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The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

The Pale Horse (1961)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Ariadne Oliver (5)

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    The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: The narrator of The Pale Horse, Mark Easterbrook, reminds me of the narrator of another Agatha Christie book. Jerry Barton from The Moving Finger. In both of these stories the urban hero goes to a small town and gets entangled in a spine chilling mystery. Another thing that these two books have in common is an unconventional old lady named Mrs. Dane Calthrop, one of the more unique creations of Christie.… (more)

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An excellent mystery. Most of the book is Mark Easterbrook's narration, but some sections are told in 3rd person. Mrs. Oliver appears briefly and provides key information. The twist at the end was unexpected and really good. ( )
  nx74defiant | Sep 20, 2017 |
Agatha Christie understands people, and their motivations, better than most. One of my favorites of hers. ( )
  afclark | Mar 18, 2017 |
A Catholic priest is murder on his way home from giving the last rites to a woman. He has a list of names in his shoe of unconnected people who have all died resonantly from natural causes.
Mark Easterbrook witnesses fight between two woman in which the hair comes out in clumps without noticeable pain. Then there is the mysterious Pale Horse Inn now closed and occupied by three strange woman who proclaim to be witches and spiritualists. What are the connections amongst these people that lead Mark and the police to suspect murder but how and why.
This another Christie novel that is cluttered with unusual British place names and equally fascinating characters. ( )
  lamour | Jan 23, 2017 |
There’s something special about reading an old paperback that has been read more than once by a loved one, and wondering what life was like when its pages were first turned. These types of murder mysteries are not my usual cup of tea, but I liked this one for its characters, the dark and sinister nature of the crime, and that wonderful way of speaking that British people have. It’s also one that can be readily followed without having to backtrack in the book to remember people or events, which is nice, though a part of that is due to repetition, which can also be a bother. Agatha Christie is a clever writer though, and it’s easy to see why she is so popular.

On love, and men and women:
“Being in love has a very bad effect on men – it seems to addle their wits. Now women are just the opposite – on top of the world, looking radiant and twice as good looking as usual. Funny, isn’t it, that it should suit women, and only make a man look like a sick sheep?”

And this one, from Revelation 6:8:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him…” ( )
1 vote gbill | Dec 22, 2016 |
Whenever the occult is part of a novel, I never like its inclusion.
I wasn't sure where Christie was going with this, so I was uncomfortable right up to the last chapter.
Still enjoyed the mystery... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nuuttila, AnttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There are two methods, it seems to me, of approaching this strange business of the Pale Horse.
Your criminal is someone who wants to be important, but who will never be important, because he’ll always be less than a man.
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The dying woman turned to Father Gorman with agony in her eyes, "Stopped ... It must be stopped ... You will ... "
The priest spoke with reassuring authority. "I will do what is necessary. You can trust me."
Father Gorman tucked the list of names she had given him into his shoe. It was a meaningless list: the names were of people who had nothing in common.
On his way home, Father Gorman was murdered. But the police found the list, and when Mark Easterbrook came to inquire into the circumstances of the people listed, he began to discover a connection between them, and an ominous pattern:

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Was it really the Thomasina Tuckerton--dropout heiress turned bohemian beat girl--seen in a cafe brawl with another woman? Her obituary confirms it. Thomasina's unfortunate demise would have passed unnoticed if it hadn't been for the priest who suffered a fatal blow at the hand of a stranger only days later. What's the connection? A list of names hidden in father Gorman's shoes--among them, Miss Tuckerton's. It leads to a former country inn, now a house called, The Pale Horse, and a sinister pattern woven by three unusual ladies--a psychic, a medium, and a witch--each with a secret of her own.

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After a priest is murdered, Mark Easterbrook investigates the peculiar list of names found on the body.

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