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"Wickedness...such wickedness...."The dying woman turned to Father Gorman with agony in her eyes. "Stopped....It must be stopped....You will...."The priest spoke with reassuring authority. "I will do what is necessary. You can trust me."Father Gorman tucked the list of names she had given him into his shoe. It was a meaningless list; the names wer of people who had nothing"Wickedness...such wickedness...."The dying woman turned to Father Gorman with agony in her eyes. "Stopped....It must be stopped....You will...."The priest spoke with reassuring authority. "I will do what is necessary. You can trust me."Father Gorman tucked the list of names she had given him into his shoe. It was a meaningless list; the names wer of people who had nothing in common.On his way home, Father Gorman was murdered. But the police found the list and when Mark Easterbrook came to inquire into the circumstances of the people listed, he began to discover a connection between them, and an ominous pattern....Every name of that list was either already dead or, he suspected, marked for murder....

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Das fahle Pferd Reviews

  • Carol.
    2019-05-21 22:32

    Imagine: a Christie I hadn't read. Ever. But I've re-read enough Christie in my adult life to know that sometimes she works well, sometimes less so. Which would this be?It turns out, a strange mix of classic Christie, modern Christie, Christie commentary and something unfinished that makes it a most odd kind of book. It begins with Christie's traditional rather anonymous, milquetoast narrator, something along the lines of Roger Ackroyd. He is supposed to be working on his latest manuscript on Mogul architecture when he "had suffered from one of those sudden revulsions that all writers know.... --all the fascinating problems it raised, become suddenly as dust and ashes. What did they matter? Why did I want to write about them?" He takes a coffee in Chelsea, musing on the sinister noise of modern conveniences, when two of the 'off-beat' (and we chuckle a little at the naivete of the narrator) clientele get in a fighting match over a boy one has stolen from the other. I was struck by how present Christie seemed in his words, Mark's musing on writing, the lament of "contemporary noises," and dress styles of the new generation no doubt echoing her own.Only a week later, Mark is reading the obituaries and realizes one of the young ladies who was in the fight has suddenly died, and will not be getting her kicks in Chelsea any longer. He feels sympathy, but then notes, "Yet after all, I reminded myself, how did I know that my view was the right one? Who was I to pronounce it a wasted life? Perhaps it was my life, my quiet scholarly life, immersed in books, shut off from the world, that was the wasted one. Life at second hand. Be honest now, was I getting kicks out of life?"Really quite brilliant, both in hearing the author's experience and age coming through, and in justification for Mark's future actions. But not right away, of course. First he must pay a visit to his friend Ariadne Oliver. And once again, I heard Christie loud and clear: "Or, it might be someone wanting an interview--asking me all those embarrassing questions which are always the same every time. What made you first think of taking up writing? How many books have you written? How much money do you make. Etc. etc." Just as I was chuckling over that, she launches in the oddness of murder in real life compared to books:"Say what you like, it's not natural for five or six people to be on the spot when B is murdered and all to have a motive for killing B-unless, that is, B is absolutely madly unpleasant and in that case nobody will mind whether he's been killed or not..."'I see your problem,' I said. 'But if you've dealt with it successfully fifty-five times, you will manage to deal with it once again.''That's what I tell myself,' said Mrs. Oliver, 'over and over again, but every single time I can't believe it and so I'm in agony.'Really, the beginning bit of the story feels so clearly Christie commentary, that though the murder came along by page twenty, I was enjoying the digression and insight. So I was all set to adore, the meta and the concrete blending so nicely, when it turns out that a large portion of the plot is the new-fangled notion of the psychology of the individual (echoes of Poirot) being convinced through a combination of psychology and superstitious belief that they are ill, soon becoming truly physically ill, only to finally die. That sort of pre-60s, recast 1900s mysticism. Yes, there is a séance.Then she interjects herself again, in the form of a chemist who is very excited to be a witness to the murder, having practiced memorizing faces for just such an opportunity. Oh, Christie, you sly dog. I might have giggled when he came along.The Pale Horse was, I believe, was close to her fifty-fifth book, and just lacked something for me in terms of plot translation. Add to that that the transitions between sections was particularly abrupt, it wasn't the charming, insightful read I first thought. The plot meandered for a bit, following the local coroner and detective, the coroner conveniently a friend of Mark's. There is more than a bit of atmospheric silliness at the end that completely failed to develop much of an atmosphere for me--had we been talking decades earlier, perhaps I could have taken it more seriously--but there were a solid couple of plot twists at the end that I appreciated. So, mark down as enjoyable, diverting; worthy of thoughts on a long career and social change, but not one to add to my own library.Three-and-a-half stars, rounding up for authorial voice.

