Maybe for this reason it may not be necessary to include here a brief summary of the plot. Suffice it to say that the action takes place in the late thirties, during a cruise on the Nile, where a young couple newly married are enjoying their honeymoon. The tranquillity of their journey is frustrated by the unexpected presence of an old girlfriend of the groom, who had also been before a close friend to the bride.
And now she is determined to harass them. One night, after heavy drinking, she shoots her former boyfriend in a leg.
Visor de obras.
But the next morning, the bride is found murdered in her cabin. However the murderer, he or she, had not count with the presence of Hercule Poirot on board. In my view the story is brilliant, it is perfectly constructed and the denouement is extremely satisfactory on all counts. I have particularly enjoyed the simplicity of the plot and its sense of time and place. Certainly a masterpiece and a highly satisfactory read.
The letter had taken more than two months to reach him. Consequently, without thinking it twice, he decided to head over to Market Basing together with his faithful friend Captain Hastings. Once there, they find out that Miss Emily Arundell had passed away on 1 May, barely thirteen days after having written that letter. And, even though it seemed likely that she had died of natural causes and nothing make suspect the opposite, it was also true certain questions remain unanswered.
Besides the delay of the letter. What was it that worried Mis Arundell enough to have written that letter? And, why had she decided to change completely her testament on 21 April? From what I understand, Dumb Witness was very well received by the public in general and was also highly acclaimed by the literary critics of the time. Perhaps, in its favour it can be noted that its subject has been repeated on countless of times but, in all likelihood, it was rather innovative when first published.
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The family is composed of Mrs Boynton, two stepsons, an stepdaughter, her daughter and a daughter-in-law. Mrs Boynton, a very unpleasant woman, exerts a tyrannical influence over her family with the exception, perhaps, of her daughter-in-law. None of them can do anything without her express consent and they all live isolated from the outside world and frightened by her mere presence.
Certainly Mrs Boynton is a mental sadist who takes pleasure in keeping everyone terrified, exercising a brutal control over their lives. On the second day of their visit to Petra, Mrs Boynton is found dead. Though not for the first time, Agatha Christie seems to have develop a greater interest on the psychology of the characters. Particularly, in this case the personality of the victim plays a significant role in the development of the story.
The plot unfolds accurately and, once again, Christie plays fair with the reader.
Nonetheless it is true that Agatha Christie did not feel herself particularly satisfied with the denouement and changed it on her later dramatization. A fairly standard mystery novel by Agatha Christie that, for reasons I fail to understand, is rarely included among her very best despite being, in my view, an excellent example of a locked room mystery, or rather an impossible crime as I like to call them.
October – A Crime is Afoot
The story comprises seven parts, each one refers to the day in which the action takes place, from 22 to 28 December. A tyrannical father has unexpectedly invited his family to spend Christmas at his manor house of Gorston Hall in Longdale, Addlesfield. The man in question, old Simeon Lee, made his fortune in South Africa with diamonds and triple it with sound investments in Great Britain years later.
Now, impeded and with reduced mobility, he is hated by the members of his family although everyone reacts positively to his invitation to spend Christmas together. Among the attendees are his three married male children and their spouses, one of whom has had no relationship whatsoever with his father for quite some time, whom he blames for the death of their mother. Superintendent Sugden is called to investigate and when he informs his superior Colonel Johnson, Chief Constable of Middleshire, it turns out the latter has Hercules Poirot as a guest at his house.
Obviously, Monsieur Poirot is willing to extend a helping hand in this matter.
Poirot proceeds then to demonstrate that each member of the family had motives to murder the old man but only one, the more unexpected, could have do it providing an appropriate response to all the questions posed. A family celebration that will inevitably end up in tragedy. The plot is well structured, Christie plays fair with the reader and, overall, is a very ingenious novel.
I certainly enjoyed it very much. In any case it is not only a matter of finding out who did it, but of how it was carry out. Other element to take into account is the fascination that we are able to feel when reading about a bygone era, thanks to a superb portrait of the time when it was written. Japp informs him that Dr. Morley has been found dead in his practise.
Everything suggests that the dentist committed suicide, even though he did not seem to have any motive that could explain why he did it. Also, if he was killed, who would have wanted to see him dead? He seemed to be a quiet and harmless fellow. But when one of the his last patients that same day, certain Mr. Amberiotis, is found dead as a result of an overdose of adrenaline and novocaine.
yuzu-washoku.com/components/2020-09-10/516.php Japp believes to have found the perfect explanation for it. But this explanation does not fully satisfy Poirot, since it leaves many questions unanswered. Though, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe was published in , it was probably written before the outbreak of the Second World War, which explains both the absence of an explicit reference to the war as well as the bleak tone that it is present between its lines in anticipation of the tragedy that lies ahead. The story also outlines the different ideologies that were present at that time, namely the totalitarianisms be they of the right or the left.
It is also worth noting that the novel addresses an interesting moral dilemma. And I should not forget to highlight that the plot is well crafted and the story is quite entertaining. Elinor Carlisle is brought before the judge accused of having poisoned Mary Gerrard. After a few minutes of silence, during which her lawyer fears that she could declare herself guilty, Elinor pleads not guilty. The story had begun about a year ago when Elinor received an anonymous letter warning her that someone was determined to take her place in the affections of her aunt Laura Welman.
Peter Lord, a young doctor. In addition, Mary Gerrard, the daughter of a lodge keeper, was in the habit to pay her a visit every day. Mary was extremely grateful to Mrs Welman for having paid her studies. Elinor, in turn, was planning to marry Roddy Welman, whom she knew since childhood. Roddy was the nephew of the late Mr Welman, the husband of her aunt. Both had assumed they were going to inherit her fortune, as they were her closest relatives.
But one day, during a visit of Elinor and Roddy to their aunt, Roddy falls in love with Mary Gerrard and breaks her engagement to Elinor. As from that moment events take an unexpected turn. Mrs Welman dies intestate and Elinor, as next of kin, becomes her sole heir.
Shortly after, Mary dies poisoned and Elinor seems to be the only person who has a motive, the opportunity and the means for having done so. Lord, who is attracted to Elinor, resorts to Hercule Poirot to unmask the real culprit in order to prove her innocence. Sad Cypress has quite an original structure. The story is being told in three parts. The first one relates the facts that end up with the death by poisoning of Mary Gerrard and with the subsequent imprisonment of Elinor Carlisle considered the main suspect of the crime.
The second revolves around the investigation carried by Poirot, mainly through his conversations with those involved in the plot. Finally, the third part takes place almost entirely in the courtroom. All these make it possible to maintain the attention of the reader and, in essence, the novel ends up being quite entertaining. Likewise its resolution turns out fairly convincing. Probably the biggest drawback of the story, in my view, has to do with the way in which Poirot arrives to solve the mystery. It has very much reminded me the way a magician pulls a rabbit out of his top hat. The novel relies heavily on a previous short story by the Author herself published in , Triangle at Rhodes.
The story opens when Arlena Marshall makes her appearance on the beach late in the morning. She is an amazingly attractive woman, a former actress known as Arlena Stuart. Her mere presence leave nobody unmoved, and she soon becomes the subject of gossip on the part of the rest of the hotel guests. For my taste, I very much enjoyed reading Evil Under the Sun. Above all for its well-structured plot, and its excellent characterisation.
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