The Murder on the Links

, #2

English language

Published Aug. 23, 1984

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The Murder on the Links is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead & Co in March 1923, and in the UK by The Bodley Head in May of the same year. It is the second novel featuring Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6), and the US edition at $1.75.The story takes place in northern France, giving Poirot a hostile competitor from the Paris Sûreté. Poirot's long memory for past or similar crimes proves useful in resolving the crimes. The book is notable for a subplot in which Hastings falls in love, a development "greatly desired on Agatha's part... parcelling off Hastings to wedded bliss in the Argentine."Reviews when it was published compared Mrs Christie favourably to Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Remarking on Poirot, still a new character, …

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4 stars

You know, I'm starting to think that "the literal best-selling author of all time" Agatha Christie might be a pretty good writer.

If I were to map out all of the characters and relations and motives and events that happen in this book I'd look like Charlie looking for Pepe Silvia. Not to say that I had trouble keeping on top of what was happening, but this was definitely a more complicated story than The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which was my first go-around with Poirot.

Speaking of, I still find it interesting that the detective that the book series is named after isn't even the protagonist. Or at least, everything is conveyed to us in first person by a close personal friend of his that just happens to be present for most of the pivotal moments. In the first half of the book I was wondering why this story …

Another great Poirot story

4 stars

Another great Poirot story. It was a bit disappointing that we were kept even more in the dark and some clues were just revealed after the fact—not the same way as in Styles. I was kept mostly in the dark, even though I realised some connections fast. The murderer though, I did not find on my own. Still, it was very enjoyable and I cannot wait to re-watch the tv show as well.

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