  • Issa Deerbany
    2019-04-22 06:29

    قائمة ببعض الأسماء يكتبها راهب تم. القاءها عليه من قبل سيدة على فراش الموت.هذه الأسماء اما لاناس ميتين او سيموتون .رائعة الحبكة حيث ان الظاهر ان سبب الموت تحضير الأرواح والشعوذة والسحر . ولكن بطل القصة يصر على معرفة الحقيقة وراء موتهم والطريقة التي يتم فيها قتلهم رواية جيدة جدا ولكن اعتقد ان مستواها اقل من باقي روايات أجاثا

  • Veronique
    2019-05-06 05:15

    "Evil is nothing superhuman".`As much as I love Poirot and Marple, there is something even more appealing to a Christie book with a totally unknown 'investigator'. Mark Easterbrook senses all is not what it seems in a series of events that lead him to look into The Pale Horse. The narrative follows him as well as Detective-Inspector Lejeune in their queries about certain deaths that appear normal. But are they?This is quite a dark novel but an enjoyable one, if just by the short presence of Ariadne Oliver. Christie does her thing beautifully, leading us down one path while in fact going in a totally different way. She also seems to have commented on 'appearance'. One always expect criminals, and 'witches', to appear grander than life, but as mentioned in the book, it is the ones who look totally ordinary that are the scariest.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-02 03:23

    Extremely dark and chilling - read with a stuffed animal or a huggable friend nearby! Very thrilling and powerful read, and definitely my favourite non-Poirot or Marple mystery, hands down. Definitely a tense and creepy affair; the atmosphere is very much like what I would imagine the dark streets of Whitechapel would be during the late 19th Century. Mark Easterbrook is a loveable hero, intelligent and brave, and you can't help but be nervous and root for him at the same time as he plunges headlong into danger in order to solve the mystery. The romance was reasonably well-developed and rather cute, too; totally cheered when he found the right girl and came to his senses about the boring, snobby one. The random appearances of Ariadne Oliver made a nice tie-in with her other cases, and her slightly batty, cheery personality made a great contrast with the rest of the case. This is probably the first time I liked her rather than finding her annoying!

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-05-19 23:30

    A mystery which contains non of the Christie regulars (except Mrs. Oliver), which was surprisingly much better than I expected from the lukewarm first half. The discovery made by Mrs. Oliver gives the vital clue for solving the mystery - interestingly, it was instrumental in saving a person's life also in the real world.(view spoiler)["In 1976, the year Agatha Christie died, a 19-month-old girl from Qatar was brought to Hammersmith Hospital, London, suffering from a mysterious disease. A nurse noticed that the symptoms resembled those of victims in The Pale Horse. When she reported this, doctors immediately tested for thallium, found it, changed the treatment and saved the girl's life. Inquiries revealed that her parents had been using thallium sulphate to kill cockroaches in their home."- from The Independent (hide spoiler)]

  • mark monday
    2019-05-08 23:32

    Choose Your Own Adventure!And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.If you’ve decided that you’ve had your fill of dying, then choose you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of living, then choose

  • Sifat
    2019-05-08 01:06

    Remember the word : WickednessA Catholic priest is killed on his path home from giving the last ceremonies to a lady. He has a list of names in his shoe of detached individuals who have all kicked the bucket resoundingly from normal causes. Check Easterbrook witnesses battle between two lady in which the hair turns out in bunches without recognizable agony. At that point there is the secretive Pale Horse Inn now shut and involved by three abnormal lady who broadcast to be witches and mystics. What are the associations among these individuals that lead Mark and the police to presume murder yet how and why.

