Thirteen At Dinner

Thirteen At Dinner

Book - 1933
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Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to 'get rid of' her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn't help feeling that he was being taken for a ride.
Publisher: New York Bantam 1933
ISBN: 9780553350760
0553350765
Characteristics: 214 p

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s390325
May 04, 2017

Another excellent Agatha Christie, many twists and turns and you never guess who the real murderer is! That said, this is not one of my top Agatha Christie choices; I think the characters were not very compelling and Poirot seemed rather cranky for most of the book. I also did not realize before reading this book that he and Hastings lived together like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but perhaps I had not read an early Poirot mystery before. I feel a bit sorry for Hastings; I know that he functions to ask the questions the reader would ask and to show off Poirot's intelligence but Poirot seems a bit mean to him at times.

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maspochni591
Mar 28, 2017

"Lord Edgware Dies" is an entertaining novel with an interesting premise. However, most of the characters aren't that interesting and though the identity of the killer still surprises, it's kind of underwhelming. As always, Poirot and Hastings entertain and they often bring humor into what could have been a grim detective story.

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MissyJayne
Nov 29, 2016

Just brilliant! Queen Agatha always keeps you guessing!

EuSei May 27, 2015

A wonderful masterpiece by the Queen of Mystery. Poirot, as always, at his best. The movie rendition of it, although with the wonderful presence of David Suchet, does not capture the deep intricacies of Mrs. Christie’s perfectly-woven story. Another must read—and re-read!

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newfieshawn
Feb 13, 2015

excellent book keep me guessing the killer until the end

Indigo_Cobra_8 Apr 24, 2013

Your average Hercule Poirot mystery. However, there were fewer twists in this book and I found some of it a bit dull.

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Nina_
Jan 12, 2012

Exceptional. Just like all of her other novels.

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EuSei May 28, 2015

“You are beautifully and perfectly balanced. In you sanity is personified. […] When the criminal sets out to do a crime his first effort is to deceive. […] The imagine in his mind is that of the normal man. […] As in a mirror I see reflected in your mind exactly what the criminal wishes me to believe. That is terrifically helpful and suggestive.” (Poirot to Hastings)

EuSei May 28, 2015

Despite his good looks there was something vaguely effeminate that I disliked about the softness of his voice. (Hastings, narration)

EuSei May 28, 2015

“Anyway,” he said, “I’m not a damned nigger.” (Ronald Marsh)

EuSei May 28, 2015

“If we were a lot of Chinks we wouldn’t know each other apart.” (Ronald Marsh)

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