As usual, Christie presents a fascinating puzzle, where the obvious answer isn't, but the obvious clue which tells you it isn't isn't recognized as such. I don't like the narrator--I prefer Poirot stories without his dear friend and chronicler partially because I prefer 3rd person and partially because I am not fond of this narrator's side comments. The narrator wasn't too intrusive in this book, though, and the mystery was quite enjoyable overall.
This is the first Agatha Christie I have read . . . I am a murder mystery fan but have never picked her books up before. This one was out of the H Poirot series; the first mystery since he has retired. I enjoyed it and even though I was tuned into looking for the who-dun-it I was surprised at the revelation of the murder. So newbees to murder mysteries -- this is a good book and I suspect I will enjoy other Agatha Christie novels now that I have 'tested the waters'
The ABC Murders proves to be the Belgian sleuth's most challenging case with Poirot trying to decipher each cryptic message and getting one step ahead of this clever and ruthless killer. I have always enjoy Agatha Christie's novels and this one is not excluded. I found it to be highly interesting with a lot of sleight of hand and subterfuge involve. I would recommend it for anyone interested in reading a story from the Queen of Crime..Agatha Christie.
A was for Ascher. B was for Barnard. Hercule Poirot was forewarned. But it didn't seem to matter. The letters of warning were signed "A.B.C." And Poirot's homicidal pen pal seemed well on his way to completing the alphabet with 24 more murders. The very best Agatha Christie has done.
Eve M. reviewed The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot, Bk 12) (aka The Alphabet Murders) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on + 194 more book reviews
A was for Ascher. B for Barnard. Hercule Poirot was forewarned. But if didn't seem to matter. The letters of warming were signed "ABC" And Poirot's homicidal pen pal seemed well on his way to completeing the alphabet with 24 more murders..
Sam M. reviewed The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot, Bk 12) (aka The Alphabet Murders) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on + 109 more book reviews
Alice Ascher from Andover is the first victim. Next to her corpse is a spellbinding clue. It seems that a killer is knocking off his victims one-by-one, A through Z. Alphabetically speaking, Hercule Poirot fears that it's a matter of one down, twenty-five to go.
One of Christie's most well-known Poirot mysteries, and deservedly so. It features a very clever solution and a surprisingly large number of clues make it a more than fair challenge for the reader. Unfortunately, it is such a clever solution that numerous television shows have used it since its publication, giving the reader a somewhat unfair advantage over Ms. Christie. Still, I didn't guess the first time through, and it was a fun ride even on re-reading. A deserved classic.
Lynn J. reviewed The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot, Bk 12) (aka The Alphabet Murders) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on + 61 more book reviews
A is for Mrs. Ascher - fatally attacked in Andover. B is for Betty Barnard - strangled on the beach in Bexhill. C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke - now a corpse in Churston... If nothing else, the murderer knew his ABC's. But the alphabetical assassin would need to know more than that to outwit the world's cleverest detective - Hercule Poirot!
Classic mystery from one of the best of mystery writers, Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot accepts the challenge of an anonymous letter and is immediately plunged into a murder only his little gray cells can solve.
Mary M. (emeraldfire) - , reviewed The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot, Bk 12) (aka The Alphabet Murders) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on
The little Belgian detective exercises his "little grey cells" against a mysterious correspondent who writes to him predicting the murders of several people. Poirot is forewarned when the first two murder victims' names begin with an A and a B, now he must solve the case before the killer strikes again in an attempt to complete the alphabet. I must say that I enjoyed this book very much. I had first read this years ago but had forgotten who the murderer was and why he actually committed the murders. I give it an A!