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Murder on the Links

(Hercule Poirot #2)

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  33,449 ratings  ·  2,064 reviews
An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies facedown in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned ups
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Harper Audio (first published May 1923)
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Beth S.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shut up Hastings. Shut up, shut up, shut up.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by The Bodley Head in May 1923, and in the US by Dodd, Mead & Co in the same year. It features Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. The story takes place in northern France, giving Poirot a hostile competitor from the Paris Sûreté. Poirot's long memory for past or similar crimes proves useful in resolving the crimes. Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings
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Lori
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It's early days for Poirot, who I love. A fun murder mystery full of twists and turns that only he can solve.
Brina
Women’s history month is fast approaching, and I could not resist to start my annual reading women authors in March a few days early. Between denser reads I enjoy reading mysteries as a palette cleanser. This keeps my brain sharp and keeps me from falling into a reading rut. I find almost no better way to honor women’s history month than to read the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Nearly every mystery writer of today can trace their influences back to Dame Christie, and each of her cases adds a ...more
Evgeny
Hercule Poirot was bored complaining about modern criminals not able to commit a crime to make his famous grey cells work. At this moment he received a letter from a South American millionaire living in France stating that his life was in danger and beseeching Poirot to come to the rescue. Poirot felt something out of the ordinary was going on and decided to go to France accompanied by his clueless sidekick Captain Hastings.
Poirot and Hastings

Upon arrival they realized that they were late as the body of the milli
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Simona Bartolotta
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900
This plot is so complicated that I lost count of the number of times I lost count of its coups de théâtre. So layered! At one point, when a first (second? Told you I lost count) solution is offered, Poirot says,

“This is not a crime well ordered and regular, such as a detective delights in. [...] ah, indeed, what order or method is there in that?”

and I pretty much agreed with him. I was appalled. I disliked that solution so much, it made so little sense, that I thought it was the worst of all of
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Sherif Metwaly

" !! يا بنت اللذين "
و دي جملة بتتقال فور انتهائك من قراءة رواية لأجاثا كريستي
Lawyer
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of well written mysteries
The Murder on the Links: A Retrospective

It was almost fifty years ago I read my first Agatha Christie novel. I was fourteen. I bought it at a middle school book fair. It was an Hercule Poirot mystery, The Big Four, a Dell paperback that sold for $.45. A bargain at the price.

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My First Poirot

Through the coming years I read all of the Poirot novels. A few of the Miss Marples. Miss Marple just didn't grab me as Poirot and his friend Hastings did. As far as Tommy and Tuppence, well, I could do wit
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Dita
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisty, turny, complex and convoluted...Christie nails it again!!
Emma
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Really enjoyed this one! Had no idea about who was the culprit.
Susan
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second major case for Poirot, following on from "The Mysterious Affair of Styles". For some reason I had never read this one - perhaps the link with golf put me off when I was younger and beginning to read Christie's novels. However, the link with golf is tenuous and it is, thankfully, hard to imagine Poirot wishing to indulge in sporting activities! The story begins with Hastings meeting a young woman on a train on his way back to London. He barely arrives before Poirot receives a l ...more
Adrian
Well what can I say, I have just added this to my "favourites" and given it 5 stars, so erm it was good. Ok that was understatement, I really really enjoyed this. Astonishingly I have never read this before, nor do I remember the Suchet TV version, so it was a great experience to read a Poirot not knowing the answers.
As always with Christie the characterisation was fantastic. I find it very difficult to believe this was only the 2nd Poirot book as it was so "mature". Poirot was excellent and th
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Nikoleta
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ο Πουαρό σε μία γνήσια κλασική «αγκαθική» περιπέτεια, στην οποία διακριτικά και αθόρυβα παρατηρεί τα πάντα ενώ ο γνωστός και μη εξαιρετέος αφηγητής Χεηστινγκς τα κάνει μαντάρα. Τίποτα καινούριο, αλλά προσωπικά αυτή την παλιά καλή οικεία συνταγή την αγαπώ!
Amr Mohamed
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amr by: ESRAA MOHAMED
كنت داخل رهان اني هعرف القاتل المرة ده بقي ... ورسمت نفس الخطوط وكل اللى ممكن يفكروا حتي يعملوا جريمة وفى الأخر طبعا كتر خيرها أغاثا وديتنا وجابتنا فى ملعب الجولف وغفلتنا كالعادة ومعرفتش حتي الخنجر كان بتاع مين :)
احنا واضح ان نهاية فيلم ملاكي اسكندرية أثرت على تفكيرنا فى الجرائم البوليسية
قراءة مشتركة وترشيح من الصديقة اسراء وهي طبعا اللى كسبت الرهان
احنا اسفين يا أغاثا
Víctor
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tengo que reconocer que cuando llevaba medio libro creía saber (más o menos) cómo iba a resolverse el caso, pero después de los giros finales se me quedó cara de Hastings.

