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The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot…

The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot… (original 1923; edition 2011)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (1923)



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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 |
Yksi Agatha Christien parhaimmista teoksista. Hercule Poirot pyydetään apuun Ranskaan, mutta liian myöhään ja murha on jo tapahtunut. Itse en arvannut syyllistä, ja jännitys säilyy viimeisille sivuille asti. ( )
  marintala | Dec 6, 2014 |
Hercule Poirot received a letter asking for help, where the surprise thing was it came at once with the death of the writer. He was found in the golf course, almost buried. With the assistance of his best friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, they came to the place of incident. What was the connection between two murders happened during last 20 years? Between the millionaire’s wife and his secret lover lived next door? Between a beautiful entertainer girl and a blackmail? And then worse, the second murder happened. Hercule Poirot should struggle to find the murder before the third one being done. Meanwhile, Captain Hasting could not resist his true love to come. ( )
  Hanneri | Nov 30, 2014 |
The second Poirot mystery ever written, and I'm not sure Christie had his character quite ready yet, he managed to surprise me in the end.

This was only the second Agatha Christie novel that I read as an adult. I believe I read most of her Poirot and many Miss Marple stories when I was about 9-11 years old and of course I have since probably watched all the episodes starring David Suchet. So usually I would have some inkling of the plot, which is why I often choose not to read them anymore, but not with this one. And again this was a random find, so I thought why not? I did guess some parts of the story very early on, though the plot was pretty interesting.

It was a quick read like I thought it would be and I wanted to read something light. I found Hastings more irritating than I remembered him, maybe he gets smarter in the later novels. I might have given this four stars but there wasn't anything special in the story, just good, basic Agatha quality. But of course that is often better than many other authors manage. ( )
  Tytti-K | Nov 28, 2014 |
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 |
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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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