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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

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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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This is one of my favorite Poirot books. Christie's plotting and spare prose are excellent and engaging. As others have noted about some of her books, there is a bit of racism and sexism, and though I wish those elements weren't present, this is still a great read. ( )
  ReinaMWilliams | Mar 31, 2017 |
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  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
So I finished this book today, and I really enjoyed it!

Agatha Christie is a classic mystery author and this is another really good book. I'm more of a Miss Marple fan (knitting, crime-solving, sassy badass that she is) but Poriot is not a bad detective either.

Without spoiling it, all of these characters had really interesting back stories and there were plenty of twists and turns and suspects. The interesting part of this story is that no one seems to have a motive, at first, but it all unfolds after that.

It's a decent, cozy mystery. I always find Agatha Christie to be a really good palette cleanser after a difficult or heavy novel. And as a writer, I'm always impressed with how prolific she was. c:

A solid 3 starts. c: ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Esta fue la primera novela de Agatha Christie que leí en mi vida, tenía 11 años cuando lo encontré en la biblioteca de mi abuelo. Después de eso no pude parar y devoré todos los libros donde aparecía Poirot. Fue él el responsable de que me preocupara por mi inteligencia por primera vez, es él el responsable de que aún sueñe con ser una detective privada. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
Cards on the Table – Agatha Christie
4 stars
Audio performance by H. Fraser

I wonder if this Poirot mystery might be called And Then There Were None –Light.
Something of the underlying premise seems similar to me, but of course there is a creative Agatha Christie twist.

The strange, Mephistophelian, Mr. Shaitana invites eight guests to a dinner and bridge party. Four of the guests are imminent investigators and four are unexposed murderers. Mr. Shaitana expects to be entertained by this combination of guests. Agatha Christie intends him to be the victim. No one has seen the murder. Any one of four people could be guilty. Christie is once again playing with the theme that ‘murder will out’. As each guilty past is revealed the body count increases.

There are four investigators; Poirot, Inspector Battle, Colonel Race of the Serect Service and mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver. Unlike earlier novels, Christie actually allows the other investigators to participate on an intelligent level. Ultimately, it is Poirot who untangles the last surprising plot twist. (Naturellement)

This is the first time I’ve read a book with Ariadne Oliver. What a great character! I think Christie had fun with writing her. There were plenty of opportunities in this book to try to outguess the detectives, but I never manage to completely unravel a Christie plot until Poirot explains the process of his little grey cells. Agatha Christie could certainly write a good puzzle, but I’ve yet to find a believable romance in any of her books. This story would have been just fine without the unlikely instant love story.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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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
someone over bid

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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