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The A.B.C. Murders

(Hercule Poirot #13)

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When Alice Asher is murdered in Andover, Hercule Poirot is already on to the clues. Alphabetically speaking, it's one down, twenty-five to go.

There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling card is to leave the ABC Railway guide beside each victim's body. But if A is for Alice Asher, bludgeoned to death in Andover; and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her b
Hardcover, Agatha Christie Collection Edition, 232 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published January 6th 1936)
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Jason Koivu
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detective, mystery
Agatha Christie is such a crafty devil that midway through a novel she might have you believing that YOU are the murderer!

Indeed, The ABC Murders uses slight-of-hand most deftly. Again, I was thrown off the scent of the real killer and was ready to blame others. I feel a bit foolish when she dangles bait in front of me, and although I guess it for what it is, I take it anyway. And yet, if ever it felt good to be played the fool, it's while reading a cracking good mystery.

Ah, but never fear, Her
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Aggie, you wily old bird! You got me again!!
Ahmad Sharabiani
The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot #13), Agatha Christie

The A.B.C. Murders is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, featuring her characters Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp, as they contend with a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as "A.B.C.". The book was first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 6 January 1936.

The form of the novel is unusual, combining first-person narrative and third-person narrative. This a
Back when I had an Audible subscription I acquired 2 literature courses and one of them is called The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. It is a history of the genre and its many ramifications. There are quite a few books mentioned and I am planning to read most of them as they appear in the lectures. Since Agatha Christie is one of the most important personalities in the history of Crime fiction (among Poe, Doyle, Hammett and Chandler) her works are extensively present in these lect ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arthur Hastings came to Great Britain. He visited Poirot and was just in time to see an anonymous letter the great detective received.
Somebody was boasting that he/she could commit such a perfect crime that even Poirot himself cannot solve it. Even the date and place of crime was given. The person signed the letter as A.B.C. On the designated day Alice Asher of Andover was killed. There was a train schedule published by A.B.C. company by he dead body.

The next letter Poirot received was even mor
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Geometry Students
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma
Shelves: math
I try to get my math students to read mysteries, because the logical skills of finding a pattern and using inductive and deductive reasoning are often skillfully laid out. If you've read this book, you know why its one that I use to illustrate that point in my class. Sadly, the point is underappreciated by my high school students.
My musings to follow later, but a great detective story.

At Christmas 2018 I watched the latest televised version of this wonderful story starring John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot. Now in my opinion if I hadn't known it was meant to be Poirot I wouldn't have guessed. It was a good and enjoyable tv detective story but in my view it was way too dark and brooding to be a Poirot. And having just finished this book for the first time, I think that my view of the TV show has been reinforced, it was enj
I have mentioned many times in my goodreads reviews that I enjoy reading mysteries as palette cleansers in between tougher books. In the midst of African American history month, I absolutely needed to settle down with a quick whodunit. I noticed that one of my goodreads groups was reading an Agatha Christie case I hadn’t read yet, so I decided to join them in their read of the ABC Murders. As usual, Hercule Poirot saves the day.

The ABC Murders is Christie’s thirteenth case featuring Poirot. She
Bionic Jean
The ABC Murders is an ingenious novel from 1936, by Agatha Christie. The thirteenth book to feature Hercule Poirot, her retired Belgian detective, it is well up there with her best. We have the banter between Poirot and Captain Hastings, plus the introduction of a new policeman to be the stooge, who ultimately is to learn the genius of Poirot. Furthermore, Agatha Christie explores a type of theme which she had never yet attempted: the serial killer. (Never fear, the Dame is not one to shock, and ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The book starts off with a methodical, serial killer sending Hercule Poirot a letter of a future murder! Did a person just die and how do they find the victim?

Enter the mind of the great Agatha Christie.

I loved that Agatha Christie went in a completely new direction with this plot. She usually does a singular murder, not a manhunt on stopping a serial killer.

The last part of the book made this a 4-star book for me!
It was lagging in the middle for me. I didn’t think the serial killer was who we w
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-goal, mysteries
I love that this Poirot mystery wasn’t the usual drawing room style (until the end of course) plot line usually delivered by my favorite mustachioed Belgian detective. And an extra star for a really original and nearly modern plot line.
Vikas Singh
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
One of the most engrossing Poirot stories. It has a great beginning and as the plot progresses you stay glued trying to make a sense of it all. Tantalizingly, clues are scattered loosely to off track you. And then finally with a flourish Poirot reveals the murderer you are left gaping at the cleverness of author in steering such a plot. I loved Poirot's quote at the end ' … but for myself I consider your crime not an English crime at all- not above board- not sporting'
Richard Derus
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of the actual story is over here: Murder-Go-Round: Thirteen at Dinner, The A.B.C. Murders, Funerals are Fatal


2019 UPDATE I watched the Amazon Prime 3-part adaptation. It wasn't at all bad. I still think of Suchet as Poirot, but wasn't distracted by Malkovich in the role as I worried I might be. His Poirot is very different from the canonical one. Not bad, please understand, just different; his moustaches are
David Schaafsma
“Who are you? You don't belong to the police?"

