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Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Links (original 1923; edition 1974)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Murder on the Links
Authors:Agatha Christie
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Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (1923)

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An early Poirot, told Captain Hastings, about the death of a millionaire on a golf course. Compare Rex Stout's Fer-de-lace and E. C. Bailey's "The Sweet Shot." ( )
  antiquary | Nov 14, 2014 |
This audio edition of Murder on the Links is a recording of a BBC Radio full-cast dramatization, not the actual novel, which I've never read. (I prefer Jane Marple to Hercule Poirot.) I've read about and listened to old radio dramas, so I agree that, like books, they're good for the imagination. One advantage over TV and movies is not having to look at an actor who doesn't at all resemble the author's description. The sound effects are good.

Almost all of the action takes place in France. Hastings can't begin to keep up with his friend, Poirot's, little grey cells, but neither did I. There's an arrogant French policeman who foolishly believes he's better than Poirot. It's fun anticipating his comeuppance. There are some strong female characters, especially the one who wants Hastings to call her 'Cinderella'. Who murdered the millionaire and why turned out to be more twisted than I anticipated.

Murder on the Links is a good listening experience for mystery lovers. ( )
  JalenV | Aug 25, 2014 |
Don't be fooled by the title. This novel has nothing to do with golf, and very little to do with the mentioned golf course. The second mystery in the Poirot series finds Poirot and Hastings off to France, called by a man who fears for his life. When they arrive they discover that their client has already died. The mystery builds as Poirot uncovers family connections and false identities. I didn't enjoy this book as much as other Poirot mysteries. I wasn't as taken with the setting- I prefer the ones set in England. I was never fully able to embrace the French environment. ( )
  lahochstetler | Jan 21, 2014 |
The plot isn't the best by any means but that was quite charming. The tone is light - Hasting's romance (not with Poirot though ;)) and his being constantly wrong about everything was fun though completely clownish at times. The Cinderella subplot especially was completely unexpected to me. You can tell Christie's trying to find the right tone for her stories and hasn't quite found it yet. Nothing wrong with that - wouldn't reread but it was nice enough while it lasted. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
"The Murder On The Links is the second novel in the Hercule Poirot series by author Agatha Christie. Poirot receives a letter from a Monsieur Renauld, from France who believes his life is in danger and invites Poirot to come to France and investigate. When they attend the find that they are too late and Renauld has been murdered. Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings must sort through the clues to find the perpertrator all the while having to content with another detective that has appeared on the scene.

This book is where Christie really starts to develop her trademark formula and style read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | May 29, 2013 |
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The sandtraps of millionaire Renauld's fabulous course were feared by golfers - and now one had became a fatal hazard for the legendary owner himself. Blood stained the sand where Renauld's butchred body was found.

Hercule Poirot could not resist the challenge of a tournament of death with a brilliant, mocking killer. As the count of corpses mounted, Poirot fell further and further behind - and only a desperate masterstroke could save the great detective from the most humiliating defeat opf his career.


What was the connection between two murders committed almost twenty years apart? Between the wife of a mysterious millionaire and the man's mistress living in a neighboring villa? Between  a beautiful showgirl and ugly blackmail? What link connected a strand of hair, a bloody letter opener, a blurred footprint, and a battered corpse in the sandtrap of a private golf course?

Hercule Poirot had to put together the strange pieces of a puzzle that stretched halfway around the  globe and into the most secret, sinister places of the human mind ,,,
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A millionaire's been found stabbed in the back on his private golf course. Hercule Poirot finds no shortage of suspects in the victim's family tree, but even he is surprised when the killer strikes again.

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An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the care is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.… (more)

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