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Peril At End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Oct. 17 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. In the Christie classic Peril at End House, a young woman who has recently survived a series of very close calls appears to be the target of a dedicated killer—and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to save her life.

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“The actual solution is quite unusually ingenious.” (Times Literary Supplement (London))

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On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley describe her recent “accidental brushes with death.” First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed.

So when Poirot finds a bullet hole in Nick’s sun hat, he decides that this girl needs his help. Can he find the would-be killer before he hits his target?

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is exactly what you come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, but with a change in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective and star of this mystery series. He has just retired and is slowly settling into a quiet, calm life of leisure and is refusing to be called back into duty. His mind, he thinks, is made up. However, a new mystery finds him, small and subtle at first, then shows itself to have a sinister meaning. He can't help but observe that which is right in front of him, and without meaning to, he is drawn into its web, and begins to apply his detective skills.

The great Hercule Poirot, who is known far and wide for his unmatched detective skills, can't resist asking one question, then another, then another. A perplexing and potentially deadly set of circumstances takes shape, and his concern for the wellbeing of a young woman he happens to meet, leads him to investigate. However, the motives and players behind this mystery prove themselves difficult for him to ascertain. Where he was always bursting with confidence and assuredness in his perceptions, skills, and outcomes, he is now struggling with something unfamiliar to him ' a shaky self-confidence that worsens and lingering uncertainty. He finds himself bumbling about without meaning to. As events unfold, he feels powerless to stop them. His once sharp and nearly infallible intellect and investigative skills seem to be outmatched. His frustration grows and so do his mistakes, missteps, and incorrect assumptions.

With its intriguing twists and turns, Peril at End House is a very engaging and rewarding mystery tale and will be sure to please die-hard Agatha Christie fans as well as those new to the stories.

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another surprising twist from Dame Agatha Feb. 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story opens with Poirot and Hastings relaxing at a seaside resort. Poirot has been asked by the Home Secretary to take up a case but, much to Hastings shock, firmly insists that he has retired and will not take up the case. He does concede that if a bullet should happen to strike the wall by his head he might take up another case. One does which leads Poirot and Hastings to a young woman who has had three narrow escapes with death in the last few days. There are more strange accidents, a murder, drugs and secret engagements for Poirot to sort through before he arrives at the solution.
PERIL AT END HOUSE, like THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD of two years before, is another of Christie's 'rule breaking' novels, but like always, Christie played fairly with the reader, all the needed clues were there to be followed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rules are made to be broken... Jan. 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mystery writers are supposed to play by a set of rules, ie give the reader all the clues, no rare, undetectable poisons, the murder can't be the butler, detective, victim or someone we've never met etc. Agatha Christie always played fair in that all the clues were present for the reader, and she didn't rely on obscure poisons unknown-to-science but she was somewhat more creative in her interpretations of some of the others. PERIL AT END HOUSE is an example of Christie's creativeness with one of the rules of mystery writing (but you'll have to read the book to find out which rule).
Poirot and Hastings are spending some time at a seaside resort. Poirot is still insisting that he has retired but concedes that "...if a bullet should strike the wall by my head, I would ...investigate the matter!" Needless to say one does and Poirot is soon investigating the numerous attempts on the life of a young woman. Poirot sorts his way through a murder, drug trafficking, false identities, secret engagements and attempted frauds to reach the truth.
The ending is clever and we are treated to Poirot being forced to ask someone else for the answer to a minor secondary puzzle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Example of Poirot Mystery Aug. 27 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
Peril at End House is not among the more famous of the Hercule Poirot mysteries but it is still a good example of Agatha Christie's work. The cast of characters could have been a little more diverse but it is one of the first Hercule Poirot mysteries to fully exploit the generation gap between Poirot (and Hastings) and the young things at the centre of this book in an amusing manner. For Agatha Christie fans used to her methods, the solution will be fairly obvious rather quickly but it is still a clever little puzzle and should delight and mystify any readers not completely immersed in the author's vast output of books. A wonderfully diverting and fun mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Christies's Best June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best Hercule Poirot mysteries of the early 1930's, Peril at End House has it all- great characters,superb plotting ,and a surprising ending. Classic Christie
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow Sept. 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Christie was on top of her game, no one was better, and this is a prime example of her amazing skills. A real fine twist ending will reverse every notion you may have had for the characters. Poirot is at his amusing, determined best here; his one flaw being he cares too much. It almost costs him the case. Hastings as usual narrates the story in his own daft and befuddled way. Hercule enjoys toying with him. Sort of like the way Christie must have enjoyed toying with her readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who done it? Nov. 17 2001
By Sarah
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I enjoyed this book, but didn't really want to read it. One of my friends recommended it to me. It is a mystery that is well written but I've read better. It is a little hard to figure out what Christie is trying to say in the French phrases. I don't know very many words in French so if you don't know any words of French or don't have a friend that does I suggest you shouldn't read this book.
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