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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tweller83
Apr 10, 2021

Hercule Poirot does it again. I picked this one up as part of my reading of the eight mysteries spoiled in Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson before I read it. This one, told from the perspective of Hastings was interesting and, from what I remember of Agatha Christie, a departure from her normal writing style, but honestly, I'm not sure about that. I did like most of the characters depicted but would have liked a few of them to be a little more fleshed out. Hastings and Poirot's banter was fantastic, it had me smiling quite often. I think I'm going to have to make it a goal of mine (over my lifetime) to read all of her works, we'll see. It was intriguing and I didn't guess the ending so always a plus for mysteries. I would recommend.

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HenrySue
Mar 31, 2021

This is the 11th Hercule Poirot full length novel that was first published in 1936. It is a very good mystery and has been made into a movie in 2018 starring John Malkovich as Poirot. I prefer the version starring David Suchet as Poirot.

Captain Hastings narrates except for certain chapters where Christie switches to third person. The third person chapters featured the apparent murderer. I have always enjoyed the stories narrated by Captain Hastings. This is no exception. We get Captain Hastings views on the clues. The reader must be very alert to understand the clues and be able to interpret them. And if the reader fails, Poirot will explain at the end. I think this mystery certainly belongs among the top 10 Poirot mysteries.

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delphimo
Jan 09, 2021

A very enjoyable day diving into an Agatha Christie mystery. Today, I read The ABC Murders and at times I find Hercule Poirot’s French phrases a little too much, especially when challenged with the translation. What caught my fancy? The description of a maniac/serial killer by Poirot made me think of Donald Trump and his quest for power and fame. As Poirot mentioned, the maniac will blunder due to egoism. Agatha Christie presents a delict able novel on all the processes that Poirot employs to catch the killer. The scenery gives an important clue in the story. And I love the characters and had mistakenly picked the wrong killer several times. Captain Hastings, like Doctor John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series, narrates the majority of the story. Hastings carefully guides us through the murders and Poirot’s investigation. Agatha Christie does not plunge into deep psychological language as does Louise Penny or Elizabeth George. Agatha Christie hands the reader a fun mystery.

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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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