Luke is inclined to think so?
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year.
Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. This recording of Sad Cypress features Christie's super detective, Hercule Poirot (e.g., Murder on the Orient Exress. Sad Cypress (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 21) eBook: Agatha Christie: deocomdudistio.cf: Kindle Store.
But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime.
Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity, and the means to administer the fatal poison. Christie accompanied Mallowan on annual expeditions to Iraq and Syria, which served as material for Murder in Mesopotamia , Death on the Nile , and Appointment with Death Christie's credits also include the plays, The Mousetrap and Witness for the Prosecution ; film Christie died in Sad cypress.
Agatha Christie. Beautiful, young Elinor Carlisle stands serenely in the dock accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. But then, too, the mystery is equally satisfying--Poirot has to prove Elinor innocent even though she seems to be literally the only possibly suspect. The twist s at the end work perfectly, introducing a solution that I never would have guessed but which, once explained, added up just fine.
And I LOVE when Christie shows off her considerable expertise about poisons--once doesn't have to know about apomorphine to deduce that a strong emetic must have been used by the murderer, but it is intellectually satisfying that she does give us something so precise instead of a vague, unscientific solution.
Sad Cypress is really first-rate, and the only flaw is that the murderer couldn't have known Elinor wouldn't drink the poisoned tea right along with Mary. That could have been addressed by mentioning that she doesn't like tea that would have been very un-English though! Otherwise, all the loose ends tie up perfectly. And the ending is happy without being unrealistically so--it ends on a hopeful note without bashing the reader over the head with Hallmark cheer.
Highly recommended. Oct 08, Veronique rated it really liked it Shelves: stars , Christie does an interesting thing in this novel by focusing a large part of the narration through one character's point of view while not revealing her true thoughts, creating interest and enhancing the suspense. The courtroom sections were also nicely combined, seemingly widening the field.
Poirot of course 'does his thing' but in a very smart way, adapting his approach and interrogation to each witness in order to get to the facts. This was surprising since his ego is usually in the way ;0. Apr 03, Pranta Ghosh Dastider rated it really liked it. When you don't have what you must, should you feel unhappy? And can you be unhappy enough to kill? Perhaps not.
Life is serious as it is, and it takes us wherever it may. We are just the pawn of destiny waiting to be judged by the laws of nature and fortune. When Mary died due to poison, every fingers pointed at Elinor Carlisle, and she didn't protest! But someone believed she was innocent, hence came Poirot. Can he save the day? Can he rescue someone who doesn't want to be rescued!? Th When you don't have what you must, should you feel unhappy? That's a question of million dollar.
I liked this story, very much, indeed. Here the mystery is not as important as the reason behind it. And the most generous thing is the setup. Why is more important than how, but how is not quite bad either. Killing was done, but what's the true motive? That's the main find out of this book. I liked how things got reveled. Story progressed nice and fine.
Situations came one after another, nice and fluid. Characters changed and clicked. And by the end Hercule Poirot remained to be glorious as ever. Agatha Christie is a great observer of human character. She is an excellent author of characteristics, of mysteries. This book is as great as any. I would recommend it anytime. Read and know the real deal.
Apr 01, Vikas Singh rated it it was ok Shelves: owned-book. Murder by Poisoning. This is the only story in which Christie also talks about the antidote to the poison. Compared to the others, the story line is weak and there are just too many coincidences in the way Poirot solves the crime. The master sleuth himself appears when more than half the plot is revealed. The novel fails to hold your attention.
Jan 31, Leigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: legal , historical , english , mystery , romance , series , will-read-again , own , crime. Had no idea, kept me guessing one of my favourite Poirots! View 1 comment. Aug 24, Joseph Sciuto rated it it was amazing.
