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Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: You do see, don'tAmong the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed? Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he had ever met....

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Appointment with Death Reviews

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2018-12-13 05:16

    “They have been in prison so long that, if the prison door stands open, they would no longer notice!” It was rather frustrating to have to wait more than 100 pages for the murder to happen, but oh, it was so worth it. Poirot's final dénouement was particularly appreciated. And I'm so ridiculously glad they all had their (view spoiler)[happily ever after (hide spoiler)], in the end.This time around, the queen of crime did not disappoint at all.

  • Jaya
    2018-12-04 13:27

    Re-read on October 2016I stand by my rating :))***10+++ StarsThis is perhaps one of my most favourite Christie's. No matter how many times I read it (last count was 8), this story does not get old, all those descriptions and sequences retain their power to thrill me even when I read it today. I simply love this book and the mystery of it.This has nothing to do with anything Jerusalem, archaeology, historical artifacts. Nope. Absolutely not.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2018-12-09 05:04

    This is one of my personal favourites.An obnoxious old woman, Mrs. Boynton (who used to the warden of a women's jail) has kept her daughter and stepchildren in psychological bondage for their whole lives: she gets her kicks from exercising control over other human beings. Obviously, they wouldn't mind if somebody murdered her.Well, what's hoped for happens. In the Red City of Petra where the family is on tour, Mrs. Boynton is discovered dead with a puncture mark on her wrist, sitting outside a cave on the mountain trail. And - as is the norm with Christie - any of her children could have done it.But unfortunately for the murderer, Hercule Poirot is also part of the tour party...-------------------------------This story is exquisitely plotted: there is no dependence on coincidence. As usual, the emphasis here is on the personality of the victim. If we follow the clues diligently as Dame Agatha provides them from the first chapter onwards, or if we correctly interpret the ten important points Poirot notes down, the identity of the murderer is obvious. But we won't. We will be flabbergasted at the end, when Poirot reveals all, how simple it was.A challenge to armchair detectives: concentrate on the character of Mrs. Boynton, mull over the points Poirot notes down, and try to guess the murderer before all is revealed.

  • karen
    2018-11-19 09:10

    Lady Westholme

  • BrokenTune
    2018-12-09 07:28

    4.5*"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?"Mrs. Boynton is despised by everyone who meets her. Even her family. All of her children live under her thumb and it is easy to see how her manipulative tyranny make Mrs. Boynton one of the most despicable characters (view spoiler)[and one of the most deserving victims (hide spoiler)] in any Christie novel.Poirot, having once overheard a conversation between two of the Boyton children, is resolved to investigate when a death occurs on a trip to Petra. I really enjoyed this mystery. Christie focuses once again on the relationships between the characters and uses psychology to map out what makes those relationship keep intact. There is something compelling about the vile Mrs Boynton as none of the people around her find the strength to tear away from her even though this would ultimately be for their own good. At the same time, Mrs Boyton's sadistic behaviour provides a number of lies and deceptions that make it fun to follow Poirot's investigations and keep guessing the resolution to this mystery.

  • mark monday
    2018-12-07 07:24

    Choose Your Own Adventure!As a gay man, you have many tasks to accomplish in the course of a normal day. It is best to keep an appointment diary at hand, at all times.6:00am Gym8:00am Breakfast (oatmeal and egg whites)9:00am Hair Appointment10:00am Shopping (Macy's or Nordstrom's)11:30am Leisurely al fresco Brunch2:00pm (1) assume complete control of all U.S. Federal, state, and local governments, as well as all other national governments(2) destroy all healthy marriages(3) replace all school teachers K-12 with militant homosexuals who seek to recruit children for their homosexual lifestyle(4) bulldoze all places of worship(5) seize control of internet and other media(6) be utterly fabulous3:00pm Beauty treatment for facial wrinkles from the stresses of world conquest, followed by aromatherapy4:00pm Cocktails5:00pm Light Dinner (soup, salad with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette, Chardonnay)8:00pm Theatre10:00pm Cocktails in charming neighborhood bistro12:00am Bed (du jour)If you think gay people are disgusting and you’d rather do a keg stand, choose you enjoy the company of straight women, the kind that look at you adoringly but are not exactly your type, the kind who treasure your taste, style, and ability to dance shirtless at circuit parties, then choose

