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Een kat tussen de duiven by Agatha Christie

Een kat tussen de duiven (original 1959; edition 1990)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Een kat tussen de duiven
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Amsterdam Luitingh-Sijthoff cop. 1990
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Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie (1959)

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    Hickory Dickory Dock 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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Even though I read this one before, I did not remember the ending. I am usually good at detection, but this one totally threw me off. Dame Agatha is the best! Hercule Poirot rules! ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | May 7, 2014 |
Set in the posh girl’s boarding school of Meadowbank, Cat Among the Pigeons is a Hercule Poirot mystery. Dealing with political intrigue, missing jewels and murder, this was an interesting read, but I felt the book suffered a little from the late arrival of Poirot. The mystery was all but solved when he was brought into the story to place the final pieces of the puzzle together.

I enjoyed the girl’s school setting and the interesting character sketches that were provided for many of the characters, both students and teachers. There appeared to be a feeling among the various characters that something at the school was off, that someone was there who didn’t belong, a cat among the pigeons so to say. Christie throws down plenty of false leads and red herrings but eventually Poirot has his big reveal.

Written with her usual flair and style, Christie also gives her readers a fair amount of wit and humor to go along with the murder and mayhem making Cat Among the Pigeons a fun and enjoyable read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 5, 2014 |
I absolutely loved the setting of this - I'm a real sucker for school stories and though Poirot makes a very small appearance here, I deeply enjoyed young detective Julia and the various characters in the story. Most illuminating remarks made about teaching and managing a school, too. The plot is a bit of a departure for Christie as it involves espionnage and some of the action takes place in a foreign non-European country but the whole thing felt very logical and smooth. Very good installment. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
Another Poirot, but only just. The majority of Cat Among The Pigeons takes place in a girls' boarding school, where the police (with the help of the Secret Service) must uncover the mystery of the dead school mistress and the kidnapping of a high profile student-slash-princess. There is also the case of the missing jewels, smuggled out of Ramat on the eve of the revolution, as well as the question of who will succeed the retiring Miss Bulstrode as formidable headmistress of Meadowbank...

Cat Among The Pigeons was a wonderfully plotted mystery whose ending did not disappoint. By the time Poirot steps in to wrap things up, all the different threads have become delightfully muddled, until the Belgian detective steps in to unravel them all and reveal the murderer.

The characters were interesting, from the rather bland schoolgirl Jennifer to the dramatic Princess Shaista, and from the hard-nosed Miss Springer to the bulwark that is Miss Bulstrode. What made this book one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels was the multifarious nature of the mystery, the different viewpoints, and the pairing of international mystery and cold-hearted killing with the setting of an English boarding school tucked away in the country. A fantastic and compelling read from the Queen of Crime herself. ( )
  Hanneri | Sep 18, 2013 |
Got the distinct feeling I've read all the good Poirot's, and know I'm reading the throwaways.
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  bontley | Aug 24, 2013 |
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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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An exclusive school for young ladies was peaceful until murder shocked its hallowed halls.

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