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Sad Cypress

(Hercule Poirot Mysteries #22)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  21,401 ratings  ·  1,185 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 ...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…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
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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 ...more
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
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James
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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David 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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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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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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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
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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.
Piyangie
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A clever and novel plot but weakly developed is all I can say about this 22nd installment of 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 of Christie. But honestly, I wasn't impressed with the story until the very
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Amy | shoutame
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,
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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
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Tasneem Salam
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpected end
Laurel Young
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
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)
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!?
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Roman Clodia
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favourite Christies not so much for the plot (which is both devious and simple) but for the aching sense of melancholy as Elinor sees the man she has always adored fall in love with someone else. Poirot is smart as ever but also empathetic to the human emotions of the characters. Less cosy than some of the books, for sure.
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.
Leigh
Brilliant! Had no idea, kept me guessing one of my favourite Poirots!
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This was so enjoyable!

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. Something told me that I knew the case, but I couldn't quite remember it. I love how this one really focused in on the trial rather than it being about the murderer, then another surprise murder, and so on. It's not the typical set-up for a Poirot novel. And I really liked that.

I wish I had felt more connected to the characters, but still a solid classic Poirot case!
Joseph Sciuto
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Just another wonderful Agatha Christie novel. Lucid and clear writing, superb dialogue, the charming Inspector Poirot and an army of other great characters, and a lot of twists and turns. If you aspire to write mysteries, read Ms. Christie.
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 ...more
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
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Andrea
An unusually set up mystery that begins with court proceedings, as the accused suspect is being tried for the murder of an innocent, lovely girl. But of course, the things aren't what they seem. As we learn through flashback, someone else must be the guilty party. The trick is now to find out who. I did not expect much from this little novel, but ended up really having a good time with it.
Belinda
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
Hercule Periot to the rescue. Like a true gentlemen. Love this nostalgic read. ...more
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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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“Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable. [Hercule Poirot]” 69 likes
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