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Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 27) (original 1948; edition 2011)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

Series: Hercule Poirot (27)

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A man returns from the dead, and the body of a mysterious stranger is found in his room... A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by 'spirits' that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman's true motive for approaching him...… (more)
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Title:Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 27)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2011), Edition: Reissue, 288 pages
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Hercule Poirot is visited by a woman who has been reliably informed by a member of the spirit world that her brother-in-law's young widow, sole inheritor of the fortune that until his death in the London Blitz had been supporting his entire extended family, had a previous husband who is still alive. The sister-in-law wants Poirot to investigate and find him, so that the fortune can revert to her and the rest of her freeloading family, none of whom are apparently capable of supporting themselves.

This is another twisty mystery from Dame Agatha, and I should have known better than to boast on Liz's thread when I was only halfway through the book that I knew exactly how it was going to end. Yeah, not so much. The final chapters were a real rollercoaster ride, and if not for a truly unpleasant bit of domestic violence between the book's main romantic couple, who nevertheless end up together, I would have loved it. That bit was a little much even for me. ( )
  rosalita | May 28, 2022 |
Another whodunit with a surprise. I was sure who the murderer was and I was wrong. ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
No idea what to rate this as it was a solid mystery with some good twists, though a little soapy, but then I really really hated the epilogue.
  misslevel | Oct 1, 2021 |
Didn't quite buy the last chapter but was impressed. Christie does a fantastic job of giving you a slight inkling of potential solutions without quite letting you in on the secret. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Christie, AgathaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alvarado i Esteve, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Amechazurra, ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berling, BoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbett, SusannahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dehnel, Tadeusz JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Falzon, Alex T.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hauge, EivindTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hertenstein, RenateÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sachs, AndrewNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soncelli, GiovannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teason, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vieira, Cora RónaiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
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In every club there is a club bore.
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aka There Is a Tide
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A man returns from the dead, and the body of a mysterious stranger is found in his room... A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by 'spirits' that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman's true motive for approaching him...

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