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Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House (1932)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (8)

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If there’s a strong novel for a Poirot newbie, "Peril at End House" may be it. It’s not Christie’s best, or Poirot’s – indeed, my own rankings would seem to indicate it’s at about the midpoint for both of them – but this book features Poirot as both a cunning investigator and a human, featuring a rare case in which he becomes heavily invested. Along with Hastings, Japp, and some well-drawn secondary characters, "Peril" is a great novel to recommend to someone intrigued by Christie: all of her best elements, yet there are so many even better things to come.

Although the suspects are deftly drawn, Christie gives over so much time to their interactions (necessary, I think, for the denouement) that it occasionally feels like a drama novel, not a mystery. (Although the same could be said of the splendid "The Hollow".) This is one of Christie’s best misdirections, with even Poirot fooled. If you figure this one out, you’re a genius.

Three-and-a-half stars.

Poirot ranking: 17th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. The who-done-it was clever enough although I think I've kinda come to expect something like this after reading so many Christie novels. And after reading Lord Edgware Dies not too long ago, the solutions are similar. Otherwise, I might have given it a four star rating. Always find Christie's book enjoyable. Great when I just want an easy light read or when I'm in-between other books. ( )
  Catsysta | Aug 5, 2018 |
I've read this book many times and enjoyed it every time. ( )
  dh-writer | May 26, 2018 |
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are on holiday in Cornwall, where they soon find danger: a young woman, called Nick Buckley, has had no less than three close brushes with death in as many days. These mishaps *could* be coincidental, perhaps, but M. Poirot doesn’t think so and he is determined to protect the young woman while he investigates. But soon more deadly events occur…. Agatha Christie is, of course, one of the best-known writers ever; “Peril at End House” was published in 1931, so it displays all the class divisions and sensibilities that one would expect of England at that time. Even though I read a lot of mysteries, including many of Ms. Christie’s, the twist at the very end came as a complete surprise to me, thus proving once again that she is indeed the Queen of Mystery Writers. Lovely. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Apr 17, 2018 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Peril At End House by Agatha Christie. This story features Hercule Poirot and his long suffering friend, Hastings, as they get involved with a young woman whose life has been threatened on numerous occasions. Things take a serious turn when, in a case of mistaken identity, the young lady’s cousin is shot dead. Poirot in his egotistic, bombastic manner puts all the pieces together and solves the mystery.

What struck me as most interesting is the reference Hastings makes to a failed case of Poirot’s. A case involving a box of chocolates. In fact, whenever Hastings wants to warn Poirot that he is getting too high-handed, he just has to say the words “Chocolate Box” to draw him in. I wonder if this is Christie’s tongue-in-cheek reference to Anthony Berkeley’s book, The Case of the Poisoned Chocolates, which was published just two years before Peril at End House.

While Peril At End House isn’t the finest of Christie’s mysteries, it was an entertaining read. Technically this was a re-read as I had originally enjoyed the book in the 1970’s but I literally had no memory of the story. I enjoyed revisiting her fussy, little detective and the rest of the inventive characters she has peopled this book with and I freely admit that she totally baffled me again. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 12, 2017 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bebber, Otto Albrecht vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joutsen, O. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Pit Poirot against peril and you get perfection.

Someone is stalking the lady of End House. She claims her only friend is a ghost. Hercule Poirot has his more earthbound theories of what's happening.

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Nick Buckley was an unusual name for a pretty young woman. But then she had led an unusual life. First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in her bed. Upon discovering a bullet-hole in Nick's sun hat, Hercules Poirot decides the girl needs his protection. At the same time, he begins to unravel the mystery of a murder that hasn't been committed. Yet.… (more)

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