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Sad Cypress

(Hercule Poirot #22)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  28,010 ratings  ·  1,517 reviews
Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood betw ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1940)
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Osenka This comes from wikipedia :

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the nov…more
This comes from wikipedia :

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed as an epigraph to the novel.

Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.(less)
Katherine I think it is the line, "I've been slain by a fair cruel maid," in the quote from Shakespeare.…moreI think it is the line, "I've been slain by a fair cruel maid," in the quote from Shakespeare.(less)

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Mansuriah Hassan
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an unusual Poirot series, in which there is a possible miscarriage of justice. With a beautiful title taken from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Sad Cypress is often referred to one of the most outstanding Agatha Christie books, and also one of the best to feature our favourite Belgian investigator, Poirot. As the book opens, the main character Elinor Carlisle a woman blessed with beauty and brains reinforced by wealth - finds herself on trial for murder. The mystery of Elinor's personali ...more
daph pink ♡
4✨

Jan 2021 :- Book 28

(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )

For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books !
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Melindam
Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene IV

“And suddenly, for a vivid minute, Hercule Poirot had a new conception of the dead girl. In that halting rustic voice the girl Mary lived and bloomed again. "She was like a flower."
There was suddenly a poignant sense of loss, of somethin
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #22), Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in March 1940.

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.

Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor wa
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James
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad Cypress is the 21st book in the Hercule Poirot series written by Agatha Christie. The book was published in 1940, but this series can be read out of order. I chose this book with my friend Medhat as a buddy read this month. I've seen several film and tv adaptations of Christie's books, but I've never caught this one. I'm on a kick to read them all in the next year.

Sad Cypress is your classic tale. An elderly woman dies of seemingly natural causes. She was about to change her will, possibly n
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Adrian
Another fabulous Poirot novel and an easy 4 stars

More tomorrow, hopefully 😬

Well for various reasons it has been considerably more than just a single day later, why ? well all sorts really, family visits, car MOTs, helping neighbours etc etc.

Anyway, I have this vague memory of seeing the great David Suchet's version of this story, and I therefore knew there (view spoiler).
So all in all this was a great no
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Evgeny
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elinor Carlisle received a vile anonymous letter implying that her old rich aunt whose death Elinor and her cousin Roderick patiently awaited as they never bothered doing that pesky thingy called work as thus were penniless, was under the influence of a local young girl and was about to leave all the money to her.
Letter
We cannot have it, can we? No wonder Elinor and Roderick dropped everything and finally came to visit their aunt.

Here I need to say I felt Mary Gerrard who visited the old lady in que
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Dave Schaafsma
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“A little difficult to know where you were with Elinor. She didn't reveal much of what she thought and felt about things. He liked that about her. He hated people who reeled off their thoughts and feelings to you, who took it for granted that you wanted to know all their mechanisms. Reserve was always more interesting”―Rodney

“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask”―Christie

The title comes from a song from Act II, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is printed
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Brina
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could feel a reading slump brewing in the recesses of my brain. Over this stay at home period I have been turning to easy reading to help me navigate the hectic life of having my kids home all day everyday. Increasingly, my reading has been primarily baseball and other sports books, so, if I don’t have one on hand, I wait for the next one to be available. It is never positive for me to read one genre as I am what I would call an eclectic reader. Rather than fall into the proverbial slump, I tu ...more
Ellie
I love Agatha Christie. I love her characters as much as her plot. And I love Hercule Poirot (also Miss Marple but Poirot has my heart).

I've actually read Sad Cypress several times but the last time was at least 10 years ago. I wondered if I'd enjoy it as much this time as I have in the past.

I did.

Elinor's icy demeanor masks a passionate interior. Her fiance, Roddy, is a fastidious, rather weak man with whom Elinor grew up. He's fond of her and doesn't realize how much she adores him. They live
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Werner
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fans of traditional mysteries
Although I'd read this Poirot novel as a kid of perhaps 11 or 12, I didn't have any specific memories of it, except for the English setting, and the fact that the title comes from an epigraph from Shakespeare (I'm not well read enough in his work to identify the source of the quote, though), which alludes to cypress wood as material for a coffin. (It reads in part, "Come away, come away, death/ And in sad cypress let me be laid....") So when I reread it for a common read this month in one of my ...more
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are on the dock for murder most foul! The awkward thing is that the contemplation of murder is not an unusual topic for you. Your surprisingly extensive knowledge of poison is also a questionable thing. Whatever is a young lady to do? Look to Belgium for succor! A noted botanist of human nature will soon arrive to save the day, and he’ll turn that sad cypress frown upside down. Will you keep your dignity and integrity intact? Or will you admit that sometimes people
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Nandakishore Varma
This is one of those mysteries with an extremely tight plot. The human drama - the eternal love triangle - around the tragedy is gripping; there are a very limited number of suspects; and the accused seems to be indubitably guilty (in fact, the story starts with her trial). However, Poirot steps in with a last minute sleight of hand which leaves us all gasping for breath - with a perfectly plausible solution.

Here, Dame Agatha's extensive knowledge of poisons - a skill she picked up during the wa
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Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
"The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask."
"And underneath?"
"Underneath is the primitive man or woman."


Elinor Carlisle stands accused of murder. The evidence is mounted against her. The motive, the weapon, the time and place; everything points directly at the facts. And the facts state that Elinor is the one who poisoned poor Mary Gerrard. The only thing that stands between her and ruin is Hercule Poirot.

This one...might just be my favorite Agatha Christie book thus far!
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Ken
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Young Elinor Carlisle is accused of murdering Mary Gerrard, Hercule Poirot is called to prove her innocence. But with such damming evidence, can he succeed?

