The A.B.C. Murders

The A.B.C. Murders

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Book - 1963
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Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover, is bludgeoned to death at her place of work. Next to die is Miss Bernard in Bexhill, then Mr. Clarke in Churston. More disturbing than the alphabetic sequence of the killings or the ABC Railway guide that the killer leaves at the scene of each crime are the taunting notes Hercule Poirot receives each time the killer is about to strike again. It is one of Poirot's most challenging cases yet.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., c1963.
ISBN: 9781579126247
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Christie Agatha
Characteristics: 252 p. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 23, 2019

I thought I knew who the murderer was but I was caught by surprise. Good mystery.

Sep 16, 2018

very good

Jan 21, 2018

I actually kind of predicted how it would end, since I saw something similar on a murder mystery TV show, but I was still really surprised by the ending. It was really great and another work of genius from Agatha Christie.

May 06, 2016

Poirot at his best. Agatha Christie does it again!

Nov 15, 2015

Agatha Christie has done it again. This celebrated author has blown the minds of her readers with her exceptional book The A.B.C. Murders. Known for her genre of murder mystery novels, Christie has added this book into “The Hercules Poirot Series”, revolving around the well-known detective and his colleague Captain Hastings.
Hercules Poirot and Hastings receive a letter, saying that there will be a murder one day in a certain town. While they don’t take it as a serious threat, the murder does indeed take place. In a town called Andover, a woman named Alice Ascher was killed. The only clue left behind was an alphabet guide. Unsettled, Poirot later finds that a woman named Betty Barnard was murdered, followed by a man named Carmichael Clarke. These killings continue, gaining predictable patterns and losing them at random. It quickly becomes obvious that there is a serial killer around; someone who sure knows his ABC’s well. Poirot and Hastings work together to discover the identity of this mysterious murderer in Christie’s unique novel A.B.C. Murders.
Agatha Christie never fails to keep readers guessing with this novel. While first published in 1936, The A.B.C. Murders is still a modern enough read today, with its language and fast moving pace. This book truly showcases Christie’s skills as a murder mystery writer and has become a classic of hers. To enjoy a creative plot and engage in captivating suspense, The A.B.C. Murders is a great choice for your next read.

T3arr Apr 05, 2014

A good read for suspense admirers.

larrydu822 Nov 23, 2012

Another great Christie mystery. Let me simply say, what seems obvious is not always correct.

Oct 06, 2005

Poirot is at it again! And this time he must overcome obstacles within and without. Although Hastings is as oblique as ever, and the conundrum of the alphabetical order of the murders is contrasted with the ABC railway line schedules that are left with each body, how will they stop before they reach Z? And there is no use in looking at the chapter headings, Dame Christie was far too clever to let that be a clue! Just try and figure this one out before the end!


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