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La sagra del delitto (Hercule Poirot #31)

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La sagra campestre avrà luogo nella tenuta di Sir George Stubbs. È deciso. Ed è anche decisa una “caccia all’assassino”, originale variante della classica caccia al tesoro. Ad Ariadne Oliver, scrittrice di romanzi polizieschi, è stato affidato l’incarico di metterla a punto. Niente di problematico per lei, se non avvertisse che qualcosa, in quell’ambiente, non va come dovr...more
Paperback, Oscar Gialli #47, 200 pages
Published 1979 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1956)
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Lisa Kay
Greenway Boathouse, bought by Ms. Christie for £6,000 in 1932, was the setting for a murder in Dead Man's Folly.


★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) What can I say about a talented actor such as David Suchet narrating a classic Agatha Christie mystery? The same actor who has not only won awards for his audiobook narrations, but actually played Dame Christie’s iconic fictional Belgian detective, Poirot? Only that he kicks this one up a notch - or a star, anyway.

If you haven’t listened to...more
Laura
Dislike. I found the explanation TOO outlandish to be considered convincing.
Abbey
Convoluted tale of murder and mistaken identities at a magnificent mansion during a fete, filled with peculiar characters and interesting twists. A Girl Guide gets herself murdered in a boathouse where she’s supposed to be *pretending* to be a dead body for a peculiar game that starts out being partly “solve the mystery” and part treasure hunt, but soon escalates to something far more deadly.

Sharp characterizations and florid plotting make this fun even though it’s not one of her best - it’s ra...more
Yngvild
Dead Man’s Folly is one of Agatha Christie’s jolliest stories, evidently one she had fun writing. It is set in a country fête held in the grounds of a large country house, so the cast of characters includes the whole span of village life from “Sir George”, through foreign hikers from the next-door hostel, to the locals being obligingly colourful. “Du ee want the ferry, sir?” There is, fortunately, a list of characters at the front of the book in case you get lost.

Christie fans will spot many of...more
Laurel Young
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Debbie
The ‘folly’ of the title is actually an architectural term defined as “an eccentric, generally non-functional structure erected to enhance a romantic landscape.” Of course, the play on words using the more commonly understood meaning of the word is intentional. In this classic Christie, Adriadne Oliver arranges a mock Murder Hunt for charity and calls in her friend Hercule Poirot when a real body is discovered. Although this was published in 1956, it has the feel of one of Christie’s slightly ol...more
rabbitprincess
Sep 07, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: the David Suchet adaptation
Shelves: agatha-christie, 2012
* * 1/2

It's a village fête with a twist: instead of a treasure hunt, noted mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver has been tasked with devising a "Murder Hunt". Sounds like a lot of fun! However, Mrs. Oliver is concerned. She has a strange feeling that things could go wrong. So she calls in Hercule Poirot, on the pretence of being the prize-giver for the Murder Hunt, but unfortunately he is too late to prevent a real murder…

This will be one of the final novels adapted for Agatha Christie's Poirot, and...more
Barb
Dead Man's Folly does not make my list of top 10 favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. The victim, to me is inconsequential and I simply didn't care whether she was throttled or not. The characters (suspects) are not as developed as in some of her other books like Death on the Nile and the ending, albeit satisfactory is abrupt. However, it is still a Christie mystery and it has twists and turns that will entertain most mystery-lovers. The clues are there for the sharp reader to pick up and sort, a...more
Michael A
I almost rated this two stars, but I don't think I can go that low after thinking about it a little bit. The curious thing about Christie in the later books is her tendency to break her own mysteries. Here is a great example.

