Dead Man's Folly
Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from.
In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot -- and her instincts are soon proved correct when the 'pretend' murde...more
Praise Dame Christie with great praise. Indeed, the queen of crime is also the first cozy mystery writer. This is a claim I make without delving into the history of cozies but I found this fact often online.
Hercule Poirot nabs the criminal. But how wonderful it was that the criminal is not on scene ...more
Hercule Poirot stood in front of the gathered group, toying with his ostentatious mustache and proclaimed, “Using my methods of deduction I have ascertained with much ingenuity, the vexing solution to this crime.”
He paused to build the on the moment and allow his words of triumph to have their greatest effect.
“The Jacuzzi salesman dressed in a gimp outfit, first rendered our victim unconscious with a sharp blow to the back of the head; drugged him; then gutted him with a Samurai sword that belon ...more
Marlene Tucker, waits in the boathouse to pose as the dead victim when a player finds the key to enter. Her first visitor is Miss Brewis with a tray of refreshments at tea time, at Hattie's request. With Mrs Oliver, Poirot discovers Marlene dead in the boathouse. Hattie cannot be found. Mrs Oliver produces an abundance of theories to explain the murder and the disappearance, while the police and Poirot narrow the field from all attending the ...more
#6 in my Agatha Christie Challenge.
Well, I tell you that it is a secret desire of mine to go a mystery dinner theatre. But certainly not this particular fete! In Dead Man's Folly(which does sound like a pirate book) two Christie characters- Ariadne Oliver and the greatest Belgian(besides Jean Claude Van Damme), Hercule Poiriot meet up and try to solve the baffling case of the murder of a teenage girl and disappearance of a rich man's wife. It makes for a g ...more
Once more Christie delivers a great mystery featuring not only the great Poirot but also the indomitable Ariadne Oliver, who I personally adore. The author is not exactly kind to her, especially in her descri ...more
“I mean, what can you say about how you write your books? What I mean is, first you've got to think of something, and then when you've thought of it you've got to force yourself to sit down and write it. That's all."
Christie gets a chance thro ...more
I dare anybody to solve this one without waiting for Poirot to explain everything in the end of the book; all the clues are there, none of them is hidden. The plot is so complicated you will have my greatest respect if you do. I was lost somewhere in the middle of the book, until this time I was able to follow Poirot.
5 stars t ...more
Published in 1956 and set in the grounds of an English country house – in Devonshire, upon the wooded banks of a tidal river – Dead Man’s Folly features wealthy landowner Sir George Stubbs. He and his entourage arrange a garden fete, open to the public. Batty celebrity author Ariadne Oliver (surely Dame Christie’s alter ego) is enlisted to create a ‘murder myste ...more
The murder seems without a motive at all & the victim has no known enemies And the mystery keeps deepening. Looking back,the finer clues were very carefully placed right before you, like missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
The characters, the setting & the story all are great. The only complain is that Poirot's part in entire investigation is ver ...more
This one has Hercule Poirot in it from beginning to end. Called in by Adriane Oliver because of a "feeling" she has, Poirot travels to her and listens to her explaining she feels she is being led to something in order for a real murder to take place.
The characters in this one are really fascinating. We have Adriane who was ...more
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) What can I say about a talented actor such as David Suchet narrating a classic Agatha Christie mystery? The same actor who has not only won awards for his audiobook narrations, but actually played Dame Christie’s iconic fictional Belgian detective, Poirot? Only that he kicks this one up a notch - or a star, anyway.
If you haven’t listened to ...more
Christie fans will spot many of ...more
A QUICK NOTE ON SPOILERS: Reviewing mysteries is tough ...more
I do like her self reference, though it is deeply superficial. The odd Mrs. Oliver again makes her appearance, trying to arrange a pageant of murder within a book that does the same thing. Once again we have her saying she doesn't know why people like her books and having di ...more
The premise is delightful. Mystery author Ariadne Oliver has been hired to organize a Murder Hunt game for a small village fete. She asks Hercule Poirot to join her because her intuition tells her something is off.
And, of course, that pretty much guarantees murder is going to be one of the events.
I do have to comment on one of the characters though, it didn't sit well with me that Hattie was continually referred to as sub normal, just because this was written in the 1950s doesn't make it right.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t ...more