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The ABC Murders

(Hercule Poirot #13)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  104,401 ratings  ·  5,276 reviews

There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way though the alphabet. There seems little chance of the murderer being caught -- until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans ...

Kindle Edition, Masterpiece Edition, 266 pages
Published December 15th 2003 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 6th 1936)
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Jason Koivu
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, detective
Agatha Christie is such a crafty devil that midway through a novel she might have you believing that YOU are the murderer!

Indeed, The ABC Murders uses slight-of-hand most deftly. Again, I was thrown off the scent of the real killer and was ready to blame others. I feel a bit foolish when she dangles bait in front of me, and although I guess it for what it is, I take it anyway. And yet, if ever it felt good to be played the fool, it's while reading a cracking good mystery.

Ah, but never fear, Her
Ahmad Sharabiani
The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot #13), Agatha Christie

The A.B.C. Murders is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, featuring her characters Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp, as they contend with a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as "A.B.C.". The book was first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 6 January 1936.

The form of the novel is unusual, combining first-person narrative and third-person narrative. This a
Back when I had an Audible subscription I acquired 2 literature courses and one of them is called The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. It is a history of the genre and its many ramifications. There are quite a few books mentioned and I am planning to read most of them as they appear in the lectures. Since Agatha Christie is one of the most important personalities in the history of Crime fiction (among Poe, Doyle, Hammett and Chandler) her works are extensively present in these lect ...more
Arthur Hastings came to Great Britain. He visited Poirot and was just in time to see an anonymous letter the great detective received.
Somebody was boasting that he/she could commit such a perfect crime that even Poirot himself cannot solve it. Even the date and place of crime was given. The person signed the letter as A.B.C. On the designated day Alice Asher of Andover was killed. There was a train schedule published by A.B.C. company by he dead body.

The next letter Poirot received was even mor
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Geometry Students
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma
Shelves: math
I try to get my math students to read mysteries, because the logical skills of finding a pattern and using inductive and deductive reasoning are often skillfully laid out. If you've read this book, you know why its one that I use to illustrate that point in my class. Sadly, the point is underappreciated by my high school students. ...more
My musings to follow later, but a great detective story.

At Christmas 2018 I watched the latest televised version of this wonderful story starring John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot. Now in my opinion if I hadn't known it was meant to be Poirot I wouldn't have guessed. It was a good and enjoyable tv detective story but in my view it was way too dark and brooding to be a Poirot. And having just finished this book for the first time, I think that my view of the TV show has been reinforced, it was enj
I have mentioned many times in my goodreads reviews that I enjoy reading mysteries as palette cleansers in between tougher books. In the midst of African American history month, I absolutely needed to settle down with a quick whodunit. I noticed that one of my goodreads groups was reading an Agatha Christie case I hadn’t read yet, so I decided to join them in their read of the ABC Murders. As usual, Hercule Poirot saves the day.

The ABC Murders is Christie’s thirteenth case featuring Poirot. She
Bionic Jean
The ABC Murders is an ingenious novel from 1936, by Agatha Christie. The thirteenth book to feature Hercule Poirot, her retired Belgian detective, it is well up there with her best. We have the banter between Poirot and Captain Hastings, plus the introduction of a new policeman to be the stooge, who ultimately is to learn the genius of Poirot. Furthermore, Agatha Christie explores a type of theme which she had never yet attempted: the serial killer. (Never fear, the Dame is not one to shock, and ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The book starts off with a methodical, serial killer sending Hercule Poirot a letter of a future murder! Did a person just die and how do they find the victim?

Enter the mind of the great Agatha Christie.

I loved that Agatha Christie went in a completely new direction with this plot. She usually does a singular murder, not a manhunt on stopping a serial killer.

The last part of the book made this a 4-star book for me!
It was lagging in the middle for me. I didn’t think the serial killer was who we w
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2019-goal
I love that this Poirot mystery wasn’t the usual drawing room style (until the end of course) plot line usually delivered by my favorite mustachioed Belgian detective. And an extra star for a really original and nearly modern plot line.
Vikas Singh
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
One of the most engrossing Poirot stories. It has a great beginning and as the plot progresses you stay glued trying to make a sense of it all. Tantalizingly, clues are scattered loosely to off track you. And then finally with a flourish Poirot reveals the murderer you are left gaping at the cleverness of author in steering such a plot. I loved Poirot's quote at the end ' … but for myself I consider your crime not an English crime at all- not above board- not sporting' ...more
Richard Derus
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review of the actual story is over here: Murder-Go-Round: Thirteen at Dinner, The A.B.C. Murders, Funerals are Fatal


2019 UPDATE I watched the Amazon Prime 3-part adaptation. It wasn't at all bad. I still think of Suchet as Poirot, but wasn't distracted by Malkovich in the role as I worried I might be. His Poirot is very different from the canonical one. Not bad, please understand, just different; his moustaches are
Dave Schaafsma
“Who are you? You don't belong to the police?"

“I am better than the police,” said Poirot. He said it without conscious arrogance. It was, to him, a simple statement of fact.

Poirot #13 is one I had read many years ago, but am re-reading anyway, since I am now reading them all in order.

In this one Christie creates an idea followed by hundreds of others in different ways: Having a killer use the alphabet to associate with his killings--Mrs. Ascher in Andover, then Betty Barnhard in Bexhill, and so
Shobhit Sharad
Agatha Christie is a WITCH! I don't know how but she manages to confound me EVERY TIME I read one of her books. Specially, with this one. You're going with the story, reading with a flow, building up to the climax, and then suddenly whatever you were thinking is snatched away from you, and you begin to look at the things in a way that you never thought of until now.

