Monday, 28 July 2014

Murder on the Links - Book Reivew



I am trying to read through the novels of Agatha Christie in the order in which they were written and write a review on each one.
  



Murder on the Links. 
1923.  
A Poirot Mystery.


Shelfari Description


"For God's sake, come!" 
But by the time Hercule Poirot can respond to Monsieur Renauld's plea, the millionaire is already dead -- stabbed in the back, and lying in a freshly dug grave on the golf course adjoining his estate. There is no lack of suspects: his wife, whose dagger did the deed; his embittered son; Renauld's mistress -- and each feels deserving of the man's fortune. The police think they've found the culprit. Poirot has his doubts. And the discovery of a second ,identically murdered corpse complicates matters considerably.



MY THOUGHTS

I had read this novel twice before and seen the TV versions but yet this time rereading it I still did not remember properly how the murder was committed.
I had fully forgotten who the murderer was although other facts were very clear before I read them again.

Is this an indication of a good author that you can reread the book still having to work at solving the mystery?

The thing I liked least about this story was the names given to the characters as for some reason I had difficulty remembering who was who.  Perhaps this was because there were French names involved.

The plot is not deeply rooted around golf, regardless of the title, so you do not have to be a golf enthusiast to take on the challenge of trying to solve this crime and there are some good clues to get your teeth into.

I would not rate this as one of my favourites by Miss Christie especially as I am not keen on someone co-incidentally ending up living in the same small village as someone else they had known before - not quite sure if this is a spoiler or not.

The thing I liked best was the fact that the story is told by Hastings (he is such a pet) and the fact of the time setting and pace of action being so different from today.



Here is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie








27 comments:

  1. I have never actually read one of Agatha Christie's books before, something I should rectify!! Thanks for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x

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    1. Yes do rectify it, they are great. Thanks for the tweet and the pin.

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  2. I love Agatha Christie! Murder on the Links is not one of my favorites either, but I'll still read it again and again. I loved the TV Poirot based on this story too.

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  3. I think not remembering who the murderer was is a plus as you reread.
    Otherwise, I would become very bored with a second read.
    I don't like it when I have to keep guessing/remembering whose who by their unusual names.

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    1. A woman after my own heart there Michelle

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  4. Do you know what? I've never actually read any of her books either!! Seen plenty of the film versions ... but that's never the same.

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    1. Oh I enjoy the films and the TV series too but do try one of the books.

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  5. I enjoyed reading Agatha Christie's books when I was younger. Maybe it's time to reread them :o)

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  6. I enjoy watching Poirot on the BBC on Sunday nights. Very true to Agatha Christie's stories.

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    1. Hi again Pam, I got a bit disappointed in some of the later Poirot adaptation by BBC because they started to add things in and take things out but I will never stop enjoying David Suchet and Hugh Fraser playing those roles.

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  7. Great review! I have some of her books here but have not read one before. Should get on it!

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    1. Oh do read them, I'm sure you will become a fan too.

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  8. What a fun project. Looking forward to your reviews...

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  9. She is one of my sister's favorite authors. I've read a few myself and enjoyed them, but I am not a mystery girl at heart.

    =)

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    1. Hi Susan, I am such a mystery reader. Do you prefer romances or historical novels?

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  10. I love her books and have re-read many several times. Actually, the earlier movies were pretty good, too.

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  11. hi I guess I'm following the crowd have not read her's either I read alot of cozies and then cook the recipes that are in them thanks for the review will have to read them now visiting from ohmyheartsiegirl hop have a great week

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    1. Yes Robin give one a go and see what you think

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  12. Good morning! Thanks so much for linking up at the Homemaking Party. I love watching Poirot, but I've never actually read any of the stories of him. I've just started up a literature blog and am looking for contributors. Since you're a big reader, I thought you might be interested. If so, please visit my Writing Opportunity page to check it out and let me know if you'd like to jump on board!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah, noticed that on your blog yesterday and am toying with the thought of will I have enough time.

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  13. I've read some of her books, most of them sometime in the past. I read Hercule Poirot's Christmas for book club last December. I think of her books as being fun. I think I may have a couple around here....

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    1. Indeed I consider them very much a fun enjoyable read and a puzzle to work the mind at the same time.

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  14. What a great plan!

    I've not read many of these books. I'm not sure why.

    I signed up for the Kindle unlimited trial month and I may have to give this a go!

    Thanks for linking for the letter L.

    A+

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