I do like her self reference, though it is deeply superficial. The odd Mrs. Oliver again makes her appearance, trying to arrange a pageant of murder within a book that does the same thing. Once again we have her saying she doesn't know why people like her books and having di...more
Célia
Ariadne Oliver é uma escritora de livros policias (que pelos vistos já havia entrado noutros romances de Agatha Christie antes deste) convidada para delinear uma “caça ao assassino”, jogo de pistas que decorreria durante uma festa na casa dos Stubbs. Com a sua sensibilidade para este tipo de histórias, Mrs. Oliver sente que algo está errado e telefone a Hercule Poirot para que a ajude a descobrir o que é, mas nem a presença deste evita que a pessoa escolhida para fazer de vítima acabe realmente...more
Ali
Dead Man’s Folly I think I have read twice before – and have seen a TV adaptation too – so maybe it was no real surprise that I began to remember things after about 60 pages. It all remained very muddled in my head though and so I had to read on to see what I had remembered correctly.
In Dead Man’s Folly, Hercule Poirot is summoned to Devon by Ariadne Oliver – a character of Agatha Christie’s that is quite obviously a thinly disguised self-portrait. I’ve always really rather liked Ariadne Oliver...more
Samantha
Dead Man's Folly is another mystery featuring the infamous Hercule Poirot but what makes this book different is that a murder has not been committed...yet. Adriane Oliver, the crime novelist, has been asked to help create a murder mystery game and calls Poirot to come assist her as she believes that a real crime is about to be committed. She gives Poirot little to go on though as all of her suspicions are based on a "feeling" that something is off. And then a murder does happen and of course Poi...more
Carol
This was an easy book to listen to. Author Ariadne Oliver helps set up a fete in which she has developed a skit which includes finding someone murdered in the boathouse. There are lots of plot twists and all is not what it appears. Hercule Poirot has been invited to attend by Mrs. Oliver who felt that something was not quite right. Well guess what, a real dead body was found in the boathouse where the fake dead body was supposed to be, and the mistress of the house, Hattie Stubbs, goes missing o...more
أمّجاد محمد
رائعة من روائع أجاثا، مبهرة حد البكاء
بقدر الشهقه التي أطلقتها في الممر اليوم عند إكتشافي للحقائق،
بقدر الإدمان الذي زاد عشقي لكتابات أجاثا ذلك الإدمان الذي جعلني لا أنام حتى أكملها،
ولا أركز بالمحاضرات حتى أتعرف لتسلسل الأحداث،

سيد بوارو يا مبهر يا فذ يا عبقرينا الصغير
سيدة ستبيس ومارلين والسيد صاحب الميناء العجوز
ضحايا أنتم لهذا العالم الشرير تماماً كما قالت
السيد فوليا " العالم مليئ بالشر والأشرار"

السيدة أوليفر تتحدثين بسرعة لا أحد يفهمك تشبهين احدهم كثيراً ذلك الذكاء وذاك الشعر المجعد، وسيل من...more
Dagny
Dead Man's Folly is one of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. It also features Ariadne Oliver and a Murder Hunt. As the story opens, Miss Lemon, Poirot's super-efficient secretary, has answered the telephone. It is Mrs. Oliver calling from Devonshire. She tells M. Poirot that she needs his assistance immediately. When he queries her, she says she can't go into details as the telephone is not private. She informs him that a car will meet him at the station and rings off without another c...more
Evgeny
A murder mystery role play (to put it in modern terms) turns into a real murder which for all practical purposes does not make any sense as the victim is a harmless girl.

I dare anybody to solve this one without waiting for Poirot to explain everything in the end of the book; all the clues are there, none of them is hidden. The plot is so complicated you will have my greatest respect if you do. I was lost somewhere in the middle of the book, until this time I was able to follow Poirot.

5 stars t...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Dead Man’s Folly
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 240
Year: 2014; originally published in 1956
Publisher: William Morrow (2014 reissue edition)
This was a fresh breath down memory lane for me. I had read this book many years ago and had completely forgotten the culprit and the idiosyncrasies of Hercule Poirot. Hercule makes use of his “little gray cells” to solve the mystery in classic Christie fashion albeit too late to prevent a few murders.
Hercule Poirot is summoned by his friend, mystery wri...more
Kelly Hager
This is my second Agatha Christie novel and my first Hercule Poirot novel. While I definitely preferred And Then There Were None, I enjoyed this one, as well.

