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He says in Chapter 19, "Cards on the table, that's the motto for this business. The Times Literary Supplement 14 November stated favourably in its review by Caldwell Harpur that, "Poirot scores again, scores in two senses, for this appears to be the authoress's twentieth novel.
One of the minor characters in it is an authoress of thirty-two detective novels; she describes in several amusing pages the difficulties of her craft. Certainly Mrs Christie ought to know them, but she continues to surmount them so well that another score of novels may be hoped for.
In The New York Times Book Review 28 February , Isaac Anderson concluded, "The story is ingenious, but there are one or two loose ends left dangling when his explanation is finished.
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Cards on the Table is not quite up to Agatha Christie's best work. In The Observer ' s issue of 15 November , in a review section entitled Supreme de Poirot , "Torquemada" Edward Powys Mathers said, "I was not the only one who thought that Poirot or his creator had gone a little off the rails in Murder in Mesopotamia , which means that others beside myself will rejoice at Mrs Christie's brilliant come-back in Cards on the Table.
This author, unlike many who have achieved fame and success for qualities quite other than literary ones, has studied to improve in every branch of writing in each of her detective stories. The result is that, in her latest book, we note qualities of humour, composition and subtlety which we would have thought beyond the reach of the writer of The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Of course, the gift of bamboozlement, with which Agatha Christie was born, remains, and has never been seen to better advantage than in this close, diverting and largely analytical problem.
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Cards on the Table is perhaps the most perfect of the little grey cells". The Scotsman 19 November wrote: "There was a time when M. Hercule Poirot thought of going into retirement in order to devote himself to the cultivation of marrows. Fortunately, the threat was never carried out; and in Mrs Christie's latest novel the little Belgian detective is in very good form indeed.
The plot is simple but brilliant. Punshon of The Guardian reviewed the novel in the 20 November issue when he began, "Even in a tale of crime and mystery humour is often of high value. There are delightful passages when Poirot anxiously compares other moustaches with his own and awards his own the palm, when his lips are forced to utter the unaccustomed words 'I was in error', when Mrs Oliver, famous authoress, discourses upon art and craft of fiction.
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But all that never obscures the main theme as Poirot gradually unravels the puzzle of which four bridge-players had murdered their host. Robert Barnard : "On the very top rung. Special opportunities for bridge enthusiasts, but others can play.
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Superb tight construction and excellent clueing. Will be read as long as hard-faced ladies gather for cards. Charles Osborne : " Cards on the Table is one of Agatha Christie's finest and most original pieces of crime fiction: even though the murderer is, as the author has promised, one of the four bridge players, the ending is positively brilliant and a complete surprise.
The book was adapted as a stage play in , although without Poirot.
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The adaptation, written by Nick Dear , differed radically from the source material, introducing the following changes:. Cards on the Table Cards on the Table. Detective Fiction — the collector's guide Second ed. Scholar Press.
A favourite of mine, too, Tracy. I agree, Christine. Count me as another who really likes this one, Tracy. I've always liked the psychological angle of the novel, and I do appreciate the skill it took to create a sort of 'claustrophobic' murder, and still keep the interest up. It's an interesting set of character studies, too, and I do like Superintendent Battle. Margot, I like the psychological aspect too.
I don't usually like it when there are so many characters, but this time it worked for me.
Yes, this is a good one, though, like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd , once the ending is known, a reread isn't quite as much fun. Yet so many people do reread it. Of course it is hard not to know the ending even if you haven't read it, but otherwise I don't remember much about it. Like you, I read this one for the time quite recently, having looked forward to it based on enthusiastic comments on some blogs, and i am happy that it delivered on my expectations as well. I believe the two female suspects bring a welcome element of human emotion to the tale, lifting it beyond the typical ratiocination Christie is admired for.
And Ariadne Oliver was a hoot. I was surprised by Ariadne Oliver's character, Christophe, and she was very fun to read about. I have at least 20 more Hercule Poirot mysteries to read, probably more, and I am looking forward to them. Tracy, this reminds me of Neil Simon's spoof Murder by Death , the movie version of which I watch from time to time--and each time remind myself it's time to catch up on my Christie.
And here you are, reminding me again! I long ago ran out of credible excuses for such neglect, and I remain embarrassed, but am by no means ready to surrender! There are many authors and books to read, you should read the ones you want to. The movie Murder by Death is hilarious.
A bit corny, but nevertheless really funny in a good way. I have watched this tongue in cheek homage to Golden Age detection several times. Glad you enjoyed it Tracy but I'll stick with what I have and try and read one someday soon. Murders by Agatha Christie. Miss Marple, the famous little-old-lady sleuth created by Agatha Christie for. Mar 19, The case takes a wild twist, however, when his prime suspect turns up dead. Cards on. Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table is considered to be one of her very best locked room mysteries.
Her character, the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot is. Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell. When a bridge party host is murdered, Poirot finds that four guests have murdered before. Source: ITV3. Curtain: Poirot….
Jan 15, Lucky for us and unlucky for our murderer , Hercule Poirot is one of the. Email to friends Share on Facebook — opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter — opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest — opens in a new window or tab.
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Shaitana who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are 8 guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome inter. Mar 20, Shaitana is famous as. You can click on table header to sort results by column name. Guaranteed best prices, direct download! Agatha Christie was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and 14 sh The works of Dame Agatha Christie are a part.