De momento, Agatha consigue engancharme de principio a fin, demostrándome que mi faceta detectivesca está bastante oxidada.
Vikas Singh
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book by Christie to feature Poirot we get to know more about him and Hastings. It actually builds up the imagery of Poirot which then the master sleuth carries forward seamlessly in succeeding novels. Interesting plot with lots of twists and turns, finally revealing the murderer least suspected by all. A roller coaster of a novel.
Ensiform
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The second Hercule Poirot novel. To explain its plot accurately would take half an hour and a whiteboard, but briefly: the Belgian detective and his aide Hastings are summoned to the house of M. Renauld, a millionaire who fears for his life. They arrive too late, finding him already dead, half-buried in an unfinished golf bunker, supposedly at the hands of bearded foreign thugs, and possibly at the hands of a jilted lover. But Poirot soon unearths not one, but two of the principals are living un ...more
F.R.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a lot of ‘Murder on the Links’ distinctly worried about Captain Hastings. Firstly, he spends some time seemingly flirting with a younger, French detective, even at points seeming to agree with this interloper that Poirot is past it; then he causes a crime scene to be corrupted; and finally he actually puts himself in opposition to Hercule Poirot. As if he could ever beat his old friend in a battle of wits or a battle of nerves or a battle of anything. In later Poirot novels, Hastings alw ...more
Lata
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat sloppy mystery. Lots of running around, despite Poirot saying he doesn't like running around. There are bits of information that are revealed a little late so it was harder to figure this one out. Hastings narrates, and he is totally ruled by his hormones in this story, while Poirot clashes, mildly, with a French detective, who insists there are many clues to be found in ash, matches and other little things. (Seems like a little dig at another famous fictional detective...)
Veronique
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, stars-4-0
“Two people rarely see the same thing.”

Another enjoyable Christie. This one is quite confusing with a lot of seemingly nonsensical elements. I did get a few clues right (can't help myself trying) but nothing else. This is partly due to the author not sharing all the data. Naturally, once all is revealed and explained, it made perfect sense.

Another aspect that was highly entertaining was seeing Poirot compete with the French inspector. Not only was this funny (can't believe Poirot restrained hims
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Ayman Gomaa
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
نرى افلام كثيرة و حبكات كثيرة معقدة فى افلام و روايات و مسلسلات
يتمكلنا الغرور فى كشف كل الحبكات مهما كانت معقدة و سهولة الاستنتاجات
ف تأتى الصفعات المتتالية من ملكة الحبكات المعقدة اجاثا كريستى

"ا ن قلب المراة التى تحب يغفر الكثير من الصفعات "

ادهشتينى مجددآ و فقدت القدرة على الكلام
مغامرة رائعة مع المحقق بوارو , طريقة سؤاله ل صديقة لتفتيح مخه و كشف الغموض موجهة لنا و كأننا سوف ننافس بوارو

فى اللقاء القادم سوف يتملكنى الغرور ايضا و سوف احاول حلها و اعرف النتيجة من الان.*
Lydia
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Wonderful ♥

Gosh, Agatha Christie is such a delight to read. And bloody hell that woman knows how to write some twists and turns. I'll admit that Captain Hastings insta-love storyline isn't my thing, but we'll forgive it all because Christie and Poirot are wonderful.
Cyndi
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the book where Col. Hastings meets the future Mrs. Hastings. At least that’s what Wikipedia said. I had my doubts, though. He seemed to be lusting after every pretty young girl.
Anyway, a body is found on the golf course and it’s up to Poirot to find the killer.
Erth
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good read. Much better than the movie.
Obsidian
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
I realized this year that I have never read this book. I could have sworn I had since I did my Poirot readings a few years back, but then realized nope that I must have confused this book with another. Either way, I am thrilled that I got a chance to immerse myself back into the world of our egg-head shaped detective and his "little gray cells."

Told in the first person POV by Hastings (Poirot's mostly bumbling and honestly dumb as anything assistant) in this one. We have Hasting and Poirot go of
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Daniel
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Generalno neću nešto posebno kometarisati ove knjige pošto je najbolje kada se uđe "slep" u njih. Kazaću samo da svaka čast Agati,stvarno je ovo zaamrsila ko klupko konca sa kojim se mače igra. Iskreno bih čak reko da je možda malo i preterala pošto ima samo tolko obrta pre nego što prestaju da iznenađuju. Posle toga već očekuješ da će se brzo desiti nešto da sve opet okrene.
David Schaafsma
The second Hercule Poirot novel, published in 1923. 40 more to go! This one has a tad lower rating on Goodreads than most of the others, and I had a hard time getting into it, but on the whole I really liked it, about a 3.5. Poirot burst onto the literary crime scene almost fully realized, in what was her third published book! He's a great character, with a distinct and interesting personality, an elderly Belgian detective with a flair for logic and simplicity and "exercising the grey cells" in ...more
Radwa
تبا !!

لأ حقيقي تبا :D

هكذا بدأت الرواية وهكذا انتهت ايضا، وهذا ما قلته بعد أن انتهت

بدأ الأمر باكتشاف جثة صاحب الرسالة التى ارسلها لبوارو طالبا نجدته لاعتقاده انه سيُقتل
ثم اكتشاف جثة اخرى لرجل مجهول الهوية
الجريمة الأولى تشبه جريمة حدثت قبل ٢٠ سنة وبَقى الفاعل حرا طليقا

أما عن ماذا حدث حقا فهو ما لم يكن فى الحسبان
لكن يمكن اختصار الأمر بكونه "جرائم متداخلة"
Nandakishore Varma
The plot is extremely convoluted - but becomes clear once Poirot explains the key element. Then everything falls into place with such rapidity that we kick ourselves for having been as dense as Hastings (well, that's a bit too much - I have never seen a Watson so naive as him).

And there's something else that's special to this novel - but that'd be telling.
Karen ⊰✿
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno_2018
Nothing quite like a rainy Sunday to sit down and get stuck into Agatha Christie.
I have a special spot for Poirot, and if I'm honest, Captain Hastings as the narrator.
This was classic Christie with twists and turns and secret identities.
And I loved it.
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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.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t
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Other books in the series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • 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: A Mystery Play in Three Acts (Hercule Poirot, #7)
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