The aspect of this book that intrigued me the most is the idea of just how susceptible we can be to other people and their motives. Ariadne (or Adriane, in the synopsis) admits that her own ideas for the original murder were different, in terms of where the murder would be committed and who the victim would be, but because several people "h...more
Mutasem Al-abweh
Wow. I'm baffled. Completely baffled. The ending was totally unexpected, which is perfect when you're reading a 'murder' mystery novel. The novel is beautifully written and the events complete each other. While you're reading "Dead Man's Folly", there will be a couple of times (actually many) when you feel like you sensed the whole plot. That you've simply guessed it because it's just too plain easy or obvious, until you notice that you were wrong the entire time. The author is excellent at buil...more
Susan
A delightful read. I understand PBS has the movie August 3rd so I am ready to view now that I've read the book. I did note that in my mind , I believe David Suchet is indeed , Hercule Poirot, I noted his manner of speech for this character was always present. A jigsaw puzzle mystery unfolded
by the careful observations of our star detective. I just kept turning the pages to the end. Voila!
Another note, is this book's copyright is 1956. So it is interesting to me to read how Agatha Christie refle...more
Zahra
الرواية حقا ذكية
ربما تكون بعض الشيء مملة بالبداية
خصوصا ان الأحداث المشوقة تبدأ بالفصل السابع
والكثير الكثير من التفاصيل الدقيقة التي لا تستطيع تفويت ايا منها

اجاثا كريستي هو اسم يلمع بين المؤلفين وعنوان للغموض والأثارة
اتذكر قراءتي لبعض القصص القصيرة الخاصة بها
والتي لم تعجبني ولم احببها بعد تلك القراءة
لكنني اندهشت بعد هذه الرواية
نهاية غير متوقعة مطلقا بل وتتمع بذكاء عالي ايضا
تحليل الجريمة كان ممتعا بشدة
Marte Patel
I have missed reading Agatha Christie novels! I read almost all of them in Norwegian when I was around eleven, but I don't actually remember the plots or the endings, so I am happy to re-read them in English fourteen years later. Some people say they always guess her endings, and although I always guess at some of the clues, I have never actually guessed an ending! Recommended.
Matteo Pellegrini

Organizzare un delitto! Questo è quanto spetta alla signora Ariadne Oliver, scrittrice di gialli. Un finto delitto; una specie di caccia all'assassino per sostituire l'ormai classica e noiosa caccia al tesoro. Una sagra campestre con qualcosa di nuovo. Un finto cadavere, dei finti indizi e un famosissimo investigatore a consegnare il premio al vincitore: Hercule Poirot. La giornata di festa ha inizio nel migliore dei modi, moltissima gente disposta a pagare per partecipare ai giochi o solamente

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Morgan
I love how you can never predict who the murderer is with these books. I tried to pay close attention and then bam! Stuff just comes out of nowhere and the reader is left thinking well okay I totally didn't see that coming. I also love how these books just transport you to a totally different time, post-war England. It's so interesting.
R.L. Stedman
I've read this before, in the original Pan edition with the bright coloured cover, and started it again because it's on TV at the moment, and don't you just love David Suchet's Poirot? Why I like this story more than some of her others? Because of the way Christie ducks in and out of the heads of all her characters, merrily ignoring all the rules of point of view. And because of her character Ariadne Oliver, the famous mystery novelist. I'm sure Christie wrote herself into this story. Dead Man's...more
Heidi
SOOOOOOO good! Agatha always comes through with flying colors...what a wonder! So nice to read a mystery that keeps you guessing. So many mysteries now-a-days rely on the characters to hold you because the mystery sure won't. Agatha is good for the soul!
Joshua
A truly enjoyable read. Though not one of Christie's best, I still was very engrossed in the story and the ending caught me by surprise. I'm now left eagerly awaiting the next chance I'll have to read a book by Christie.
Ray
The combination of travel to a former British colony and lots of Downton Abbey gave me a taste for Christie. I have come to prefer Marple as of late but this was a perfectly fine Poirot. A little more far-fetched than usual...
Karen Chow
I didn't like the reveal at the end. It was totally out of left field and uncharacteristic of Agatha. However, I really liked her portrayal of mystery writer Ariadne Oliver; perhaps it was a little salute to herself?
Roshan B
By far, the best novel of Agatha Christie that I have read. The plots are clearly vindicated to the description. The characters in the novel are pretty pro-active and the detective (Hercule Poirot) summoned to investigate the murders during the mystery game at the village appears to be very succinct in his conclusions. Agatha Christie has a unique way of expressing and portraying suspenseful scenarios. The one common feature that can be associated with most of her novels is the element of plotti...more
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