiancé David, your predictable little life all laid out in front of you. Once upon a time, you loved it all.

You secretly long for the war: the excitement, the medical emergencies, the thrills and the danger. Instead you must contend with your tiresome upper crust family, their sudden loss of fortune, the scheming, that strange feeling of
Feb 04, 2014 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

Then came a change, as all things human change.
--Tennyson, "Enoch Arden"

Interesting way to construct a mystery -- all the characters are plausible as the murderer! Great twist(s).

Point off for having one of the worst of generally-weak classic mystery romances. (view spoiler)
Diana Cahill
This is a pretty good Christie mystery, but the character development at the end was such a betrayal. I felt personally offended. I should probably not get so involved in the characters, but still, I'm taking away a star out of spite.

Suggestion: don't read the last 3 pages. You'll be a happier person, and still know the end of the mystery.


The thing that was different and that ought not to be different was herself. P14

Was that really and truly what people were secretly feeling everywhere? W
Sarah Samir
Jul 28, 2016 Sarah Samir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

رائعة أخري من روائع العبقرية المذهلة أغاثا كريستي

بطلها المحقق هيروكيول بوارو .. ثاني افضل محقق بالنسبة لي بعد الرائع شارلوك هولمز

هناك عيب واحد فقط في تلك الرواية وهو أن الأحداث كانت في بعض الأوقات تكون مفككة وخصوصا في البداية حيث ظهر بوارو فجأه ثم إختفي فجأه مما جعلني اتسائل في البداية هل حقا المحقق هو بوارو ام ظهور كضيف فقط أم انها مجموعة قصص مجتمعه ترتبط ببعضها البعض بشكل ما

في الثلث الأخير من الرواية كل ما كنت افعله هو الإبتسام فقط لا غير وانا مذهولة من النتيجة وحل اللغز
توقعت أن يكون هناك
Sean Kennedy
Feb 24, 2014 Sean Kennedy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really enjoying this - in fact, I was thinking it was the best Poirot I had read - but then there was a three page epilogue which was COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT which undid every bit of characterisation and plot that had preceded it.

Christie had her 'heroine' go back to the man who had tried to murder her, with the immortal lines "When you caught hold of me by the throat and said if I wasn't for you, no one should have me - well - I knew then that I was your woman!"


I know,
Apr 06, 2012 Betsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On my second tour with Agatha Christie -- in middle age as opposed to high school -- I find that I am preferring Miss Marple's psychology to Poirot's little grey cells. The mystery itself was interesting, but the female characters appalled me. I could not believe a woman would write such an ending!
عبَّاد ديرانية
أفضل ما يمكن قوله أنها رواية لم تنل ما تستحقّ من الشهرة.. فقد تكون جميع أعمال أغاثا كريستي معروفةً على ناطقٍ واسعٍ بطبيعة الحال، إلا أن ركوب التيار تحديداً لم تلقى تقديراً خاصاً من النقاد. ربما يكون ذوقي في الروايات غير اعتياديٍّ إلى حد ما، لكن بالنسبة لي... فإن هذه الرواية هي أفضل أعمال أغاثا كريستي على الإطلاق.

أروع ما في الرواية ليس جانب الجريمة، إنَّما الجانب الإنساني، وطريقة الصّراع "من تحت الطاولة" الجاري بين أفراد العائلة. تتميز الرواية بجوّ مثيرٍ للغاية لا مثيل له، خصوصاً في النزاع المتصا
Laurel Young
Jan 20, 2011 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I think I can do this without spoilers, but there might be one or two mild ones). I have no idea why the title was changed from "There is a Tide..." to "Taken at the Flood" for the American edition; both are lines from the same haunting quotation from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and provide a motif throughout this fine post-WWII mystery. An English village seething with homicidal impulses plus Poirot equals a classic Christie. I felt thoroughly outfoxed at the end, for surely this novel takes t ...more
Nikki Nielsen
May 13, 2008 Nikki Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gordon Cloade marries a beautiful young widow, and several weeks later is dead. He is killed in the London Blitz and the now twice-widowed Mrs. Underhay finds herself in soul posession of the incredible Cloade family fortune. His death, however, is not the mystery.

