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Book Title: Poirot: In the Orient|
The author of the book: Agatha Christie
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 443 KB
Edition: Berkley Trade
Date of issue: February 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780425200674
Read full description of the books Poirot: In the Orient:This book is a collection of three different Hercule Poirot mysteries: Murder in Mesopotamia, Death on the Nile, and Appointment with Death. I'll add to this review as I read each one, since I don't plan on reading all of them at once. Each of the books put M. Poirot in interesting locations based on Agatha Christie's own travels to this part of the world and archaeological sites with her husband.
Murder in Mesopotamia: A neat little "closed room" mystery in which Poirot visits the workers at a dig site. The narrative is a first person account from a nurse who recently joined the group, and it was fun to experience the story through her eyes (and including her biases). The mystery seemed a little far-fetched, but the solution did tie together everything and was fun to reach. I've always enjoyed Poirot mysteries, and this was no exception. A fun, quick, light read.
Death on the Nile: This is the longest of the three novels included in this volume. It was very different in style from the first, but the mystery and solution seemed to be almost as convoluted and a bit contrived. I realize that's going to happen a lot with mysteries (especially from Christie), but it still was a little distracting. However, overall the story was still very light and engaging. Christie's works are very quick and easy to read, and always entertaining.
Appointment with Death: The last novel was also the shortest. It also had the distinction of having a murder victim that most everyone (including the reader) wanted to die. As in the others, the facts seemed to be laid out plainly, yet in the end it has a bit of a curve ball solution. I was happy to have predicted it, but it was more from a process of elimination than from figuring it out. Still, a quick and enjoyable read.
Overall, I liked this book a lot. The stories were typical Christie, and I've always liked Monsieur Poirot. My one complaint was that this volume didn't include Murder on the Orient Express. Not only would it have fit perfectly with the theme, but that particular adventure is mentioned specifically in two of the other novels. If you've never read a Poirot mystery, this would be a great volume with which to start.
Read information about the authorAgatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.
In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande
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