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The Murder on the Links

(Hercule Poirot #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  58,186 ratings  ·  3,897 reviews
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is summoned to France after receiving a distressing letter with an urgent cry for help. Upon his arrival in Merlinville-sur-Mer, the investigator finds the man who penned the letter, the South American millionaire Monsieur Renauld, stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly-dug, open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Berkley (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.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-completed
Side Note: In August last year, I reached a personal milestone of 1,000 books read so far in this decade with the first of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. With this second novel in the Hercule Poirot series, I have reached another personal milestone: 1,000 eBook reads on my eReader. One thing I can already see: since I bought my first eReader, I have definitely been reading more books than ever before – and that is definitely a good thing! (PS – my readi ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2), 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
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie is a 1923 publication.

Poirot has been frantically summoned to France by Monsieur Paul Renauld. Unfortunately, upon arrival, Hastings and Poirot are informed they have arrived too late and Renauld is dead… murdered as it so happens. Pitted against a younger and equally confident detective, Poirot is determined to meet his competition head on, utilizing his advantage of experience to solve the crime.

This is the second Poirot by Agatha Christie and is on
Henry Avila
Agatha Christie's second Hercules Poirot novel isn't a smooth, confident trip of bloody fun to the inevitable solution satisfying the curious fan, her wobbly sea legs will walk down the decks looking straight ahead soon enough no need of endless dead ends to fool the fools but hurting the narrative her eyes seeing the light in the darkness but not yet . Poirot keeps his secrets close to his ample vest never hinting who the killer is, driving others batty including Paris police investigator, the ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's early days for Poirot, who I love. A fun murder mystery full of twists and turns that only he can solve. ...more
Simona B
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
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
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great! I couldn't stop reading it! I read this in just one session! I didn't want to leave it for the next day. An intricate and complex plot, but one that isn't confusing. One of the best Agatha Christie books I've read in all my life. It was a pleasant surprise for me. ...more
I was much more impressed by this one when I first read it in my impressionable teenage self 25 years ago. Did this translation of Murder on the Links pass muster on any level?

For one, I really appreciated the character of Giraud. He was the main source of delight in the entire book. The latter, however, was too romantic in its structure.

Hastings gets the girl, Poirot gets the plaudits and pockets 500 francs, and Jack Renauld, a character of solely this book, gets his love and inherits millions.
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Really enjoyed this one! Had no idea about who was the culprit.
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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“The little grey cells, my friend, the little grey cells! They told me.”

I am an old Poirot fan but I read Agatha Christie's books such a long time ago that I can't even remember which ones I read and which ones I didn't. So I decided to re-read the whole series from the first one, and I am enjoying this so much! I loved this second novel, much more than the first. The mystery is intriguing and Poirot is telling us of his little gray cells for the first time! What a pivotal moment ahah. Such a f
Dave 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, just under 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 ...more
Bionic Jean
The Murder on the Links is an early detective mystery by Agatha Christie. Originally, it had been published as a four-part monthly serial in a magazine between December 1922 and March 1923, under the title of “The Girl with the Anxious Eyes”, before it was issued in book form by The Bodley Head in May 1923. It is the second novel to feature everyone’s favourite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot:

“Height, five feet four inches, egg-shaped head carried a little to one side, eyes that shone green wh
I have a feeling, that this is going to be a big affair- a long troublesome problem that will not be easy to work out.

Originally published in 1923, The Murder on the Links is the second in the popular Hercule Poirot series. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings find themselves in France summoned to speak with a client. However upon their arrival, the client is dead and there 's no shortage of suspects.

The true work, it is done from within. The little grey cells-remember always the little grey
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...) ...more
Arthur Hastings! My word he was a lot to take here. I usually love him but Arthur made this one hard. Poirot is his very wonderful self but Hastings and his narration are all over the place. His penchant for having retrograde ideas about women caused a lot more trouble than they were worth and he hampered the investigation. I wanted him to leave which is terrible because he was relating the tale!

And yet somehow, Christie makes this a book I didn't want to toss across the room even though I desp
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliantly written murder mystery by Agatha Christie. It is so cleverly done that I couldn't guess who the culprit was. There were interesting turns and plot twists that took me by surprise.

In this story our detective friend, Poirot has a rival; a fellow detective, who is famous and much younger from Paris Surete. It was very interesting to read how these two different detectives collected clues and evidence and formed their own theories as to the mystery underlying the murder and wh
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I was hooked every second of the way. In typical Christie style, she had me fooled so many times. Just when I thought I knew who the murder was, something else happens!
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
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nowadays I appreciate Agatha Christie's work so much more. She doesn't tire the reader with pointless will they/won't they storylines of her main character to sell more books, with her it's all about the crime and how it can be solved and I wish more contemporary crime authors would follow her example instead of trying to attract the reader with whether in the next book the detective will get into the pants of his love interest. And I hope more readers will start reading her books because even t ...more
Vikas Singh
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
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.
The Murder on the Links is the second Hercule Poirot mystery written by Agatha Christie and published in 1923. I'm reading my way through all of Christie's books in publication order. Ever since the summer I turned 9 and found a box set of Poirot novels at a garage sale, Agatha Christie has been my favorite author. I spent that entire summer reading about Poirot's little gray cells and fabulous mustache. :) Been hooked ever since! As I read each Poirot book, I'm hunting up the television version ...more
Jack Heath
5 Stars. A few years after "Styles," Christies's second Poirot mystery was released. It debuted in 1923 and welcomed readers to layers and layers of complicated clues. Don't misinterpret the title or the paperback cover; not a soul swings a club, a golf club anyway, in this delightful novel. There is a body in a bunkair (sic), and numerous characters do use the links as a shortcut, a problem for golf course owners to this day, but those are the only mentions of the game. Early on, Poirot moans t ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another good read. Much better than the movie.
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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

It was a day in early June. I had been transacting some business in Paris and was returning by the morning service to London, where I was still sharing rooms with my old friend, the Belgian ex-detective, Hercule Poirot.

The Calais express was singularly empty—in fact, my own compartment held only one other traveller. I had made a somewhat hurried departure from the hotel and was busy assuring myself that I had duly collected all my traps, when the train started. Up till then I had hardly noti
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