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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39)

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A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place…

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara ,

Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 7th 1975)
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Richard Derus
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: The Full Five

When this novel came out in 1975, my older sister was a bookshop owner and gave me and our mother a copy to savor. None of the three of us were particular Christie nuts. My sister felt that Dame Ags played gawd with the clues a bit too mother found Poirot insufferably smug. I read the book without discrimination or comprehension, and moved on to other things I liked better. I believe that was the year I read Stand on Zanzibar, but am not positive.

Now that I'm the a
Ahmad Sharabiani
Curtain (Hercule Poirot #39), Agatha Christie
Curtain (Hercule Poirot #39), Written about 1940, published 1975, Agatha Christie (1891 – 1976)
Characters: Hercule Poirot, John Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Judith Hastings, Stephen Norton.
Abstract: The crime-fighting careers of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have come full circle they are back once again in the rambling country house in which they solved their first murder together. Both Poirot and Great Styles have seen better days but, despite
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You Chose Your Own Adventure!

You are the killer: you kill yourself. You deserve it. Or do you? Are you the hero or the villain? But what does it matter; in the end, death comes to us all. Your adventure is over.

If you decide to reject your notorious life and start anew, choose
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Agatha Christie's swan song for her most famous character, Hercule Poirot, fittingly returns him and and his friend Arthur Hastings to the setting of her very first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Aside from the fact that it's Poirot's final case, a rather unusual twist and the recurring Othello theme make this one of Christie's more memorable works, if rather melancholy.

It was interesting to find out that Christie originally wrote this novel during World War II, possibly fearing that s
"For a murderer, my friend, is more conceited than any creature on this earth. A murderer is always more clever than anyone else- no one will ever suspect him or her- the police will be utterly baffled"

The above quote is a perfect way to describe this mystery.

I have been wanting to read this for some time now and what better day than Christie's birthday.

I have now read numerous mysteries by Christie but there is no pattern (apart from a cozy setting)
Each and every mystery, murder suspects, the e
Laurel Young
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gorgona Grim
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Retko kojom kljigom sam toliko oduševljena da pamtim većinu detalja bez obzira na to što je pročitana pre više godina. Jednostavno, priča je toliko genijalna i fantastična.

Herkul Poaro i kapetan Artur Hejstings se vraćaju u Stajls kako bi uhvatili ubicu kojeg je Poaro opisao kao savršenog. Hejstings biva upoznat sa nizom dokumenata o slučajevima u kojima je razjašnjeno ko je počinilac jer su se oni sami predali policiji i suočili se sa suđenjem, poput devojke koja je ubila nasilnog oca koji je g
Nandakishore Varma
It would be wrong to say I loved this book (despite the 5 stars)... I hated it. I love Poirot so much that I couldn't bear to see him pass beyond the veil.

That said, I consider this one a fantastic mystery - and one which could be resolved only this way, with the death of the detective (read the book, and you'll get what I mean). Many people have complained that the premise is far-fetched, but IMO, that is its main charm. And let me tell you, it's not all that impossible... (view spoiler)
Sara Kamjou
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
پرده که آخرین پروندهی پوآرو بود از زبان مردی به نام هستینگز روایت میشه که دوست قدیمی پوآرو به حساب میاد. افرادی تو یک مهمانخانه جمع شدند و ادامهی ماجرا...
داستان با وجود تعدد شخصیتها، شخصیتپردازی خیلی خوبی داره و به مرور با همهشون آشنا میشیم و آخر کتاب همهشون رو میشناسیم.
روند داستان در طول کل کتاب جاذبهی خودش رو حفظ کرد و جایی نبود که احساس کنم خسته شدم یا حوصلهم سر رفته و تقریبا اگر بخوایم محدودیتهای زمانی خودم رو فاکتور بگیریم، یک نفس خوندمش.
به طور کلی بعد از مدتها یک کتاب معمایی جنایی کاملا جذ
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adieu, mon ami.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Agatha, whatever possessed you to write this piece of nonsense? I'll give you that it's built on an interesting concept but so much of it is so transparently obvious and the ending........whatever possessed you? My favourite phrase in the book is "It behooved us to forestall that happening" - not a phrase much in use these days, if ever. Frankly, Mrs Christie, you should have behooved yourself not to write this book. It's criminal!"

My first 'borrow' from Open Library. A few pages missing fr
Debbie Zapata
Dec 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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With apologies to all the Agatha Christie fans of the world, I simply could not get myself interested enough in this book to finish it. I tried, I really did, because my mother gave me her paperback copy after she heard that I had read the first Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles . She said that since I had read the first one featuring the Belgian detective, I should also read the final one. Although I had decided not to read any other Christie titles, I gave in and took the book. How ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
به نظر من هیچ چیز به اندازه تاثیری که گذر زمان بر آدمی میگذارد، غمانگیز نیست.

