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Carte in tavola by Agatha Christie
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Title:Carte in tavola
Authors:Agatha Christie
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Tags:Fiction, Detective and mystery stories, Hercule Poirot series, Book 13, Mephistophelean Mr. Shaitana arranges a little party with four detectives: Hercule Poirot, the Scotland Yard's Superintendent Battle, the Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service, and Ariadne Oliver the mystery novelist, and with four individuals who have got away with murder: Dr. Roberts, Mrs. Lorrimer, Major John Despard and Anne Meredith, Mr Shaitana is found dead, Can the four detectives discover which of the other four guests is the killer? First published, under the title: "Cards on the Table", by Collins Crime Club, London, November 2, 1936, 288 pp., by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1937, First Italian edition, under the title: "Carte in tavola", Mondadori, Milano, 1938, I libri gialli, n. 191, translated by Tito N. Sarego, 260 pp.; republished, under the same title, by Mondadori, 1983, I classici del giallo, n. 429, translated by Grazia Griffini, 206 pp., Film version: "Cards on the Table", Film TV, March 19, 2006, directed by Sarah Harding, starring: David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver, David Westhead as Supt. Jim Wheeler (Supt. Battle), Robert Pugh as Colonel Hughes (Colonel Race), Tristan Gemmill as Despard, Alex Jennings as Dr Roberts, Lesley Manville as Mrs Lorrimer, Lyndsey Marshal as Anne Meredith, Alexander Siddig as Shaitana, Honeysuckle Weeks as Miss Dawes, [Sc. 10 u.]

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Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie (1936)

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    Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Hercule Poirot with Mrs. Oliver once again after Cards on the Table. This is reason enough for anyone who has enjoyed their first outing together to read this book.
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more believable than most of Christie's plots ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
I am on an Agatha Christie kick lately and enjoying the audio versions of several of her mysteries. This particular audio is actually a recording of the BBC cast performance. The different actors make keeping the characters straight a little easier.

It is typical Poirot, using his “little grey cells” to solve the murder of Mr Shaitana, committed in full view of a roomful of guests playing bridge. Interestingly enough, he had boasted to Poirot about his collection of murderers, and had invited Poirot to come view his collection … i.e. that one or more of the guests had themselves committed murder. Certainly, there are plenty of suspects, and several of them are, in fact, guilty … but only one committed this murder. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
Hercule Poirot, bridge and an impossible murder. This is the one where Poirot manages to outshine all the other sleuths in the story. Twirling his mustache and using his little grey cells, he tricks us again. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A very clever plot revolving around a game of bridge. Hercule Poirot is involved, helped by the police, and the investigations look as if any of the possible suspects could be guilty. Highly recommended. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie - Good

Oh I do like Agatha Christie: my default read and never disappoints.

This was is set in 1936 and sees Poirot investigating the death of the mysterious Shaitana. He deliberately set up a dinner party where four of the guests have 'got away with murder' and four of the guests are sleuths of some description: a policeman, a secret service man, a crime author and Poirot. During the party, Shaitana is stabbed and no one notices until they come to leave.

So which of the four is the culprit? All have something to hide, all could have done it. The four sleuths work independently but share their knowledge. Interesting style and puzzle, all the better in that it varies quite a lot from the TV adapatation - sufficiently to avoid spoiling the twists and ending.

A nice easy read which doesn't quite go the way you expect it to. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Gibbs, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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De geheimzinnige mijnheer Shaitana "verzamelt" niet-ontdekte moordenaars. Een gevaarlijke hobby, die hem zijn leven kost. Poirot moet uit deze "verzameling" degene zoeken die Shaitana doodgestoken heeft. Hoewel hij uit de manier waarop de verdachten bridge spelen heel wat kan opmaken over hun karakter, blijft het een bijzonder ingewikkelde zaak.

   It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths - Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard. Mrs Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service, and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! 
   For the host, the mysterious Mr Shaitana, it was to be a clever entertainment. But before the first rubber was completed, the host himself was dead.
   Poirot went over to the bridge table. Without touching anything he examined the scores. He shook his head once or twice.
   "The stupid little man! Oh, the stupid little man," murmured Hercule Poirot. "The dress up as the devil and try to frighten people. Quel enfantillage!"
   The door opened. the divisional surgeon came in, bag in hand; he was followed by the divisional inspector talking to Battle. A camera man came next. there was a constable in the h all.
   The routine of the detection of crime had begun ...
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killed in plain sight
cards bridge to deadly suspects
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425205959, Mass Market Paperback)

Poirot is invited to a dinner party held by Mr. Shaitana, a strange old man who informs him that four of his fellow guests are murderers who have pulled off their crime without getting caught. After dinner the criminals assemble to play bridge in a separate room with their host, and Shaitana is promptly killed. It's up to Poirot to ensure that the murderer doesn't get off a second time.

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"In the matchup of the century, four sleuths--including mystery writer Ariadne Oliver and the incomparable Hercule Poirot--have been invited to play bridge with four cunning criminals, each of whom had gotten away with murder. For the host, it is irresistible entertainment--until his own murder becomes part of the game."--back cover"… (more)

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