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Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Paperback – Aug 30 2011
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“Poirot is the guide who led me into the wondrous maze of crime fiction. And I’ve never wanted to escape.” (Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author)
“The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction.” (New York Times)
“A classic Christie and one of the best.” (The Times (London))
“The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect.” (The Times Literary Supplement (London))
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Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a villagefete, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mockmurder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, thewell-known crime writer, agrees to organize theirmurder hunt.
Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the lastminute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot forhis expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses thatsomething sinister is about to happen….See all Product Description
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DEAD MAN'S FOLLY is not among Christie's better known works, and in truth it does not rank among her great classics. Even so, it has its charms, particularly in the form of Ariadne Oliver, a somewhat frazzled, absent-minded, and eccentric character clearly intended as a parody of mystery novelists in general and Christie herself in particular. The novel itself is nicely written and offers Christie's usual clever twist at the end. An enjoyable read for fans of the genre!
Good friend and mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver, unexpectedly calls Poirot and imperiously demands the little detectives' presence at a village fete in Devon, where a Mystery Hunt is about to take place. She worries that it won't just be a fake murder. Intrigued, our hero immediately takes the train to the village of Nassecombe to try to put a stop to whatever is afoot. Mrs. Oliver turns out to be correct in her assumptions and Hercule is terribly perturbed that he wasn't able to prevent it. As usual there are lots of red herrings and a totally convoluted solution. An excellent read.