Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Paperback – Oct 25 2011
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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?See all Product Description
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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
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.
Now for the critique:  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.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by Ricky Hunter
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 ChristiePublished on June 9 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
When Christie was on top of her game, no one was better, and this is a prime example of her amazing skills. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by JR
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2001 by Sarah
I've only read about 11 Agatha Christie books, but this one was one of the worst that I have read so far. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 1999
I think this was a good Agatha Christie book. I agree that the beginning was a bit slow...but it got more interesting. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1999