The A.B.C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Paperback – Feb 1 2011
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“There is no more cunning player of the murder game than Agatha Christie.” (Sunday Times (London))
“An entirely original idea.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“Mrs. Christie has invented an entirely new plot for a detective storya difficult thing in these days; she is to be congratulated on the perfection of her invention.” (The Times (London))
“Her best yet. Where does she get hold of these brilliant notions?” (Bristol Evening Post)
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There’s a serial killer on the loose, workinghis way through the alphabet and the wholecountry is in a state of panic.
A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for BettyBarnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is gettingmore confident—but leaving a trail of deliberateclues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might justprove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.See all Product Description
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True to the genre, whenever you think you've figured out whodunnit, Christie throws a wrench into your hypothesis, making for a fairly compelling procedure from one suspect to the next and to the next. While not as captivating as her later And Then There Were None (often considered her masterpiece, and the only other Christie novel I've read), it's still a great example of English detective fiction that you can finish in a few short hours. Four stars.
(Warning: Plot Spoilers Ahead)
Take the solution to the ABC murders, for example. Somehow, Poirot managed to figure out that Cust was innocent, and unravel an extremely complx murder/frame up plot by one of the victim's family members. Very clever, but by the logic he used, ANY NUMBER OF OTHER SOLUTIONS WOULD BE EQUALLY POSSIBLE. The way he arranges what scant clues he has into this elaborate solution is kind of like trying to solve the New York Times Crossward puzzle with only the clue to 43 down.
And not to mention the fact that her books are so mind-numbingly boring! Absolutely nothing in the way of solving the case happens in between, and the reader finds themselves propelled through the plot by only the curiosity to know the outcome. And sometimes that isn't enough.
This is a departure from the usual 'cozy' style that is more typical of Christie (ie confined location, murderer and victim know each other, motive clearly established, little focus on the crime itself). This is darker than her usual work, the victims are seemingly chosen at random, the entire country is threatened, and the messages from the killer are reminiscent of Jack the Ripper.
Poirot gives a description of the killer based on the letters and evidence collected at the crime, in a manner that is very like a modern day profiler. Keep in mind that this book was written nearly 80 years ago.
If you are a Christie fan this is definitely a must read but if you are looking for a more comfortable 'cozy' you may find this one a bit disturbing.
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I've read multiple Hercule Poirot novels before but this one if not as good as the others.Published 18 months ago by Yanick D.
The A.B.C. Murders strength is also its weakness. It has a very unusual twist. That is typical of the Agatha Christie of the superb Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the... Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Ricky Hunter
It is the Poirot Mystery I like best. There are few whodunits I want to read again, but this book is the exception. I read this book second time and I love it again. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by APRICOT
Hercule Poirot is the main detective in a murder mystery where there is a murderer on the loose. This murderer is on a killing spree killing people in alphabetical order. Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by bob bobington xxxvvi
If you are a fan of Agatha Christie's, as I am, you may think that you've read all of the clever plot twists that there are, but this book has a real gem of a twist. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Karen Potts
ABC Murders is one of the best books ever. Agatha Christie makes everything interesting and you never want to put the book down. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
Hugh Fraser narrates Agatha Christie's ABC Murders, an unabridged Hercule Poirot mystery which tells of three murders of ABC Rail employees. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Midwest Book Review