“Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie - good
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“Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie - good
Oops, another Agatha Christie so soon after the last one! My excuse is that I've needed to read things on my kindle recently as I've hurt my arm and am finding holding a book difficult. This was sitting in my TBR folder just tempting me. Sadly, as it was given to me, I think whatever software was used to break the DRM mangled the text a bit as there were a few places which had [missing], thankfully not enough to spoil the read, but a little annoying.
This one is written from Hasting's perspective and I found that quite different (think it is the first of that style I've read). It was also different from the TV adaptation which was quite refreshing (didn't like the way the TV played up silly rivalries and added comedy).
Not the best Agatha Christie, not the worst. Certainly worked in the 'keep Chrys occupied without straining her arm' stakes!
“Poirot and Hastings investigate a strange murder in France.”fourcats wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Audio book performed by Hugh Fraser
Captain Arthur Hastings narrates this second book in the mystery series featuring Hercule Poirot. It all begins when Hastings meets a young woman on a train. In short order Poirot receives a letter from a South American millionaire living in France stating that his life is in danger and pleading with Poirot to come at once. Hastings and Poirot immediately go to France, only to find that their “client” has been murdered. There is no shortage of suspects – wife, son, neighbors, vagrants, even the girl on the train shows up. The local police are not happy to have Poirot interfering but he insists on his using his superior “little grey cells” to ferret out the truth amid all the clues, red herrings, prevarications, and intrigues.
I love Poirot, but I don’t think this is Christie’s best effort. In my opinion, the whole love-interest between Hastings and the girl stretches credulity too far, and is totally superfluous to the basic plot; did I say “basic” – it’s really far from basic, in fact it’s overly complicated. Given that this was originally published in 1923, and was only the second book in the series, I should probably cut Christie some slack, and I will. It’s still an entertaining cozy, and I was interested from beginning to end.
Hugh Fraser does a marvelous job performing the audio version. He really brings Poirot (and the many other characters) to life.
“It's strange, but I didn't enjoy this quite as much as "the Mysterious Affair at Styles". The story line of "Murder on the Links" was better but Hasting's character irritated me far more in this story. Thankfully, I don't think he's in the next Poirot novel.”Kelly P wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Christie's third novel and her second starring Hercule Poirot. She crafts a much more convoluted mystery - not one, but several identical murder weapons, hidden identities, and fugitives from justice. It's a bit overwhelming but pretty classic. I liked seeing that Captain Hastings played a little less of the foil for Poirot. Their friendship develops a lot in this book. And, thank god, despite the murder taking place on the links, there is very little talk of golf.”Lindz L wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Murder On The Links is the second novel in the Hercule Poirot series by author Agatha Christie. Poirot receives a letter from a Monsieur Renauld, from France who believes his life is in danger and invites Poirot to come to France and investigate. When they attend the find that they are too late and Renauld has been murdered. Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings must sort through the clues to find the perpertrator all the while having to content with another detective that has appeared on the scene. ”The Crime Scene wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another classic Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie. I love any book starring Hercule Poirot, but in this book, Hastings was the shining star for me. I found his blundering around the case extremely amusing. I also enjoyed following his love story in this one. Poirot did an excellent job solving the case, but I really enjoyed the comic relief provided by Hastings in this one.”jguidry wrote this review Tuesday, May 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the first Agatha Christie book that I read and I've been hooked ever since.”Daniel B wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No