I really liked the structure of this novel, told in three parts with the set up, Poirot investigating and back to the court room.

Even though Poirot doesn’t feature that heavily, I like he’s inclusion to the story.
Ellie
I just finished re-reading Sad Cypress & I loved it as much as I remembered. Agatha Christie is one of the few authors I can generally count on for that : what I loved at 16, I still love at....well, my current age.

Sad Cypress begin with the elegant, frosty Elinor Carlisle on trial for the murder of the gardener's daughter, Mary Gerrard, one of Christie's fey heroines, "she was like a flower." Both blonde, both beautiful, both beloved by Elinor's aunt, the wealthy owner of the estate both girls
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Piyangie
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
A clever and novel plot but weakly developed is all I can say about this 22nd installment of the Poirot series. Sad Cypress should have been a promising novel in the series. I've read that it is considered to be one of her best. Granted; looking back and thinking over I see the truth of it. But while reading the story no such thoughts crossed my mind.

It was rather sad that I feel this way for a widely appreciated novel by Christie. But honestly, I wasn't impressed with the story until the v
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Amy | littledevonnook
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, adult
I always get that nostalgic happy feeling whenever I pick up a Christie novel, this one didn't disappoint.

When her Aunt dies suddenly of a stroke without leaving any sign of a will Elinor Carlisle finds herself to be the soul benefactor of her Aunt's estate. Not long after the death of her Aunt, Elinor stands accused for the murder of young Mary Gerrerd, her suspected love rival. All leads seem to be pointing to Elinor and so Hercule Poirot is called in to uncover the truth.

A quick, fun, light-
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Melindam
Excellent narration by David Suchet!

Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene IV

“And suddenly, for a vivid minute, Hercule Poirot had a new conception of the dead girl. In that halting rustic voice the girl Mary lived and bloomed again. "She was like a flower."
There was suddenly a
...more
Tasneem Salam
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpected end
Kim
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sad Cypress is a novel by Agatha Christie published in 1939 or 1940 depending on where you look. It was written while the author was using the name Agatha Christie Mallowan, something I know from looking at the inside of the front cover. I had never noticed before that she used her married name - the second one - but it's only on the inside of the book so perhaps she didn't use it often. Something I found out thinking of all this was that not only did she use her first husband's name Christie ev ...more
Dr. Laurel Young
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Sad Cypress and consider it very underrated; one never really hears it mentioned as one of Christie's classics, but it is! It's probably her most successful attempt to combine mystery and romance; she tends either to tack on a not-very-convincing happy ending for the non-murderous characters by matching them up (the absurd instant-marriage at the end of Third Girl comes to mind), or now and then she awkwardly harnesses a murder with what should probably have been a Mary Westmacott romance ...more
Belinda
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
Hercule Periot to the rescue. Like a true gentlemen. Love this nostalgic read. 😀
Susan
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1940, this is one of Poirot’s most intriguing cases. Elinor Carlisle stands accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard and the first part of this book looks at her looking back at the events which led her there. It begins with Elinor receiving an anonymous letter, warning her that someone has been trying to take her place in her Aunt Laura’s affections. Her aunt is an invalid, having had a stroke, and is cared for at her house by two nurses and Dr Peter Lord. Mary Gerrard is the daughter ...more
Kavita
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Carlisle is accused of poisoning Mary Gerrard. She had the motive, the means, and the opportunity down pat. And as all of us budding amateur detectives know, these are the three golden rules of detection. However, Dr Peter Lord is convinced that she is innocent and ropes in good ole Poirot to work out how. However, twist the facts as you might, money, love, revenge, or mercy, the pointer points towards Eleanor.

I thought the plot was brilliant and the murderer was conjured up out of the
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Medhat The Book Fanatic
This book was so much fun!

Not only did I read Sad Cypress in less than 12 hours, but the pacing was relentless and the dialogue was as solid as any done by Christie.

Got to admit though that the book wasn't one of Christie's best crime-solving work, since it lacked her usual multilayered and multiple shocking moments.

Even though the reveal at the end was unexpected, I still didn't feel the shocking impact of it. . . but still, the book is a refreshing and light little thing that would satisfy n
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Veronique
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Christie does an interesting thing in this novel by focusing a large part of the narration through one character's point of view while not revealing her true thoughts, creating interest and enhancing the suspense. The courtroom sections were also nicely combined, seemingly widening the field. Poirot of course 'does his thing' but in a very smart way, adapting his approach and interrogation to each witness in order to get to the facts. This was surprising since his ego is usually in the way ;0)
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Vikas Singh
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-book
Murder by Poisoning. This is the only story in which Christie also talks about the antidote to the poison. Compared to the others, the story line is weak and there are just too many coincidences in the way Poirot solves the crime. The master sleuth himself appears when more than half the plot is revealed. The novel fails to hold your attention
Jackie
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Third time reading this and it doesn’t stop being awesome! This book starts off with a young lady being accused of murder, and then journeys into the past, before bring you to Poirot and a young man who wants the girl to go free.
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you don't have what you must, should you feel unhappy? And can you be unhappy enough to kill? Perhaps! Perhaps not. Life is serious as it is, and it takes us wherever it may. We are just the pawn of destiny waiting to be judged by the laws of nature and fortune.

When Mary died due to poison, every fingers pointed at Elinor Carlisle, and she didn't protest! But someone believed she was innocent, hence came Poirot. Can he save the day? Can he rescue someone who doesn't want to be rescued!? Th
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