Just another wonderful Agatha Christie novel. Lucid and clear writing, superb dialogue, the charming Inspector Poirot and an army of other great characters, and a lot of twists and turns. If you aspire to write mysteries, read Ms. Elinor Carlisle stands accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard and the first part of this book looks at her looking back at the events which led her there. Her aunt is an invalid, having had a stroke, and is cared for at her house by two nurses and Dr Peter Lord. Elinor comes across as a slightly cold and controlled young woman, but she is passionately in love with Roddy Welman, who she has known since they were young children and who are both related to Aunt Laura.
The couple plan to marry and expect that Aunt Laura will leave one or the other of them the house and money in her will. Before long, Aunt Laura has died and her lack of a will means that Elinor inherits.
This is an unusual Poirot novel, in that there is a possible miscarriage of justice, which is something hardly ever suggested in an Agatha Christie book. The evidence all seems to point to Elinor as the murderer, but Poirot is never wrong — as he himself assures us - and he promises to get to the truth. Apr 12, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: four-star-novels , classics , agatha-christie , mystery , r-r. Sad Cypress is a novel by Agatha Christie published in or depending on where you look. It was written while the author was using the name Agatha Christie Mallowan, something I know from looking at the inside of the front cover.
I had never noticed before that she used her married name - the second one - but it's only on the inside of the book so perhaps she didn't use it often. Something I found out thinking of all this was that not only did she use her first husband's name Christie ev Sad Cypress is a novel by Agatha Christie published in or depending on where you look. Something I found out thinking of all this was that not only did she use her first husband's name Christie even after the marriage was over, she again used her husband's last name, Mallowan, here anyway, the only name she didn't seem to use all that often was Miller, which was the name of her parents, but perhaps Christie and Mallowan seemed more interesting than Miller.
I bet you think I'm getting somewhere with all this, but I'm not, I'm just rambling on as usual. I don't know what the CBE is and I didn't try to find out. I was wondering why he had all those names and if he remembered them when I read, "Born Edgar Mallowan in Wandsworth on May 6, , he was the son of Frederick Mallowan and his wige Marguerite.
source url Sorry Mr. Mallowan, but I don't care enough to find out and it's time for the book anyway. As for Sad Cypress it retailed in the UK for eight shillings and threepence, which means nothing to me, but it does mean that it was the first price rise for a UK Christie edition since her debut.
I don't know what the US was doing, probably rising the price long before this book came around. I wondered and wondered and wondered why it was named Sad Cypress and never found out.
Indeed, he read very little except detective stories, which he devoured at a rate of one a day. I actually had to read it early in the morning because I wanted to get back to it quickly each day. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages. There was never a single dull moment. Sad Cypress is really first-rate, and the only flaw is that the murderer couldn't have known Elinor wouldn't drink the poisoned tea right along with Mary. I was wondering why he had all those names and if he remembered them when I read, "Born Edgar Mallowan in Wandsworth on May 6, , he was the son of Frederick Mallowan and his wige Marguerite.
I found nothing particularly sad about the novel, except for the dying people I suppose, but I don't remember any cypress trees or bushes or shrubs, or whatever a cypress could be, roses I remember, but no cypress. I read that the novel was well received by her critics who said things like; "the ingenuity and superb clueing put it among the very best of the classic titles" and "it is economically written, the clues are placed before the reader with impeccable fairness, the red herrings are deftly laid and the solution will cause many readers to kick themselves.
That isn't a spoiler, it's the very first line of the novel. We are in court at the trial of Miss Carlisle, she appears to be in shock, because she is hearing only bits and pieces of the trial. Things like: "Case a peculiarly simple and straightforward one It is the duty of the Crown No one, as far as can be seen, had any motive to kill this unfortunate girl A thick enveloping blanket, a heavy fog, that's how Elinor feels.
And through it all we have the faces watching her. Rows and rows of faces, with one particular face with a big black moustache and shrewd eyes, Hercule Poirot. And so the book begins. Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman, are cousins by marriage or some such thing, and are also engaged to be married someday, sometime, somewhere. Elinor receives a letter, an anonymous letter warning her that someone is "sucking up to" their wealthy aunt, Laura Welman.
Elinor and Roddy are Mrs.