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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: 20.3 x 13.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Carolyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2013
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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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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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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