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

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

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 now a matter of one down, twenty-five to go...

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425130247
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
10/15/1991
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.54(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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A masterwork...stunningly original.

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The A.B.C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
Really good read! It had me guessing all the way through the end as to how they were going to figure out who did it, and more importantly, why.
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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
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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