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Peril at End House

(Hercule Poirot #8)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  38,677 ratings  ·  2,178 reviews
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Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.

Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening acc
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Paperback, 287 pages
Published 2001 by HarperCollins (first published February 1932)
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Dita
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
"An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”

You'll be relieved to hear that Poirot is still pompous and Hastings is still a buffoon. Clearly there are still a few things we can count on in the dumpster fire otherwise known as 2020.

This was a great story about a woman who doesn't recognize a series of accidents that keep befalling her as the threats they clearly are, but thankfully my boy is there to remedy that.

By the way, does Hercule ever go on vac
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot #8), Agatha Christie
Peril at End House is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by the Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1932 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in March of the same year. The book features Christie's famous character Hercule Poirot, as well as Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp. Poirot and Hastings vacation in Cornwall, meeting young Magdala "Nick" Buckley and her friends. He is persuaded that some
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Adrian
A comprehensive 4 (+) star book with Poirot at his enigmatic best.

More to follow in the morning

Well ok, its the afternoon here in the UK. So, yes 4.5 stars for certain, Poirot at his superior best and Hastings playing the foil to a "T". Following the denouement, I did remember it (Bloody obvious that really) but I still hadn't got it with about 15 pages to go, and that is what reading a good "murder mystery" is all about. As one of my author friends says "keep 'em guessing till the end" and she
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James
Peril at End House, the eighth book in the Hercule Poirot cozy mystery series, was selected as the next book to read in the April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon that I'm hosting on my blog at This Is My Truth Now. Four weeks of books from all her different series and lots of fun with her canon. I'm really glad this book won the poll as I hadn't read it before. And who wouldn't love a book with a title containing the words 'peril' and 'end' ?

Poirot has never been more sarcastic and witty than in
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Evgeny
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings were taking a vacation on south of Great Britain enjoying the climate (I thought it rains nonstop everywhere in British Islands; please correct me if I am wrong).
South of GB
One day they met a young woman Nick Buckley who was just shot at and had a hat with a bullet hole to prove it, but who was also absolutely clueless about the attempt at her life. Poirot got interested and during the talk with her it turned out there were three earlier attempts which she did not take se
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Phrynne
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a nice Agatha Christie book. She can be relied upon to be entertaining and a bit tricky.

Peril at End House is normal Hercule Poirot fare. The characters are mostly English upper class, the setting is an English country house and Poirot gently mocks nearly everyone. Interestingly even he seems to be initially confused by the situation as a murder actually takes place on his watch. Of course eventually he comes to grip with the proceedings and displays the murderer to great effect
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Sanjay Gautam
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked it up at random, and was wondering if I would get to read a decent mystery novel; I wasn't left disappointed. Agatha Christie can weave a mystery out of anything, I guess. She creates an atmosphere of certain mystery and unease that pulls all your attention and creates a craving to know more, thereby getting you hooked without letting you know .

This one got me hooked from the first chapter. Until I finished. The solution is ingenious, and unprecedented.

Recommended.
Janete
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Abridged and adapted version for people like me who are learning English as a second language. It was wonderful to read it along with the audio.
Kavita
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one was very enjoyable. Poirot is on holiday (poor chap - never took a holiday that didn't turn into work for him!) and he comes across a vivacious young girl who has several attempts made on her life. Poirot steps into the scene but someone gets murdered by mistake. Eventually, the truth comes to light but not before a number of red herrings. The investigation gets more confused because there is a forgery as well.

The plot was great and so were the characters. But what I really enjoyed was
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David Schaafsma
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Evil never goes unpunished, Monsieur. But the punishment is sometimes secret.”
― Agatha Christie, Peril at End House

#8 of 39 completed!

While on holiday in Cornwall, the elderly Belgian detective who just can’t seem to retire, Hercule Poirot, meets flapper Nick Buckley, who has recently survived three near-fatal mishaps, including just narrowly being missed by a falling boulder, having her brakes fail, and having a heavy painting fall on her bed, and when they are discussing these occurrences,
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
Some books don't stand up to rereading. This is one of them.

The characters are mostly a bit ridiculous (including Poirot's faithful sidekick, Hastings) & too many of them are very shady.

There are too many coincidences.

The crimes are too unlikely.

Lastly not (view spoiler)

Poor show Christie - dashed poor show!
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 - ̗̀  Aileen  ̖́-
And once again, I suspected the wrong person to be the murderer. I am a horrible detective.
Brenda
M. Hercule Poirot and his sidekick, Hastings were on a week’s holiday in a little village in Cornwall when the lovely Magdala Buckley (called Nick by all) came to Poirot’s attention. The little accidents that had befallen Nick concerned Poirot but it was the bullet that caused him to look into the attempts on her life. Nick lived in the old family mansion on top of the nearby hill called End House. It was in disrepair but was a family home and Nick had no intentions of getting rid of it.

As Poiro
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Richard Derus
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled-no-lend
Real Rating: 3.5* of five

The sparkle of Dame Agatha's writing and the verve of her plotting in her absolute peak years, the 1930s, is a sheer joy to read. Poirot and Hastings, on their way to Cornwall's fleshpots, meet Miss Nick Buckley. She is a lovely local landowner, a bit short of the ready (to borrow Sir Plum's locution for Bertie Wooster) but possessed of a glorious ramshackle seaside house. She inveigles Poirot and Hastings into her world to help her deal with mysterious attempts on her l
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Kirstine
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

The best Agatha Christie novel I've read in a long time. Not simply because the mystery is so deliciously confusing and leaves Poirot 50 different shades of puzzled, not because we get to see a much more human and emotional Poirot, but very much because it has such a dazzling cast of characters, and reminded me more than anything of Paris in the 1920's.