The mystery begins when Mr. Cloade's sister-in-law pays a visit to Hercule Poirot. She insists she has been warned by 'spirits unknown' that Mrs. Underhay's first husband is in fact still alive. Poirot finds himself more mystefied by
Aug 03, 2010 Meave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Erin Bartos
Apr 19, 2008 Erin Bartos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, it was written in non-typical Agatha Christie style. It didn't start by someone showing up to Poirot, telling their story, and then he does all his investigating. You get to see the background of all the characters, and once again, she caught me off guard. I was kept guessing till the end and it wasn't the way I thought it would be.
Araz Goran
لا تدع هذه الرواية تفوتك..
أول رواية أقرءها ل أجاثا كريستي..
ابداع قصصي من يد كاتبة محترفة..
تستحق 5 نجوم وأكثر..
Oct 22, 2015 Obsidian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If this had been a physical book that I owned I would have probably thrown this thing in the trash. The entire book was offensive towards women, women who have been abused, and just common sense in general.

The story begins by setting things up by exploring the current financial state of the Cloade family. Every one of them were dependent on Gordon Cloade for financial help, and he was glad to give it to his family. However, due to his death, his entire estate is inherited by his new wife (Rosale
Nancy Oakes
In 1944, as the German bombs are falling, Hercule Poirot is safely ensconced in the Coronation Club, when he first hears of the Cloade family. It seems the family patriarch & millionaire, Gordon, was killed when a bomb hit his London home, but his young wife was spared. As it turns out, the wife had previously been married to a Robert Underhay, who had mysteriously disappeared in Africa and was presumed dead. Two years later, Poirot receives a strange visit from one of the Cloade family of ...more
May 31, 2010 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like almost everything "Hercule Poirot" but this one has to be one of my favorites. I listened to the audio book read by Hugh Frasier, and it was well done. Hugh Frasier is actually the actor who played Hastings in the PBS mystery Poirot series starring David Suchet. And I have to say, he does a pretty decent Poirot as well.

Ms. Christie, once again, weaves an intricate tale, starting with little tidbits of background information regarding the mystery and the characters. There is considerable
Tami (synchro from BL)
Great crime book. And I was very close to solving it!

Which is admittedly not a common occurence with me and Mrs Christie's crime stories.

Mostly I have face palm moments of shame why I didn't get it with all the hints and clues.
And had to sadly accept the fact that I am rather a Captain Hastings than a Hercule Poirot.

But this time around I had a suspicion pretty early on. Not exactly who the culprit was, but the one big twist to solve the crime - I got it after the first half. And I was right!

I wish this book was only sixteen chapters.

There are elements of this book that were excellent. They are the things Christie does well- an interesting field of suspects. She even spends a lot of time developing them, which is really nice. Poirot is involved in an interesting way. The first crime is not the one set up in the narrative. This is the set-up for a 5-star Christie book.

However, the thing that knocks it from 5 to 4 for me is that the "twist" regarding Rosaleen toward the end is alluded
Jan 05, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a Christie fan -- for me, reading one of her novels tends to be a bit of a filler between other things, an opportunity to mark time -- but I really quite enjoyed this one.