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-12-03 09:58

    “You are a detective, are you not?”“Yes, mademoiselle.”“A very well-known detective?“The very best detective in the world,” said Poirot, stating it as a simple truth, no more, no less. The best opening to an AC mystery for me yet:"You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Poirot overhears a brother try to persuade his sister to kill their tyrannical and sadistic and morbidly obese mother, and why not?! We quickly learn that even if you are a complete pacifist that you might see why it is the world might be a better place without her. Certainly her children, completed cut off from the world until this trip to Jerusalem. And she does die, the old bat; their mother, beset by a heart condition, is found dead in her chair, after an arduous hike in archaeology-rich Petra. Only good can come of her death! Why bother investigating, Poirot? But from the first, at least two of her poor, beleaguered children are suspects! Or is this too obvious a red herring?On the other hand, Christie the cat plays with us, mere mortal mice minds; as she has Poirot say to Mssr. Cote: “Your position is impeccable. If this were a work of fiction, you should strongly be suspected on that point.” Poirot disagrees that it doesn’t matter if a murder has occurred. “I do not approve of murder.” But is this murder? [However, can even we imagine Christie writing a book about a death from heart attack?] [No.]Colonel Carbury smiled and raised his glass across the table [to Poirot] : “Well, here’s to crime.”Indeed, here’s to crime, and an average Poirot performance, which is to say, pretty darned good.

  • Leigh
    2018-12-17 07:05

    Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie + Mystery = reader delight and his highlights that point!

  • Mahdi Lotfi
    2018-12-08 10:24

    خلاصه ی داستان:در اردوگاهی تحقیقاتی در اورشلیم، خانواده‌ای به نام بوینتون اقامت دارند که همسر رئیس خانواده، آقای بوینتون که رئیس این پروژه تحقیقاتی باستان‌شناسی است. رئیس خانواده لیدی بوینتون، زنی مستبد و شکنجه‌گر است که فرزندانش قصد دارند وی را بکشند. اما پیش از آنکه آنان اقدامی کنند، وی به قتل می‌رسد. پوآرو که در زمان قتل در همان‌جا بوده، این ماجرا را پی‌گیری کرده و قاتل را می‌یابد...هرکول پوآرو برای گذراندن تعطیلات به اورشلیم می‌رود و در هتل سلیمان اقامت می‌کند و در شب اول اقامتش از پنجره‌ی مجاور چیزی می‌شنود که توجه‌اش را جلب می‌کند. یک نفر با صدایی یواش و مرموز می‌گوید: "ولی باید او را بکشیم. می‌فهمی؟" پوآرو اول گمان می‌کند این جمله بخشی از اجرای نمایشنامه یا داستانی است. ولی بعد متوجه می‌شود که گوینده این جمله را با غیظ و هیجان عجیبی ادا کرد.از دیگر میهمانان هتل، دکتر تئودور ژرار است که یک روان‌شناس معروف فرانسوی است و سارا کینگ که دانشجوی پزشکی انگلیسی است و تعطیلاتش را در ارض موعود می‌گذرانده و مهمتر از همه طایفه بوینتون که بزرگ خانواده آنها خانم بوینتون است، زنی خودخواه و سلطه‌جو که دکتر ژرار او را کابوس زنانگی می‌داند. خانم بوینتون که زنی است چاق و خیکی، یک گوشه نشسته و از حرکت عاجز است - و بی‌شباهت به مجسمه کج و کوله بودا نیست - و مثل عنکبوت گنده‌ای است با یک تار بزرگ. قربانیان او فرزندان و بستگان سببی‌اش هستند که همه اسیر بیرحمی و سلطه‌جویی و شرارت اویند. تاثیر ناگوار اخلاق او را در رفتار فرزندانش بخوبی می‌توان دید که همه آشکارا یا نهان از او متنفرند.اعضای خانواده به قصد دیدار از شهر باستانی پترا از اورشلیم خارج می‌شوند. خانم بوینتون بر خلاف انتظار به فرزندانش اجازه می‌دهد بدون او بروند و همه از این لحاظ تعجب می‌کنند. ولی وقتی برمی‌گردند، خبر وحشتناکی می‌شنوند ...

