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The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  26,289 Ratings  ·  1,464 Reviews
Monsieur Renauld dies on a golf course just days after sending a plea for help to detective Poirot. Since Renauld possessed a plundered fortune, a scorned wife, a mistress, and an estranged son, there is no lack of suspects. It's up to Poirot to put the police onto the culprit before more murders occur.
ebook, 135 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 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.
Sherif Metwaly

" !! يا بنت اللذين "
و دي جملة بتتقال فور انتهائك من قراءة رواية لأجاثا كريستي
Simona Bartolotta
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 1900, in-italian
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
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Lawyer
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 do wit
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Emma
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Really enjoyed this one! Had no idea about who was the culprit.
Nikoleta
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ο Πουαρό σε μία γνήσια κλασική «αγκαθική» περιπέτεια, στην οποία διακριτικά και αθόρυβα παρατηρεί τα πάντα ενώ ο γνωστός και μη εξαιρετέος αφηγητής Χεηστινγκς τα κάνει μαντάρα. Τίποτα καινούριο, αλλά προσωπικά αυτή την παλιά καλή οικεία συνταγή την αγαπώ!
Ensiform
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
Susan
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
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
F.R.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a lot of ‘Murder on the Links’ distinctly worried about Captain Hastings. Firstly, he spends some time seemingly flirting with a younger, French detective, even at points seeming to agree with this interloper that Poirot is past it; then he causes a crime scene to be corrupted; and finally he actually puts himself in opposition to Hercule Poirot. As if he could ever beat his old friend in a battle of wits or a battle of nerves or a battle of anything. In later Poirot novels, Hastings alw ...more
Veronique
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2017
“Two people rarely see the same thing.”

Another enjoyable Christie. This one is quite confusing with a lot of seemingly nonsensical elements. I did get a few clues right (can't help myself trying) but nothing else. This is partly due to the author not sharing all the data. Naturally, once all is revealed and explained, it made perfect sense.

Another aspect that was highly entertaining was seeing Poirot compete with the French inspector. Not only was this funny (can't believe Poirot restrained hims
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Cyndi
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the book where Col. Hastings meets the future Mrs. Hastings. At least that’s what Wikipedia said. I had my doubts, though. He seemed to be lusting after every pretty young girl.
Anyway, a body is found on the golf course and it’s up to Poirot to find the killer.
Lydia
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Wonderful ♥

Gosh, Agatha Christie is such a delight to read. And bloody hell that woman knows how to write some twists and turns. I'll admit that Captain Hastings insta-love storyline isn't my thing, but we'll forgive it all because Christie and Poirot are wonderful.
Lata
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...)
Obsidian
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
I realized this year that I have never read this book. I could have sworn I had since I did my Poirot readings a few years back, but then realized nope that I must have confused this book with another. Either way, I am thrilled that I got a chance to immerse myself back into the world of our egg-head shaped detective and his "little gray cells."

Told in the first person POV by Hastings (Poirot's mostly bumbling and honestly dumb as anything assistant) in this one. We have Hasting and Poirot go of
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Blaine DeSantis
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much better Hercule Poirot mystery that her first book. This book is the 3rd of her works and she really moves this one along, almost as she did with The Secret Adversary (a Tommy & Tuppence mystery). It has a good pacing, a very good plot and for the most part this is a fine effort, but once again she gets a bit too cute for my tastes in that the last 50 pages of the book we have a litany of "solutions to the case" and while each of them has parts of the mystery solved it is not until the ...more
Radwa
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تبا !!

لأ حقيقي تبا :D

هكذا بدأت الرواية وهكذا انتهت ايضا، وهذا ما قلته بعد أن انتهت

بدأ الأمر باكتشاف جثة صاحب الرسالة التى ارسلها لبوارو طالبا نجدته لاعتقاده انه سيُقتل
ثم اكتشاف جثة اخرى لرجل مجهول الهوية
الجريمة الأولى تشبه جريمة حدثت قبل ٢٠ سنة وبَقى الفاعل حرا طليقا

أما عن ماذا حدث حقا فهو ما لم يكن فى الحسبان
لكن يمكن اختصار الأمر بكونه "جرائم متداخلة"
Araz Goran
أجاثا كريستي ~ جريمة في ملعب الجولف..

