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Five Complete Novels of Murder and Detection: And Then There Were None / Peril at End House / The Murder at Hazelmoor / Easy to Kill / Evil Under the Sun

by Agatha Christie

Series: Superintendent Battle (Includes 4), Hercule Poirot (Omnibus 8, 24)

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Five mysteries which show the range and versatility of Agatha Christie.

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I have read these before as separate works, but this is a great compilation.
Easy to Kill is very devious--Hell hath no fury. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Common and not so common stories, some of which were really good, others only average. Certainly worth the time to read the stories. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 29, 2018 |
This was a wonderful collection of Christie novels. There were some novels starring Hercule Poirot and some novels starring random Christie sleuths. All of them had the traditional plot twists. I was excited that I had not read one of them so I got to experience a new story along with some classic favorites. The editors did a great job of collecting great works to share together. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
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Peril at End House
The Murder at Hazelmoor
Easy to Kill
Ten Little Indians
Evil Under the Sun

Here is the grande dame of the mystery genre in yet another delicious collection of murder, skillful sleuths, and surprising plots in Agatha Christie: Five Complete Novels of Murder and Detection. The five mysteries collected here show the range and versatility of Agatha Christie and display her unerring talent for finding somethins a little evil in the most peaceful and quiet settings.

Hercule Poirot's holiday at the seaside resort of St. Loo is rudely interrupted in Peril at End House. Someone is trying to kill Nick Buckley, mistress of End House. The murderer might have succeeded had not one attempt been made in front of Hercule Poirot as he was enjoying the morning air on the porch of his hotel. His interest definitely piqued, he resolves to find the prospective murderer as well as a plausible motive for Nick Buckley's death.

In the snowbound drawing room of a house on the edge of bleak Dartmoor, twilight is falling as six people hold a seance, just for fun. But the fun ends in The Murder at Hazelmoor when the "spirits" say their neighbor Captain Trevelyan has been murdered. The horror deepens when the "spirits" are proved correct. Inspector Narracott, aided by Emily Trefusis, the fiancee of the man suspected of Trevelyan's murder, unravels the exceptionally devious -- yet brilliantly simple -- story behind the murder of Captain Trevelyan.

While making polite conversation in a railway carriage, Luke Fitzwilliam is flabbergasted to hear a sweet elderly woman state that there is a madman inflicting his private justice -- killing people who "deserve" to die -- on her sleepy English village. He dismissed her as dotty, but when the old lady is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Fitzwilliam feels that he must investigate further. Easy to Kill takes the reader through many twists and turns until Luke unmasks a most unexpected killer.

Ten Little Indians is a mystery classic. Ten people are marooned on a small island off the southern coast of England. One by one they are murdered, each following the manner of death found in the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians". Who is the murderer? How is it possible that all ten are found murdered when there truly wa no one else on the island?

Another holiday is interrupted for Hercule Poirot in Evil Under the Sun. The select resort on the little island at Leathercombe Bay is supposed to provide good food, sports, and congenial guests. It also offers one item not in the travel brochure -- murder. Hercule Poirot must use all of his "little grey cells" to solve the murder of the beautiful, but thoroughly unlikable, Arlena Marshall.

The five novels in this collection prove, once again, Agatha Christie's mastery of the mystery field. Everyone will find facinating reading, whether they are new to Christie's artistry or already familiar with her work.
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