  • F.R.
    2019-05-17 06:06

    Early in this novel a character muses about how best to portray the Witches in a production of ‘Macbeth’. It’s his contention that rather than pushing up the weirdness so the sisters become something which could feasibly fit into a pantomime, they are instead portrayed as the kind of normal – if slightly sinister – old ladies who are frequently dismissed as witches in English country villages. As apparently all English villages have witches (a fact which all country folk know), and it would just be more effective to use their type of gentle malevolence for the Wyrd sisters, rather than go over the top and be silly.‘The Pale Horse’ reads like Christie trying to do Dennis Wheatley and embrace supernatural horror. A Catholic priest is murdered and on his person is a list of names given to him by a dying lady. It becomes clear to the police that a number of the names on that list are now deceased, but that they all died – seemingly – of natural courses. It takes Mark Easterbrook, a busybody with too much time on his hands, and his plucky gal assistant Ginger Corrigan to link the deaths with three spiritualists who live in a former pub called The Pale Horse.Here’s where that theory about Macbeth falls down, as these three ladies – despite the powers they boast of – are not particularly scary. They are just eccentric old dears who mix spells and then offer cups of tea. Perhaps in a more skilled writer’s hands, a really sinister quality could have been spun around them – but in Agatha Christie’s, the entire book falls short of scares. Her jolly hockey-sticks prose style just doesn’t lend itself to fear, and the fact that she wouldn’t recognise a well-rounded character if one started beating her around the face and neck with her own typewriter, means there’s no one really to care about either.(There is also, oddly, a lot of talk about how nobody could be tried for murder by witchcraft. It was actually only seventeen years before the publication of this novel [in 1961:] that the last witchcraft trial took place in Britain, a case that the country’s leading crime writer would surely have been aware of. Follow this link if you think I’m making that fact up – prosaic ending is distinctly irritating, but very like Christie. And unless you’re an unshakable fan of Dame Agatha, then this book really does promise more than it delivers.

  • Vicki
    2019-05-21 02:18

    The pale Horse is a really dark mystery. There are scenes that are just down right creepy. There are spells and threats that lend a spooky air to this book. I listened to the AudioBook and found it very intense during those witch scenes. The mystery begins with the murder of a Catholic priest. He has a list of names in his shoe and that turn out to be a list of dead people. When Mark Easterbrook begins to look into this mystery because his godmother is on the list. Mark was a great character. He is intelligent and he is curious. I found the humor lovely, just as I usually do from Agatha Christie. I liked it a lot. I liked the character Ginger. I was laughing as she and Mark were plotting together. Great fun story.The story really kept me guessing. I loved that at the end, I had not guessed the correct suspect. It is a really wonderful book that I had missed reading when I was reading a lot of Agatha Christie. I was happy to have lucked up on this AudioBook.

  • Kwoomac
    2019-04-24 01:05

    I was quite happy with this one. At first I thought it might be dated. Written in 1962, she writes about hip, rich, young girls playing at being poor. I was afraid it was going to be full of silly 60's lingo, man. You dig? But it wasn't. I like that Christie never takes herself too seriously. One of her characters was an author of mysteries, who was having writer's block. She and the protag, Mark, talked about the three witches in Macbeth and how they should be portrayed as regular women, not so over-the-top ugly cackling witches. Christie goes on to introduce three women, all pretty average, who have a reputation in their small village as witches. I was very happy with the whole murder scenario. Very clever. I figured it out before the characters, but not much before.

