Taken at the Flood: Hercule Poirot Series, Book 27 (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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
It's a typical Christie set-up: relatives fighting over will money, love triangles, actors playing roles. She has done all this in better books, to much greater effect and with more innovation. Also, this time the book spends way too much time setting up the puzzle -- half of it is entirely devoted to getting a murder to take place. The less Poirot is in the book, the less enjoyment I generally get out of it. It isn't nearly as twisty or suspenseful, either, as h...more
You really don't need to read further...
It's odd, the last Poirot book I read was exactly opposite... I loved the build-up, the setting and all of the characters so much and then the ending felt so tacked on. Very disappointing. That one (Mrs. McGinty's Dead) got 3 stars but I would say 6...more
Mais uma boa história e desta vez o final surpreendeu-me. Não estava mesmo nada à espera da reviravolta final.
Embora seja um dos mistérios de Poirot, este só surge no meio da história e o seu papel não é (para mim) um dos melhores.
Et comme un ordinaire roman d'Agatha Christie, qui dit Hercule Poirot dit meurtre, qui dit meurtre dit coupable et qui dit coupable dit Amour/argent et une belle jeune veuve.
Une belle veuve, une famille lésée, un chantage : tous les ingrédients d'une bonne intrigue classique.
Au début, on se retrouve face à un vrai fouilli de...more
audio version performed by Hugh Fraser
At first I was very attracted to this post WWII, Poirot mystery. I liked that Christie worked details of the war and it’s aftermath into her story. The plot is complicated with many characters and the usual red herrings. I liked the literary introduction of an ‘Enoch Arden’ character with its resulting complications. There were some surprises and a satisfying conclusion for at least one of the evil doers.
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