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Murder on the Links (original 1923; edition 1974)

by Agatha Christie

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

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Hastings and Poirot are united in another crime solving escapade, this time involving a dead body found on the edge of a golf course. It's not surprising that they would work together, as they are sharing a flat in London. One morning, while at breakfast, Poirot receives an urgent summons from Paul Renauld. The two men travel to Renauld's home, but arrive too late - Renauld is dead.

Earlier that morning, men entered Renauld's house, tied up his wife and abducted him. The police later found his body in an open grave next to a golf course adjacent to his home. He was stabbed in the back. Renauld's son is supposed to be in the Americas, his secretary was in London, and only three women servants were in the house with them. Nonetheless, suspects abound. Poirot begins to put his little gray cells to work. While he pursues the clues, Hastings meets a young woman, and promptly falls in love. Poor Hastings, so forgivably foolish. As the mystery develops and becomes ever more complicated, the woman Hastings has fallen for acts in ways that cast doubt on her innocence, such as stealing evidence from police headquarters (after Hastings let her in). Poirot heads off to France to pursue a line of inquiry that is opaque to everyone else, and while he is gone another body is discovered, with a knife in the chest. Stranger and stranger, this man would seem to have been killed prior to Mr. Renauld, but somehow connected to that crime. He is dressed very well, but his body suggests the life of a tramp, and the coroner reveals that he died of natural causes before the knife was thrust in his chest. Nothing seems to fit together, but Poirot unravels the tangled knot of lies and conflicting stories with an answer that traces back into the past and another similar crime from a different place.

Christie deftly manages the complexity of the plot and the multitude of characters, crafting a wonderful mystery with plenty of false trails and misdirection, and concluding with an enlightening reveal and wrap up. I was happy that Hastings found romantic fulfillment (and with a woman who had no red hair and wasn't in his social class!), and I enjoyed the interactions between him and Poirot, which always provide these earlier Christie mysteries with light-hearted humor. The story quickly engrossed me, I read through it briskly, and was satisfied with the explanation at the end. I love a good Christie mystery, and this book is solid and entertaining. ( )
  nmhale | Jul 16, 2015 |
4.. No, no! I'm pretty sure this was a 4.5. What a lot of twists! Heh heh! Christie saves my week! :)
Oh, Poirot! How I love thee! ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
Hastings is irritating in this book, but the plot is enjoyable enough nonetheless. A typical Agatha Christie. ( )
  cazfrancis | Jun 26, 2015 |
waw, what an amazing plot this one has. as an actively deducing reader, I was constantly set on the wrong foot. the murder case is wonderfully concieved, brilliantly laid out and the plot of the book contains suspense, action and turns on every page. an exceptional story in the Poirot-series by the great Agatha Christie. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
The story of a fugitive who decides to fake his own murder, but who really gets murdered by the daughter of the woman who is blackmailing him for the murder of her husband 20 years ago.

And, Hastings is an idiot. ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
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    THE DEADLY GAME

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.
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    LETHAL LINKS

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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425067947, Mass Market Paperback)

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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