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Cards on the Table (1936) by Agatha Christie
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Title:Cards on the Table (1936)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Bantam Doubleday Dell (1984), Hardcover, 197 pages
Collections:Your library, Mystery, Favorites
Tags:classic British, detective, Hercule Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Ariadne Oliver, mystery, England, 12, Colonel Race, Golden Age

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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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Hercule Poirot is invited to join eight people for an evening of bridge. The host is a mysterious individual that most people seem not to like very much. In fact, that evening he suggests that four of the people at one table have at some time in their past committed murder. At the other table are seated Poirot, Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service and mystery writer Ariadne Oliver.

During the evening, the host, Mr. Shaitana is murdered in an adjoining room but no one hears or sees anything. The players at Poirot's table agree to work together to solve the murder.
  lamour | May 19, 2017 |
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 |
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Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbs, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffatt, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suomalainen, AuneTranslatorsecondary 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
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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