The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Series)

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Mr. Hercule Poirot—you fancy yourself, don't you, at solving mysteries that are too difficult for our poor thick-headed British police? Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be. Was the anonymous note a brilliant challenge or a crackpot hoax? The answer is as loud and clear as a woman's scream—precisely that of Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover bludgeoned to death on the job. Next to her corpse, a clue that's as simple as ABC. Alphabetically speaking, the master Belgian sleuth suspects it's ...
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Overview

Mr. Hercule Poirot—you fancy yourself, don't you, at solving mysteries that are too difficult for our poor thick-headed British police? Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be. Was the anonymous note a brilliant challenge or a crackpot hoax? The answer is as loud and clear as a woman's scream—precisely that of Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover bludgeoned to death on the job. Next to her corpse, a clue that's as simple as ABC. Alphabetically speaking, the master Belgian sleuth suspects it's now a matter of one down, twenty-five to go...
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Editorial Reviews

Bristol Evening Post
“Her best yet. Where does she get hold of these brilliant notions?”
Sunday Times (London)
“There is no more cunning player of the murder game than Agatha Christie.”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“An entirely original idea.”
The Times (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.”
New York Times Book Review
A baffler of the first water.
New York Herald Tribune
Agatha Christie at her best.
Library Journal
These are the initial eight volumes in what will grow to 24 over two years in Black Dog's new "Agatha Christie Collection." The books are all decent-quality hardcovers for a bargain price. If you're regularly replacing your Christies, gives these more durable editions a try. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062073587
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 121,291
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became the bestselling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare.

Hugh Fraser is known to millions as Captain Hastings, assisting Hercule Poirot in A&E's Poirot and in the Agatha Christie Mystery! series on PBS.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Brilliant Plot---and Detective

    This was the first ever Agatha Christie book I read-and certainly not the last! She is now one of my favorite authors. It is so easy to see why she is the Queen of Crime. This name of the book sounded interesting, so decided to read it. I loved it! The plot was wonderfully unique, the twist completely surprising, and the detective, of course, sheer genius. Only Hercule Poirot could be this clever. I recommend this book to any mystery lover!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2002

    A great book for any age

    This is a great book for any age I read this and I am 11. You get into the book and you think that you know who the murderer is but at the end it takes a total twist it is a great book if you are getting bored with the Nancy Drew books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    A great book, though starts off kind of slow for me

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    Very Good! Absolutely Stunning!

    This is now my fourth Agatha Christie book and I am still amazed at how Poirot discovers who the murderer is. I thought this was a great book overall, but some of the different parts of the plot and ending confused me very easily. Other than that I give this book a 9/10 just because at times it could be boring, but most of it was fast paced and energetic. I liked how the killer would throw all of the British detectives onto multiple cold trails and leave them wondering where to go from there while M. Poirot didn't waiver onto any of the clever killer's sidetracks. Every time I read a Agatha Christie book I can actually feel myself slipping between the pages, like I am standing right next to Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings. I strongly recommend this book to any person that likes a good mystery. M.S.B.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2010

    Phanomenal

    This is my first Agatha Christie book and I really enjoyed reading it. It is not like the normal mystery suspense book I normally read. It was extremely easy to tell that she was the queen of mysteries. The ABC murders were quite twisted because of the serial killers mind set. I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 only because a couple of the pages were quite dull, but needed to be in the book so that the reader would have a better understanding. I felt the best part was when the investigators found a common theme of the murders was the victims names started with the letters ABC and E because of mistaken identity. Also he was selling stockings at all the places of victim's houses. Selling stockings back then was a very common job so the killer didn't seem out of the ordinary. Every witness had a different look at the killer and had no distinguishing characteristics about him. He would also leave an ABC railroad guide to distinguish it wasn't a random murder but serial killing's. I wanted to read this book because when I read the description of the ABC killings it was very thrilling. I actually thought that the book had occurred in Rochester New York because the same plot happened in later years. Turns out the crimes in this book happened in Europe. There were some parts in the book where I couldn't understand what was happening do the fact that a sentence or a phrase was in a different language. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading about murders and investigators who try to solve the crimes. Almost all the investigators since the beginning said that the murders would not turn into killing streak it was a random murder. But one investigator really new what he was doing once he had one suspect and evidence against him he didn't quit he found the real killer. If you plan on reading this book you may want to read the beginning pages about the characters for a better understanding there is multiple characters and investigators that come into play throughout the book.

    ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Bella

    Crawls in

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    Posted June 10, 2014

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    Thx babe now tthe other one be here by 8:30 eastern time tomorrow but i gtg for tonight. The baby kics ad i moanand rub my belly and puzzy Now lets fuq agsin leave a huge redponse about us fuqing. Luv u night
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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

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    Become an employee! Write bios here. Ps, the person you make in the bio is the person for the chatroom!

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I adore Agatha Christie's writing, so even if this book is not m

    I adore Agatha Christie's writing, so even if this book is not my favorite of her mysteries, I still enjoyed it. 
    Agatha Christie was not a technically brilliant writer -- She never claimed to be. But where she is unmatched is in her study of human nature. She knew that people will say one thing, and project an image one way, and could be almost entirely opposite of what they were saying or projecting. She could see the cracks where the "real" person could be glimpsed. And she could write her characters so that they projected an image that was contrary to their true nature. Her detectives could, and close readers can, always see the cracks, and that is how the mysteries are solved. The clues are all there, but don't expect her detectives to point them out to you along the way. The ending with either surprise or validate you, depending on how closely you read the story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Alena

    I went there akready

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Agatha

    The usual Christi book - love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Agatha Christie is a Genius

    It was slow and slightly confusing at first, but Christie shows her genius again and again through the workings of her most famous detective, Hercule Poirot. I most definetly suggest reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Good

    I just recently finished this novel. I found it quite pleasing, and when I thought I knew who the murderer was, Agatha Christie places and unexpected turn in her novel. Once or twice it dragged on but that was all. I definetly reccommemd it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Mysterious

    Hercule Poirot is a great detective, who receives letters from a criminal warning him of events that could happen. This is a book that you don't want to give away the ending. It's a good one if you like mystery and when everything meets in the end. I thought this book was really suspenseful and well-written.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    I loved it

    I thought that the book was very good though it started off very slow it was a very good page turner. I would most certainly recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    Definitely one of her bests!

    OMG! Those notes that the murderer was leaving behind with bodies creeped me out! I would have to describe it as suspenseful.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    Becoming indulged is as easy as A. B. C.

    'A.B.C. Murders' is truly a magnificent work. The reader is lead blindly on his or her own speculations until the very end, when clever M. Poirot gives his final elucidation of the crimes, and of the murderer. Agatha Christie has once again produced a novel which is sure to please.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    One of her finest!

    Being a huge fan of Dame Agatha (AND David Suchet, AND Joan Hickson) I took this out of the library on a whim. I loved it! I am glad it was written in one of the 'prime' periods of her life (20s-30s) or it might have been terribly dull. A seemingly random series of alphabetical killings - Alice Ascher of Andover, Betty Barnard strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill, Sir Carmichael Clarke, collector of Chinese art, clubbed in Churston - baffles Scotland Yard, but not Hercule Poirot, who has been receiving letters from 'A.B.C.' My favorite part of AC novels is the way Poirot or Miss Marple will often gather everyone around and explain the solution. In here, everything just falls into place beautifully in the conclusion, and it gave me a new perspective, as many of her novels do, on people, murder, life, and even serial killings. I can't wait to see the TV movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    Best Yet

    This has to be Christie's best book yet! she was so creative with her plot. i enjoyed how you thought it was one person and it turns out to be the person you least expected!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    Murder A to Z

    Poirot is receving letters from a person who signs them A.B.C. Soon after the letter is sent a murder will take place. The town and the victim will start with that letter starting with A and going on down the list. How far will he or she get befor they are stopped!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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