بعد مدتها به دنیای داستانهای آگاتا کریستی برگشتم و خب فوقالعاده بود.

کریستی واقعا ملکه داستانهای جناییه. همیشه وقتی کتابهاش رو آغاز میکنید میدونید که قراره نامحتملترین شخص مجرم اصلی باشه و با وجود علم به این موضوع، باز هم موقع معرفی قاتل میبینید که شکست خوردید و غافلگیر شدید. اون هم در حالی که تمامی شواهد کاملا جلوی روی شما بوده. کریستی حیلهگرترین و زبردستترین نویسنده داستانهای معماییه. داستانهایی کاملا استاندارد که حق
نورة عبدالملك
يا إلهي!!!
أهكذا تكون النهاية؟؟
أنا أرفض ذلك! كلا! أرفض هذه النهاية لبوارو!!!
أرجوك أجاثا عودي للحياة وأخبرينا أن هذه خدعة ذكية اختتمت بها قضايا بوارو وأنها ليست النهاية!!
لن أفسد الأحداث عليك بمعرفة القاتل في هذه الرواية، لكني سأخبرك بأنك حينما ستصل للورقة الأخيرة فإنك ستقلبها مرارا وتكرارا أملا في وجود تكملة لها !
هل النهاية تليق ببوارو؟ اخخخخخ كلا!
نعم..كنت أنتظر نوعا من المصادمات، والخدع الذكية، بل وحتى الوسائل الماكرة، لكن أن تنتهي بانهيار مبدأ هذا كان محزنا لي جدا :(

الرواية كعادة روايات أجاثا ل
The first time we meet Poirot, he is at Styles St. Mary during World War 1. That is where Hastings first pairs up with Poirot. Many years later, they meet again at the same location. This latter meeting is the where Curtain takes place. Poirot is old physically, but still sharp mentally. Hastings is mourning the death of his wife and worrying about his daughter, Judith, who is also visiting at the same house as her father.

Poirot has discovered that a series of deaths seem to be connected. One pe
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of murder mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Published: 01/09/2000 (first published 1973)

Another great book by Agatha Christie! Poirot is my favourite out of the Agatha Christie books, it is sad that the Hercule Poirot series came to an end but this was a really brilliant ending. I think that this book was brilliantly and expertly written, it gripped my attention and refused to let it go, even after I finished the book my head was still rushing through how Agatha Christie can write such an amazing book. Once again wh
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Poirot is my favorite Agatha Christie sleuth. I also love the corresponding A&E Poirot series with David Suchet playing the famous Belgian detective (those moustaches!). I have to admit, I have a bit of a crush on the Poirot character. He's so smart, so wonderfully pompous but gentlemanly, a wee bit delicate, slightly neurotic, a loyal friend, and dedicated protector of the innocent. I always enjoy Poirot and Hastings working together and Poirot's gentle chiding of Hastings' deductions.

I con
I had to present a class tutorial on this book, so I read it three times in a row: once to understand what happens, once to analyse the crap out of it, and once more to try to enjoy it again.

I really did enjoy the book. I love Agatha Christie's writing. She never fails to force on me a deep desire to go back to that 'golden era' and live like one of the wealthy characters in her books. I also find myself for a few days after reading any of her books narrating my life as if I were actually living
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one, to my knowledge, has written a sonnet about Poirot, a la Vincent Starret's 221B. Perhaps that's because Poirot put so much of an emphasis on life that, in the end, he did everything possible to protect it.

So maybe Poirot doesn't have the pipe, or the deerstalker, or a Mrs Hudson or even a Watson, in the end. He was, and is, alone, in the end, regardless of the warmth and good intentions of Arthur Hastings, the friendliness and respect of Inspector Japp, or even the vague assistance offer
Captain Arthur Hastings had been asked to join is very old friend, Hercules Poirot, at the site of the first murder Hastings saw Poirot solve. In addition, Hastings' favourite daughter, Julia, will be there. Poirot mystifies Hastings by telling him that someone he will only refer to as X is there, and that he has murdered five times before. Hastings is to try and find out who the intended victim is to try and stop the murder before it happens, but Hastings is flummoxed at the task.