  • Nameeta Rao
    2019-05-21 03:13

    Picked this book up after a really bad read. Agatha Christie does not disappoint.This mystery novel follows characters on their path to solve the deaths of various seemingly unrelated people. I found it hard to place the time period this story is set in but if I were to guess it would be the early 1900's. There is a little romance thrown towards the end which is unusual for an Agatha Christie novel I think.(view spoiler)[ Initially I thought maybe it was a story within a story concept. But that cleared up soon enough. The problem I had was with the medical explanations of the deaths. The randomness of these diagnosis probably stems from the fact that medical science was not very advanced thereby confirming my opinion of the time period the story is set in.The confrontation leading to Osborne's guilt coming to light took me by surprise.I thought I had it all figured out by then. The seances with the three women was definitely spooky but it never struck me that there must be a supernatural influence in the deaths of the victims. (hide spoiler)]Overall a good ready with enough mystery to keep one hooked.

  • Oluseyi Bakare
    2019-04-28 05:31

    This is certainly a work that an African reader (like myself) will find fascinating and highly gripping. However the conclusion here would shatter what the likes of me would have hitherto been led to believe: so a white, western writer can write so convincingly about the true powers of “juju” (occult) !Agatha Christie is (was) of course a down to earth western writer, and at the end she coolly and rationally explains the events of this work which one could have sworn could only have been due to supernatural means. Hence I find this work instructive and relevant to we Africans, no matter how educated, who even till date tend to “explain” simple occurrences like footballing skill, talent, results; and even illnesses/ailments – by strongly alluding to the occult and the supernatural.

  • Teresa
    2019-05-19 05:22

    Ad indagare su questo caso non ci sono solo un ispettore di polizia ed un medico legale, ma anche uno scrittore, una restauratrice, un annoiato farmacista in pensione, un’altra scrittrice. Be’, con tanto dispiegamento di forze è evidente che si arriverà in fretta al colpevole…O forse, visto che in questo romanzo sono coinvolte forze oscure, magia nera e streghe, la faccenda rischia di essere più complicata del previsto?

  • Jaksen
    2019-04-27 23:25

    An interesting mystery from Ms. Christie. First off, two things...One, there are a lot of twists and turns in this story, lots of red herrings, lots of 'lots of' to just put it out there. So much so there's a contrived feeling that runs through the book. The author really had to jump through hoops to make everything 'fit.' But it does. You end up feeling, well that makes sense - why didn't I see it! (I did guess at one part of the ending and got it right.)Two, another takeaway from the book, which has totally nothing at all to do with the story, characters, mood, theme, tension, etc: I am totally surprised that so much of what was going on in 1961 resembles today's world when it comes to fashion. Yes, clothes, fashion, what we wear. You could transport some of the 'outfits' or manner of dress from 1961 to 1971, '81, '91 and all the way to 2011 and 2016 and no one would bat an eye. Jeans and a sweatshirt. The young are wearing tights, 'jumpers,' (or sweaters to us Americans), and jeans. It's as if the uniform of the young, the casual and the I'm kicking around at home personality was created then and not much happens after.I've noticed this before while watching movies set in this time period. Okay, when going out, you see very dressed up people and men wearing hats, and women in fabulous coats, etc., and yet among the young of the time and in the early 60's it's early rock and the remains of the beat generations, you see jeans and shirts and jeans and sweatshirts and jeans and 'jumpers.' What happened? Whoever created that look needs a reward for longevity and it's possible the look goes back even further than 1961. Long digression...Back to the story. A woman who is dying of pneumonia manages to pass a message to a Catholic priest on her deathbed. But then the priest is murdered. Tucked in his shoe is a list of names - what for? Who are they? Well, most of them are dead, too. Enter a hodge-podge of investigators including a journalist, a writer, some odd folks here and there, including the local vicar's wife. it's a jumble of confusion for about 100 pages because this turns out to be a howdunnit, not whodunnit. There are seances and weird women who claim to be witches. Two possible love interests for the semi-main character. A chemist (pharmacist) with a knack for remembering faces and a wealthy invalid living in a house filled with curious items from all over the world. Plus several minor characters who drop hints and possible information about who did what and when. It's as if Christie's mind had a creative explosion late in life and she put it all down in one story.Still, it's a good story, and one that might be neglected by the mystery fan. Worth a read, but be ready to be totally confused for a while. It's a tangled mess at times that slowly, slowly straightens itself out.

