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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073860
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2008
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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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another Hercule Poirot thriller with more plot twists, unusual characters, unexpected relatonships and motives than a typical Christie who-done-it. Take this one to the beach this summer and bring a scorecard to keep track of all the players. Of course, there are twins who suffer from mistaken identities, and a chance meeting of adversaries from a long ago time in a remote location.
Murder on the Links actually features two murders and two detectives. Poirot is summoned to France by a wealthy businessman apparently in need of security, who turns up dead only hours before Poirot's arrival. Then another body turns up near the same golf course, but perhaps the death is due to natural causes. Then a younger detective appears, convinced that Poirot is a dottering old fool, with obsolete methods lacking the modern scientific approach.
Of course, Captain Hastings (from the Affair at Styles) is back as the narrator. Unfortunately here, Hastings becomes captivated by a young nameless woman and blunders in ways injurious to the solving of the crime. Ultimately, Poirot resolves the thing and shows up the young pretender.
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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. On his way to visit him, he meets a girl that he finds just astonishing. He does nothing about seeing this amazing girl because he believes he will never meet her again. Poirot receives a letter telling him to venture off to a French town because the man who wrote the letter fears his life is in danger. They quickly head to the town, and later find out that the man had been murdered the night before. Poirot doesn't go along with the beliefs that the police hold. He needs to get to the bottom of the case before another murder. I felt that this book was very good in the beginning but began to fall apart halfway through the book. I do not have much experience in the mystery genre, so I do not know what to expect. Being a teenager, I felt that the book was at a more advanced level for me, and I wish I had a dictionary always on hand to look up words in the novel. On the other hand, the character development was amazing. For example, if Christie didn't include the names following the dialogue, I would be able to tell who said it because I already knew so much about the character. In addition, this book had great clues as to who the murderer might be. But were unfortunately usually too hard for me; which might be a good or bad thing. Overall Murder on the Links was a great book that kept you hanging and wanting to read more. Murder on the Links will keep me reading more mysteries!
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