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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot Stumped April 13 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This mystery is less a who-done-it than it is a who's-gonna-do-it. Attempts are being made on the life of Nicky Buckley, the pert proprietress of End House. Poirot sets out to foil the would-be murderer, but feels that he's failed miserably when Nicky's cousin dies instead. Poirot redoubles his efforts to save Nicky and to solve the cousin's murder, but he finds himself in a quandary. As Poirot fruitlessly attempts to discern a motive and discover the murderer, Nicky has another narrow escape from a poisoning attempt. Poirot finally decides that the only way to flush the murderer out is to fake Nicky's death. The denouement is both surprising and satisfying. Another nice thing about the story is the glimpse into the mind of Poirot as he sorts out the clues. In this case he does not keep his thoughts and surmises secret from Captain Hastings, and we follow him step by step as he winnows through the evidence to come to his conclusions. He does, however, hold back enough to surprise the reader in the final chapter.
Now for the critique: [1] Christie either knows nothing about the behavior of bullets or expects her readers to know nothing. Her description of the near fatal shooting of Nicky is as full of holes as Nicky's hat. Poirot took no notice of the fact that there was no noise from the report of the pistol, no noise from the ricochet of the bullet, and no scuff mark on the wall. No mention was made of the bullet being deformed by striking the wall. This is not the first time Christie has betrayed such ignorance. In the short story "Dead Man's Mirror", a bullet struck a gong without denting the gong, deforming the bullet, or depositing a lead scuff on the gong.
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Poirot and Hastings return in this novel set in the resort town of St. Loo on the Cornish coast. While on a week's holiday, the pair meet Miss Magdala Buckley who has had a series of life-threatening accidents. Poirot believes these "accidents" are more likely attempts on her life. In true Christie tradition, a murder soon occurs. However, Miss Buckley is not the victim, but the newly-deceased is a cousin of hers. Poirot must prevent another murder while discovering why anyone would want Miss Buckley dead. Into the mix enters her friends Frederica Rice and Commander Challenger as well as a mysterious couple from Australia who live in a cottage on the grounds of End House, possible narcotics involvement, and a surprise ending that will truly amaze. I won't reveal what the ending is, of course, but it is one that Christie will successfully use again in later works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another surprising twist from Dame Agatha Feb. 2 2004
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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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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 Hercule Poirot Stumbles Across a Difficult Challenge
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2009 by Rai Aren
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Christies's Best
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
Published on June 9 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
When Christie was on top of her game, no one was better, and this is a prime example of her amazing skills. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by JR
4.0 out of 5 stars Who done it?
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2001 by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I've only read about 11 Agatha Christie books, but this one was one of the worst that I have read so far. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book
I think this was a good Agatha Christie book. I agree that the beginning was a bit slow...but it got more interesting. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but there are better books.
This book did not easily catch my attention in the beginning. However, after a few chapters, I finally caught on. Read more
Published on April 9 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars MEDIOCRE
I found that this was an alright book, excepting a very boring and slow middle. If I were you, I would forget about this. It's just not worth it.
Published on June 24 1998
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