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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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This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. A girl is murdered. Her love rival is suspected. If she didn't do it, who did? The red herrings are all in place and it's difficult to figure out. Even though this was a re-read for me, I still enjoyed it very much. But I still don't know what a fish paste sandwich is. ( )
  MCDyson | Mar 26, 2016 |
Maybe this is my favourite Agatha Christie-novel. So exciting and interesting that I couldn't it quit it till I finished. ( )
  aoestherauthor | Mar 15, 2016 |
"The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask."
"And underneath?"
"Underneath is the primitive man or woman."

Elinor Carlisle seems to have it all - a pretty and level-headed young London socialite, engaged to the man she passionately loves, in line for a large inheritance - until things begin to go radically wrong. Her rich old aunt Laura has a stroke, her fiance falls in love with an enchanting woman, Mary Gerrard, who is also getting very close to her aunt. When both the aunt and Mary Gerrard die, Elinor is arrested with what seems to be a watertight case against her. Will Hercule Poirot be able to save her, or as he would put it, discover the truth?

I was especially intrigued by the title of this novel, Sad Cypress. It is also the name of a song contained in William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night which goes:
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.

I enjoyed this mystery--for me, Agatha Christie is an easier read, but also enjoyable because of her portrayal of her characters, and most particularly her detectives. She also has a tendency to be very subtle when leaving her clues. I often find myself pausing over the most trivial bits of information, wondering if there's more to them than the first glance would suggest. And then you have the famous Hercule Poirot, of the egg-shaped head and abundant "little gray cells," who is always an amusing character. In this story, the evidence is so stacked against Elinor, that you really wonder how in the world Poirot will find anything that suggests she might indeed be innocent. Christie has a knack of making you feel that way in most of her mysteries--all the evidence will point towards one person and then before you know it Hercule Poirot discovers the truth! This was one of those mysteries where I actually did figure out who it was, but even then Christie manages to throw in a twist to the story.

If you're looking for a relatively quick read and an engaging mystery, this is a good one to pick up!

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  AlexisLovesBooks | Feb 9, 2016 |
Not sure where I picked this up-cleaning out my I laws house maybe. Anyway, it's been a long time since I've read an Agatha Christie mystery. Not one of her better ones but enjoyable. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |

I really enjoyed the differences in this book, as Poirot was blessedly absent for the most part. No matter how much I enjoy the mystery, sometimes I get tired of his pomposity...

Elinor Carlisle stands accused of poisoning, Mary, a younger woman she had every reason to hate & be jealous of..... Mary, a working class girl, had been sent to Germany to be educated by Elinor's Aunt Laura. As Aunt Laura has had a stroke, Elinor receives an anonymous letter saying that Mary is buttering up Aunt Laura in hopes of gleaning her estate.

Elinor & her fiance, Roddy Welman (Elinor's distant cousin) immediately visit Aunt Laura.... When Roddy sets eyes upon Mary, he is smitten and Elinor promptly calls off the engagement....

Aunt Laura suffers a second stroke & begs Elinor to call for her solicitor so that she may make a will..... At this point: Elinor promises her Aunt that Mary shall be taken care of; a vial of Morphine goes missing; and Aunt Laura dies in her sleep intestate....

Later, as Elinor cleans out her Aunt's mansion in preparation to sell it, she invites Mary (whom she has promised a goodly sum of 2,000 GBP) & Nurse Hopkins (Aunt Laura's nurse & Mary's mentor) to lunch..... While Elinor & Nurse are out of the room Mary succumbs to a deadly dose of morphine.....

Elinor is arrested (as she was the one who made lunch), Aunt Laura is exhumed, and the good doctor Peter Lord (which I kept reading as "Lord Peter") call on M. Poirot to prove Elinor's innocence.

There are several more lesser mysteries involved which come together nicely with the main story..... For Once I Figured out who the murderer was! ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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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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