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The Pale Horse (Ariadne Oliver #5)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  9,346 Ratings  ·  519 Reviews
"Wickedness...such wickedness...."

The dying woman turned to Father Gorman with agony in her eyes. "Stopped....It must be stopped....You will...."

The priest spoke with reassuring authority. "I will do what is necessary. You can trust me."

Father Gorman tucked the list of names she had given him into his shoe. It was a meaningless list; the names wer of people who had nothing
Paperback, 188 pages
Published 1964 by Fontana (first published 1961)
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Issa Deerbany
قائمة ببعض الأسماء يكتبها راهب تم. القاءها عليه من قبل سيدة على فراش الموت.
هذه الأسماء اما لاناس ميتين او سيموتون .
رائعة الحبكة حيث ان الظاهر ان سبب الموت تحضير الأرواح والشعوذة والسحر . ولكن بطل القصة يصر على معرفة الحقيقة وراء موتهم والطريقة التي يتم فيها قتلهم

رواية جيدة جدا ولكن اعتقد ان مستواها اقل من باقي روايات أجاثا
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Evil is nothing superhuman".`

As much as I love Poirot and Marple, there is something even more appealing to a Christie book with a totally unknown 'investigator'.

Mark Easterbrook senses all is not what it seems in a series of events that lead him to look into The Pale Horse. The narrative follows him as well as Detective-Inspector Lejeune in their queries about certain deaths that appear normal. But are they?

This is quite a dark novel but an enjoyable one, if just by the short presence of Aria
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, mystery
Extremely dark and chilling - read with a stuffed animal or a huggable friend nearby! Very thrilling and powerful read, and definitely my favourite non-Poirot or Marple mystery, hands down. Definitely a tense and creepy affair; the atmosphere is very much like what I would imagine the dark streets of Whitechapel would be during the late 19th Century. Mark Easterbrook is a loveable hero, intelligent and brave, and you can't help but be nervous and root for him at the same time as he plunges headl ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
A mystery which contains non of the Christie regulars (except Mrs. Oliver), which was surprisingly much better than I expected from the lukewarm first half. The discovery made by Mrs. Oliver gives the vital clue for solving the mystery - interestingly, it was instrumental in saving a person's life also in the real world.

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Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember the word : Wickedness

A Catholic priest is killed on his path home from giving the last ceremonies to a lady. He has a list of names in his shoe of detached individuals who have all kicked the bucket resoundingly from normal causes.

Check Easterbrook witnesses battle between two lady in which the hair turns out in bunches without recognizable agony. At that point there is the secretive Pale Horse Inn now shut and involved by three abnormal lady who broadcast to be witches and mystics. Wh
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

If you’ve decided that you’ve had your fill of dying, then choose

If you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of living, then choose
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
The pale Horse is a really dark mystery. There are scenes that are just down right creepy. There are spells and threats that lend a spooky air to this book.

I listened to the AudioBook and found it very intense during those witch scenes. The mystery begins with the murder of a Catholic priest. He has a list of names in his shoe and that turn out to be a list of dead people. When Mark Easterbrook begins to look into this mystery because his godmother is on the list. Mark was a great character. He
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Early in this novel a character muses about how best to portray the Witches in a production of ‘Macbeth’. It’s his contention that rather than pushing up the weirdness so the sisters become something which could feasibly fit into a pantomime, they are instead portrayed as the kind of normal – if slightly sinister – old ladies who are frequently dismissed as witches in English country villages. As apparently all English villages have witches (a fact which all country folk know), and it would just ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ad indagare su questo caso non ci sono solo un ispettore di polizia ed un medico legale, ma anche uno scrittore, una restauratrice, un annoiato farmacista in pensione, un’altra scrittrice.
Be’, con tanto dispiegamento di forze è evidente che si arriverà in fretta al colpevole…
O forse, visto che in questo romanzo sono coinvolte forze oscure, magia nera e streghe, la faccenda rischia di essere più complicata del previsto?
Oluseyi Bakare
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is certainly a work that an African reader (like myself) will find fascinating and highly gripping. However the conclusion here would shatter what the likes of me would have hitherto been led to believe: so a white, western writer can write so convincingly about the true powers of “juju” (occult) !Agatha Christie is (was) of course a down to earth western writer, and at the end she coolly and rationally explains the events of this work which one could have sworn could only have been due to
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery from Ms. Christie. First off, two things...