  • Melissa
    2018-12-15 11:21

    Once again, Christie has written a mystery with an ending I didn't see coming. This time, I can't decide if I think she left enough clues to lead to the culprit, however. Normally, I find myself saying "oh, yeah!" as I read the outcome, but this time I thought it was a little shaky. But, as usual, Christie does a beautiful job fleshing out the characters of a well-rounded cast, with plenty of doubt cast among almost all of them. I changed my mind a few different times as to the possible outcome, but still didn't get it right!I love that Christie devotes pages and pages of detail leading up to the murder, rather than just starting the book out with the murder then recounting everything that had happened through the various characters' eyes. I find myself always paying close attention to what is happening and storing away possible useful information, just waiting for Poirot to start his investigation. This particular book also had an epilogue that I thought was interesting and I appreciated it for this story. Despite what I think may be a lack of evidence to point towards the culprit, I think that anyone who likes mysteries would enjoy this book. Agatha Christie never fails to please!

  • Story_girl
    2018-11-18 06:22

    (view spoiler)[Huh.. well... When Poirot pointed out the real murderer it was rather anti-climatic....I was probably expecting a lot more drama 🤔End of political ambitions and career as a motive for murder.With all the talk of Ginerva's sheikhs coming to capture her and all the pshycological talk between the two doctors present, I was expecting something more dramatic.Well anyway my guess of who the murderer was completely wrong.I was thinking that perhaps Dr Gerald had taken a fancy to the beautiful Ginerva and in a misguided attempt to free her from her tyrannical mother he committed the crime. Being a doctor himself, knowing which medicine to use in what manner wouldn't have been any trouble for him.As for the end of the book....Theatre! Well that's certainly a good choice for the melodramatic Ginerva!It's good to see the Boynton family is so free and happy and weirdly enough it comes at the cost of another completely different person's life who happened upon them by coincidence. Lady Westholme being at that holiday was pure coincidence and yet a boon for the Boynton family.Also it's cute that Jefferson and Carol got paired up.The best part the Boynton family stuck together after they discovered their mother was dead. They all played along thinking it must be another sibling who did it and didn't want to get them into trouble. Every single one of them walked up to the woman, discovered she's dead and yet pretended to talk to her. Grisly humour! (hide spoiler)]

  • Kavita
    2018-12-17 13:21

    So glad to find a Christie book that I don't remember clearly! An American woman has her family bound to her through psychological torture. She enjoys tormenting people, and takes it out on her isolated family for amusement. But on a trip to Petra, she is exposed to the outer world, as are her family. Suddenly, one day, she is found dead. Though, nobody really cared for the woman, Hercules Poirot does not approve of murder. He sets out to find the truth.I couldn't guess the murderer at all, though I kept pointing fingers at the different persons in the group. But never at the murderer! My only complaint with the book is the lack of background for a couple of important characters. (view spoiler)[I really want to know what kind of criminal background Lady Westholme had and how she had managed to keep it all silent for so many years (hide spoiler)]. Other than this, a brilliant book. Even without the mystery element, I enjoyed reading about the obnoxious Mrs. Boynton and how she clutched her family tight around her.

  • Trisha
    2018-12-11 11:04

    I don't know why but I thought this was a completely different story before starting. I've seen this as a play by a different name so - imagine my surprised when I realized I knew this story!But seeing it as a play DID NOT take away from my love for the story. Agatha Christie is a story teller like no other. I loved Poirot (I laughed out loud when someone in the book called him Little Poirot! lol) as always and I loved his little schemes and abilities to notice what others do not.This book is broken into two parts - a before and an after (even the chapter numbers start over!) so the book flew because it felt much shorter and quicker than it was.