  • Laurel Young
    2019-05-03 22:21

    I am amused that The Pale Horse is listed on Goodreads as "by Agatha Christie, forward by Mark Easterbrook"...apparently someone failed to realize that Mark is in fact a creation of Dame Christie's fertile imagination?? At any rate, he is an engaging narrator; I don't always know why Christie chooses to use first-person narration for non-series books (obviously, many of the Poirot cases are narrated by 'mon ami Hastings' and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd could have been narrated in no other way). In this case, I think it adds a lot of suspense that Mark is an amateur whose lady-love, Ginger, is in danger of being the next murder victim. I really liked Ginger as well and found it easy to root for the couple. I wonder if Mark is related to Colonel and Mrs. Easterbrook of A Murder is Announced, or if Christie just liked that surname?This is an unusual but quite excellent novel. It is the only one to feature Mrs. Oliver with no other series sleuth such as Poirot to help her. Mark is our narrator and has far more "screen time", so to speak, but Mrs. Oliver puts clues together to make the really crucial deduction at the end. He would never have solved it without her. I like it very much that she has her turn to shine, since she is shown as a rather inept detective in novels like Third Girl.The Pale Horse is also unusual in that it is *scary*! It really seems as though we will have a supernatural explanation, even though we know Dame Agatha surely won't leave it like that. She does a wonderful job of building up suspense and showing her characters to be like the average reader--skeptical but perplexed and unnerved. I love that The Pale Horse is almost just a rumor; I can imagine it very easily. A couple of minor criticisms: although it is dramatic to unveil the actual pub sign for The Pale Horse at the very end, readers who are at all familiar with Revelation will have known the reference all along, so the skeleton rider is a bit of anti-climax. Also, while for the most part the 1960s setting is really well done, it has moments of being dated in the negative sense. For example, I loved that "espresso bars" were apparently a trendy new thing found primarily in Chelsea. I was reading this novel in a Starbucks at the time and had a chuckle over that. But I thought the vague pseudo-science a bit too modish a way to throw a sop to the "modern" reader when actually the black magic scenario is a lot scarier and more timeless.I thought the twist at the end was supremely clever and really a vintage Christie reveal. And she does play fair--even if we don't know what the poison is, we have enough information to get the idea if we catch the hair clue. I really enjoyed this novel and recommend it highly. It stands out memorably in the Christie canon.

  • Philip
    2019-05-22 06:26

    First read this 1961 Agatha Christie novel of modern-day 'witchcraft' in the early 1970s. Of course I'm not reading a St. Martins Press paperback edition - I'm reading the 1962 Dodd, Mead First Edition copy to which I recently treated myself!This was one of the better - and better-received - novels of Christie's later period, and several years after its original publication this novel was instrumental in solving a real-life mystery involving several deaths!This was definitely what I like to think of as "a neat little thriller" or a "nice little thriller" - it reads well and the various characters are well-drawn. Christie's literary alter-ego, mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, makes an appearance here (she's a friend of the novel's narrator, Mark Easterbrook) - Mrs. Oliver was replaced by Miss Marple in the most recent TV adaptation (a previous version in 1997 also eliminated Mrs. Oliver and had Easterbrook as a suspect in the murder of the priest that sets the story in motion, which isn't the case in the book).

  • Ivan
    2019-04-26 01:30

    Today is Friday May 13th (2016) and this is the 13th Agatha Christie novel I’ve read. I enjoy her books, her style, although I’ve often found her plots too convoluted and contrived. However, when she is good, she’s really good – I’m thinking of “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” “The Pale Horse” is the best of all I’ve read so far. The plot is ingenious. The story flows with ease, is always interesting and suspenseful. The characters are familiar to Christie fans, and yet they are not her usual star players Hercule Poirot and Miss. Jane Marple – they include crime writer Ariadne Oliver, Rev and Mrs. Dane Calthrop and Detective-Inspector Lejeune. This book fooled me. I had it all figured out and then WHAM – the murderer wasn’t who I thought at all and yet all the clues had been right there in plain sight the entire time. This novel was great fun.