One, there are a lot of twists and turns in this story, lots of red herrings, lots of 'lots of' to just put it out there. So much so there's a contrived feeling that runs through the book. The author really had to jump through hoops to make everything 'fit.' But it does. You end up feeling, well that makes sense - why didn't I see it! (I did guess at one part of the ending and got it right.)

Two, another takeaway from the book, whi
Laurel Young
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nameeta Rao
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nameeta by: Poonam
Picked this book up after a really bad read. Agatha Christie does not disappoint.
This mystery novel follows characters on their path to solve the deaths of various seemingly unrelated people.
I found it hard to place the time period this story is set in but if I were to guess it would be the early 1900's. There is a little romance thrown towards the end which is unusual for an Agatha Christie novel I think.

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Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read this 1961 Agatha Christie novel of modern-day 'witchcraft' in the early 1970s. Of course I'm not reading a St. Martins Press paperback edition - I'm reading the 1962 Dodd, Mead First Edition copy to which I recently treated myself!

This was one of the better - and better-received - novels of Christie's later period, and several years after its original publication this novel was instrumental in solving a real-life mystery involving several deaths!

This was definitely what I like to thin
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today is Friday May 13th (2016) and this is the 13th Agatha Christie novel I’ve read. I enjoy her books, her style, although I’ve often found her plots too convoluted and contrived. However, when she is good, she’s really good – I’m thinking of “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” “The Pale Horse” is the best of all I’ve read so far. The plot is ingenious. The story flows with ease, is always interesting and suspenseful. The characters are familiar to Christie fans, and ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So spooky and so mysterious
Full of Suspense and Awwwws !!!!! Yes :)
This book has no Poirot or Miss Marple
Yet the suspense is a marvel

A dying old woman makes a confession
Priest also dies in quick succession
Police however get a list from his shoe
Names in it don't give any clue

Except that they are all dying
From diseases whose symptoms are lying
And then the investigator Mark Easterbrook hears
About a place called The Pale Horse

The 3 women residing in Pale Horse
Are not ordinary of course
But ordinary p
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Page turner? Yes. Surprise killer? Yes. Wow plot? No.
Christie dabbles in her favorite 'dull villages are a playground for hideous crimes' genre, along with black magic, Macbethian witches, serial murders and a meddlesome duo of do-gooders.
This isn't a review. Just a rant at wide loopholes. SPOILERS AHEAD ...
1. If Ginger was known to 3 witches, why on earth use her as dummy victim? How did she pass of as unknown ex wife?
2. If black magic was likely to be fatal, why give them Ginger's real glove
Deepa Swaminathan
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Is it possible to cause the death of someone by sheer power of mind, that is, without any visible contact? Is it possible to contract a deadly disease merely by someone’s ill wish? Are there people who can act as a living bridge between the mortal world and a world of uncanny powers? Agatha Christie proposes this improbable and incredible theory in her highly interesting book - The Pale Horse.

Story - Third person’s narrative- The story starts with a description of an ailing woman calling for the
The Pale Horse is Agatha Christie’s novel dealing with black magic. Dame Christie ingeniously weaves a web into the murderous world of an old inn The Pale Horse where a witch, a medium and a psychic form circle of devious intentions. The story opens with Thomasina Tuckerton in a brawl with another woman over a man and that leads to a chain of events that uncovers one murder after another. Ms. Tuckerton’s untimely death and would have been unnoticed if Father Gorman had not been found murdered af ...more
Lance Lumley
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard Christie fans.
Recommended to Lance by: Library book sale
In my goal of reading many of Agatha Christie's books, this one was a struggle to get through. I can read her books in 2-3 days, but this one took me some time, where I even stopped and read another book in 2 days and went back to this. This is nothing to do with her writing or skills-she is still the best at the genre, but the characters didn't move me as much.
After Father Gorman visits a lady who asks to see him on her death bed, Gorman receives a list of names and sticks it in his shoe. Whil
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mystery with heavy undertones of witchcraft. There are few scenes that are really creepy and sinister. The whole set-up with the 3 old ladies was alarming.