  • Obsidian
    2018-12-16 05:09

    Well this one was not as well done as Death on the Nile. I think it was because it was pretty obvious after one character's utterance who did the crime in this one.Unlike with some other Poirot novels, Hercule really doesn't step up to the plate until about half way through the book. The first half is spent with two fellow doctors/travelers looking upon the weirdness that is the Boynton family.Two of the characters, Sarah King and Dr. Gerad witness that the entire Boynton family, except for one member (Nadine, the daughter in law) seems to be in a high state of nerves to do the bidding of Mrs. Boynton. The family consists of an older son named Lennox, another brother named Raymond, and two girls named Carol and Ginevra. Mrs. Boynton is described in malevolent terms and seems to have an odd hold over her entire family. Sarah finds herself infatuated and frustrated with Raymond and not understanding how the entire family lets Mrs. Boynton hold them in power. She does her best to pry them away from the woman, but decides that nothing can be done and continues on with her travels. Eventually all parties meet up in Petra and Mrs. Boynton ends up murdered (as one does when you seemed to have taken lessons from the Marquis de Sade) and Hercule Poirot is brought in to discover who murdered the woman. I can honestly say I did not care at all about who murdered this woman. She sounded creepy and awful. Though we have Poirot and others saying it is not right for anyone to commit murder, one wonders how Poirot would have felt if he had ever met this woman while she was alive. And I liked how one of the characters called out Poirot for his hypocrisy on this case since apparently this person had heard about the events on the Murder on the Orient Express. Poirot had very little to do in this one, he interviews everyone and makes up a timeline. From the very beginning after he sets up his interview I was able to figure out who did it and a probable case of why they did it. The other characters in this book are not as richly drawn as those in Death on the Nile. Everyone was paper thin. I really didn't care for the character of Raymond or Sarah (who the heck falls in love after only speaking to each other for a few minutes) and Dr. Gerad sounded creepy as anything with his fixation on Ginerva Boynton.I was interested in the character of Nadine and thought that she sounded like a smart and capable woman. Other than that, I felt meh about everyone else.The writing was okay, but it got super repetitive after a while. Reading about Sarah and her feelings about Mrs. Boynton and Dr. Gerad's armchair diagnosis of everyone around him was quite boring. The flow was all over the place too. Sometimes the book moved quickly and then it slowed done to the most boring details.Having this take place in Jordan and at Petra was interesting for Ms. Christie to do. Ms. Christie had obviously been here on her travels and actually for once adds in some details about Petra and how it looks and how tourists traveled there and stayed. The epilogue left me feeling very dissatisfied and I think it was because at one point we are told one of the characters seemed to be going into a schizophrenic state, well guess what, a little time in a mental health facility and having the person go on to acting does not cure it. I was seriously baffled by that and that everyone was all honky dory in the end.

  • Tarinee Prasad
    2018-12-14 13:21

    I always wanted to be a detective .Ok I accept .I wanted to be a Painter ,Engineer ,Ninja(Naruto) , Superman/Shaktiman ,President ,KBC winner , Pizza delivery boy ,librarian ,IPS .But with all these constantly changing aims of my life ,one thing was common .I always wanted to be a detective .So the result was inevitable .I love booksI always wanted to be a detective .I still do . Result : Agatha Christie's novels are always a treat for me .Her books are not just another Cozy read for me ,it also satiate my long fantasy of playing a detective.Unlike A. C.Doyle novels or few others I have read for that matter ,in Christie's the clues are always there from the very beginning .Her masterstroke lies in the ingenious way she hides these clues through out the story .Such is her brilliance that the reader would never know even if the clues are staring right at his/her face ,only to realize when Poirot or miss Marple explains them in the end .That's when the reader is amazed at the author's brilliance .Non the less there is always a chance for the reader to play Detective .This particular book is in every way as brilliant as any other highly acclaimed Christie' novel .Personally I enjoyed this book the most among all her books I have read till date.I loved the cute little love story present as a subplot .I also enjoyed immensely the psychological analysis by Dr .Gerard .But yes ,I was little disappointed by the small revelation in the end because it is unlike Christie's style to hide facts . In every other way ( to analyse it independently) this book is epic as far as story ,presentation ,analysis ,execution ,emotion ,suspense and entertainment is considered . And like a typical Agatha novel,towards the end ,she will make you suspect a new person with the turn of each page .And you will be highly at the mercy of your reasoning ability not to be tricked by her .It hits every right chord with me .I believe this will hit the right chord with any Christie fan or if you are not a Christie fan yet it has every element to make you into one or so I guess .And trust me when I say I guess ,it means I know .Did I know the culprit before Poirot revealed it in the end ? That ,my dear reader ,you have to guess !(Thanks Jaya for recommending this book to Shanti(for those who don't know Shanti, she is the ghost in my book rack) ,I will definitely forward this book to her when she is back from her Halloween shopping ) :D

