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Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
     

Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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by Agatha Christie
 

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An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside

Overview

An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse . . .

Editorial Reviews

Gregory Maguire
“Welcome back, Miss Christie. Our current hellions can do with a reminder of how to slaughter an audience with a little bit of style.”
New York Times
“A remarkably good detective story which can be warmly recommended.”
Literary Review
“The plot is really clever.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061749940
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/23/2004
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
56,290
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

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.

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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The Murder on the Links: A Hercule Poirot Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
bolgai More than 1 year ago
A couple of years ago I got my hands on a volume of five of Christie's Miss Marple mysteries along with a book of short stories and for some reason while I enjoyed them I didn't love them. It all seemed very formulaic with superficial characters and without much feeling. Now that I've been reading more of her books I can't help but think that the timing wasn't right when I picked up that volume. I even remember saying in earlier Christie reviews that to me her novels are good riddles but usually don't have much depth. I officially take it back. This was Christie's second published novel and already we have a theme that will repeat in a number of her later books - heredity and its effects on a person's character. Poirot is a big believer in heredity and something tells me that Dame Agatha was as well. It was interesting to see how such considerations played a part in the characters' actions. We also have the matter of social classes and marriage outside of one's class. It seems like an archaic and snobbish subject in this day and age but in Christie's time it was very much relevant and I must admit, marriage is difficult enough without partnering up with someone who doesn't even have the benefit of a similar background. Like Poirot said, 99 times out of 100 it doesn't make for a happy union. But do not despair, my democratic friends, luckily for us Christie favors love and happiness much more than numbers and odds, and that's all I'm going to say about that. As far as the characters go this set was a lot of fun. Hastings always deems himself such a great detective and speaks of Poirot almost pityingly when the Belgian genius makes conclusions that don't coincide with his. Fortunately he remains such a good sport when he realizes that all his ideas were wrong that one can't hold it against him, which I don't think Poirot ever does. The French police are a different matter entirely and it was very amusing to watch them battle it out over the many plot twists - as the officer in charge of the investigation lamented this was not at all a simple case and you do have to get the little grey cells working to keep track of it all. Mme Renauld was definitely my favorite female character. She was a remarkable woman indeed and only at the very end of the book do we see the full extent of it. The rest weren't very straightforward either. We have devotion, self-sacrifice, strength, deceit and calculation all present and as carefully as I watched for clues I couldn't always tell who was looking out for whose interests. Hope you have better luck, both here and with the identity of the killer - I was off the mark yet again and A.C. is currently leading 15-0. That's ok, I have 51 more chances.
Anonymous 23 days ago
This is G A Y
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Galloped up to zelda neighing.
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Oooooookaaaaaay.
Anonymous 27 days ago
MAIN CAAAAAAAAAAMP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Agata Christie I ever read. I was captivated from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trying to keep up with Agatha Christie is just outside my knowing. I thought I had the murderer figured out 5 times and never got close in the end. Great novel.
kpet More than 1 year ago
MURDER ON THE LINKS is one of Poirot's earlier cases, and a very entertaining read. Poirot and Hastings are on a golfing holiday when Poirot is faced with complex mystery, and Hastings finds romance. Lots of twists and turns in both plots, with a great solution. One of Agatha Christie's gems!
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