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Did General Ravenscroft kill Lady Ravenscroft or was she the one holding the gun? Many years later their daughter would like to know, so her godmother, Ariadne Oliver, asks Hercule Poirot to investigate. Working in tandem, Mrs. Oliver and Poirot identify and interview an ever-increasing list of witnesses (the elephants of the title). Poirot painstakingly reconstructs long-vanished relationships, and his deductions eventually lead him to one final witness. Even the great Christie recycled concepts from time to time; this mystery is one of several "remembered death" titles, characterized by long, descriptive conversations that can be tedious. In this case the contrast between Poirot's severe, analytical style and that of the charming but erratic Mrs. Oliver adds life to what would otherwise be a rather dull tale. John Moffatt delivers the competent if unexciting reading one expects from this producer. Christie at her worst (which this is not) is still better than most mystery writers. Recommended for all mid- to large-sized libraries.DI. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA
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Poignant story contains more dialogue than action but does have one of Christie's best twist endings, which is also a real heartbreaker. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by JR
Twenty years before this novel opens, a tragic double-death has occurred. Alistair Ravenscroft and his wife Margaret were found shot to death near their home. Read morePublished on June 16 2001 by Antoinette Klein
I had to read a novel for English class and I picked this one out. I didn't really enjoy it because it was very boring and very predictable. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2000 by Courtney
Well,first of all I'd just like to start off by saying that Ms.Christie was not a charlatan writer.Her gift for writing was innate and affluent. Read morePublished on April 28 2000 by Lulu
This mystery novel with 'Elephants' in its title uses the word elephant metaphorically to identify humans with long memories. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by W. Hepburn
I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie, but this mystery was lacking. I figured out whodunnit about halfway through the novel, but thought to myself, "No...it can't be so-and-so! Read morePublished on April 7 2000
i was so astonished when reading this book as it kept me on the exciting pace with the good plot.... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2000 by ainil bahshar
Inspite of a good character analysis and settings, this book falls much much below the usual standard of A.C. The plot especially is a BIG let-down and the climax falls flat. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 1999