I actually was confused as to what and how was the murder happening. Was there some actual evil presence or a more logical explanation to it all.
So what is the right answer here?(view spoiler)
I was somewhere able to guess a particular someb
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
4,75/5 *

Bagus banget! mau saya kasih lima bintang tapi saya gak tahu kenapa si pembunuh membunuh banyak orang di list itu. emang karena uang motifnya tapi gimana caranya. hm. I see it now.

Eniwei, saya gak nyangka bakal dapat buku ini. akhir akhir ini saya sering ngunjungi Blok Willis dan dapetin bukunya agatha christie murah. pale horse ini terbitan lama, 2005. covernya hitam dan ada gambar gagak di cover bagian atas. udah gak segel tapi masih bagus dan cuma 15rb. sama kaya harga bukunya agatha
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روايتي الثانية لاغاثا و قد جائتني كإقتراح و إعارة من إحدى أعز الصديقات ، في الحقيقة " رغم انني من المتعصبين لدان براون " الا ان اسلوب اغاثا في طي الاحداث بغموض و واقعيه ادهشني ، رواية بحق تجعلك تتلهف للوصول للنهايه لمعرفه سر الجريمة .. و انتهت بخاتمه جميلة و لطيفه جداً ♡
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: visiems detektyvų fanams
Recommended to Orient by: mama
Shelves: agatha-christie
šiek tiek mistikos + vienas ne baltas arklys(baika kad pieštas) + nusikaltėlių tinklas = šaunus detektyvas. Netikėtumas, paini istorija ir įdomus siužetas - Christie arkliukas
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a chilling mystery which starts with a death which may or may not be natural almost immediately followed by the murder of a priest - Father Gorman - on his way home from talking to the dying woman. She has given him a list of names and she wants him to stop something awful happening. When writer, Mark Easterbrook - with the intermittent help of his friend - Mrs Ariadne Oliver - starts to investigate he finds that the only connection between the names is that they are all dead.

Several unc
Maria ní Chnoic
One of the better Agatha Christie's. Anything else is a spoiler.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him... (Revelation 6:8)

It seems rather hard to believe that I had never read Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse (1961) before. After all, Dame Agatha is one of my favorites and I spent a great deal of time reading her books when I was younger--but I did not have this one logged and I did not own a copy until I picked up one of my beloved pocket-size editions in May of 2012, so I'm just going to ac
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Solid 4 stars buat pemilihan kata yg sangat artistik dan klan rambut merah :D

Salah satu novel AC yg unik. Unik karena meski dari segi misteri biasa saja, tapi mampu menarik saya untuk membaca. Unik karena saya lebih banyak ketawa ngakak pas bacanya dari pada curious sama pelaku sebenarnya. Yaah, tapi waktu keadaan udah mulai genting, yaah saya jadi ndredeg juga. Harap-harap cemas supaya tokoh favorit ga terbunuh (*dan untungnya ini bukan GoT^^).

Yg menjadi favorit saya adalah dialog para tokohnya
This was my first book to read by Agatha Christie, I’d add this book to my list of “the best books I’ve read” directly. I honestly chose this book cause of it’s title “the plae horse” since I like horses but then when I came to see who the author of the book was I trusted that it would be a good one since I’ve heard a lot about Agatha Christi and how her books are great and finally got the chance to read one.

The story starts in a tea house where a man witnesses a fight between two young girls, a
Hoje, em homenagem ao seu 122º aniversário, terminei mais um livro daquela que é considerada a Rainha do Crime ou Duquesa da Morte como esta preferia ser apelidada.
É, como todos os outros, um livro que nos agarra desde as primeiras linhas e nos transporta para o mundo do crime em Inglaterra.
Apesar de, nesta história, não aparecer o meu detective preferido (Poirot), acabei por gostar muito da originalidade das personagens. Mark Esterbrook interpretou na perfeição o papel de investigador sedento
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