“I am better than the police,” said Poirot. He said it without conscious arrogance. It was, to him, a simple statement of fact.

Poirot #13 is one I had read many years ago, but am re-reading anyway, since I am now reading them all in order.

In this one Christie creates an idea followed by hundreds of others in different ways: Having a killer use the alphabet to associate with his killings--Mrs. Ascher in Andover, then Betty Barnhard in Bexhill, and so
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best HP cases.
Shobhit Sharad
Agatha Christie is a WITCH! I don't know how but she manages to confound me EVERY TIME I read one of her books. Specially, with this one. You're going with the story, reading with a flow, building up to the climax, and then suddenly whatever you were thinking is snatched away from you, and you begin to look at the things in a way that you never thought of until now.

And to do her justice, not only was this story (and any of her others) thrilling, but it had an element of reality better than most
In The ABC Murders Poirot is challenged by a serial killer, or it seems to be the case. The murderer is so bold that he even informs Poirot in advance where the murder is to take place. Moreover, the murderer chooses the place and the victim in alphabetical order.

Written as a first person and third person narrative by Arthur Hastings, the story marks a different writing approach by Agatha Christie. From the outset, the story presents us with a possible killer. There is no evidence but only su
“Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”

----Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, has spun and extremely intriguing crime fiction and the thirteenth tale from her Hercule Poirot series called, The A.B.C. Murders that revolves around the anonymous letters stating as well as challenging Poirot that a murder will take place in the alphabetical order in a random town, and that intrigues the clever Poirot to come out of his
daph pink
2/82(this is the second book i read as I found it in my school library lying near Mysterious affairs at styles)
Now the review:-

Why I liked this book?

1.Poirot had a challenging crime and a not-so-very-happy-to-cooperate police officer with him. So not everything seemed to go according to the little Belgian sleuth' s plans.

2. The author has a way of leading you on with this many clues and some other sideline stories but the major plot reveal is enough to blow your
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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At this point in my life I’m not much of a reader of the classics (and certainly not many smarty classics that would have been assigned back when I rode my dinosaur to school every day), but I’m pretty sure you get your mystery lovers club membership revoked if you haven’t ever read a Hercule Poirot. That being said, this was only my second Poirot story (the other being the obvious selecti
Jay Schutt
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, owned
What genius Agatha Christie is! To lead us all around, this way and that, just to tie a murder mystery up in a neat little bow. Excellent!
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sources of Serotonin: Eggs, pineapples, Salmon and Hercule Poirot solving a murder mystery!
Katie Lumsden
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one - another engaging Christie mystery.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I think it’s time to admit I love Agatha Christie.

This is my second ‘Poirot’ novel, and I had forgotten how much I love the Belgian private investigator. He’s terribly vain, presumptions and cutting, often lamenting human nature and constantly criticising his best friend Hastings (the bald comments at the start of the novel here in particular made me laugh) for his lack of intelligence - but honestly, he is such a good character. One who can command a scene and take charge, moving the plot o
Was the killer working his way through the alphabet? That’s what M. Hercule Poirot wanted to know. And his offsider Captain Hastings was of the same mind.

Andover and the elderly Mrs Ascher; Bexhill and a young Miss Betty Barnard and Churston and a gentleman by the name of Sir Carmichael Clarke had all met untimely deaths at the hands of a maniac who would leave the ABC Railway guide near to or on the body, showing each destination as proof he was once again bettering the police, but especially M
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
These alphabetical serial murders are a bit different from the usual Christie crimes -- or ARE they?

For once I solved the murder before the end. My little gray cells must be working harder...or I've simply read enough of these stories to be a better guesser.
This is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable of the Poirot novels. Christie takes the usual formula and puts a bit of a different spin on it, creating one of her most compelling stories as well as one of the most unique.

Prior to this novel, all of Poirot’s cases have been of a more “intimate” nature (Poirot’s own words). They’ve all been classic locked room mysteries where we had all our suspects lined in a row. It was all a mater of finding motive and opportunity. Here Poirot is dealing w
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was so thrilling. The best thing about this piece is you can NOT guess who is the murderer to the last page. Purely amazing!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, especially fans of Golden Age British mysteries
At least at one time, my oldest daughter (who's a psychology major) liked to read about serial killers; she thought it was interesting, from a psychological standpoint, to see what makes them tick. That's an interest I've never shared; I normally avoid serial killer fiction and nonfiction like the plague, because that focused a concentration on psychotic evil disturbs and repels me. Given that fact, this novel --which, as far as I know, was Christie's only foray into serial killer territory-- is ...more
Amy | littledevonnook
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Agatha Christie is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and definitely a go-to author for when I fancy a quick pick-me-up!

This novel is the 13th book in the Hercule Poirot series, I am reading them out of order as I'm just grabbing them from my library's e-book collection when they become available - although I don't think it matters too much if you read them slightly out of order!

- This novel follows Poirot as he endeavours to solve a series of mysterious murders. After receiving an ano
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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