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Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (34)

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    Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Just as Cat among the Pigeons is set at a girls' school, Hickory Dickory Dock is set at a hostel for students. Those who have enjoyed the atmosphere of carefree school days of Cat among the Pigeons, will also enjoy the ups and downs in the lives of the young (if slightly older) students living at the hostel in Hickory Dickory Dock.… (more)
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This is one of the Agatha Christie mysteries that involves a dash of international intrigue and I always have a soft spot for these. It's set at a girls' boarding school in the UK but involves hidden jewels and the female heir to the sheikdom of a fictitious Middle Eastern country which has fallen to a revolution. But what makes the book standout from the other stories of international intrigue (which whilst I enjoy, I wouldn't say they are generally AC's best works) are the characters of the various mistresses and schoolgirls who find themselves in the middle of all this and the inevitable multiple murders which follow. It's a Poirot but he doesn't turn up until almost the end of the book after one of the schoolgirls figures out what's going on and asks for his help. ( )
  souloftherose | Feb 19, 2019 |
In which a prim British girls’ school becomes the unlikely target for murder and espionage.

First, a digression: even the most devoted Christie acolyte cannot deny the Dame’s faded glory in the last years of her life. "Cat Among the Pigeons" is probably more respected by some, and – as I quite enjoyed both reading it, and watching the recent David Suchet adaptation, which contained a large and talented cast, and utilised the autumnal, rueful qualities that have lately characterised Suchet’s Poirot – I don’t want to seem cruel. But for me this mediocre, if solid. Christie was by now one of the world’s foremost experts on writing a crime story, and even a misguided attempt was bound to yield some fruit.

"Cat Among the Pigeons" is one of Poirot’s lesser novels, in my opinion. The story rests on so many contrivances – like "The Clocks", we can only believe in so many secret identities – and an annoying number of callbacks to Christie’s early days as a mediocre thriller writer, that it can’t possibly hope to match up to her skillful ‘true’ murder mysteries. There are some enchanting elements in play: Christie turns things on their head as usual, taking an Enid Blyton-style school and making it the centrepiece for murder; and, as with her later period Poirot novels, it’s nice to see the detective dealing with his age and his relationship to the modern world. (Also like several of the later Poirot novels, he arrives very late in the piece.)

At the end of the day, Poirot fans will find things to enjoy in "Cat Among the Pigeons", and her writing style is delightfully informal. Surprisingly, for a novel that sticks in the memory for its general atmosphere, I just don’t believe it has much merit.

Poirot ranking: 35th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
First agatha Christie novel I've ever read...surprised by the good writing and the rather contemporary story... will read more Christie books now. ( )
  LadyVivace | Jul 13, 2018 |
Another good Poirot mystery. Another one that I had not read towards the end of the series.

Set in a prestigious private school in England, Poirot is summoned by a student to solve the crimes. Murder is afoot. Not just one murder, but two. Who will be next? Well, besides our good friend Hercule Poirot, no one is safe. But not to worry, because he always gets his man. Or woman, as the case may be.

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  GovMarley | Aug 6, 2017 |
This was a good one. I definitely didn't figure how the murders played out until it was revealed. This is among the ones where Poirot doesn't show up until near the end to solve the mystery. Recommended to Christie fans. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Abelló, MontserratTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Atasana, Th. NungEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Åhlin, PerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ballanti, LidiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baudou, JacquesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bockenheim, KrystynaTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boncompagni, MauroForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425205967, Mass Market Paperback)

The new-look series of Hercule Poirot books for the 21st century. Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress - shot through the heart from point blank range. The school is thrown into chaos when the 'cat' strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim -

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The very exclusive Meadowbank School has never been more assured of success when the summer term begins--until their gym mistress is found murdered.

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