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“I had read all of Agatha Christie by the time I was ten.” (Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author of Brooklyn)

“One of Agatha Christie’s best mystery novels, a story fascinating in its plot, clever and lively in its characters and brilliant in its technique.” (New York Times)

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Luke Fitzwilliam does not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer is at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood and that her local doctor is next in line.

But within hours, Miss Pinkerton has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke is inclined to think so—until he reads in the Times of the unexpected demise of Wychwood’s Dr. Humbleby.…

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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Each character was well described.
LissaLeeAnn
Luke will suspect just about all of them at one point or another in the story, but in a tense and thrilling ending, all is revealed.
Antoinette Klein
Dame Agatha Christie was at the top of her game writing this excellent novel in the scary year of 1939.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on May 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Luke Fitzwilliam has just returned home to England after several years working in the East. As he settles into a train compartment on the way to London he strikes up a conversation with an elderly woman who reminds him of one of his aunts. She tells him a strange story of murders in her village, giving him details of the crimes and relating how she is on her way to Scotland Yard to try and stop the murderer before there is another death. Luke listens to her with half an ear and then forgets the incident after his arrival in London. He is reminded though when he sees that his traveling companion was killed in a street accident shortly after they parted company. He is further surprised to hear that the person named as the next victim has in fact died suddenly.
He decides to investigate further, travels to the village and begins become involved in the village life. While there Luke meets the usual village ensemble, the old maids, local doctor and family, local lord of the manor and his household and others. Luke begins to find certain disturbing aspects on the local scene that convince him that the outrageous stories he had been told just might be the truth after all.
This is a departure from Christie's usual work, there are no appearances by Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple however Sgt. Battle does make an appearance at the very end of the story. Luke Fitzwilliam is one of Dame Agatha's one appearance only heroes which is a pity. He and his romantic interest quite charming, it would be nice to meet them again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hardly need speak about Agatha Christie, deservedly the best-selling mystery novel author of all time. Murder is Easy is one of her best novels, being typically easy to read, obviously contrived and yet filled with plot twists and misdirections. During the exposition of the plot the reader cannot help but be seduced by the unravelling of the mystery, and it all seems, indeed, a little too easy... but with a breathtaking twist in the tail everything is turned around more than once. In retrospect it seems so simple, and all the clues are there. And yet the reader is almost guaranteed not to guess the ending. The only thing to add is that this is one of the few Christies where the pleasure of detection and mystery is leavened with the tension of personal risk to the main characters. The final few chapters in particular took my breath away when I first read the book. Written in the 1930s and yet still as accessible today as it ever was, this is a book well worth reading for both the Christie fan and the generalist reader of detective fiction. Read it and see why Christie is the Queen of Crime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on April 30, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Miss Lavinia Fullerton is a typical English spinster. In fact, she is very reminiscent of Miss Marple and the charming elderly ladies that inhabited the cozy villages of England in the time between the two World Wars. While travelling on a train to London, she chats with Luke Fitzwilliam, a young policeman, about all the murders that have been taking place in her village of Wychwood under Ashe. Her subsequent death in London traffic involves Luke in this cozy village mystery.
The novel is populated with the basic village characters: doctor, lawyer, vicar, several elderly ladies, a retired military man, and one precocious young boy. Luke will suspect just about all of them at one point or another in the story, but in a tense and thrilling ending, all is revealed.
This entertaining book became a 1982 made-for-tv movie starring Bill Bixby as Luke and Helen Hayes as Lavinia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Though it's not the best of Christie, and is missing her two most famous detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, "Murder is Easy" somehow contrives to be one of my favourite installments in her massive body of work. In a typical cozy set in a small English village filled with eccentric characters and a range of suspicious deaths, Christie leads the reader up the garden path and back again with a constant stream of twists and turns.

Luke Fitzwilliam is back in England after several years overseas, and is eager to re-absorb himself in the culture of his homeland. Thus, he strikes up a conversation in the train to London with an elderly woman who reminds him of his favourite aunt, though the discussion soon takes an extraordinary turn. According to her, a murderer is on the loose in her small village of Wychwood, and she's on her way to Scotland Yard to report it to the police. What's more, she knows the name of the killer's next intended victim.

Naturally, Luke doesn't take it seriously, but imagine his astonishment when he spots an article in the paper the following day, revealing that the old woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident. His concern deepens when he reads an obituary a week later, reporting the death of Doctor John Humbleby in Wychwood village: the very person that his travelling companion had believed was next in line to die. As there's hardly enough evidence to go to the police, Luke takes matters into his own hands and travels to Wychwood himself to investigate.

Under the pretext of researching a book on local superstitions - Wychwood itself being replete with old folklore and rumours of witchcraft - Luke begins to scrutinize the population for any possible murderers.
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