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Cards on the Table

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Colonel Race (2), Ariadne Oliver (2), Superintendent Battle (3), Hercule Poirot (13)

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In Agatha Christie's classic mystery, Cards on the Table, the wily Hercule Poirot is on the case when a bridge night turns deadly

Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection."

Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether....

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    Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Hercule Poirot with Mrs. Oliver once again after Cards on the Table. This is reason enough for anyone who has enjoyed their first outing together to read this book.
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    The Mary Westmacott Collection: Giant's Bread + Unfinished Portrait + Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (iz)
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Another fine Poirot mystery by the queen of the Golden Age of Detection. Perhaps the setup is a bit artificial, but it's entertaining, insightful in the psychology of the characters and a pleasure to read. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Another great Christie book, where any 1 of 4 people could have been the killer. It's up to Poirot and the other 3 detectives at the scene to determine which one actually did it
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
[In this book] "There are only four starters [suspects] and any one of them, given the right circumstances, might have committed the crime. That knocks out forcibly the element of surprise. Nevertheless there should be, I think, an equal interest attached to four persons, each of whom has committed murder and is capable of committing further murders. They are four widely divergent types, the motive that drives each one of them to crime is peculiar to that person, and each one would employ a different method. The deduction must, therefore, be entirely psychological, but it is none the less interesting for that, because when all is said and done it is the mind of the murderer that is of supreme interest. I may say, as an additional argument in favour of this story, that it was one of Hercule Poirot’s favourite cases. His friend, Captain Hastings, however, when Poirot described it to him, considered it very dull! I wonder with which of them my readers will agree.

Christie, Agatha. Cards on the Table: Hercule Poirot Investigates . HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.


Well, I can't lay claim to the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot, but neither do I have to claim Hastings'. I'm apparently to be something of a middle ground. I failed to deduct the murderer but I did enjoy the investigation to get there.

So, a party of eight are invited to dine with Mr Shaitana, four of whom he considers to be murderers and four of whom represent law enforcement. The law enforcement side is made up of Hercule Poirot, Ariadne Oliver (a mystery writer and sometimes amateur sleuth), Superintendent Battle (a police officer from Scotland Yard) and Colonel Race (a government spy of sorts). Although I'm aware of who they are, I haven't actually read any of their books - but I'm certainly looking forward to it now! Although I didn't really get a feel for Colonel Race - he doesn't really play much of a part - I would've been more interested to see Mr Satterthwaite (from Harley Quin) make up the fourth member of the party. Or even Miss Marple - that would've been pretty amusing.

They dine, they talk and they play bridge - and when they go to leave they find that their host, Mr Shaitana has been murdered - and only four people were in the room at the time - all of the suspected murderers. This was rather funny. I liked how the law enforcement side agree to lay their cards on the table and to share all facts. It was interesting seeing how they all worked the problem from their own strengths.

On the other hand, I found the ending somewhat rather bizarre. Okay so it was Doctor Roberts. I only clued to the bruise on her arm and actually thought maybe him and Anne Meredith were in on it together. But that's fine it was him. What I didn't get - was if it was him, why the hell did Anne try to kill her friend Rhoda Dawes? I mean jealousy seemed kind of weak when Rhoda is her meal ticket and she's not actually panicking about being found out.

Overall it was an interesting read. I wouldn't say it was quite as good as some of her other works, but it was definitely a solid mystery. 3.5 stars, rounded to 3. ( )
  funstm | Feb 11, 2023 |
I always enjoy a good Agatha Christie novel. I am usually rather OCD about reading mystery series in order but I just pick and choose Christie haphazardly but I feel they stand on their own all well enough that this isn't an issue. This was classic Christie and I enjoyed the multiple red herrings until the "big reveal" although I think if I understood anything about bridge, it would have been helpful. ( )
  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
Dame Agatha wrote some brilliant things, but this wasn't one of them, by a long shot. ( )
  natcontrary | Aug 16, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Champon, AlexisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbs, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
LeClercq, Franksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffatt, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sandberg, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suomalainen, AuneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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“Permit me to tell you, madame, that you are a most remarkable woman. All my homage and respect. Yes, indeed, a woman in a thousand. Why, you have not even done what nine hundred and ninety-nine women out of a thousand could not have resisted doing.”
“What is that?”
“Told me just why you killed your husband—and how entirely justified such a proceeding really was.”
Mrs. Lorrimer drew herself up.
“Really, M. Poirot,” she said stiffly. “My reasons were entirely my own business.”
“Magnifique!” said Poirot, and, once more raising her hand to his lips, he left the room.
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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:

In Agatha Christie's classic mystery, Cards on the Table, the wily Hercule Poirot is on the case when a bridge night turns deadly

Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection."

Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether....

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De geheimzinnige mijnheer Shaitana "verzamelt" niet-ontdekte moordenaars. Een gevaarlijke hobby, die hem zijn leven kost. Poirot moet uit deze "verzameling" degene zoeken die Shaitana doodgestoken heeft. Hoewel hij uit de manier waarop de verdachten bridge spelen heel wat kan opmaken over hun karakter, blijft het een bijzonder ingewikkelde zaak.
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   It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths - Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard. Mrs Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service, and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! 
   For the host, the mysterious Mr Shaitana, it was to be a clever entertainment. But before the first rubber was completed, the host himself was dead.
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   Poirot went over to the bridge table. Without touching anything he examined the scores. He shook his head once or twice.
   "The stupid little man! Oh, the stupid little man," murmured Hercule Poirot. "The dress up as the devil and try to frighten people. Quel enfantillage!"
   The door opened. the divisional surgeon came in, bag in hand; he was followed by the divisional inspector talking to Battle. A camera man came next. there was a constable in the h all.
   The routine of the detection of crime had begun ...
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killed in plain sight
cards bridge to deadly suspects
someone over bid
(hardboiled)

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