And to do her justice, not only was this story (and any of her others) thrilling, but it had an element of reality better than most
daph pink ♡

DEC 2018- book 4

(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 !
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best HP cases.
In The ABC Murders Poirot is challenged by a serial killer, or it seems to be the case. The murderer is so bold that he even informs Poirot in advance where the murder is to take place. Moreover, the murderer chooses the place and the victim in alphabetical order.

Written as a first person and third person narrative by Arthur Hastings, the story marks a different writing approach by Agatha Christie. From the outset, the story presents us with a possible killer. There is no evidence but only su
“Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”

----Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, has spun and extremely intriguing crime fiction and the thirteenth tale from her Hercule Poirot series called, The A.B.C. Murders that revolves around the anonymous letters stating as well as challenging Poirot that a murder will take place in the alphabetical order in a random town, and that intrigues the clever Poirot to come out of his
..هذه الرواية مختلفة بكل تفاصيلها من طريقة القتل لصعوبة معرفة القاتل للنهاية الصادمة
وستنضم لتلك الجرائم التي لن انساها مهما مرت الأعوام ( جريمة في قطار الشرق
( ثم لم يبقى أحد ..مقتل روجر أكرويد
تدور الرواية حول القاتل "اي بي سي" والذي يختار ضحاياه تبعا لتسلسل أحرف الأبجدية
"وعلى غرار القاتل الشهير " جاك السفاح " الذي روع مدينة لندن ,يرسل "اي بي سي
قبل تنفيذ جريمته رسالة فيها مكان وتاريخ وقوع الجريمة للمحق الشهير بوارو
الرسائل المستفزة والمحيرة لبوارو تكون السبب بإيقاد خلاياه الرمادية أكثر وأكثر
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At this point in my life I’m not much of a reader of the classics (and certainly not many smarty classics that would have been assigned back when I rode my dinosaur to school every day), but I’m pretty sure you get your mystery lovers club membership revoked if you haven’t ever read a Hercule Poirot. That being said, this was only my second Poirot story (the other being the obvious selecti
Jay Schutt
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
What genius Agatha Christie is! To lead us all around, this way and that, just to tie a murder mystery up in a neat little bow. Excellent!
Cititor Necunoscut
Hercule Poirot își arată încă o dată măiestria în rezolvarea crimelor... mai ales când este direct provocat de criminal, tachinat și ridiculizat. Aceasta este probabil cartea mea preferată, după Crima din Orient Express, din seria Hercule Poirot.

De această dată, criminalul este zgârcit cu indiciile lăsate în urmă, chiar dacă, aparent, le oferă din plin, chiar înainte de a se petrece crima. Iar exemplarul din mersul trenurilor, denumit popular ABC, este un indiciu demn de serialele moderne despre
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"چرا باید آگاتا کریستی بخوانیم؟"
ژانر ادبیات جنایی و کاراگاهی,در نگاه اول شاید که تریویا و سرگرمی بنظر برسد,اما شاهکار های این ژانر بسیار فراتر از سرگرمی اند,در ادبیات جنایی موضوع مورد مطالعه انسان است,روان و اعمال انسان ها..و جزییات ریز که مثل ارواح کوچکی حقیقت ماجرا را فریاد می زنند و البته انسانی تیز بین که صدای این فریاد را می شنود..ادبیات جنایی گوشه ای از زندگی را نشان می دهد,با بیشترین جزییات ممکن..رخداد هایی پوشیده و وحشتناک..که ذره ذره روشن می شوند..
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
/ˌsirəˈtōnən,ˌserəˈtōnən/: a compound present in blood platelets and serum, which constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter. Also known as the happiness hormone!

Sources of Serotonin: Eggs, pineapples, Salmon and Hercule Poirot solving a murder mystery!
Katie Lumsden
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one - another engaging Christie mystery.
Was the killer working his way through the alphabet? That’s what M. Hercule Poirot wanted to know. And his offsider Captain Hastings was of the same mind.

Andover and the elderly Mrs Ascher; Bexhill and a young Miss Betty Barnard and Churston and a gentleman by the name of Sir Carmichael Clarke had all met untimely deaths at the hands of a maniac who would leave the ABC Railway guide near to or on the body, showing each destination as proof he was once again bettering the police, but especially M
This is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable of the Poirot novels. Christie takes the usual formula and puts a bit of a different spin on it, creating one of her most compelling stories as well as one of the most unique.

Prior to this novel, all of Poirot’s cases have been of a more “intimate” nature (Poirot’s own words). They’ve all been classic locked room mysteries where we had all our suspects lined in a row. It was all a mater of finding motive and opportunity. Here Poirot is dealing w
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I think it’s time to admit I love Agatha Christie.

This is my second ‘Poirot’ novel, and I had forgotten how much I love the Belgian private investigator. He’s terribly vain, presumptions and cutting, often lamenting human nature and constantly criticising his best friend Hastings (the bald comments at the start of the novel here in particular made me laugh) for his lack of intelligence - but honestly, he is such a good character. One who can command a scene and take charge, moving the plot o
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These alphabetical serial murders are a bit different from the usual Christie crimes -- or ARE they?

For once I solved the murder before the end. My little gray cells must be working harder...or I've simply read enough of these stories to be a better guesser.
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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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