Appointment With Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Appointment With Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: "

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Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he had ever met.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 1938 Hercule Poirot mystery is not one of Christie's best, but Hugh Fraser's engaging reading makes the time pass pleasantly. Vacationing in Jerusalem, the Belgian detective encounters the Boyntons, a wealthy American family dominated by its tyrannical matriarch. When the old lady suddenly dies on an excursion to the ruins at Petra in Jordan, her children come under suspicion. As usual with Christie's tales, there are romantic complications among the tourists as well. Except for Dr. Girard, a famous French psychiatrist, the characters are rather bland, with the various Boyntons not that differentiated from one another. Christie also does surprisingly little with the Middle East setting. Fraser, best known as Captain Hastings in the televised versions of the Poirot stories, gives his usual sympathetic reading, making the protagonists seem to have greater depth. For Fraser's efforts alone, this is recommended for popular collections.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Val McDermid
“The quickness of Christie’s hand still continues to deceive our eyes.”
The Observer (UK)
“Twice as brilliant as Death on the Nile, which was entirely brilliant.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579126926
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/30/2007
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Val McDermid
“The quickness of Christie’s hand still continues to deceive our eyes.”

Meet the Author

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. Twenty-four of Christie's best whodunits are now available from Black Dog & Leventhal as part of their bestselling hardcover Agatha Christie Collection.

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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