Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot Series)

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Overview

Agatha Christie is the most popular mystery writer of all time. With over two billion copies of her books in print, her genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime... There's a body in a trunk, a dead girl's reflection caught in a mirror, one corpse back from the grave, and another envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes. In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest - Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and Mr. Parker Pyne - and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
The clues are placed with impeccable fairness, and the solution will cause many readers to kick themselves.
Elizabeth George
“What Agatha Christie taught me was all about the delicate placement of the red herring. She was the ultimate genius behind ‘by indirections shall we find directions out.’”
Daily Mail (London)
“Poirot solves another exciting case.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572704763
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Mystery Masters Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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.

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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 12, 2009

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    Frankly, this one one of her best

    Personally, I really loved "Sad Cypress". I thought that the scenery of her words were delightful, and the entire story was very good. The protagonist (Elinor Carlisle) is accused of murdering the young girl who she believed her fiancee to be in love with. Everything is working against her: the motive, the opportunity, the other witness statements, but fortunateky one thing that's working for her is Hercule Poirot.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    Murder by poison! Love or greed ... or both?

    Elinor Carlisle, a sensible, well educated young woman, and her distant cousin, Roddy Welman, a somewhat less well focused amiable gentleman - perhaps even a bit of a dandy - are happily engaged. They both know they are living somewhat beyond their means but they take comfort in their expectation of the inheritance of a very sizable fortune from their elderly aunt, Laura Welman. When they receive an anonymous mean-spirited letter suggesting that someone is cozying up to their aunt and worming their way into her affections, Elinor suspects young Mary Gerrard, her aunt's lodge-keeper's daughter. Rationalizing with one another that they really ought to be making a greater effort to see their aunt more frequently, Elinor and Roddy quickly pack up for a visit to Mrs Welman with a concerned view to protecting their interests in the estate. <BR/><BR/>During the course of their visit, when Roddy's head is turned by Mary Gerrard's stunning good looks and he becomes hopelessly infatuated with her, Elinor breaks off their engagement. When Mary Gerrard is murdered by the administration of a fatal dose of morphine in a sandwich and, shortly afterward, Aunt Laura dies intestate leaving Elinor as the sole heir of the entire estate by virtue of being the only surviving blood relative, Elinor quickly finds herself in the dock for Mary's murder. As the only suspect with both the means and the motive to dispose of Mary Gerrard, her conviction is all but certain. <BR/><BR/>But "Sad Cypress" is a complex mystery with many motivational twists and turns. Roddy Welman's head wasn't the only head turned with new found love. Peter Lord, the Welman's family physician, has fallen behind over tea kettle into love with Elinor Carlisle. When she is arrested, although even he is uncertain as to her guilt, he retains Hercule Poirot and charges him with finding the evidence to acquit her at any cost. <BR/><BR/>"Sad Cypress", a subtle, complex purely character driven mystery told virtually entirely through the device of dialogue, has an interesting three part structure. In the first part, told from Elinor Carlisle's perspective, we see the background of the entire story up to Mary Gerrard's murder. In the second part, we are witness to Poirot's subtle probing and investigation of the murder and, in the final third section, we sit in court as witness to Elinor's trial and prosecution for the murder. In a marvelous twist on the cozy mystery's usual climactic drawing room confrontation with all of the suspects, Poirot's findings are revealed to the reader by Elinor's defense lawyer during the proceedings of her trial. <BR/><BR/>While "Sad Cypress" is a marvelously entertaining mystery, I'm unwilling to accord it a full five star rating because I believe it violates what I always felt to be an unwritten set of rules governing the genre. The mystery in "Sad Cypress" is simply not solvable by an astute reader no matter how carefully one might read the story. Ultimately, the mystery is solved and revealed by virtue of information to which only Poirot is privy. The superb surprise ending is no less entertaining as a result but one does feel a little cheated. <BR/><BR/>On a historical note, I was interested to discover that this was Agatha Christie's first use of the courtroom setting in a Poirot mystery. <BR/><BR/>Highly recommended. <BR/><BR/>Paul Weiss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Drizzlefire

    He sat down with tears balling out of his eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Sunstar

    She awoke and yowled"Help!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Dashingwind

    We will talk tomarrow. Gtgtb bbt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Austin to carrie

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Angelkit

    Pads to the next result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Magicheart

    Yowls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Wishkit

    Are you okay Magicstar?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    sad

    i feel so sad for you. what he did to you is called sexual abuse and its a really bad thing. you should either call 911 or tell your or you could do both i suppose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Sparrowstar to echomist

    Go to my den. Now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    -.-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    To girl

    You should really tell your parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Bluemoon

    "Im sorry.." he said

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Carrie

    Fine bye brady i geuss forever. Ill miss you and loved you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Raylen

    Funny. Anyway. I'll go now. Tell Carrie l says hi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Liam

    "Whatever." He leaves.

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    Posted September 7, 2013

    Sparklewing

    Curled up sobbing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Yuri

    Ok

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