لا أظن أن أحداً قد خمن النهاية الغريبة لهذه الرواية.. محيرة ومعقدة ومربكة جداً..
Ben Babcock
Hercule Poirot returns to once again solve a murder, this time of a wealthy Frenchman who seems to have foreseen his death. It’s not about Poirot being smarter than other detectives or about him noticing more details—it’s about his method, his organized way of approaching those details and fitting the theory to the facts rather than the other way around.

Contrary to what the title might imply, there is no golf in this book. (Thank God.) Rather, the body turns up in an open grave on the golf cours
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David 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, about 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" in ...more
Melindam
Still 3 stars on this 2nd re-read.

While the crime-investigation is exciting and very well constructed (all those layers and layers do make your head spin) the surrounding stories (who loves who and why or why not) really irritated me. I guess that's why I never bothereted re-reading it before.

And I never found Captain Hastings so insufferably melodramatic as in this novel. Admittedly this is to make the perfect juxtaposition to Poirot's mind/manners/methods, but it was just too much. I didn't c
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Eva
This is Agatha Christie's second Poirot novel. In it Poirot rushes of to France after receiving a letter from a Canadian-French multimilionaire who fears for his life. Only to find him murdered when he arrives.

Poirot is superb: smart, charming, arrogant and a admirer of strong women. He is working 'his little grey cells'. The plot keeps turning and keeps surprising up to the end. Agatha Christie manages to make all ends meet and in the end, everything is absolutely the most logical sollution. Y
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Raya راية
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة ممتعة كالعادة
وحكبة رائعة...
كالعادة تفاجأت بشخصية القاتل!
لكن لا شيء يصعب على عقل بوارو ♥

وأخيراً تزوج هيستنغز من سندريلا :D
sarita
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يبدو أن أنا ومستر بوارو نفكر على نفس الموجه
فكل أكتشافاته أنتهاءاً بالقاتل كنت قد أستنتاجاتها بالفعل
Sara Kamjou
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
داستان از زبان هستینگز، همراه پوآرو، به صورت اول شخصه و طبق معمول ماجرای یک قتل در میونه.
یکی از جذابیتهای داستانهای پوآرو اینه که از ابتدا تا انتهای داستان ذهنت کاملا فعال و درگیر میمونه.
از بین دو کتاب از مجموعه پوآرو که تا الان خوندم پرده رو بیشتر دوست داشتم و علتشم این بود که از همون ابتدا قتل اتفاق نیفتاد و فرصت داشتم با شخصیتها آشنا بشم و ارتباط برقرار کنم که این موضوع جذابیتش رو برام بیشتر میکرد.
در مجموع کتاب معمایی جذابی بود و با لذت خوندمش.
+ کتاب رو با ترجمه محمدعلی ایزدی نشر هرمس خوندم ک
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~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
4 Dame Christie stars!

My 3rd Christie, and I think this was the best, as of now. Agatha knows how to build a murder mystery and churn out your gray cells to try matching the renowned expert, Hercule Poirot. The murder here was fantastic in planning and structure, and as always, I failed to put up the right guess (I understand you well, Hastings!).

"The great criminal (as you may remember my remarking to you once) is always supremely simple.”

And so it was. The victim was there, just there, a
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Dina
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Stephanie
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I GUESSED WHO DID IT!!!! I FINALLY WON AN AGATHA CHRISTIE!! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING!!
Damaskcat
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hercule Poirot receives a cry for help from a millionaire in France. Unfortunately Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive too late to save him as he has just been found dead when they get there. He had been stabbed in the back.

Poirot soon finds himself on a collision course with a French detective who regards Poirot as the lowest of the low. Hastings has his mind less on the investigation that normal as he has fallen in love.

I had some difficulty following the twists and turns of the plot of this s
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Harish Kumar Challapalli
Awesome!! Unbelievable!!

This is the third Agatha Christie's Novel I read!! I am spellbound that a person could so meticulously weave a thrilling tale!! Can't think of what inspired her to write but bowled over by the narration!!

Hercule Poirot's shrewdness is unbelievable and there is always Honest Hastings with him through out!! Every character will rise suspicion while reading, but u can never stop guessing!! Mind ticks like clock during each line!! A wonderful page turner, ur eyes will be glue
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Subashini
"I retired with what dignity I could command; Having done my errands, I returned to the hotel. I understood next to nothing of what had occurred. The events of the night seemed fantastic and impossible. Nobody would answer my questions. Nobody had seemed to hear them. Angrily, I flung myself into bed, and slept the sleep of the bewildered and utterly exhausted."

Existential Hastings is literally all of us in 2017.
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Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 40 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6)
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“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!” 33 likes
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