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Taken at the Flood
     

Taken at the Flood

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by Agatha Christie
 

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Rosaleen Cloade—just two weeks a widow—has arrived in the sleepy village of Warmsley Vale to collect on her late husband's sizeable inheritance. It's news that comes as an unpleasant surprise to the Cloade family. But the fate of the family fortune is only the first surprise. The second is the shocking news that the blushing young bride may be a bigamist.

Overview

Rosaleen Cloade—just two weeks a widow—has arrived in the sleepy village of Warmsley Vale to collect on her late husband's sizeable inheritance. It's news that comes as an unpleasant surprise to the Cloade family. But the fate of the family fortune is only the first surprise. The second is the shocking news that the blushing young bride may be a bigamist. The third is murder. Now Hercule Poirot has been enlisted to shake the Cloade family tree before a killer strikes again...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hercule Poirot fans will be pleased to hear Hugh Fraser, who plays Captain Hastings on PBS's Mystery! and A&E's Poirot, recount Christie's intriguing 1948 novel (published in the U.S. as There Is a Tide). The celebrated Belgian sleuth visits the sleepy English village of Warmsley Vale to check into the background of Gordon Cloade, supposedly a victim of the London Blitz. He had wed an attractive young widow, the former Mrs. Underhay, now the sole possessor of the Cloade family fortune. The deceased's sister-in-law told Poirot that "spirits" informed her that the widow's first husband is still among the living, raising suspicions about Cloade's demise. Fraser's tone at once reassures listeners that, just as on television, they are in capable hands. He does a fine job creating a variety of character voices, distinguishing one from another with clarity but without excessive flamboyance. The release of any Christie is an event, and it does not taken an abundance of "little gray cells" to deduce that this audio will be well-received. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611734027
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Series:
Agatha Christie Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.49(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

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 short story collections, 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 little Belgian 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 also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four nonfiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie 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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Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
actorsaudio More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Agatha Christie mysteries for years, and this one is seldom kept in stock at book stores. I think the title is the reason the book hasn't become as popular as some of her other books. It seems a lot of Agatha Christie Books get retitled, and I think this one would benefit by doing that. It is a really good story that is very appropriate for these difficult economic times. A wealthy man makes sure all his extended family is well taken care of financially for decades. Late in life, he marries a much younger woman. He unexpectedly dies, and suddenly she controls the financial fate of a family she barely met. Needless to say, this is a good premise, and each person in the extended family has motive to kill her. I decided to spend the summer reading Agatha Christie novels that I don't have in my library. I highly recommend this one because it is as good as the best of her mysteries. It was also published as "There Is A Tide" which isn't a much better title. Her choice of the extended family's name was far better (The Cloades) and much more imaginative than either title. Give this one a read. It is worth your time.
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MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Ending hits you like a land mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a mystery within the murder of the young shell shocked widow who survivd the bombing that killed her husband . One of her more complicated plots with three different families left without the cushion of their brothers fortune who told them not to worry. They didnt and now they all need help. But the widows handsome brother controls his sister and dislikes them all yet begins to fall in live with one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book in my (mysteries) top 5 for it's different plot. It would have been one of the most difficult and infact unsolved case, but for H.Poirot. The best part about his book is normally you see Poiort saying complex is simple but this one was apparently so simple and yet one of the most complicated mysteries by Agatha Christie. You will know what I mean in the end. I liked the end apart from the culprit being caught.
Anonymous 6 days ago
By this time, Christie had been penning books for about 20 years. Even after all the time passed and stories written, this one is as fresh and interesting as any written before it. Psychology, human nature, the "little grey cells", and lots of probable red herrings come together for a great mystery. The only tricky bit is how the majority of people today won't understand how a very old-fashioned British phone box worked. Even so, it doesn't detract from the story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As many of her books this one is quite well written.The book demonstrates that almost everyone has a weakness to money, but can they resist it? How do the village inhabitants of Warmsley Vale react when they no longer have money from relatives to depend on? This book is a true test of human character. Another innovative piece de resistance!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gorden Cloade has died and with his death died his financial suport of his family members.The cause of the mess is the mans new wife Rosaleen.His old will has been invalidated by his marage and he never made a new one.All the family members need money badly and any one of them may do something desperate.But is one of them desperate enough to murder?
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