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Murder in the mews by Agatha Christie

Murder in the mews (original 1937; edition 1980)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:Murder in the mews
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Fontana (1980), Paperback, 191 pages
Collections:Ägda, Your library, Hemhemma, Bra omslag, Läst 2003-2007, Läst 2013, Ovägt
Tags:brittisk litteratur, deckare, skönlitteratur, mord, samling, Hercule Poirot, stöld, spionage, Rhodos, Guy Fawkes

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Murder in the Mews and other stories by Agatha Christie (1937)

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A nice little collection featuring four mysteries involving Hercule Poirot, with Agatha Christie displaying her skill with the short story. My favourite was the locked-room murder mystery 'Dead Man's Mirror', where Poirot dazzles the reader with his ability to deduct a sequence of events and pinpoint the perpetrator from the seemingly most random and unconnected statements and objects.

In particular, the stories are:

Murder in the Mews: The morning after bonfire night a woman is found dead in her apartment. At first things point to suicide, but on closer inspection doubts are beginning to emerge. Inspector Japp asks his old friend Hercule Poirot to become involved in the investigation.

The Incredible Theft: At a gathering at a country mansion, the plans for a top-secret bomber are stolen. One of the house guests suggests calling in Hercule Poirot to investigate the matter and restore the plans before they fall into the hands of a foreign power.

Dead Man's Mirror: A peer of the realm is found shot to death at his country mansion, having apparently committed suicide. Unbeknown to the hostess, secretary and guests, he had contacted Poirot and asked him to investigate in a delicate matter, but when Poirot arrives, the host is already dead. Poirot then assists Major Riddle in the investigation.

Triangle at Rhodes: While holidaying on Rhodes, Hercule Poirot tries to prevent a murder. ( )
  passion4reading | Apr 5, 2017 |
Disappointed that this was the re-telling of other stories with minor changes. ( )
  Rich_B | Jun 2, 2016 |
This was a collection of three short stories starring Hercule Poirot. Of course, they were mysteries that only Poirot could solve with twists and turns. In one story, only Poirot realized who the real victim was. Classic stories and mysteries--a story of blackmail, a story about a love triangle, and a story of political intrigue. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore summons Hercule Poirot to his home. On arrival, Poirot finds that his presence is unexpected, and Sir Gervase is missing. A search soon discovers his remains in his study, he looks to have shot himself. Poirot investigates and discovers that is is murder made to look like suicide. Suspects include the eccentric wife, his adopted daughter, her cousin Hugo, a secretary helping Chevenix research a family history and other guests. Everyone heard a shot but no one suspected that anything was wrong, believing that either a car had backfired or champagne was being served. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Apr 1, 2016 |

I found the stories to be odd and can not say I really liked any except the 3rd story.

1. Murder in the Mews: Poirot joins Inspector Japp at the scene of a murder, posed to look as a suicide. Mrs Allen shot herself during a fireworks display and was found the following morning by her roommate, Miss Plenderlieth, in her bedroom behind a locked door.

It seems as though Mrs Allen had a visitor of dubious reputation and was being blackmailed by the man who was seen at the scene of the crime during the fireworks display.

2. The Incredible Theft: A house party is underway with a large variety of guests including: Lord Charles (the engineer of a new bomber), his secretary, an MP (Sir George Carrington), his wife, his son, & the dubious Mrs. Macatta (a suspected spy).

After dinner Lord Charles & sir George stroll the grounds and then go into the study where the secretary has laid out the plans for the bomber, only to find the plans stolen.

Who stole the plans out from plain sight?

3. Dead Man's Mirror: Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore having written to M. Poirot, imploring him to come help him before it is too late is found dead in his study prior to dinner. It appears to be suicide, with the bullet hitting the mirror as the main clue. Everyone heard the shot, but no one recognized it for what it was.

The family all had reasons for wanting Sir Gervase dead, he was a controlling despot more concerned with pride of family name than care of his family and his family resented his control of them.

Of all the stories this is the one I liked.... I liked the characters, the plot, the twists, & the romances.

4. Triangle at Rhodes: While on holiday during the off season M. Poirot an overtly observed love triangle turned deadly. However the victim was not who the other guests supposed it would be.

The sleight of hand, an unobserved triangle, and "wrong" victim are all sorted out by M. Poirot.

This was my least favorite of all. I didn't like the characters, the story was not involved enough and it left me wanting..... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Dead Man's Mirror: The flat was a modern one.
Murder in the Mews: "Penny for the guy, sir?"
Triangle at Rhodes: Hercule Poirot sat on the white sand and looked out across the sparkling blue water.
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aka Dead Man's Mirror. "The Incredible Theft" does not appear in earlier editions of the US version (Dead Man's Mirror). Please do not combine.
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Contains "Dead Man's Mirror," "Murder in the Mews," "The Incredible Theft," and "Triangle at Rhodes". "The Incredible Theft" does not appear in earlier editions of the US version (Dead Man's Mirror).
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Hercule Poirot solves
four mysteries, including
theft and foul murder.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425104354, Mass Market Paperback)

What's better than Poirot and Christie? Poirot and Christie times four!

Four extraordinary cases that are not only unexpected...but unpredictable.

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Four spellbinding mysteries that Hercule Poirot must uncover.

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