  • Amainer
    2018-12-02 07:06

    I usually read an Agatha Christie novel when I am at home on Christmas vacation. I had this on my shelf, so I decided to bring it with me. "Appointment with Death" has Hercule Poirot on yet another holiday, this time to The Holy Land. As usual, Poirot's vacation is interrupted by a suspicious death. I have read quite a bit of Agatha Christie, and I must say, I found this book somewhat disappointing. The first Christie novel that I ever read, was "Murder on the Orient Express" - to this day it remains one of my favorite books of all time. The great thing about that book was all of the investigating that Poirot does, the constant interviewing of the suspects/witnesses, etc. This book, like many Christie novels, had a fairly large list of suspects, however, unlike "Orient Express" or even "Death on the Nile", there was very little interrogation/piecing together the puzzle. 2/3 of the book takes place before the murder actually happens, and the interrogation of suspects, etc. felt rather rushed to me. Poirot even gives himself a mere 24 hours to solve the mystery. So in short, "Appointment with Death" was a mildly entertaining, fast read, but it lacked most of what I most enjoy about Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot.

  • Dina
    2018-11-23 11:25

    Reference NotesSeries: Hercule Poirot #20 (1938)Narrator: (3rd person)Victim: Mrs. BoyntonCOD: Digitoxin poisoningSuspects:Mr. Lennox Boynton (victim's stepson)Mr. Raymond Boynton (victim's stepson)Ms. Carol Boynton (victim's stepdaughter)Ms. Ginevra "Jinny" Boynton (victim's daughter)Mrs. Nadine Boynton (Lennox's wife)Mr. Jefferson Cope (Nadine's friend)Ms. Sarah KingDr. Theodore GerardLady WestholmeMs. Annabel PierceFavorite quote:"So clever of women to go into public life and hold their own. I'm always so glad when a woman accomplishes something!""Why?" demanded Sarah ferociously.Miss Pierce's mouth fell open and she stammered a little. "Oh, because - I mean - just because - well - it's so nice that women are able to do things!""I don't agree," said Sarah. "It's nice when any human being is able to accomplish something worthwhile! It doesn't matter a bit whether it's a man or a woman. Why should it?"Dame Agatha Christie was clearly a feminist. Kudos to her!

  • Bruce Beckham
    2018-12-10 11:01

    Without spoiling the plot, for once I did feel rather tricked as Hercule Poirot eloquently held court in the final chapter of this book, the famous denouement.I always reckon that a good red herring has a distinctly suspicious whiff - whereas this novel is populated by what turns out to be a great shoal of its innocuous pink subspecies.No matter - as usual I enjoyed the meanderings of the legendary detective, while the setting - a largely peaceful Middle East - evokes a sense of nostalgia that makes one wonder how things ever got the way they are today.The American characters are perhaps a little wooden - I think Agatha Christie portrays best those from her own upper-middle-class English social circle - and the plot definitely one of her more contrived, but overall a pleasant revisiting of another from my bookshelf, long-ago-read, and just-as-long forgotten!

  • 3houd
    2018-12-08 06:25

    في أثناء رحلة عائلية لعائلة بوينتون تموت السيدة بوينتون بشكل مفاجئ مما يرجح وجود شبهة جنائية. فيدخل في الموضوع المحقق الفذ هيركيول بوارو لتحديد ما إذا وجدت جريمة من عدمها.لم تعجبني الرواية, مملة إلى حد ما.