The mystery part of it was excellently worked out (although I'm slightly miffed that one of the clues that I spotted was so much in plain view that I assumed it was a microplotting glitch), and I very much liked the fact that it was so firmly part of its immediate-post-WWII milieu, with shortages and rationing a
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 28, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Mark Monday
Demobilized W.R.N. Lynn Marchmont returns to her home village Warmsley Vale. Lynn has been much changed by World War II, somewhat missing the adrenaline of the war, and she returns to a much-changed prospects for the future. Her millionaire uncle, Gordon Cloade, died in London during the Blitz shortly after marrying a 25-year-old Irish widow, the erstwhile Rosaleen Underhay. At her irascible brother’s direction, the new Mrs. Cloade begins to cut off the many Cloade relatives who were long encour ...more
Before writing this review, I realized that I was facing some inner conflict on Taken at the Flood. Because when I compare it to the typical Poirot mystery which I am so fond of, it pales. But it only pales as a Poirot mystery (because he's barely in it). Forget about Belgian detectives. Forget even about Agatha Christie. Step back to see the larger picture, and you'll be surprised to find an excellent book on its own. Christie reminds the reader that she can write other books in addition to chu ...more
Connie (Ava Catherine)
A small town family is thrown into an upheaval when their uncle is killed in the Blitz in London, and his very young second wife receives all of his wealth. The family was accustomed to being provided for by this wealthy old uncle. Poirot is asked to come to the village to find out if the wife is really the old uncle's heir, but there is a murder, and Poirot goes to discover who has committed the crime. This is a lovely puzzle. I enjoy Agatha Christie.
Jan 24, 2013 rabbitprincess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha fans and those who like post-WW2 mysteries
* * * 1/2

Gordon Cloade is the wealthiest member of his family. He assures his siblings and their spouses and children that he will always be there to provide for them, even when he is gone. Unfortunately, he is gone too soon, killed during the Blitz, and even worse, he married shortly before his death and did not make another will, so all of his estate passes to his wife. If the relatives felt murderous, she could be in grave danger. But how surprising when a murder occurs and she is not the vic
Gail Jaitin
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Raghda Elwakil
I don't know what say about this novel..
That's Wonderful.. I didn't expect the end..

Creativity of Agatha Christie.. ^_^
Jun 28, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice little Poirot jaunt, although it was a little weird that Poirot wasn't really in the book until more than halfway through. Christie takes her time here setting up the small town and the cast of characters and all the back story and network of relationships, and I did get a little impatient after two full discs out of five with no Poirot (this was the homeward-bound audio book on our recent roadtrip). But he does come along eventually and I thought the murder mystery aspect was we ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Zainab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قال بوارو : ان الدنيا اصبحت مكاناً صعباً لا يعيش فيه الا الأغبياء!

رواية بوليسيه ، ذكرتني بحلقات كونان ^^ ممتعه جدا واحداثها متشبكة
تتكلم عن : السيده روزالين ترث كل ثروة زوجها جوردن كلود بعد وفاته فى الحرب لأنه لم يترك وصيه وهذا يؤثر فى أقاربه
الذين فى أشد احتياج للمال . فتُرتكب جريمة قتل من أجل ذلك

تتشابك فيها خصال البشر ، من حب المال الشديد الذي يدفع للقتل احياناً كثيرة
(رغم محاولاتي لتخمين القاتل ومعرفة الاحداث النهائية فلم انجح في ذلك

Aug 23, 2015 Agus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dudé en darle 5 estrellas sólo por el último capitulo que me pareció innecesario, ¡pero el resto! 5/5 definitivamente.

Let's see, I decided to do a review of this book because the truth is that I really liked it.
Gordon Cloade marries a young and beautiful girl, Rosaleen, who was before married to a man who seemed to have died in Africa. He later on dies in a air raid and his already widow wife now owns Cloades fortune. As Gordon's family was supported financially by his fortune, they now find thi
Astrid Lim
Every time I'm stuck with my reading or having a reading slump, I picked up an Agatha and usually everything is alright again :) This weekend I've done just that, I had no idea which book should I read next, so I just grabbed the nearest Agatha and it happened to be a Poirot's mystery that I haven't read in a while.

I still remember the story vaguely but can still enjoy the book nonetheless, especially because Poirot is in one of his sharpest wits. There are three deaths- but which one is a murde
Jul 20, 2015 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic as always. There is a mighty good reason Miss Agatha sells like she does--she is so incredibly adept. I am familiar with the story of this particular case from watching my beloved British mysteries. However, it had been awhile and I could not remember all the details--and that is fun--it was a romping good twist-an interesting note to me is that Hercule is not center stage every minute as he is sometimes--(I am good with him being center stage..I could not adore him more) but the story ...more
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