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Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Aug. 22 2011 Hercule Poirot Mysteries
The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. When a mock murder game staged for charity threatens to turn into the real thing, the intrepid Poirot is called in to take part in this Dead Man’s Folly.

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“Poirot is the guide who led me into the wondrous maze of crime fiction. And I’ve never wanted to escape.” (Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author)

“The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction.” (New York Times)

“A classic Christie and one of the best.” (The Times (London))

“The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect.” (The Times Literary Supplement (London))

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Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a villagefete, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mockmurder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, thewell-known crime writer, agrees to organize theirmurder hunt.

Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the lastminute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot forhis expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses thatsomething sinister is about to happen….

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver has been enticed into devising a "murder hunt game" for a village fundraiser--but as the event approaches she feels increasingly uneasy, as if some one among those in charge of the event is manipulating her game to their own sinister purpose. She accordingly puts through a call to old friend Hercule Poirot, who drops in on the proceedings to discover that some one has turned the game into reality.
DEAD MAN'S FOLLY is not among Christie's better known works, and in truth it does not rank among her great classics. Even so, it has its charms, particularly in the form of Ariadne Oliver, a somewhat frazzled, absent-minded, and eccentric character clearly intended as a parody of mystery novelists in general and Christie herself in particular. The novel itself is nicely written and offers Christie's usual clever twist at the end. An enjoyable read for fans of the genre!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going at first, but ... Sept. 30 2002
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... It really picks up, and when it does, look out! Ms. Christie takes a little longer than usual to introduce us to all the characters -- all of whom will, of course, either become victims or suspects, except for the incomparable Hercule Poirot. The mystery is centered around a real-life game of CLUE, played with real people, that's meant to be entertainment at a local fair. And then it goes terribly wrong. Tortured family relationships and issues of class and heritage complicate matters. Just as the murder was introduced a little too slowly for my taste, its resolution was come upon a bit too abruptly. But these are just quibbles. Suchet's performance as Poirot made this unabridged audio book a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Sept. 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that this book was far better then Mystery of the Blue Train. It had more twists and turns then a roller coaster. The trouble was I couldn't distinguish between the real clues and all the red herrings. All the characters looked so suspicious, and everyone seemed to have a motive. At one point I thought that everyone in the house was involved in the murder of Marlene and disappearance of Hattie, even the butler (lol). Alec & Peggy Legge was who my mind settled on close to the end. All the clues left by them, the bracelet, the mysterious rendezvous, the boy in the turtle shirt; they were just red herrings produced to stump the reader. I felt that the bracelet was a big clue, I just didn't know where it went, and boy was I wrong. Never in a million years would I have believed who it turned out to be. This was a great book!
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