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Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress (original 1940; edition 2009)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Sad Cypress
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Harper Collins (2009), Edition: paperback / softback, Paperback
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Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie (1940)



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Unusually for Christie, a courtroom mystery, taut and well-paced, with a small circle of well-defined suspects and some scrupulously fair clueing (a scrap of label, a letter), although the clue of the roses seemed a bit over-obvious. Climax a bit flat, the (not very surprising) murderer's identity being disclosed without the expected dramatic "reveal."

Fans of Lord Peter Wimsey will note parallels to Dorothy Sayers' Strong Poison (1930). In each, a woman is on trial for a murder by means of a poison she alone is believed to have had the opportunity to administer; but her innocence is maintained by Lord Peter/Peter Lord, who is in love with her.

Even the titles are similar. I have never seen an explanation as to why Christie felt the need to make this elaborate nod in Sayers' direction. Was it a hint for the well-read reader, since there is some similarity in how the poison is ultimately shown to have been administered? ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
A good Agatha Christie, very entertaining. ( )
  cazfrancis | Sep 7, 2015 |
Usually Christie's books rate higher for me but Sad Cypress just didn't pull me in to the mystery as so many of her other ones have. I found myself having to reread passages and often looking for other books to read instead. The lengthy exposition of the crime which takes half of the book breaks the usual pacing of a Christie mystery and the book never seems to recover from it. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 12, 2014 |
I've been listening to a BBC radio drama and deceided to pick it up off the shelf since I had no memory of it and wanted to see if the adaption was any good. So far, so good!

A good early country house mystery; I totally failed in my detection skills, as it took a completely different turn at the end. Well worth a re-read.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
AUTHOR: Christie, Agatha
TITLE: Sad Cypress
DATE READ: 04/05/14
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1939/Putnam/271 pgs
CHARACTERS: Elinor Carlisle; Roderick Welman; Mary Gerrard

FIRST LINES: An anonymous letter! Elinor Carlisle stood looking down at it as it lay open in her hand. She'd never had such a thing before. It gave one an unpleasant sensation. Ill-written, badly spelled, on cheap pink paper.

COMMENTS: Is there anyone better at the puzzle in mysteries? I have read Agatha Christie over the years. I think I read most years ago when I was in my 20's and still pick one up on occasion -- usually so many books so little time, I don't go back for re-reads-- I only get to one when chosen as a group read. And I am always glad to read a mystery by Agatha Christie -- they always hold my attention & I am always wondering who dunnit & usually have to wait until the final hour to be told who it is. I picked Sad Cypress because I had a copy I had gotten from library sale last year. Debated about giving it away/trading it but held on to it. At first I thought I had read this one recently because it had some similarities to The Crooked House I read 2+ years ago (in 2012) but then as I kept reading it became clear this was a different book. Not that I really remember all the details of Crooked House. In this book Elinor, Roderick & Mary knew each other as children. They have in common Aunt Laura -- Elinor's aunt, Roderick's aunt by marriage & Mary lived at the lodge nearby. Aunt Laura didn't have children & took a special interest in Mary so they grew up knowing each other. Now they are in their 20's. Elinor & Roddy are engaged and live in London. Mary has received an education thanks to Aunt Laura, altho' her father believes she is "moving beyond her station", and altho' is currently around to see to Aunt Laura while she is ill she is pondering what she shall do to support herself. Elinor & Roddy travel to the estate to visit Aunt Laura who takes a turn for the worse & dies rather suddenly. She died w/o leaving a will and since Elinor is the closest relative, she inherits. At the same time Roddy is fascinated w/ Mary and decides to break his engagment w/ Elinor. When Mary dies a month later, after having tea w/ Elinor -- almost everyone has presumed Elinor is accountable for the murder. However, there is one person who believes in Elinor, even if he is doubtful of her innocence & he calls in Hercule Poirot to ferret the facts from the lies. ( )
  pammykn | Apr 5, 2014 |
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Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid;
Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.

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As a condemned murderess stands before the court, her eyes meet those of the only man who believes in her innocence. But Hercule Poirot must prove it before it's too late.

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When Elinor Carlisle goes to visit an elderly aunt, she finds herself charged with murder. Can Hercule Poirot prove her innocent of the crime?

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