Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot #27)
A full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's novel featuring Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot.
Gordon Cloade is killed in a London air raid, and his vast fortune passes to his young wife Rosaleen. Five of his relatives are desperate to get their hands on Cloade's money, and Rosaleen begins to fear for her life. The prospects for the Cloades improve when they discover that Ro...more
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 ...more
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)["When you caught hold of me by the throat and said if I wasn't for you, no man should have me--well--I knew I was your woman!" And no, that's not some masochistic kink: her fiance just tried to strangle her to death. Romant ...more
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 ...more
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!"
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I know, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ms. Christie, once again, weaves an intricate tale, starting with little tidbits of background information regarding the mystery and the characters. There is considerable ...more
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!
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
جمل أعجبتني :
* في حياة الناس تيار ، إذا استغل قاد إلى الحظ و الغنى ، فإذا ما أهدرة الفرصة ستكون رحلة الحياة كلها محكومة بالشقاء و العيش في الظلال ، و في مثل هذا البحر الزاخر نبحر الآن ، فإما أن نركب التيار حين يخدمنا المد ، أو نخسر الرهان .
*نعم ، المد يجرف و لكن مقابل المد جزرا ربما جرف المرء إلى أعماق البحار
* لكن ذلك لم يكن بالطبع الجواب الذي تريده ، فالحقيقة أن سؤالها كالكثير من الأسئلة غيره كان مجرد عبارة بيانية ص15
*( روعها عزوف عقلها عن تح ...more
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 ...more
For just before he died he had married a young woman named Rosaleen who survived the blast, alongside her brother, David. All Gordan's money goes to his widow and the contemptuous David, leaving the Cloade ...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