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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073884
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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….

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Mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver has been enticed into devising a "murder hunt game" for a village fundraiser--but as the event approaches she feels increasingly uneasy, as if some one among those in charge of the event is manipulating her game to their own sinister purpose. She accordingly puts through a call to old friend Hercule Poirot, who drops in on the proceedings to discover that some one has turned the game into reality.
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!
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Discovering an Agatha Christie mystery you've never read is like discovering gold. And Dead Man's Folly is Hercule Poirot at his best. Even near the end of the book, you wonder if he is actually going to be able to solve this one.

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.
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Format: Audio Cassette
... It really picks up, and when it does, look out! Ms. Christie takes a little longer than usual to introduce us to all the characters -- all of whom will, of course, either become victims or suspects, except for the incomparable Hercule Poirot. The mystery is centered around a real-life game of CLUE, played with real people, that's meant to be entertainment at a local fair. And then it goes terribly wrong. Tortured family relationships and issues of class and heritage complicate matters. Just as the murder was introduced a little too slowly for my taste, its resolution was come upon a bit too abruptly. But these are just quibbles. Suchet's performance as Poirot made this unabridged audio book a delight.
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I have to say that this book was far better then Mystery of the Blue Train. It had more twists and turns then a roller coaster. The trouble was I couldn't distinguish between the real clues and all the red herrings. All the characters looked so suspicious, and everyone seemed to have a motive. At one point I thought that everyone in the house was involved in the murder of Marlene and disappearance of Hattie, even the butler (lol). Alec & Peggy Legge was who my mind settled on close to the end. All the clues left by them, the bracelet, the mysterious rendezvous, the boy in the turtle shirt; they were just red herrings produced to stump the reader. I felt that the bracelet was a big clue, I just didn't know where it went, and boy was I wrong. Never in a million years would I have believed who it turned out to be. This was a great book!
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