Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly [NOOK Book]

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Never before published—the lost classic, unseen for sixty years!

A party game goes dead wrong in this ingenious mystery from the most beloved novelist of all time. Hercule Poirot, the world's favorite detective, has agreed to take part in a mock murder mystery in a charming English village—but when tragedy strikes, a different sort of game begins ...

In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a ...

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Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly

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Overview

Never before published—the lost classic, unseen for sixty years!

A party game goes dead wrong in this ingenious mystery from the most beloved novelist of all time. Hercule Poirot, the world's favorite detective, has agreed to take part in a mock murder mystery in a charming English village—but when tragedy strikes, a different sort of game begins ...

In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a fund set up to buy stained glass windows for her local church at Churston Ferrers, and she filled the story with references to local places, including her own home of Greenway. But, having completed it, she decided instead to expand the story into a full-length novel, Dead Man's Folly, which was published two years later, and donated a Miss Marple story (Greenshaw's Folly) to the church fund instead.

Unseen for sixty years, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly is finally published in this ebook-exclusive edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062334466
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 54,665
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in over 70 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 20 plays, and six novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott.

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 December 2, 2013

    Hercule Poirot received a a request from a friend to spend the w

    Hercule Poirot received a a request from a friend to spend the weekend with her and help oversee a mock murder mystery. Unfortunately, a murder and a disappearance take place! Only Hercule Poirot can figure out what happened and make sure that the murderer doesn't get away.

    I am a big Agatha Christie fan. I always enjoy her mysteries, and they are short enough that I can read one in one sitting, if I want. Christie always gives you enough to figure out the mystery, if you want to solve it. At the same time, if you want to just be taken in with the story, the mystery is never obvious enough that you stumble upon it and spend the rest of the time yelling at the characters because they can't figure it out. Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly is no exception. The mystery is short, but it doesn't fell rushed, and you need your "little grey cells" to figure out the mystery.

    My one critique of this book (and with most of Christie's books) is that it is a child of its time. Women are not portrayed in the best light, and there are some racist remarks in this book too. I don't know enough about Christie to say how she felt about certain things in her personal life. So I can't speak to how much some of the characters' statements are her own beliefs versus a way to show that certain beliefs are wrong.

    I thought this was a fun book. This is not my favorite Christie book, because there is a lot of talk about the lady of the house being dim. I understand why this needed to be discussed, but I feel another tactic could have been used to introduce the mystery. If you are Christie fan and have not read Dead Man's Folly (Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly was expanded into Dead Man's Folly), I would recommend this book. If you have already read the longer novel, I would only recommend this for the extreme Christie fan.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    unnecessary

    This book is so close to Dead Man's Folly that there is no reason to buy this "new" book if you have read Dead Man's Folly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    I must confess I haven't read one of Agatha Christie's books in

    I must confess I haven't read one of Agatha Christie's books in a long time. They were a passion of mine at one time and I methodically read through each of the Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple books because I was fascinated by the intricacy of the author's plots. When I was offered the opportunity to read and review Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, I was reminded of how much I love M. Poirot and his facile mind. Summoned urgently by his friend novelist Ariadne Oliver, M. Poirot drops everything and hurries to a country estate where Mrs. Oliver has been engaged to plan a fictitious murder as a game — a Murder Hunt, something like a Treasure Hunt — for guests to solve as part of the activities at a festival. Intrigued as Mrs. Oliver explains what she is supposed to do, Poirot is even more intrigued by the fact that based on her infamous Intuition, she finds the whole thing somehow wrong and embarks on an investigation of suspicious and non-suspicious characters culminating in murder (of course!) with unlikely victims and surprising murderers.For fans of Dame Christie, this will be a short and easy read starring one of her most beloved characters. M. Poirot is smart, funny and always catches his man (or woman) and the imaginative Mrs. Oliver is the perfect foil for his unique personality. I find myself once more drawn to these beautifully written books and highly recommend Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly to readers who love a classic mystery story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Student lounge

    Student lounge

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    Hercule Poirot is summoned to Greenshore Folly to assist with a

    Hercule Poirot is summoned to Greenshore Folly to assist with a Murder Fete which could turn into a real murder.

    A humor laced colorfully detailed narrative winds a devious multi-leveled mystery.

    Characters are authentic, varied, and entertaining.

    Overall, an enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Recommended

    Good book, although I would have liked it better if it had not been a short story. However, the killer was exposed in the end and the story line was very involved, as is usual in Agatha Christie mysteries. Hercule Poirot did his usual great job of exposing the murderer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Very Good!

    I enjoy Agatha Christie's Poirot mysteries. This was one I wasn't
    familiar with. It was just as good as any- it didn't disappoint!

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