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Product Details

  • Series: Hercule Poirot (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425067947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425067949
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What more need one ask of a detective story? -- Literary Review

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An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies facedown in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.…

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of my favorite Poirot/Christie mysteries.
kstjohn
I was drawn into the story from the very first page and even though I'm a relatively slow reader, I devoured half of the story in one sitting.
Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea
This was the 2nd Agatha Christie book I read and now I want to read another!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Anon0243 on September 23, 2010
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Of course I love anything Agatha Christie, so I purchased this book for my Kindle. There were a lot of typos. It was very irritating because so many of them were simple typos that would have been corrected had the book been prof read before hand. It was like reading a high school english paper. I hope the rest of my Kindle books are not like this. It seemed tacky and unprofessional.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Hunter on July 11, 2003
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The second Hercule Poirot mystery, The Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie is a good example of the method of its detective and his little grey cells. The cast of charaters is small and there are some wonderfully complex twists but the main pleasure to be derived from this book is setting up Poirot in counterpoint to a more "modern" detective who uses less of a psychological approach and more of the blood-hound method examing the minutiae of the scene and following the scent. Hercule Poirot would definately not be a avid "CSI" watcher. The story also contains many romantic elements, another popular genre used by the author, that generally work better here than in other of her books. A good mystery, if not a Christie classic.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rater1100 on September 18, 2010
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The first part of the text is fine, but then the conversion program missed an end italics and the bulk of the book is in italic. Very annoying and hard to read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CMS on October 11, 2010
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This is my second Agatha Christie book and I thought it was pretty good. I liked that just when you think you have it all figured out you realize you don't. That's the beauty of quality mystery writers as opposed to your dime a dozen writers you find in the grocery store aisle. I don't think this was the best book I read, but I felt the time I spent reading it was thoroughly well spent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
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Oh man! This was absolutely spellbinding! Christie's gift is absolutely daunting! This novel never lets you off the hook for one second! It was after reading this that I've stopped reading mysteries written by any other writer. She's in a class all by herself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Evans VINE VOICE on March 13, 2009
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In this, Agatha Christie's third novel and Hercule Poirot's second appearance (after The Mysterious Affair at Styles), the author and her detective continue to delight and dizzy. Poirot and Hastings travel to France to investigate a murder and we think we've reached the bottom of it...about five times. I'd never have guessed the actual solution, but watching Poirot at work and Hastings being wowed by the ladies and not as quick on the case (he's the reader - i.e., me or you - in the novel, the one we can relate to!) was the real pleasure anyway. We get the added treat of a brief ethical dilemma: to shield a loved one at what cost to myself? and what cost to a third party? Rapidly resolved by the marvelous, fastidious Poirot.

It's not The Murder of Roger Ackroyd nor even probably Peril at End House, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on November 1, 2004
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I've recently started reading the Christie mysteries I've missed along the way, including this, her second full-length Poirot. I found it tough going at times, somewhat confusing...but I've rarely been so blown away by the denouement of a whodunit! I can only imagine that this was the book that cemented Christie's reputation after her debut with "The Mysterious Affair At Styles." Sure, the writing is old-fashioned (it was written in the late 20s, after all), but the intricacies of the plot and the way Christie keeps you off-base and guessing until the very end are simply stunning. You may not have heard of this Christie (it was new to me), but it truly ranks up there with "...Roger Ackroyd" and "...the Orient Express" for sheer suprise value.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill Slocum VINE VOICE on April 18, 2006
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This book made me flash on the great Neil Simon comedy, "Murder By Death." A madman assembles the world's greatest fictional detectives, including a fellow named Hercule Perrier, and laces into them about how their books "tricked and fooled" readers for years.

"You've tortured us all with surprise endings that made no sense. You've introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before!"

Christie was just starting on her amazing run of mystery-novel success with this, her third novel and second featuring Hercule Poirot, her best-known creation. Published in 1923, it features Poirot as a kind of thin Sherlock Holmes manque with a Watson-esque stuffy Brit companion named Hastings and a snooty Paris police detective Poirot shows up at every turn. While the murder under investigation offers numerous clues, red herrings, and sudden plot twists, the only thing apparently keeping Poirot from wrapping things up sooner is his complicity with Christie to stretch her story out to novel length.

Coincidence is a dangerous device to introduce to any book. Here it is done thrice, first when Hastings meets a girl on a train en route to meeting Poirot in London who will later turn out to be no small player in the murder case, though it occurs in a small French village many miles away.

Second, we learn how two conspirators who fell out and changed their identities unknowingly found themselves neighbors in this same village.

Finally, a fellow happens to have a heart attack that furnishes a couple with a dead body they have immediate need for without the guilt of shedding blood.

And there are even identical twins involved!
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