Ordeal by Innocence
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Dr. Calgary, the Antarctic research scientist, discovers through old newspaper articles that he was the missing alibi for...more
Did you kill the Argyle matriarch? ‘Tis true, she was an awful sort. A control freak: dramatically highly-strung and passionately venomous, her grasping hands ever eager to twist and to bind, to bind you and others to her. She is played by Faye Dunaway in tiny flashback sequences and that is certainly apropos casting. Mama Argyle was ever so unfair to you. She never let you do what you wanted, it was always her, Her, HER! She deserved to die, damn it! The world is a bet...more
There is no murder in the beginning, as Rachel Argyle has been dead for two years, bludgeoned to death by a fireplace poker in her secured home. All of her five foster children were home at the time, and a violent argument was observed between their mother and the black sheep of the family, Jacko on the day of her death.
Now adults, the Argyle...more
As far as mysteries go, it's a fairly decent book. But several other things bugged me:
1. Arthur Calgary, the hero. This is the alibi, the scientist who turns up two years too late to provide evidence that the convict...more
Doctor Calgary comes to visit the Argyle family with good news, or so he thinks. He tells the family he is there to clear the name of Jacko, who was convicted of the murder of his mother. But his news is not greeted with the enthusiasm he expects.
directed by Mary Peate.
Along with Crooked House, Ordeal by Innocence was Agatha Christie's favourite of her own works. It is easy to see why. Eschewing the traditional detective format, it takes an original idea - how the innocent suffe...more
I must give her credit for the way she tied up loose ends with several new romances--it is nice to get some b...more
This is what happens when you set your Kindle to "wireless on" and you go on a road trip. Sigh. (If your Kindle has a leaky wireless connection, you will run out of battery by the time you get to your destination. If you are stupid enough not to bring your plug with you just in case or even a real paper book, for heaven's sake, you are hosed.)
The cottage had many mothbally, ancient choices. I have read so many Christie novels in the past that their plots all run togethe...more
But when Dr Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko's innocence, it is too late - Jacko died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor's revelations re-open old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer could strike again.....
Reading these few lines was enough for me to know that it's going to be a great read...more
Libera da un certo tipo di schema che, con personaggi ricorrenti, spesso e volentieri diventa obbligato, l’autrice si lancia in scelte più...more
This novel has the usual situation as one generally witness in Christie’s mysteries. The murderer is someone within...more
Anyhoo, good old 'who done it' mystery from Agatha Christie. Everytime i read books by AC (I re-read almost every one of them for several times) it transport me back to the day when i was a teenager and really love spending my whole day in the local library reading Agatha Christie. What a wonderful memory! I haven't s...more
Arthur Calgary recovered from amnesia and found out that Jacko Argyle had been sentenced for a crime he didn’t do and died in prison due to illness. Jacko named him as his witness but he could not come because he was involved in an accident which caused his amnesia. Mr Calgary felt terrible about that and came to visit the Argyle family.
His confession, apology and statement that Jacko’s name had been clear...more
Leave it to rot on the library shelves with the other obscure lesser tomes.
Un terribile rimorso affligge il dottor Calgary. Per colpa sua un ragazzo di nome Jack Argyle è stato condannato per l'assassinio della propria madre ed è morto in prigione. Il dottor Calgary sa che Jack era innocente; all'ora del delitto, infatti, il giovane era con lui, ma lo studioso non aveva potuto testimoniare in sua difesa perché all'epoca delle indagini si trovava in Antartide con una spedizione scientifica.
Ritornato in patria e venuto a conoscenza del processo, il dottore si precipita
But which one?
You see, all of them were capable of doing it, because none of them had that exquisite blood bond to...more
Everyone kept wishing that the doctor had not given Jacko an alibi. They didn't want the truth, but the truth had to be faced, and in the end they were the better for it. It was also interesting how the adopted children resented their...more
Two years ago, Mrs. Argyle was killed. Her son, Jacko, was arrested for the crime. He gave an alibi for the time of the murder – said he’d been picked up by a man in a car and driven as far as Drymouth. This claim was unsupported, so he was tried and convicted of murder. He later died in prison.
But now, Calg...more
I found it a bit odd, though, that it was clear that Dr. Calgary was meant to solve the crime, but that he i...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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