  • Samina
    2019-04-26 06:29

    So spooky and so mysteriousFull of Suspense and Awwwws !!!!! Yes :)This book has no Poirot or Miss MarpleYet the suspense is a marvelA dying old woman makes a confessionPriest also dies in quick successionPolice however get a list from his shoeNames in it don't give any clueExcept that they are all dyingFrom diseases whose symptoms are lyingAnd then the investigator Mark Easterbrook hearsAbout a place called The Pale HorseThe 3 women residing in Pale HorseAre not ordinary of courseBut ordinary people in the plotAre more important than you would have thoughtThe book has lots of philosophical talksThat might seem like boring blocksBut turn out be important linksTo guess the killer's instinctsAgatha Christie's books you'll findEasy to the eyes, but food for the mind All in all a must read4 star for me indeed

  • Shinde
    2019-04-25 22:30

    Page turner? Yes. Surprise killer? Yes. Wow plot? No. Christie dabbles in her favorite 'dull villages are a playground for hideous crimes' genre, along with black magic, Macbethian witches, serial murders and a meddlesome duo of do-gooders. This isn't a review. Just a rant at wide loopholes. SPOILERS AHEAD ...1. If Ginger was known to 3 witches, why on earth use her as dummy victim? How did she pass of as unknown ex wife?2. If black magic was likely to be fatal, why give them Ginger's real gloves? Why not use old gloves of a pre-dead female relative?3. What's difference between brave and foolhardy?4. If Mr X was well versed with 3 local witches, why didn't he know Mr V & Ms Ginger, both from same locality?

  • Deepa Swaminathan
    2019-05-10 22:25

    Is it possible to cause the death of someone by sheer power of mind, that is, without any visible contact? Is it possible to contract a deadly disease merely by someone’s ill wish? Are there people who can act as a living bridge between the mortal world and a world of uncanny powers? Agatha Christie proposes this improbable and incredible theory in her highly interesting book - The Pale Horse.Story - Third person’s narrative- The story starts with a description of an ailing woman calling for the village priest Father Gorman. She converses with him alone for a while and dies. After he leaves the woman’s place, he notes some names on a piece of paper and is himself killed almost immediately after. Apparently, someone wanted this list and couldn’t find it because the priest had hidden it in his shoe. Who could be the murderer?Mark’s narrative- Mark (the protagonist) is a scholar, historian, archaeologist and a well known writer of articles. He gets to know about the murder of the priest and the queer list of names from his police friend. In due course, he finds out that a few people from that list have died recently, not murdered, but by genuine medical reasons such as paralysis, typhoid, pneumonia, epilepsy, etc.Once, he is introduced to the inmates of a house called The Pale Horse. This is almost a ramshackle hut that was an inn of the same name many years back. Here are 3 weird women infamous for practicing witchcraft and sorcery. They are brazenly proud of their skills. They claim to make or break a human being with their psychological understandings and research of human nature, in addition to the usual voodoo, black magic and use of eerie charts! In return, they get huge money that their customers hand over with their requests to kill someone. The customers coming to them know that this couldn’t qualify as a murder in the eyes of the court since the ‘witches’ do not meet any of the victims! This seems to be a neat way of cold blooded murder.Mark feels that The Pale Horse(this trio of occult women) has some relation with the list of names with the police. After making some enquiries with his acquaintances and after getting laughed at, he finally meets Ginger who actually believes these happenings and expresses her willingness to help him. According to their plan to expose this sorcery, Mark and Ginger phrase a plot where Mark pretends to be the prospective client for the Pale horse and Ginger poses as his wife whom he wants to get rid of. Will the noxious Pale Horse succeed in remotely murdering Ginger? Is this just baseless, innocuous, ridiculous mumbo- jumbo? If so, how could so many people die of genuine diseases?My Opinion - It’s been long since I read these eerie, occult fictions and I definitely enjoyed it! I liked the fact that there is no detective in this story and the protagonist goes his own way in search of truth. There is a very minor role of the detective novel writer Mrs. Ariadne Oliver as Mark’s friend.The revelation in the end does have the "Christie stamp" on it since the twist is remarkable. Agatha Christie has done it again. She deceived me in a manner I could have never imagined.

