The A.B.C. Murders

The A.B.C. Murders

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Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover, is bludgeoned to death at her place of work. Next to die is Miss Bernard in Bexhill, then Mr. Clarke in Churston. More disturbing than the alphabetic sequence of the killings or the ABC Railway guide that the killer leaves at the scene of each crime are the taunting notes Hercule Poirot receives each time the killer is about to strike again. It is one of Poirot's most challenging cases yet.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2006]
ISBN: 9781579126247
1579126243
9780062930484
9780062073587
Branch Call Number: FIC CHRISTI
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: ABC murders

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Steve_the_Pirate
Mar 19, 2020

Agatha Christie's "The A.B.C. Murders", takes a unique and masterful approach to murder mystery story telling that stands apart as one of the best entries in the Poirot series. Captain Hastings returns to provide narration for the story which is a big boost as we get more witty banter, hilarious bickering, and idea insight as he converses with Poirot throughout the novel. Poirot and Hastings have built a great repertoire together through previous titles which heightens the enjoy-ability of the read even when the characters are in their down time. An interesting perspective that is new to the Poirot series in this story is that the reader is provided with an aside away from the main character's events, into those of the suspects. I really felt like I got to have a greater idea of the psychology of the suspect and how his mind processed the events and murders that were taking place. Poirot has emphasized exploring and understanding the psychology of suspects with utmost importance before, however here it is expanded upon and fully acknowledged as a key focal point. Couple this fresh direction of involved storytelling with a handful of new personable characters introduced along the way and you have yourself a very excellent cast around Poirot and Hastings. The twists are jaw dropping and a joy to be duped at, they are among the best in the Poirot series up until this point so far. Overall this goes down as one of my favorite Poirot novels that wont soon be forgotten. It is most definitely a must read for those who are interested in diving into the series, as well as for those who already have read previous entries. Agatha Christie continues to impress me with her masterful story telling and character creating capabilities which are on full display here in one of her most uniquely enjoyable reads.

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maryellenwilson
Feb 27, 2020

Hercule & his little grey cells not nearly as annoying as usual. Giving to Karen Hughes.

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janerf
Feb 21, 2020

Fascinating, written in 1936, with the development of psychiatry and initial understandings of criminal behavior.
Be sure to look up what an ‘alienist’ is!
Even so, there seems to me that there is a lot in this book about that people think they ‘know’ about the behavior of criminals - for example, a ‘deep understanding’ of various categories of criminals. Some criminals do this; other criminals do that. They knew that much about categories so early on, with loads of data on many serial killers...?!? I'm thinking not.
There’s even a bit about the effect of war ‘on the mind.’ There still needs to be much more attention to this as a topic of mental health and lasting misery..

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mikealawilson
Aug 10, 2019

It was a decent book, however very hard for me to follow at times!

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sclibrary_jc
Apr 23, 2019

I thought I knew who the murderer was but I was caught by surprise. Good mystery.

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EdouardL
Sep 16, 2018

very good

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raymond49090
Jan 21, 2018

I actually kind of predicted how it would end, since I saw something similar on a murder mystery TV show, but I was still really surprised by the ending. It was really great and another work of genius from Agatha Christie.

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dragontransformer
May 06, 2016

Poirot at his best. Agatha Christie does it again!

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Potterhead10
Nov 15, 2015

Agatha Christie has done it again. This celebrated author has blown the minds of her readers with her exceptional book The A.B.C. Murders. Known for her genre of murder mystery novels, Christie has added this book into “The Hercules Poirot Series”, revolving around the well-known detective and his colleague Captain Hastings.
Hercules Poirot and Hastings receive a letter, saying that there will be a murder one day in a certain town. While they don’t take it as a serious threat, the murder does indeed take place. In a town called Andover, a woman named Alice Ascher was killed. The only clue left behind was an alphabet guide. Unsettled, Poirot later finds that a woman named Betty Barnard was murdered, followed by a man named Carmichael Clarke. These killings continue, gaining predictable patterns and losing them at random. It quickly becomes obvious that there is a serial killer around; someone who sure knows his ABC’s well. Poirot and Hastings work together to discover the identity of this mysterious murderer in Christie’s unique novel A.B.C. Murders.
Agatha Christie never fails to keep readers guessing with this novel. While first published in 1936, The A.B.C. Murders is still a modern enough read today, with its language and fast moving pace. This book truly showcases Christie’s skills as a murder mystery writer and has become a classic of hers. To enjoy a creative plot and engage in captivating suspense, The A.B.C. Murders is a great choice for your next read.

T3arr Apr 05, 2014

A good read for suspense admirers.

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