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Perigo na Casa do Fundo

(Hercule Poirot #8)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  42,683 ratings  ·  2,398 reviews
Nick não é um nome vulgar numa mulher. Mas Nick Buckley não é uma jovem vulgar. Mais invulgar ainda é a quantidade de “acidentes” de que tem sido vítima: numa traiçoeira encosta da Cornualha, os travões do seu carro falham; mais tarde, num caminho costeiro, serão apenas alguns os centímetros que a separarão de uma derrocada; por fim, escapa por pouco quando um pesadíssimo ...more
Capa Mole, 188 pages
Published 2004 by Edições Asa (first published February 1932)
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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
Dita is taking a break from GR.
“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
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
I don't know if I'm stupid or if Agatha Christie is a genius, either way I couldn't predict anything and I love that about her.

Genius indeed.
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
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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
My summer of Agatha Christie mysteries continues. I have long read mysteries in between denser reads or after a weekend letdown as palette cleansers so that I do not fall into the proverbial reading slump. I have realized that I also read mysteries because I enjoy fitting clues together like a puzzle in my attempt to solve the case before the detective. I do have my preferred series and favorite detectives that I return to again and again, and Hercule Poirot is one of them. I have come to apprec ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Dave Schaafsma
“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,
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 astra
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
✰ Persephone ✰
And once again, I suspected the wrong person to be the murderer. I am a horrible detective.
Katie Lumsden
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly good read. I always enjoy Agatha Christie.
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
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Agatha Christie mystery that was intriguing and kept my interest until the end.
Even though on a holiday this time with his friend Hasting Poirot encounters another mystery to solve and it quite vexes him since many things throughout his investigation don't fit perfectly even if the people involved have strong motives. While reading you alongside Poirot must decide who is telling the truth, who in your opinion had the strongest motive and are things as simple as they seem? And if you hav
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

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
Vikas Singh
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fourth time reading this, and just as good as the first time!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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