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Book Title: Dead Man's Folly|
The author of the book: Agatha Christie
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.57 MB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: July 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780007121076
Read full description of the books Dead Man's Folly:For those who have read my reviews in the past, I have mentioned that I enjoy reading mysteries as palette cleansers in between denser reads. I use the summer school vacation to read a lot of classics, nonfiction, and poetry collections that I may not have time for during a busy school schedule. Yet, it is impossible to maintain this level of reading all the time, and, rather than go into a reading slump, I read mysteries. I have a few favorite contemporary authors, but I still measure all mysteries against the queen of crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. This year, I am participating in a Miss Marple challenge in the group Reading the Detectives, but my favorite Christie character has been the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. When I found an opportunity to fit a Poirot mystery into my schedule, I selected Dead Man's Folly in order to exercise my little gray cells.
Crime writer Ariadne Oliver has invited Hercule Poirot to Lassecombe to assist her in judging a murder scavenger hunt. The owners of Lasse House Sir George and Hattie Stubbs along with the myriad of servants and workers who live on the grounds thought that a fete and murder mystery would be a fun summer diversion for the tourists who frequent the area. The Stubbs called on Oliver to devise a crime scene, but, like any astute mystery writer, Oliver noticed some strange happenings on the premises and called on Poirot to help with the fete; however, she really wanted his help in sleuthing. Never one to shy from either a case or a holiday, Poirot gladly visits Lasse House to investigate, and, as predicted, senses some odd occurrences on the estate.
As in many of both the Poirot and Miss Marple cases I have read, a murder, or in this case murders, take place, and the local police are left baffled as to whodunit and any possible motives or weapons. The inspectors turn to Poirot for assistance as he is conveniently already in the area to judge the scavenger hunt. At first Poirot is as clueless as the local detectives because he sees no one who would want to murder an innocent fourteen year old girl much less Mrs. Hattie Stubbs. There are is no shortage of suspects or places to hide a body, yet, in his investigation, Poirot is left stumped and returns to London to take yet another holiday, this time from the case.
Another element in Christie cases is that she peels off layer upon layer of her case. When it might appear obvious to amateur sleuths reading at home who committed the crime, Christie has Poirot or Miss Marple exclaim that they knew all along what happened, and usually this revealing piece of information had been in plain sight all along. Poirot uses his gray cells while questioning the residents of Lasse House, and, of course, an fairly innocent conversation leads him to solve the case. All the while, I was as stumped as the local police forces, so I read on to see how Christie has Poirot unravel the clues and bring the murderer to justice.
With a new version of Murder on the Orient Express due to hit theaters soon, Christie and Poirot remain on the forefront of murder mysteries today. I found Dead Man's Folly to be typical of a Poirot case, but, as Hercule Poirot is still one of my favorite detectives, typical does its role in having my exercise my own little gray cells in reading a mystery rather than taking a reading break. In anticipation of this new film, I am sure that this will not be the last time that I read a Hercule Poirot case this year. I look forward to exercising those little gray cells again, and rate this mystery an entertaining 3.75 stars.
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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