  • Laurel Young
    2018-12-15 08:04

    (Spoilers for Murder on the Orient Express as well). How is it that I had never read this masterpiece before?! I'm ashamed to call myself a Christie fanatic without it, but the oversight has been corrected. I have been working my way through some of Dame Agatha's more eccentric experiments (Passenger to Frankfurt most recently), when I came across this gem--absolutely classic Golden Age 1930s Christie, full of suspense, red herrings, twists and turns, exotic settings, and Hercule Poirot! Who could ask for more?I think this novel should really be read right after Murder on the Orient Express, published four years previously. It actually references that novel, and I think Christie envisioned them almost as companion pieces--Appointment with Death takes the premise and the fiendishly brilliant solution of Orient Express, and turns it inside out! We start with the same idea of an entire extended family having reason to kill a truly despicable victim. I think the victim here is one of Christie's best pieces of characterization. Orient Express' Ratchett was a loathsome but essentially two-dimensional villain, with the "cheap heat" of being a child killer so that the reader pretty well has to hate him. Mrs. Boynton, however, is far more complex. Why should this old woman have her family so completely in thrall? Answer: she is a mental sadist who knows how to exploit their individual psychology, and it absolutely made me squirm to read about her doing it. I cheered when she was found murdered! But whodunnit?Orient Express' famous solution is, of course, that since everyone had a motive to do it, everyone DID do it. Appointment with Death is the reverse: none of them did it; someone else quite outside the family had a motive and, unlike the poor cowed Boyntons, the courage to follow through. The solution is absolutely fair even though I never would have seen it coming. Bravo, Agatha! This is why I love you.

  • Christy
    2018-12-02 05:20

    I wouldn't argue with anyone who claimed Dame Agatha has written better mysteries.....YET this one is fully deserving of several stars for good reason.....Do others- when reading a book, (especially by one of these ultra-prolific, beloved authors whose time on this earth has passed) do as I, and check the year it was first published?There are several reasons I do this. One of my main reasons is so I can get a clear picture of the historical setting in which the story takes place. This helps me understand the characters as they were intended to be seen.In this particular case....the most interesting part about this book's publication date turned out to be the SETTING *plus* the TIME. The main locations were Jerusalem and Petra. And the publication year, 1938, was exactly one decade before that area of the world would change greatly, with the formation of the state of Israel after the Second World War. Written when it was, Christie's book (unknowingly to her) now offers a little insight into that location right before such a significant change occurred.Don't get me wrong- I know this mystery is a work of fiction, but the time and the place are real, and during this period of Agatha's life, she spent a lot of time traveling abroad with her husband, Max Mallowan, who was working in archeology, learning about these areas and placing many of her mysteries in locations they had traveled and studied. I have much more to say about this book, and will add to this review later-when I'm actually staying awake :)

  • Siddharth Chakravarthy
    2018-11-22 05:24

    3 StarsThe Plot was rather simple and it included a number of characters which was a good thing but also a bad thing. Here's why i feel that way : Since many characters were involved, Hercule Poirot (the detective) was faced with quite a complex problem of solving the case by circling out the guilty among them despite the fact that each one of them provided him with their own version of the events and happenings which didn't match well with each other's. So this makes the plot more intriguing and keeps the reader guessing right from the start till the end. The downside was that, it was very difficult for me to keep track of the character names. Sometimes, while reading the book, you might end up mistaking a particular person for 'X' who was in fact 'Y'. So it took a while for me to digest each of the Characters;their name, their background etc. Overall, It was a not so bad mystery book which had the: Agatha Christie's typical 'Unexpected Ending'. Note: Reading some of the harsh but rational reviews by fellow GR users, after finishing the book, influenced me to give it 3 rather than 4 stars which was what I originally intended to give this book. *Spoiler* Example of a minor fallacy: You don't actually fall in love with a person just at first sight. Practically that seems naive right?! Without knowing anything about a person how can you fall for that person ?! But in this book, it seems that its possible. :((Sarah's Love for Raymond)

  • Paulo
    2018-12-11 10:16

    This was not the best book by Agatha. By all means. First of all, Poirot only appears in half the book (100 of 210 pages) and the last 20 pages is the setting as Poirot tells them all how smart he is and how he cracked the murder.So it seems, not all people had some motifs to kill the Matriach of a American family and the killer isn't who we are led to believe.My main problem is that Agatha Christie was getting more and more discontent with Poirot and this book shows it. I understand. This lady as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are two examples that created some powerful characters that are more known than them. Everyone knows who is Sherlock Holmes but I bet that some people don't know who wrote the stories. The same happens with Poirot and Agatha Christie. I understand that this must me a pression to the writer... I really hope the last 10 books of Poirot are better than the last couple ones I read.This book also had some interesting notions how Christie view the americans, jews or the beduins. The story itself was quite good. A matriach keeps under her leash four (step)sons/daughters and they all want to leave her. Poirot hears in the beginning of the story two persons saying that "She must die, you understand?" and from that moment on we learn more of the family and several people they met as they travel to israel and arabian penisula. Is quite interesting, don't get me wrong. A psychodrama.Not the best to start reading Poirot.

