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Cards On the Table (original 1936; edition 1936)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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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
Rating:*****
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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    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 was another good Agatha Christie book. With four suspects we find ourselves embroiled in their lifes. Everyone of them as a reason and probably has killed before. Who was it? I really enjoy the book since we are presented not only by Herculae Poirot but also from other characters from other books... Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Battle and Colonel Race.

This was probably the first book, from Agatha Christie, that I found out who the murder was.

This is a quick read with only 200 pages (in portuguese) where the main antagonist is jailed but two of the other three members suffer from their past crimes. One drowns and other hang himself. The other, even if he killed someone, is found out not guilty so Agatha Christie gives him a "happy" ending.

There are several instances that other characters and poirot give information about other works (even the solution from one of the crimes).

Agatha Christie to me is as always a quick easy and safe read. ( )
  chevalierdulys | Apr 21, 2014 |
This novel has one guessing at the killer until the very end. Christie is a master at the surprise ending. Poirot didn't come into it as much as I would have liked, but he used a characteristically unlikely approach to solving the crime - that of analyzing the characters of the different suspects in order to discover which of them would be more likely to commit that kind of crime. This wasn't my favorite novel by A. Christie, but I did enjoy the novel approach to solving a crime. ( )
  Coffeehag | Jan 9, 2014 |
Considered by many to be her greatest work, it certainly is one of her finest. Agatha Christie herself said there are only four starters and any one of them might have committed the crime.
One detective per suspect is a great idea, although as one of them is Poirot, there's really only one. Agatha Christie thought the limited number of suspects might knock out the surprise. But it doesn't. In many ways it easier to keep up with who's who.
Poirot's thought process is as baffling as ever, and full of clues if only we could spot them. The really big clue comes though in the…
Christie at her best!
Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington’s Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series. ( )
  nina.jon | Dec 13, 2013 |
Great book, well-crafted plot. I loved Mrs Lorrimer in this. Everyone in the book admires the character and you can see why. Also loved that it was sort of several mysteries rolled into one since the premise is that all suspects have killed once before. And finally, some great quotes coming from Ariadne Olivier who's always a treasure - beautiful meta language about the writing of mystery novels.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
What I learned from this book: Don't mess with Hercule Poirot. He can pull out the guilty party every time, always after a sufficient number of red herrings have been produced. A good read, as always, from one of my favorite authors.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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.
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   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.
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   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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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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