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The Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie

The Murder at Hazelmoor (original 1931; edition 1987)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Murder at Hazelmoor
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Berkley (1987), Paperback, 240 pages
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Tags:Mystery, 2013

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The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie (1931)

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The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie - Good

Ah, needed some comfort reading and AC never fails me. This one is a standalone ie not Miss Marple or Poirot (although the TV turned it into a Miss Marple).

Usual stuff, someone is murdered and there are a number of people who could have done it and one that is arrested for it. His girlfriend doesn't believe he did it & sets about finding out who really did.

One or too ouch moments with the non-pc language of the time, but still one of the better Agatha Christies - mainly because the TV version was so different as to not spoil it.

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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Also published as "Murder at Hazelmoor"

A rich recluse, Sir Trevayne, rents his remote mansion out to a woman & her daughter, while he takes a manor in town. He is in the habit of dining w/ his friend on Tuesdays & Thursdays, but due to the snow, dinner has been cancelled and his friend goes up to Hazelmoor for the evening instead.

After dinner a seance is held and the "spirit" taps out that Trevayne is Dead, Murdered! It is found that Trevayne's estranged nephew has been to visit him, prior to his being found dead & is arrested for the crime. The nephew's fiancee, Emily Trefusis, believe him innocent and sets out to prove it.

From Amazon: "Agatha Christie: Inspector Narracott. Murder at Hazelmoor has the British title: The Sittaford Mystery. From inside the front cover: Race Against Death. Inspector Narracott was the perfect model of a professional police inspector - calm, methodical, doing everything by the book.

Beautiful Young Emily Trefusis was his perfect opposite - impulsive, intuitive, irreverent toward all rules and regulations. Together, they entered into a competition to solve a baffling case of a man who had died at the very moment his murder was being forecast at a seance miles away.

And it was not long before even the Inspector had to admit Emily was as effective a sleuth as he could ever hope to be ... ... unless of course, she was a murderess, leading him on a merry chase..."

I didn't like Emily (she was annoying & a user/manipulator of people) and I didn't like the detective..... The story had a good premise, but unlikable characters.

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
A message comes through at a seance that someone a two hour journey away has died. The deceased's best friend goes to check and finds his murdered body. The doctor's estimate of the time of death was while the seance was taking place. Emily Trefussis's fiance, the murdered man's nephew, is accused of the murder, and she decides to clear his name.

I have my doubts about whether the solution to this one is actually possible, but it was all good fun. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 14, 2015 |
An enjoyable Agatha Christie whodunit. ( )
  cazfrancis | Apr 10, 2015 |
Mrs. Willet and her daughter Violet, recent arrivals from South Africa, have leased Sittaford House near Dartmoor for the winter from its owner, Captain Trevelyan. They have invited several local residents to Sittaford House on a snowy day that soon cuts them off from the rest of the world. Someone suggests table turning to pass the time, and all are shocked when the letters spell out a message that Captain Trevelyan has been murdered. It doesn't take the police long to learn that Captain Trevelyan's nephew – and one of the heirs in his will – is in the area and doesn't have an alibi. His fiancee, Emily Trefusis, undertakes her own investigation to make sure that an innocent man isn't hanged for murder.

Several of Christie's earlier mysteries feature young adult amateur sleuths who figure more prominently than the police. They're usually energetic and determined, and the young women are always clever and bold. Emily Trefusis is no exception, but she disappointed me with her rationale for a decision she makes at the end of the book. I had read this recently enough that I remembered the murderer's identity and motive. Despite being aware of this from the beginning, I still couldn't see how Emily figured out how the murder must have happened. It all made perfect sense once she explained it. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312979819, Mass Market Paperback)

M-U-R-D-E-R. It began as an innocent parlor game intended to while away the hours on a bitter winter night. But the message that appeared before the amateur occultists snowbound at the Sittaford House was spelled out as loud and clear as a scream. Of course, the notion that they had foretold doom was pure bunk. Wasn't it? And the discovery of a corpse was pure coincidence. Wasn't it? If they're to discover the answer to this baffling murder, perhaps they should play again. But a journey into the spirit world could prove terribly dangerous--especially when the killer is lurking in this one.

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In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small round table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: 'Captain Trevelyan. dead. murder'. Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot.… (more)

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