Elephants Can Remember: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Elephants Can Remember: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself—or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend

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"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself—or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so. Poirot is now a very old man, but his mind is as nimble and as sharp as ever and can still penetrate deep into the shadows. But as Poirot and Mrs. Oliver and Superintendent Spence reopen the long-closed case, a startling discovery awaits them. And if memory serves Poirot (and it does!), crime—like history—has a tendency to repeat itself.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Did General Ravenscroft kill Lady Ravenscroft or was she the one holding the gun? Many years later their daughter would like to know, so her godmother, Ariadne Oliver, asks Hercule Poirot to investigate. Working in tandem, Mrs. Oliver and Poirot identify and interview an ever-increasing list of witnesses (the elephants of the title). Poirot painstakingly reconstructs long-vanished relationships, and his deductions eventually lead him to one final witness. Even the great Christie recycled concepts from time to time; this mystery is one of several "remembered death" titles, characterized by long, descriptive conversations that can be tedious. In this case the contrast between Poirot's severe, analytical style and that of the charming but erratic Mrs. Oliver adds life to what would otherwise be a rather dull tale. John Moffatt delivers the competent if unexciting reading one expects from this producer. Christie at her worst (which this is not) is still better than most mystery writers. Recommended for all mid- to large-sized libraries.--I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
The Times (London)
“Splendid....She tells us all we want to know and nothing that is irrelevant.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061741524
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series , #37
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
117,444
File size:
2 MB

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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Elephants Can Remember: A Hercule Poirot Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can not beat Christie and Poirot.
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Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poirot was hardly in the book. It was like she was trying to introduce a new sleuth. Did not enjoy it.
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DAL More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Agatha Christie books and as always this one was excellent. I thought I was catching on to what Poirot was figuring out in the end...(too much Miss Marple I guess LOL! ) But as always, I was on the right track, but not quite there. I recommend this to any mystery fan!
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Another_Old_Guy More than 1 year ago
A basic story, poorly written. That is very hard to say about something written by Agatha Christie, but in truth, she seems to have been losing it. My impression is that this was an unfinished idea that became a vehicle to dump things (points of personal interest, ideas, impressions, opinions) that she had no place to use and was running out of time. The result was a minimal story idea combined with numerous ramblings. You should have it figured out about mid-story and will painfully wait for the characters to catch up. I'm not saying you shouldn't read it, it IS a Poirot, just don't expect a great read.