Elephants Can Remember [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

"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.

Poirot agrees to help a friend investigate the 12-year-old case of Lord and Lady Ravenscroft, whose deaths were ruled a double suicide. All Poirot has to go on are the dim memories of an old woman, a doctor, and a teacher. This may turn out to be a mystery that even the great sleuth cannot unravel. Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061741524
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 28,771
  • File size: 2 MB

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Agatha Christie

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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    Brilliant.

    Brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    One of Miss Christies best

    You can not beat Christie and Poirot.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    Not Agatha's Best, Might Be the Worst.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Dull

    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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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Agatha Christie is a pleasure as always!

    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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