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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot Wins the 1923 French Open June 27 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery that will keep you hungry for more May 9 2004
By Mark
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Poirot and Hastings Jan. 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories).
The action begins with Hastings meeting a young woman while on a train traveling through France to England. When they part at Calais Hastings believes he has seen the last of her. Soon after he and Poirot are traveling back to France at the request of a wealthy man who has made an appeal to Poirot. They arrive too late, the man had been murdered hours before. As they attempt to solve this crime another murder is commited, then a blackmail scheme is discovered that involves a twenty year old crime. To further complicate matters a young love triangle comes to light and one of the points seems to be the young lady Hastings had met on the train. In the end Poirot and Hastings prevail with a typical Christie last minute surprise.
This book, Christie's third novel, was published in 1923. The reader must keep the time frame in mind in order to understand some of the motivations of the characters and the limitations in police methods. Even with these constraints the story has held up well, due perhaps to Christie's trademark of equal parts of mystery and character development.
Hastings fans will particularly enjoy this novel because Hastings meets his future wife and begins his connection with South America.
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By snowy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 construction. The victim was a prospective client of Hercule Poirot who thoughtlessly died before the detective arrive to answer his summons.
The widow gave a story of suspect regarding the couple being roused out of bed by masked men, tying her up and him being abducted. The French authorities, represented by the rivalling local magistrate and Parisian detective, jumped on a series of clues thoughtfully left behind to assist their investigation, but could not agree on the verdict. Meanwhile, Poirot did his own investigation, drawing attention to clues which neither the French and Poirot's companion Hastings could not imagine any significance of.
The mystery was cleverly thought out. However, Christie failed to tie up loose ends, several of the deductions made by Poirot in the middle of the story were inexplicably ignored and forgotten at the unravelling of the case, causing certain inconsistencies.
The primary significance of this book though was on how Hastings got his girl. The love stories in the novel was sweetly done.
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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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Learning How to Exercise "the Little Grey Cells"...
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Published on Oct. 27 2008 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Learning How to Exercise "the Little Grey Cells"...
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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.
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
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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