  • Almeta
    2018-11-29 07:15

    Christie thoroughly drew the psychology of her characters in this mystery. The various behaviors displayed due to stress and suppression were all plausible reactions.Surprisingly, the eccentricity of Hercule himself was not as evident. The Poirot I know has his quirks. At the beginning of this story, it is predictable that he closes his window in order to be sure that “outside air stays outside”. I grinned to myself and said, “Yes, he would do something like that.” I missed his humorous idiosyncrasies after that. Christie forgot to include them. Red dust, horseback rides, sleeping in caves or tents, uphill hikes, etc. would have occasioned expressions of immense agitation from him. I don’t think he ever, even once, bragged about “his little grey cells”!Despite his subdued conduct, Christie delivers another good who dunnit. This time the villain’s personality is the entire plot.

  • Mohamed Shoaib
    2018-11-25 05:20

    بوارو في القدس و بينما هو متجه للنوم يسمع شخصين يتحدثا احدهما يخبر الآخر "ألا تتفق انها يجب ان تموت ؟" في اليوم التالي تلتقي الشابة سارة كينج بالدكتور الفرنسي جيرار و يجلسان للتحدث حتى تظهر أمامهم عائلة مكونة من ستة أفراد .. يبدو عليهم الغرابة التامة خصوصًا الام السيدة بوينتونيمضي فوج من السائحين مكون من سارة كينج و الطبيب الفرنسي و الليدي ويستهولم و الانسة بيرس الي مدينة البتراء و بعد ذلك ينضم اليهم أسرة بوينتون و اثناء وقت مشاهدة المعالم تقرر السيدة بوينتون بأنها لن تذهب و تترك فرصة التجول لأبناءها و عند عودة الفوج الي مكان المخيم يجدوا ان السيدة ميتة. هنا يظهر بوارو كمحقق في الصورة بعد أكثر من 150 صفحة شابها الرتابة في الاحداث و يبدأ في تجميع المعلومات من دكتور جيرار ثم يبدأ بالتحقيق مع كل فرد في الفوج

  • Julia
    2018-11-26 05:10

    Haven't read an Agatha Christie mystery since I was a teenager. It's good to be back. Not sure that anyone writes mystery better than she did.

  • Katrin D
    2018-12-05 13:20

    Not one of my favourite Poirot novels, sadly.

  • Shatrujeet Nath
    2018-12-04 08:11

    It was strictly okay, something that I have more or less come to expect from Agatha Christie books. The good points were that the author put in some effort at creating decent atmospherics, and there were a couple of places where the writing brought a chuckle and a smile to my lips. The story itself was flat, though, and none of the characters (all very poorly sketched) were remotely inspiring. I couldn't care less who the murderer was, and when the great reveal happened, it left me cold and disinterested. Worse, the book had just one dead body. One? Really!? I want at least two bodies for my money's worth.Note to self: Best avoid Agatha Christie in future. I think I have completely outgrown her.

  • Andrea
    2018-12-16 06:14

    Wherever Poirot ventures, even on holidays to Petra, death seems to follow. Are you sure he is not the real culprit, framing others for his murderous deeds? After all, his reputation, impeccable looks, and harmless appearance might be the perfect disguise. Hmmm... Sound theory. I should be a detective :)A manipulative and malicious family matriarch is found dead of apparent heart failure, and naturally one or more of her long-suffering children fall under suspicion. But not everything is as simple as it seems. This is a tale as tangled as a nest of snakes.

  • Versha
    2018-11-19 13:23

    Enjoyed this cozy mystery immensely. Though the story started a bit slowly the initial discussion and character analysis of Boynton family by Dr Gerard and Sarah King the psychologists, was very interesting to read. And of course yet again I failed to guess who the actual murderer is. Hercule Poirot you’ve done it again!