This novel has
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Curtain is the last novel starring Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. This was a whirlwind year for me to actually read all of the Poirot books this year. There were definitely some books that were my favorites, and some that I ended up just outright disliking. This particular book felt like classic Christie. I think it was because Curtain was written by Agatha Christie thirty years before it was published in 1975. Because of this, though we have allusions to the second World War, Christie did no ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Poirot’s last novel, which, like Miss Marple’s Sleeping Murder, was written (during World War II just in case) long before it was published (in the late 1970’s as her second to last published novel), and unlike the Marple book, it is a real “last” book*. One reason for this is that it takes place at Styles - the setting of the first Poirot novel. It is no longer a private home, but now a guest home. Poirot has invited Hastings (whose wife has recently died) to come to stay there with him ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چجوری تونستم اینو اد نکنم؟
این کتاب... واو! خدای من... خیلی دوستش دارم. به طرز مسخره ای تا آخرش توی کف این که قاتل کیه مونده بودم و بعدش هم که معلوم شد...
+ این کتاب یکی از دلایلیه که معتقدم کریستی بهتر از کانن دویل می نویسه.
+ کاملاً درک می کنم چرا میانگین ستاره ها (:دی) کمتر از چهاره حتی. خودمم وسوسه شدم بهش سه بدم :|
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, uk
Gosh, I am bawling my eyes out! Poirot is dead, and it is the end of an era. :'( Christie wrote this book during World War II and hid it away in a safe vault since she was not sure she would survive the war. But she wanted to be sure that Poirot had his finale the way she wanted and she did not want anyone else to appropriate her character (are you listening, Sophie Hannah?). The book was later published in the 70s.

Poirot is back at Styles and so is Hastings, back to the place where they first m
Rula Loly
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رغم مرور زمن طويل على امتلاكي لهذه الرواية إلا أنني كنت دائماً أؤجل قراءتها.. بكل بساطة لا أريد موت بوارو.. الرجل الذي عشت معه كل ذكريات الطفولة والمراهقة.. ربما كان تفكيري ساذجاً لا يليق بعمري ولكنها الحقيقة بكل بساطة ووضوح.. وداعاً بوارو.. وداعاً أجاثا.. كل فترة قراءة الرواية كنت لا أريد الانتهاء منها لعلمي أنه سيموت ولعلمي أن هذه الرواية هي آخر ما نُشِر للعبقرية آجاثا.. استطاعت آجاثا حتى آخر رواية لها أن تسحرني وتُدهشني كما عهدتها دائماً.. لا أدري كيف أصف شعوري الآن ولكني أستغرب أنني فعلا حزي ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوانها: آخرین پرونده پوآرو / پرده / پوآرو از صحنه خارج میشود / مرگ به سبک پوارو / غروب استایلز
عنوان: پرده، مترجم: رویا سعیدی، نشر: تهران، کتابهای کارآگاه وابسته به انتشارات هرمس، 1379، در 265 ص.، ، شابک: 9789647100465
عنوان: آخرین پرونده پوآرو، مترجم: ثریا قیصری، نشر: تهران، راستی نو، 1377، در 256 ص.، شابک: 9645611156
عنوان: پوآرو از صحنه خارج میشود، مترجم: بیژن خرسند، نشر: تهران، انتشارات کتاب، 1360، در 216 ص.، ، شابک: ندارد
عنوان: مرگ به سبک پوارو، مترجم: سید رضا حسینی ، نشر: تهران، لکلک، 1372،
Aug 30, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I have to admit that I do keep putting off reading this book as I do hit a stumbling block each time I pick it up and here it is the very start of chapter 2.Which causes me great distress Quote"Nothing is so sad,in my opinion,as the devastion wrought by old age.
My poor friend.I have described him many times.Now to convey to you the difference.Crippled with arthritis,he propelled himself about in a wheeled chair.His once plump frame had fallen in.He was a thin little man now.His face was lined a
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I generally dislike Hercule Poirot and many of Agatha Christie's novels that feature him, this farewell to the character is surprisingly good. The basic premise is that Poirot and a buddy head to a shabby "hotel" (it's somehow less than a hotel, but I think there are cultural issues here that I don't understand as someone from the States) in the middle of nowhere to eat bad food, sit in the sun, meet other guests who have set aside weeks to similarly do nothing (again, I think there are re ...more
Laura W
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mystery
Part of a Agatha Christie mini review round up.

I really liked this installment because it brought in some personal elements and also featured a different type of murderer that you may not have thought about before.  This book features Hasting's daughter as well as his personal relationship with Poirot and Poirot on his deathbed.  All in all, it makes for a very cool mystery.  Because Poirot doesn't do much of the conversation or anything (Hasting's does) it's really fun to see if you can piece i
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this as a teenager, but when I sat down to read it as a 44 year old (right after reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles) I didn't remember a single detail.

A much darker book than many of the earlier Poirot stories, and covers a lot of depressing ground. Emotional vampires, passionless marriages, grief, foolish old age, misunderstanding and contempt between the generations - heavy.

Poirot is still sharp, but this book is a downer. It's still good, but I would not recommend it as an
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

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