  • Sergey
    2019-04-22 00:23

    The Pale Horse is Agatha Christie’s novel dealing with black magic. Dame Christie ingeniously weaves a web into the murderous world of an old inn The Pale Horse where a witch, a medium and a psychic form circle of devious intentions. The story opens with Thomasina Tuckerton in a brawl with another woman over a man and that leads to a chain of events that uncovers one murder after another. Ms. Tuckerton’s untimely death and would have been unnoticed if Father Gorman had not been found murdered after taking the confession of Mrs. Davis with a list of names in his shoe. And the one tie to everything is the old inn, The Pale Horse. Mark Easterbrook, with the help of Ariadne Oliver, solves the mystery of the sinister gang.The novel reads easily enough with the classic Christie charm on every page. This is Dame Christie’s only novel that uses “black” magic as means of murder, or a suggestion thereof. It’s a genius plot! The séance scene is a read to behold. This is Mrs. Oliver’s fourth appearance in Christie’s work and the only novel where the fictional writer appears without her friend, the famed Belgium detective Hercule Poirot. I enjoyed this mystery quite a bit. It’s been sometime since I read a Christie mystery and it was a pleasant return to a favored author. The only disappointment was guessing the murder way in advance of the resolution at the conclusion of the story.

  • Lance Lumley
    2019-05-05 03:13

    In my goal of reading many of Agatha Christie's books, this one was a struggle to get through. I can read her books in 2-3 days, but this one took me some time, where I even stopped and read another book in 2 days and went back to this. This is nothing to do with her writing or skills-she is still the best at the genre, but the characters didn't move me as much. After Father Gorman visits a lady who asks to see him on her death bed, Gorman receives a list of names and sticks it in his shoe. While walking home, he is murdered. What does the names have to do with the lady and why was Gorman murdered? The book brings three ladies, one if a so called witch, and another is a medium.The strange lady characters keep me interested, however the lead characters looking into the murders seemed dull to me. This is still good book, but in my opinion, it doesn't hold up to Christie's other books. But then again, I got the book at a library book sale, so I was only out $.25 .

  • Poonam
    2019-05-02 00:14

    This is a mystery with heavy undertones of witchcraft. There are few scenes that are really creepy and sinister. The whole set-up with the 3 old ladies was alarming.I actually was confused as to what and how was the murder happening. Was there some actual evil presence or a more logical explanation to it all.So what is the right answer here?(view spoiler)[Of course its dear old Agatha and everything is explained away very logically.(hide spoiler)]I was somewhere able to guess a particular somebody's involvement towards the end (view spoiler)[It was really odd how he was trespassing and readily explained his theory to Mark a virtual stranger (hide spoiler)]Mark the main protagonist was down to earth and I was able to relate to his thoughts and actions. There is also a cute little romance which you can see it coming a mile off.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nina
    2019-05-09 22:07

    4,75/5 *Bagus banget! mau saya kasih lima bintang tapi saya gak tahu kenapa si pembunuh membunuh banyak orang di list itu. emang karena uang motifnya tapi gimana caranya. hm. I see it now.Eniwei, saya gak nyangka bakal dapat buku ini. akhir akhir ini saya sering ngunjungi Blok Willis dan dapetin bukunya agatha christie murah. pale horse ini terbitan lama, 2005. covernya hitam dan ada gambar gagak di cover bagian atas. udah gak segel tapi masih bagus dan cuma 15rb. sama kaya harga bukunya agatha yg akhir akhir ini banyak diobral dan masih bersegel.

