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The Murder On The Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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June 6 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 Murder on the Links, Poirot attempts to unravel the grisly conundrum of not one, but two dead bodies discovered on a French golf course.

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“Welcome back, Miss Christie. Our current hellions can do with a reminder of how to slaughter an audience with a little bit of style.” (Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked)

“A remarkably good detective story which can be warmly recommended.” (New York Times)

“The plot is really clever.” (Literary Review)

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An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies facedown in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.…


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4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha pokes fun at Conan Doyle. Aug. 30 2013
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My third foray, Agatha's third novel read in order, is immediately engaging. A part of me hesitates with English oldies, worried they'll be boring form flowery Shakespeare-esque dialogue. When I roll up sleeves and simply read, the suspicion is for not. I am impressed by the talent for captivation, that rises above the antiquity of years.

My second visit with John Hastings & Hercule Poirot is a pleasure in France, an outlet for Hercule to elaborate in French, which I speak. A family man and stranger are dead at the man's villa, bordering a golf course (called `links'). Everyone from his wife, son, son's girlfriend, a starlet, and neighbouring villa owner are suspect. The history of two people goes far into the past and readers aren't privy to solving these layers. Rather than play along, it is for us to be entertained by stories being told to us. The more recent occurrences are at our disposal and it really is educational when Hercule prods John to walk through on his own and truly learn deduction from the master.

I believe Agatha poked fun at Arthur Conan Doyle's character. I'm glad I'm conscious of the digs because they're the funniest parts of the novel. Sherlock Holmes famously used a magnifying glass, measured footprints, laid on carpet gathering all manner of clues. I could think of nothing else when Hercule laughed at this technique, declaring that people who do this are abasing to a dog's level and doing the grunt work of a fox! I love that truly-skilled plotters concoct conundrums with enough moving parts to piece together, trace, and endeavour to figure out. Even among the last ten pages of "Murder On The Links", there are so many twists and turns, it might as well be a country road! Fait accomplit.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
If you don't like cerebral problems or dislike reading a period piece (written in the period), you won't like this book nearly as much as I do.

If you have enjoyed any Agatha Christie mystery, I highly recommend this one to you.

Agatha Christie has been a favorite of mystery readers since she began crafting her country-based, upper-crust stories. Murder on the Links is her second novel featuring that polite but elusive Belgian detective, M. Hercule Poirot. Ms. Christie became the first woman to make a dent as a major mystery writer, an important avatar for the many wonderful women mystery writers who entertain us so well today.

It's good to look backward a bit in considering this story. Sherlock Holmes was the reigning fictional detective of the day when the unimpressive Poirot was conceived. As you may remember, Holmes was a student of arcane subjects . . . which always seemed to allow him to take some seemingly unimportant scrap and turn that scrap into finding the killer. It was an early version of CSI.

Ms. Christie, by contrast, was much less impressed by that approach. Her detective instead thinks about human emotions and uses psychology to track down the killer or killers. To make the point clear, she often set up a foil in terms of a Holmes-like detective who obsessively pored over meaningless clues. A good part of the fun in Murder on the Links comes from her satire of the Sherlock Holmes style story.

Agatha Christie was a master at setting up little puzzles which the reader could solve, after leaping across an abyss of false assumptions and red herrings to reach the only conclusion that is possible.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If you don't like cerebral problems or dislike reading a period piece (written in the period), you won't like this book nearly as much as I do.

If you have enjoyed any Agatha Christie mystery, I highly recommend this one to you.

Agatha Christie has been a favorite of mystery readers since she began crafting her country-based, upper-crust stories. Murder on the Links is her second novel featuring that polite but elusive Belgian detective, M. Hercule Poirot. Ms. Christie became the first woman to make a dent as a major mystery writer, an important avatar for the many wonderful women mystery writers who entertain us so well today.

It's good to look backward a bit in considering this story. Sherlock Holmes was the reigning fictional detective of the day when the unimpressive Poirot was conceived. As you may remember, Holmes was a student of arcane subjects . . . which always seemed to allow him to take some seemingly unimportant scrap and turn that scrap into finding the killer. It was an early version of CSI.

Ms. Christie, by contrast, was much less impressed by that approach. Her detective instead thinks about human emotions and uses psychology to track down the killer or killers. To make the point clear, she often set up a foil in terms of a Holmes-like detective who obsessively pored over meaningless clues. A good part of the fun in Murder on the Links comes from her satire of the Sherlock Holmes style story.

Agatha Christie was a master at setting up little puzzles which the reader could solve, after leaping across an abyss of false assumptions and red herrings to reach the only conclusion that is possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a confusing christie
I found this book to be just as delightful as most of christie's mysteries. Poirot is at his best, Hastings muddles along complicating things and there's plenty of bright young... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Ash B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot Wins the 1923 French Open
Another Hercule Poirot thriller with more plot twists, unusual characters, unexpected relatonships and motives than a typical Christie who-done-it. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by john purcell
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery that will keep you hungry for more
Murder on the Links is a great book that has the best beginning of any book that I have ever read. It starts off by a detective named Hasting visiting his friend Hercule Poirot. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Poirot and Hastings
This is the second Poirot/Hastings mystery and like MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES, Hastings is the narrator and is again speaking from a future time describing past actions (ala... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
4.0 out of 5 stars A Prime Example of the Little Grey Cells
The second Hercule Poirot mystery, The Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie is a good example of the method of its detective and his little grey cells. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Ricky Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's second case
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hhastings are in France when they are called on to investigate a murder on a golf course. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars confusing
This is a great book, but a very confusing one. Poirot is summoned to a house, the sender writes that he fears for his life. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Spotches of mediocrecy amidst brilliant pioneering
Don't expect golf to play a prominent role in this novel. Murder on the Links was about a dead body discovered in a small town in France on the grounds of a golf link under... Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by snowy
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Romance, Mystery, and a detective that solves it all
It all starts out with a mysteriouis letter addressed to the famous detective- Hercule Poirot. Hastings and Poirot go to France to solve a murder. Read more
Published on April 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery!
I usually love Agatha Christie in general, and Poirot is my favorite detective; well, he's done it again! Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by Masha
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