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Murder In Retrospect by Agatha Christie

Murder In Retrospect (original 1942; edition 1942)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:Murder In Retrospect
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Bantam Books (1985), Hardcover
Collections:Your library, Mystery, Favorites
Tags:classic British, detective, England, Hercule Poirot, mystery, 12

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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (1942)

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    Anonymous user: Both books are similar with their references to nursery rhymes. Though the books are different in its scenarios.

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This is only the second Christie novel I have read, and it doesn't have the immediate impact of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, but it is a pretty good example of the clear, simple prose and laying of clues for which she is famous and is a great page turner. The resemblance of the five suspects in the murder of Amyas Crale to the five little pigs of the nursery rhyme is fairly tenuous. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 26, 2014 |
Oooo very good though I didn't appreciate Christie's strange stance on feminism being the same as misandry. Quite a different novel from her previous seeing as here Poirot investigates a murder in a purely psychological way seeing as it happened 16 years earlier and obviously no clues are left and all there is to due is to interrogate people. The end is very interesting and gives a lot to think about regarding the privileges of the peerage. Caroline and Angela are both very interesting female characters. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
a/k/a Murder in Retrospect
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
I tried to like this book. Just like I've tried to like other Agatha Christie books but I never can seem to get into them. I get lost in the sheer number of characters and the mind-numbingly boring dialogue. This is one very rare case were the TV adaptations are better written than the original books. ( )
  hazysaffron | Sep 7, 2013 |
Dame Christie got me again. For the first time, I fell right into the red herring, and now I feel vaguely pickled by the experience.

Nicely paced, interesting writing, and again, a dissertation on human nature. ( )
  eldashwood | Apr 17, 2013 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López Hipkiss, GuillermoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hercule Poirot looked with interest and appreciation at the young woman who was being ushered into the room.
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Amyas Crale had een famous as a painter ... and infamous as a lover. his fiery wife, Caroline, had been as jealous as she was devoted. So naturally it was she who was tried and convicted for his murder.
Now their daughter, Carla, presents the brilliant Hercule Poirot with the greatest challenge of his career - to clear her mother's name by finding the fatal flaw in what, after sixteen years, appears to be the perfect crime!

Meredith Blake stared at Poirot. "My dear man, if she didn't - "
"Well, if she didn't?"
"I can't imagine any alternative solution. Accident? Surely impossible."
"Quite impossible."
"And I can't believe in the suicide theory. It had to be brought forward, but it was quite unconvincing to anyone who knew Crale."
"So what remains?" asked Meredtih Blake.
Poirot said coolly, "There remains hte possibilty of his having been killed by somebody else.."
Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home.

It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can't get that nursery rhyme out of his mind…

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Take one dead lothario; add his jealous wife accused of his murder; toss in a devoted daughter who wants to clear her mother's name, and you get one of the greatest challenges of Hercule Poirot's career.

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Fourteen years after the wife of the renowned painter Amyas Crale was sent to the gallows for poisoning her husband, their daughter Lucy returns from Canada. Lucy carries with her a letter that suggests that her mother might have been innocent. Poirot agrees to dig up the past, but he warns Lucy that she may not like what he finds.… (more)

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