Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot [NOOK Book]

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In the title work in this collection of novellas, Poirot and Inspector Japp collaborate on the investigation of a suspicious suicide. The supernatural is said to play in the disappearance of top secret military plans in The Incredible Theft -- an incredible claim, indeed, as Poirot will prove. The bullet that kills Gervase Chevenix-Gore shatters a mirror in Dead Man's Mirror -- just the clue Poirot needs to solve the crime. And, while basking on white Mediterranean sands, Poirot stares trouble in the face -- the ...

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Overview

In the title work in this collection of novellas, Poirot and Inspector Japp collaborate on the investigation of a suspicious suicide. The supernatural is said to play in the disappearance of top secret military plans in The Incredible Theft -- an incredible claim, indeed, as Poirot will prove. The bullet that kills Gervase Chevenix-Gore shatters a mirror in Dead Man's Mirror -- just the clue Poirot needs to solve the crime. And, while basking on white Mediterranean sands, Poirot stares trouble in the face -- the beautiful face of Valentine Chantry, now celebrating her fifth marriage -- in Triangle at Rhodes.

Murder in the Mews was published in 1937 in London, and as Dead Man's Mirror and Other Stories in America.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Mail (London)
“All four tales are admirable entertainment....Her solutions are unexpected and satisfying.”
Timothy Hallinan
“All great characters are capable of entertaining us again and again, but only the very greatest are new every time we read them. Hercule Poirot is a member of this very small club.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061763366
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 223,724
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Four Cases of Murder

    Poirot solves four cases. First, fire-works cover up a gun shot and a women is found dead but was she murdered? The second,a men who used others is found dead in his study.Did he kill himself? Third,was a women murdered by her lover by accident and the real target her husband? The fourth,top secret plans for a airplane are stolen but is the person accused the right one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Gunpowder, Treason, Plot-- and Poirot!

    The theme of illusion and illusive identity is an essential element in Agatha Christie¿s technique as a writer of classic crime fiction. That illusion is a theme of infinite variety is demonstrated in the three novellas and final short story that pack this volume full of snap and crackle. The title story, ¿Murder in the Mews¿, opens on 5th November, the night English children set off a blaze of colourful fireworks. The sky glows and bursts as comets, rockets, and squibs explode in memory of Guy Fawkes¿ plot to blow up the Palace of Westminster when King James I and VI opened Parliament in 1605. It is a night when any loud bang can be mistaken for another. A quite innocuous crack might be interpreted as something suspicious while the sound of explosives, however deadly, goes unnoticed. In this skilfully crafted novella, Monsieur Poirot and Inspector Japp investigate a fatal shooting of the fiancée of a Member of Parliament. Nobody hears the shot to determine the exact time of death. `Nor likely to,¿ insists Mrs Hogg the chauffeur¿s wife, `with fireworks popping off here, there and everywhere and my Eddie with his eyebrows singed off as near as nothing.¿ The question of when death took place is followed by the problem of how and why it occurred. Was the shooting murder or suicide? Moreover, has a perfectly constructed secondary plot been set in motion that only Poirot can prevent from achieving its lethal justice? ¿Murder in the Mews¿ is a story of moral dilemma as grave as that faced by any seventeenth-century plotter. `Is it in honour or in execration that on the fifth of November the feu d¿artifice are sent up?¿, muses Poirot, `To blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?¿ Politics and all its knavish tricks are the background to 'The Incredible Theft' in which Poirot investigates the disappearance of political documents. Political espionage has never been Agatha Christie¿s strong suite. Novels like ¿The Big Four¿ and ¿They Came to Baghdad¿ have always struck me as brave experiments that fizzle out without much sparkle, rather like a damp Roman Candle on Guy Fawkes¿ Night. This novella is the weakest in the collection but its relative brevity and the presence of Poirot rather than one of Mrs Christie¿s lesser-known or one-off sleuths prevents it from marring the volume. And there is excellent humour! `If you could not make the best of both worlds¿, remarks Hercule Poirot to Lord Mayfield, `you would not be a politician!¿ Indeed, what is politics if not a superlative form of illusion? `To blow up the English Parliament,¿ Poirot pondered in ¿Murder in the Mews¿, `was it a sin or a noble deed?¿ In ¿Dead Man¿s Mirror¿, the longest and best of the novellas in this collection, the author juggles with the ethics of whether it can ever be right to take a life in order to preserve the wellbeing of a third party. For Christie addicts, the first pages of the story hold a special delight in that Hercule Poirot meets Mr Satterthwaite, the dried up stick of a man who plays a fascinating role in ¿The Mysterious Mr Quin¿. Mr Satterthwaite and one of the dowager duchesses he invariably accompanies are quizzed as to the background of Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore, a baronet of fabulous wealth who traces his ancestry back to a twelfth-century crusader. Sir Gervase is fighting his own crusade, a supposed case of fraud, and has commissioned Poirot to take up arms at Hamborough Close, an English country house typical of the `Christie Classic¿. It is a tense tale of illusive bloodlines and bloodstains in which the Chevinix-Gore genealogy and the social class bias with which it is bound up supply both a motive for murder and a shroud to secrete that motive. Readers might feel slightly cheated by the last story in this collection. Too short to be described as a novella, ¿Triangle at Rhodes¿ appears to be a `make-weight¿, included for no better reason that to ensure the book has the right number of pages for a Christie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Pretty good

    ...Would have been better if I hadn't seen the televised versions first. Otherwise, it was okay. Not her best, but not her worst.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    Fun but not at the top of the Christie collection

    I would pick other short story collections before I picked this, but it's certainly written in the same masterful ways. Worth the time and effort, but if you have little to spare, pick up on of my recommendations.

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