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The ABC Murders (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Book Description

Agatha Christie’s world-famous serial killer mystery, reissued with a striking cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place.

Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans…


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  • Editorial Reviews

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    “Her best yet. Where does she get hold of these brilliant notions?” (Bristol Evening Post )

    “There is no more cunning player of the murder game than Agatha Christie.” (Sunday Times (London) )

    “An entirely original idea.” (Daily Telegraph (London) )

    “Mrs. Christie has invented an entirely new plot for a detective story—a difficult thing in these days; she is to be congratulated on the perfection of her invention.” (The Times (London) )

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    "There is no more cunning player of the murder game than Agatha Christie" Sunday Times "A masterwork of carefully concealed artifice! most stunningly original" Julian Symons

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1025 KB
    • Print Length: 244 pages
    • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece ed edition (October 14, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0046RE5CM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tricky! Tricky! August 8, 2002
    Format:Unknown Binding
    "A.B.C. Murders," written in 1936 stars Hercule Poirot with Hastings as his faithful chronicler. A person(s) signing himself as A.B.C writes Poirot taunting letters advertising the locale of his upcoming murders. And sure enough, his first murder of Alice Asher, who is a shopkeeper in Andover, goes off as advertised. The second forecasted murder is of a waitress named Betty Barnard from Bexhill, and the third is Sir Carmichael Clarke from Churston. Gracious! Where will it all end? Will we get to Zachary Zimmerman from Zanzibar? Has Dame Agatha written the first serial killer novel?
    To say the least, Poirot is troubled. The little gray cells are working overtime. Finally a gentleman with the intriguing name of Alexander Bonaparte Cust is arrested. He was at the scene of each crime. Witnesses identify him. His typewriter was used to type the insulting notes to Poirot. Open and shut? Poirot is not satisfied.
    "A.B.C. Murders" is a bit of a departure for Ms. Christie in that two of the victims are everyday citizens. Usually, Dame Agatha only consorts with the gentry. She has some insights that would do a modern day "profiler" proud when Poirot speculates upon the nature of the murderer. The denouement is intricate, so much so, some readers might find it too clever by half (to quote our British friends). I was enchanted anew at her cunning misdirection and the slyness of the murderer. This one isn't just a whodunit; it is also a "howdunit." A good example of Dame Agatha's brand of sleuthing.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting, thrilling, and well written novel. January 8, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The detective fiction book A.B.C. Murders, written by Agatha Christie, is a thrilling book. Christie's encouragement to read on makes it a "can't put it down" book. She forms the characters in great detail, each detail eventually making perfect sense in the conclusion and making you say, "darn, I should've known." Christie makes the books atmosphere such that it feels as if you are right there, trying to figure out the murders right along with Hercule Poirot, the great detective in the book. Christie's book is such a thrilling and exciting book for many reasons. First, her writing style is unique, in that it excites you from the beginning of the book until the very end. Her style is wonderful because she writes with enthusiasm to keep you interested throughout the book. She grasps your attention in different ways and makes you keep on reading until the very end. Secondly, Christie describes the characters to the last detail, making sure every detail has importance in the conclusion of the murders. These facts tie together at the end, concluding the mystery with great strength and reassurance to the reader. Lastly, the atmosphere of the book is outstanding. Christie absorbs you into the book so well that you want to talk over the mystery with Poirot, as if you were there solving the case right along with him. This book is great because it makes you want to keep on reading and reading, with no end to the book. With absorbing writing, great characterization, and encouragement to read on, Agatha Christie has written yet another outstanding detective fiction.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot and Hastings Hunt Together Again August 27, 2004
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Captain Aruthur Hastings has returned to England from his ranch in the Argentine to tie up some affairs. One of his first stops is to see his dearest friend Hercule Poirot. The timing is perfect, as Poirot has been presented with one of his most unusual cases, a supreme exercise for the little grey cells.