  • Takashero
    2019-05-20 22:12

    روايتي الثانية لاغاثا و قد جائتني كإقتراح و إعارة من إحدى أعز الصديقات ، في الحقيقة " رغم انني من المتعصبين لدان براون " الا ان اسلوب اغاثا في طي الاحداث بغموض و واقعيه ادهشني ، رواية بحق تجعلك تتلهف للوصول للنهايه لمعرفه سر الجريمة .. و انتهت بخاتمه جميلة و لطيفه جداً ♡

  • Orient
    2019-05-17 04:24

    šiek tiek mistikos + vienas ne baltas arklys(baika kad pieštas) + nusikaltėlių tinklas = šaunus detektyvas. Netikėtumas, paini istorija ir įdomus siužetas - Christie arkliukas

  • Damaskcat
    2019-05-08 22:12

    This is a chilling mystery which starts with a death which may or may not be natural almost immediately followed by the murder of a priest - Father Gorman - on his way home from talking to the dying woman. She has given him a list of names and she wants him to stop something awful happening. When writer, Mark Easterbrook - with the intermittent help of his friend - Mrs Ariadne Oliver - starts to investigate he finds that the only connection between the names is that they are all dead.Several unconnected pieces of information come together for Mark as he starts to investigate including a violent quarrel between two women which he himself had witnessed. Then there's the mysterious women who live in a converted pub - The Pale Horse - and who claim to be able to influence people they've never met in a most sinister way. Mark and his friend Ginger decide to investigate further but the more they dig into the mystery the more frightening it all seems to get.This is a totally frightening mystery and I for one didn't work out what the solution was. Christie really does convey a huge sense of menace from an unseen adversary. I stayed up long past my bed time because I really had to find out what the cause of the apparently natural deaths and how it was all worked out. The ending definitely isn't what I was expecting.

  • Wiam
    2019-04-30 01:31

    2.5 the first disappointement of the year a good choice to begin 2018😑

  • Maria Chnoic
    2019-05-06 22:18

    One of the better Agatha Christie's. Anything else is a spoiler.

  • Bev
    2019-04-22 01:28

    And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him... (Revelation 6:8)It seems rather hard to believe that I had never read Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse (1961) before. After all, Dame Agatha is one of my favorites and I spent a great deal of time reading her books when I was younger--but I did not have this one logged and I did not own a copy until I picked up one of my beloved pocket-size editions in May of 2012, so I'm just going to accept that I somehow missed this one.Christie's only novel in which Ariadne Oliver makes an appearance without Hercule Poirot is a twist on the plot device used by Philip MacDonald in The List of Adrian Messenger two years previously. The story begins with Father Gorman, a Catholic priest called to the deathbed of a woman apparently dying of flu. She tells him that there is "Wickedness...such wickedness...Stopped...It must be stopped...You will..." And the priest assures her that he will do what is necessary. But before he can do anything about what he has heard, he is murdered on his way home. The police find a list of names in his shoe--a list of names of people who seem to have nothing in common. Except when historian Mark Easterbrook is brought into the investigation through the passing of his godmother (whose name, incidentally, appears on the list), he discovers that the names do have something in common....death.Christie also dabbles in a bit of apparent black magic in this one. The Pale Horse of the title is an old inn, now inhabited by three women who have a reputation for witchcraft. Seances and secret rituals involving white cocks and modern death rays are rumored to occur. Easterbrook, being a modern man, scoffs at the idea of voo-doo or death-wishes, but as each name on the list winds up dead he begins to wonder if there isn't really such a thing as murder by remote control....This is one of the better Christie stand-alone novels. There is a fine sense of atmosphere from the coffee shops of Chelsea to the country village and mystic Pale Horse. She does her usual excellent job of misdirection--making me completely misidentify the culprit. I should have know better, I really should have--but like Mark Easterbrook I was thoroughly taken in. Mrs. Oliver makes cameo appearances, adding just the right amount of her general dottiness...and helping Easterbrook spot the method of murder even if he does make a mistake in fingering the villain. The romance is also a nice touch--given enough limelight to make events believable, but not too much attention to distract from the business of tracking down the murder. Good classic Christie fun. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Pleaser request permission before reposting. Thanks.