I was reading this and I really wanted to see the adaption of it on the big screen, because I had these great images in my head. Especially our
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Piyangie
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
This series is getting better and better. Agatha Christie's brilliancy in creating intriguing murder mystery plots is yet again displayed here. The final plot twist left me stunned. I didn't expect it at all!

Interestingly, here the great Hercule Poirot is a little baffled with the circumstances surrounding the mystery. For the first time Christie shows that after all Poirot is human too, though a very clever one. Nevertheless with so many tangled facts at hands, and after going a little astray,
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Vikas Singh
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-book
A leisurely read because the story line itself moves at a leisurely pace. There are few customary murder attempts and a murder but the plot is not gripping. Unlike other Christie plots you get a good idea of who the real killer is and so it spoils the climax. There are cross references to other Poirot's exploits and hence is best read after Poirot's previous stories have been read. Overall an average read
Bionic Jean
“We must act quickly Hastings. The peril is very close at hand.”

So say the closing words to the first chapter of Peril at End House, and already a frisson of excitement runs through us. We have a threat of danger, and know that we are in for a classic read, featuring one of our favourite detective duos: Hercule Poirot and Captain Arthur Hastings.

The exciting thrills begin, when we learn that the young pretty Nick Buckley has been the victim of three “near accidents”. The first happened on a trea
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W
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christie
Hercule Poirot meets a young girl,whose life is in danger.Multiple attempts have been made to kill her,with the latest one leaving a bullet hole in her hat.Poirot's protective instincts are aroused.But,someone does get murdered.An interesting enough mystery,but the identity of the killer,didn't really surprise me.
jade
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one. there's better poirot novels out there
Recommended to jade by: Shannon
Shelves: murder-mysteries
“are you? i should have said that captain hastings was the sentimental one of you two.”
i blushed indignantly.
“he is furious,” said poirot, eying my discomfiture with a good deal of pleasure. “but you are right, mademoiselle. yes, you are right.”

this book reunites classic duo hercule poirot and arthur hastings as they go on a holiday to the southern coast of england. there, they run into a young woman who keeps miraculously avoiding deadly ‘accidents’. neither she nor her posh friends seem very i
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Madeline
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Bless my library and its sporadically reliable audiobook collection. I might be in the third month of waiting for my turn to download The Glass Castle, but at least I can always count on there being at least one Agatha Christie mystery to tide me over while I wait.

I chose Peril at End House because its premise sounded the most promising: while on vacation on the coast of England, Hercule Poirot meets Magdala “Nick” Buckly, an heiress who’s had a handful of miraculous and suspicious brushes with
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Victoria
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I almost never rate a Christie book lower than 4 stars, because I just love her writing. I won't go as far as saying she's the best writer in the history of the world, but she's a master of her genre and I always enjoy her books. They're such wonderful comfort food, enjoyable and untaxing to read but still with interesting and compelling stories that make you want to find out whodunnit.

However I find Peril at End House is one of her less enjoyable books. I can't explain why. Maybe it's because I
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Nandakishore Varma
Another Christie reread. Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast. He has been rejoined by Captain Hastings who is temporarily back from his farm in Argentina. Poirot, even though he has stopped growing vegetable marrows(see The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), insists that he is still retired - he even refuses a government commission, much to Hastings's indignation. However, it seems murder will not leave him alone...

Magdala ("Nick") Buckley, the owner of End House, is in trouble. Somebody i
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Hannah
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - Great book

There's a reason Agatha Christie is dubbed the Queen of Mystery and this book shows readers why. I had forgotten just how good a Christie mystery can be. It's fully of intrigue and questions, intellect and even a little humor. Even if mystery isn't your genre you should give Christie a try - her books may surprise you.

I don't have too much to say about this book other than it was just wonderful. It's a classic mystery and I couldn't ask for anything more. The writing is lovel
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Rita
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings come to the rescue of a damsel in distress. Nick has had 4 almost deadly "accidents". While all 3 of them are sitting in the garden of a hotel, Nick complains of a wasp whizzing by her face but Poirot picks a bullet off the ground and matches it up with a hole in Nick's hat. He is convinced that someone is trying to kill her and sets out to make sure that they don't succeed.
The ending is a shocker. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hugh Frasier who playe
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Roman Clodia
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Poirot mysteries as even the man himself is stumped for much of the time. Christie, as usual, is scrupulous with her clues which are there in plain sight (view spoiler), and there are red herrings in the 'bright young things' cast and opportunities for Hastings to radically misjudge everything! A slick plot and final solution, too. ...more
Cyndi
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
End House looks like a haunted house, after all an old man the kids called Satan lived there. But, now his vivacious young niece is the owner. She’s done some improving inside the money pit.
Meanwhile someone is trying to kill her. Why? Enter Poirot. He will find the answers and stop her murder. But who will be sacrificed?
A good mystery, but since I figured it out early I’m not as impressed as I usually am at Agatha Christie’s twists. How cynical is that? Hahah!
imts
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
"An admirable exercise, my friend. Continue it."


One of the best of the Poirot cases, to be honest. That ending was so not what I expected. (Is it ever any other way with Agatha Christie?)
Jammin Jenny
Ah those little grey cells of Hercule Poirot! And his devoted friend Colonel Hastings. I really enjoyed this Agatha Christie story of attempted murder, murder, blackmail and deceit. I did not guess the ending which is always good for me in an Agatha Christie story.
Jackie
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fourth time reading this, and just as good as the first time!
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