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....
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I loved the parts where Hercule went up against the "expert detective". While the he was searching for clues with a microscope, Poirot was examining a piece of pipe and piles of old clothes.
I love the way he is consistent with the voices of the characters that are in multiple books. It makes it very easy to know who is talking without him saying so.
One of my favorites so far!! Never saw the end coming!
This is my second Poirot story as I am attempting to read them all and mostly in order. This is also the second story written through the narrative of Captain Hastings. I must admit after just finishing Murder at Styles, I was beginning to get annoyed at Hastings' style of always looking down on Poirot and in general being too self important. That said, the overall story is wonderful, the mystery twisting until the end and the performance never faltering. Enjoy!
This was my second Poirot book and after the first I was anxious to read more. Although he is an odd fellow his methods are so interesting and this book is a great example of that. It had me guessing to the end. Just as I thought I had it sorted another plot twist was thrown at me. Absolutely loved it!
The second Poirot novel was almost as enjoyable as "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and Hastings seems less dismissive of Poirot's skills, though he still has doubts. Silly man.
The title and cover are a little misleading as what to expect. I imagined the story happening in high society at a golf club or country club out of any movie or television show of the 20s, but that isn't the case. It is at a more isolated country estate.
The ending made sense based on what was presented yet I was surprised and delighted by the reveal. Terrific!
I'm really looking forward to listening to more stories and suspect the departure of one supporting character at the end doesn't last.
I've been going through the poirot series in order with the addition of the orient express and find this book to my current favorite. I was constantly guessing and feeling like a real Hastings. The only drawbacks I can think of is how confusing all the similarly sounding names can make following the story and the final romantic pairing. It felt a little too fantastic and I think I would have found it more believable had Jacque gone to South America alone.
Hastings finds himself in the rough, while Poirot shoots straight through to the truth.
A shadow is cast over each player as the story has a tight cast of characters.
Hugh Fraser does a marvelous job with the characterizations.
This version was difficult to understand since parts because many words that are less familiar to American English are mumbled. I kept wishing for the print to follow along with.
The twists and turns in the plot are incredible and, just when you think the story is concluded, another surprise. I LOVED this book and Hugh Fraser's narration of it!
I have not read the print version, but I thought that the audio edition was admirable. I am sure it did the print version justice.
I am working my way through the entire Agatha Christie collection in order. I like how she puts together mysteries and enjoy trying to keep up with Poirot. While some of her work is formulaic, she still manages to surprise me at times.
His portrayal of Poirot was significantly better than the David Thorpe portrayal on The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The accent is far less distracting but still feels authentic.
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