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Appointment with Death (original 1938; edition 2005)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Appointment with Death
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:HarperCollins e-books (2005), Kindle Edition, 224 pages
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Another good Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie. I was surprised at the end when Poirot explained all; all of my best guesses were entirely wrong. I love when a mystery keeps me guessing until the last moment. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
I read this after watching the BBC production with the same title. It was interesting to see how it had been adapted. This is classic A.C. with a great sense of atmosphere as well, as it is set near the ancient city of Petra and then partly in Jerusalem. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
loved it ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
4.5*

"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"

Mrs. Boynton is despised by everyone who meets her. Even her family. All of her children live under her thumb and it is easy to see how her manipulative tyranny make Mrs. Boynton one of the most despicable characters and one of the most deserving victims in any Christie novel.

Poirot, having once overheard a conversation between two of the Boyton children, is resolved to investigate when a death occurs on a trip to Petra.

I really enjoyed this mystery. Christie focuses once again on the relationships between the characters and uses psychology to map out what makes those relationship keep intact. There is something compelling about the vile Mrs Boynton as none of the people around her find the strength to tear away from her even though this would ultimately be for their own good. At the same time, Mrs Boyton's sadistic behaviour provides a number of lies and deceptions that make it fun to follow Poirot's investigations and keep guessing the resolution to this mystery. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Appointment With Death. – Agatha Christie
Audio performance by Hugh Fraser

3 stars

"The victim may be one of God’s saints – or, on the contrary- a monster of infamy. It moves me not. The fact is the same. A life – taken! I say it always – I do not approve of murder.” Hercule Poirot

The victim in this mystery is without doubt, a monster of infamy. It is such a relief when Mrs. Boyton is finally dead. I was ready to poison her tea or take a knife to her myself. This murder takes place against the exotic Middle Eastern background of Jerusalem and Petra. Poirot seems a bit out of place, but the little grey cells continue to function perfectly.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Mrs. Boynton es una mujer entrada en años que más que gobernar, esclaviza a sus hijastros ya mayores. Pero ella es la dueña del dinero y, hasta su muerte, todos deberán girar a su alrededor. En el transcurso de un viaje a las ruinas de Petra, los Boynton coinciden con otros viajeros entre los que está Poirot. Cuando el grupo vuelve de la excursión, a la que la anciana no ha acudido, la encuentran muerta a la puerta de su tienda. Todos tienen motivos para desear su muerte, todos son sospechosos.
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Gerard continued: "We see it all round us to-day - in political creeds, in the conduct of nations. A reaction from humanitarianism - from pity - from brotherly good-will. The creeds sound well sometimes - a wise régime - a beneficent government - but imposed by FORCE - resting on a basis of cruelty and fear. They are opening the door, these apostles of violence, they are letting up the old savagery, the old delight in cruelty FOR ITS OWN SAKE! Oh, it is difficult - Man is an animal very delicately balanced. He has one prime necessity - to survive. To advance too quickly is as fatal as to lag behind. He must survive! He must, perhaps, retain some of the old savagery, but he must not - no definitely he must not - DEIFY it!" There was a pause. Then Sarah said: "You think old Mrs. Boynton is a kind of Sadist?" (The Albatross edition 1939, chapter VI, p. 47)
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When a loathsome tourist is murdered in full view of her fellow sightseers, Poirot doesn't question who did it, but rather, who wouldn't have?

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Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her. With only 24 hours available to solve the mystery, Hercules Poirot recalled a chance remark he'd overheard back in Jerusalem: 'You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?' Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he'd ever met.… (more)

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