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Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Towards Zero (1944)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Superintendent Battle (5)

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I really enjoyed this. This was one of Agatha Christie's best. I enjoy the character of Superintendent Battle, and the rest of the characterisation in this was just as good. I particularly liked the fact that any of the characters could have been the murderer. It makes it that much more satisfying a mystery. There were also a fair number of unrelated matters, snippets out of the characters' ordinary lives that helped make the story believable and more satisfying. Particularly as they were given without comment or anything relating them to the later bit they were to do with. At the same time, it still managed to be a quick, light read. All in all, I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 27, 2014 |
A brilliant construction of criss-crossing motives and red herrings , very suspenseful. I think the only reason it's not more well-known is that it hasn't got any of her best-loved detectives -- not dapper Poirot, not clever Miss Marple, just stolid old Inspector Battle. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Read during Summer 2007

Apparently I've read this before. No memory of it at all. I picked it up to cleanse the palate after seeing only a few minutes of the recent dreadful adaption on Mystery. As bad as the ones last year. This novel has no sign of Miss Marple, just Supt. Battle and a little mention of Poriot. I didn't guess anything at all, usually I have a glimmer but this one blind-sided me. Excellent except for an all-get-married hokey ending.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
Warning: this review contains spoilers.


This is a Superintendent Battle mystery and is consistently suspenseful. I enjoyed the character of Frederick Treves and wish he'd received more airtime. In the Marple-fied version of this story (the TV adaptation replaced Battle with Marple), Treves was played by Tom Baker, and he was an excellent choice. The ending was a bit weird though -- while the solution itself was acceptable, the way it was revealed was a bit rushed, and I'm not sure I buy Audrey's rushing off with Andrew. And that last line sounded more creepy than romantic. Still, this is a pretty good book. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 21, 2014 |
Murder is the last act in a process that begins months or years earlier. Towards Zero begins with the contemplation of a murder and proceeds toward zero hour. Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard is familiar enough with Hercule Poirot to begin to think like him as he unmasks a murderer.

Christie has used both the setting – a seaside home/country house with suspects limited to members of the household – and the plot before, although she adds a twist to make it a little different. Christie's policemen usually need the help of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple to identify the killer. Inspector Battle isn't as eccentric as Poirot or as genteel as Miss Marple, but he does get the job done without outside assistance. I listened to the audio version read by Hugh Fraser (who plays Hastings on TV), and his Inspector Battle sounds a lot like Philip Jackson's Inspector Japp from the Poirot TV series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 21, 2014 |
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"I like a good detective story, but they begin in the wrong place! They begin with the murder. But the murder is the end. The story begins long before that." So remarks esteemed criminologist Mr. Treves. Truer words have never been spoken, for a psychopathic killer has insinuated himself , with cunning manipulation, into a quiet village on the river Tern. But who is his intended victim? What are his unfathomable motives? And how and when will he reach the point of murder...the zero point? In the ingenious and noteworthy departure for Agatha Christie, it's the intricate workings of a pathological mind that becomes the stuff of startling mystery as group of friends at a seaside resort remain blithely unaware that their weekend will be the death of them all...

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An elderly widow is murdered at a clifftop seaside house...What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player?To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a houseparty gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.It's all part of a carefully paid plan - for murder.… (more)

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