Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot Series)

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot Series)

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths - Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom has gotten away with murder! For the host, the mysterious Mr.

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It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths - Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Colonel Race of His Majesty's Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot - invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom has gotten away with murder! For the host, the mysterious Mr. Shaitana, it was to be a clever entertainment. But before the first rubber was completed, the host himself was dead...

Editorial Reviews

New York Herald Tribune
There's nobody quite like Agatha Christie when she puts her mind to it, and that's what she's done [here].
Spectator
The best Agatha Christie has ever devised.
Daily Mail (London)
"The finest murder story of her career….Mrs. Christie has never been more ingenious."
William Dietrich
"When you think it’s Colonel Mustard in the basement with the crescent wrench, you owe the fun to Dame Christie."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425125779
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/1984
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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William Dietrich
“When you think it’s Colonel Mustard in the basement with the crescent wrench, you owe the fun to Dame Christie.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in one hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. 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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Cards on the Table 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Forensic213 More than 1 year ago
What is often enjoyable about Christie novels is how willing she is to make her job difficult. She can make tricky situations--"And Then There Were None" is a particularly stellar example--that the normal author could never write his or her way out of, and then finesse a unforseen, yet perfect resolution. This book is no exception; the victim is murdered in a locked room that contains four others, all four of whom are suspected by the victim to have "killed before." He is alive at the beginning of the evening of bridge playing, and dead at the end--stabbed by one of these four people. The extra twist is that there are four more guests, in another room--four "detectives:" Hercule Poiret, Ariadne Oliver (Christie's semi-autobiographical character,) Superintendent Battle (star of several of Christie's lesser-known mysteries,) and Colonel Race, a not-very-much-sketched-out secret service-type who appears mostly to bring the detective total up to four--one for each suspected murderer. It's another enjoyable book, and the ending is satisfying, with a good journey to get there, but the constant switching back and forth as to who is stated as the killer gets a little tiresome, with particularly egergious examples near the end. The almost purely "little grey cells" nature of this detecting, with Poirot finding the killer based mainly on the way the bridge game was played, is excellent, so if you prefer the more-logical side of Christie's book, this is a must-read.
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This is a great Agatha Christie novel, as usual. The characters are in their regular eccentric form, Poirot is his arrogant Belgian self, but there is one difference from the norm. The crime that is committed doesn't have as many tangible clues as you would usually see. It's much more psychological. Maybe not my favorite by Christie, but still an interesting read.
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Desdemona More than 1 year ago
"Cards on the Table" is one of my all time favorite Agatha Christie books. The characters are well written, the plot will have you guessing till the very end. It is yet another A.C. book that I will reread for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a book that features Hercule Poirot as the main character I kept wondering when he would show up in depth. This book is very slow and repitious to develop. It is less Hercule and more about the surrounding characters. It's an OK read, but not much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie Cards on the Table Murder, Mystery Someone has murdered Mr.Shanta! Don't worry Hercule Poirot is here. This is a book that will make you grip your covers and sit at the edge of your seat. The invitations have been sent; but there is a horrible surprise in store for the seven guests. Miss Agatha Christie has done it again with another bone chilling, spine tingling novel featuring Hercule Poirot. Miss Christie brings Hercule Poirot alive in front of your very eyes with her great talent to add in every detail possible. Every character she uses is so different that it is amazing how well she can put them all in one novel. Hurcule is the wittiest lad they have at Scotland Yard and he has a job to crack the case of "cards on the table." He is also the main character in other of her books. While reading the book I thought of a text-to-text connection; it is when they made a movie about one of Agatha Christie¿s books called Murder on the Orient Express when a murder has been made on the Orient Express. Hurcule Poriot is the detective also in this book as well many others. Although this is a very good novel some of the vocabulary is very challenging. And sometimes hard to under stand the text and dialogue so in order to totally follow the book you must reread some parts, and be a reader who can ¿get inside the book.¿ But that won¿t be hard since you won¿t want to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dago Shaitana has a very interesting hoby. He collects people who have gotten away with murder and he invites Poirot to come and meet them.He arrives and finds Mrs.Oliver,Superintendent Battle, and Colonel Race have also been invited.If you notice Shaitana has invited four sleuths and four murders. During a card the sleuths and murders go into different rooms to play cards. Shaitana sits in the room where the murders are playing and by the end of the evening he is dead, murdered.Shaitana's dangerous hoby has finnally cought up with him but which of card players killed him? The answer may lie in the position of the cards on the table.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just read the book and the book is Outstanding!! I try to observe the 4 suspects and see 'whodunit' but I can't pick out the murderer. Cards on the Table brings you many twists and turns and I know at the end Christie is going shock me with who the murderer is! Well I'm going going to continue reading and when I finish I'll give you my overall review of the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful plot though unusual. Four suspects and a victim and of course Hercule POirot. And man, what a way of catching the murderer. I would rate it in Christie's top 5. Neatly written with twists and turns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just read this book and it's wonderful. It's full of twist and turns, and right when you think you know, your wrong! A wonderful deciver!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a VERY unusual book. Every time I thought I knew the answer, I had to change my mind. What a great challenge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the fact that their are more than one detectives in the story. You wonder if that will make the story easier to solve. Agatha will not let that happen. Instead, the novel is even more difficult to unravel. Have fun!!