    Apparently, a homicidial maniac is terrorizing England as he taunts Poirot with advance notice of the time and place of his next murder. Because the victims and towns they live in occur in alphabetical order (Mrs. Ascher is killed in Andover, Miss Barnard in Bexhill, Mr. Clarke in Churston, etc.) and because the killer leaves an ABC Railway Guide at each murder scene, the case becomes known as the the ABC murders.

    The set-up of this novel deviates from the normal Christie in that while Captain Hastings narrates the story as it has occurred, the reader is also privvy to the comings and goings of the rather strange Mr. Alexander Bonaparte Cust (notice the initials).

    The humor is rampant as Poirot and Hastings chide each other over Poirot's dyed hair, Hastings uncanny ability to see the obvious without realizing it, and the unabashed appreciation both men have for a beautiful woman. And even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Poirot has time to do a little matchmaking on the side.

    A box of hosiery, a dying woman's grasp of facts,a private murder concealed in a string of unrelated murders, and a meeting with the accused all climax in one of Poirot's most clever deductions as he solves this one and proclaims to his friend Hastings, "Vive le sport."
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not one of her best February 22, 2005
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Christie's A.B.C. Murders is a nice, readable, read-while-you-travel sort of mystery novel. It probably won't leave a lasting impression on you (I had to reread it myself before I wrote this review), and it doesn't stand out among many other other Christie books. If you're a Christie fan, as I am, you'll get to this one in due course. If you're new to the world of Agatha Christie and are looking for a first taste, I recommend "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" or "And then there were none" first.

    Still, there are a few nice little novelties in the plot and book that give it some character over other Poirot stories: First, the murderer sends a warning letter to Poirot before each murder, as a sort of challange to the detective to see if he can prevent them. In addition, the narration is different - jumping back and forth between Hastings telling the story first hand and occational third person narration. Another small point I found amusing is the Sherlock Holmes reference - possibly a small attempt by Christie to compare herself with England's other master mystery writer.

    Unfortunately, all of these devices have a limited impact on the plot. Christie throws a red herring at the reader that is so emphasized and overexposed that it has very little credibility and loses its effectiveness. Also, it seems as though much of the narration is filler, waiting for the next murder to take place. Characters spend way too much time talking about thinking about the murders, rather than actually doing any thinking about them. You get the sense that Christie is stalling, because she can't have any meaningful occurences between the murders, and she has to write _something_ or the book would be too short.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars She liked it.
    Bought it for my sister. She liked it.
    Published 10 hours ago by Marlene
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed View Points Here
    Wow, an interesting blend of 1st person and 3rd person. The use of mixed view-point is an interesting experiment that works quite well in this form. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Chris
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Thoroughly enjoyable and gripping.
    Published 5 days ago by Aloke De
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nice relaxing reading
    Nice relaxing reading, despite the murder investigation, as all A. Christie books. Unlike "serial killer" kind with its valance and cruelty, her stories are full of... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Irina
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A good book, a little light reading on my Kindle over the holidays.
    Published 1 month ago by Michael R. Larsen
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Aggie's yet
    Reading all her books in chronological order and next to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd this was a close second. Very different style than the others preceding it.
    Published 1 month ago by Patricia
    5.0 out of 5 stars just when you thought you knew...
    Just when you thought that you knew what was going on, the great twist again happens under your nose. AC proves again to be my favorite author of all time.
    Published 1 month ago by Lisa
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
    I gave up trying to figure out the mystery and just enjoyed the story. Clever plot, usual Christie twists & turns.
    Published 1 month ago by Veronica Bartley/
    5.0 out of 5 stars FUN BUT NOT HER BEST.
    I AM NOT A HERCULE POIROT FAN. USING THE ALPHABET WAS AN INTERESTING IDEA. MYSTERY READERS WILL COME TO THE CONCLUSION BEFORE THE STORY DOES.
    Published 2 months ago by Mary A. Litfin
    3.0 out of 5 stars great plot
    Great plot. Absolutely wonderful story. Story seemed very obvious and predictable unt the last chapter. Agatha Christie in her usual best.
    Published 2 months ago by KIRAN BALAKRISHNA
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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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