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Cards On the Table by Agatha Christie
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Title:Cards On the Table
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

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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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Ingenious and extremely enjoyable, one of the very best things Christie ever did. First appearance of Mrs. Oliver. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
I had already made up my mind halfway through the book that this is getting no more than 3 stars. The last few chapters turned around and the mystery became a thriller.
Supreme detective work by M.Poirot this time. He put his cards on the table at last.
So thanks to Poirot who saved it being a mediocre 3 star mystery to a satisfying 4 star.
Not a must read. The book is slow paced throughout but the climax somewhat compensates it.
So try this..you may not be able to finish this in one sitting. But finish this you must.
You should wait for the last card to be turned on the table. The wait is worth it. ( )
  Shivam_Singh | Sep 5, 2015 |
A very refreshing Christie, if I may say so. And I may, since she tells you so herself in the foreword: only four suspects, all known upfront and all equally likely to have committed the investigated murder.

Needless to say, in a purely psychological investigation, Poirot is at his best. Or should I say: Christie is at her best? I loved Poirot's stubbornness and the many twists at the end of the book. Also, the (presumably) autobiographic anecdotes disguised as being Mrs Olivers ensured lovely interludes in the story. Finally, I also liked the fact that this Poirot story was not written from the first-person but from the third-person perspective. Very refreshing.

One of the best Poirot novels, if you ask me! ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
A group of peple, all a;llegedly murdees who have escaped detecton, are invited to an uneasy dinner; another murder follows. The plot reminds me of Catr's Death in FIve Boxes. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 20, 2014 |
A nice quick read. I thought I'd figured out who did it, so it was a nice surprise at the end to find out I was wrong! ( )
  cathymoore | Sep 2, 2014 |
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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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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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