Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot Series)

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In Cards on the Table, the wily Poirot is on the case when a bridge night turns deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073730
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #15
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 79,384
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Cards on the Table 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
Considered by many to be her greatest work, it certainly is one of her finest. Agatha Christie herself said there are only four starters and any one of them might have committed the crime. One detective per suspect is a great idea, although as one of them is Poirot, there's really only one. Agatha Christie thought the limited number of suspects might knock out the surprise. But it doesn't. In many ways it easier to keep up with who's who. Poirot's thought process is as baffling as ever, and full of clues if only we could spot them. The really big clue comes though in the… Christie at her best! Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington’s Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series.
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nocto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the Poirot I read recently and picked up another from the selection in the local library. This is classic Christie. She creates a field of suspects for a murder that is only four people wide, and then proceeds to show how they all have a motive, they all have opportunity etc. It's all quite neat. In a way it's very formulaic but that's not a problem. It's very entertaining having each suspect built up as the murderer and then played down again; and then there are four separate mysteries investigated as each suspect's background is looked into. The ending piles layers of misdirection on top of each other - honestly, I already can't remember who actually did it. It doesn't really matter, it's just fun to read.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With typical Agatha Christie style and humor, Cards On the Table, featuring Hercule Pirot along with other sleuths she made famous, stands out as one of her best puzzles. The idea of putting four murders, four sleuths and one instigator, makes for a very interesting evening of bridge, and it¿s conclusion of murder comes as no surprise. What I did find surprising was the outcome, as the four sleuths work through each suspect. Of course, it is down to Hercule Poirot to come up with the answer. I felt very much like the wonderful, tongue-in-cheek novelist, Ariadne Oliver, and at different times suspected everyone.I think this is one of her best mysteries and I enjoyed every minute of it.
novanews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3* If you are an Agatha Christie fan, this is yet another of her murder mysteries which Monsieur Hercule Poirot - to the amazement of all around - solves.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I had this figured out early, but I was wrong! I listened to this (a "radio play" version, really), and I find the BBC productions of Christie's books to be quite charming. If you need something to pass a couple of hours, I recommend them. This is the first Poirot I've listened to, and I think I prefer Miss Marple -- Poirot's accent takes some getting used to.
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent one featuring Monsieur Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. The murder takes place at the home of Mr Shaitana. While a bridge game is going on, someone murders Mr. Shaitana, but why? I liked that there were 4 murder experts and 4 suspects. Very entertaining read.
ninjapenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The setup: Clever Mr. Shaitana invites four suspected murderers and four detectives to dinner to watch them squirm. Unfortunately, he's not clever to figure out that this sets him up for murder. Now it's up to Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race, and Mrs. Oliver to figure out which murderer committed the murder.It's fun to see the different perspectives from Christie's detectives, and there is, as usual, much reliance placed on the psychology of crime rather than physical evidence. One of the bigger clues, though, involves a game of bridge the suspects were playing at the time of the murder so if, like me, you don't know anything about bridge you'll just have to wait for Poirot to explain it. But it's a clever mystery that shouldn't be passed over if you're a fan of Christie's work.
saroz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable Hercule Poirot mystery with an unusual setup: four potential sleuths, four potential murderers, all in the room together when their host dies. All four sleuths are characters Christie has used before or will use again, and three - Hercule Poirot, Superintendent Battle, and Ariadne Oliver - star in books of their own. If Christie didn't write it yourself, you might almost think it was an homage.Almost all of the detection here simply involves the different protagonists going around and, in their own ways, getting information from the suspects - a fairly passive investigation, but Christie keeps it crisp and interesting. Everyone has an individual character, with special note for Mrs. Oliver, a very funny self-mockery of Christie herself. She and Poirot don't share an awful lot of dialogue together, but that's for later (far later) novels. The one big criticism is that it ends quite suddenly - the denoument having occurred in a very exciting way, mind, with a couple of big bluffs. And then the book just stops, on a rather tedious, jokey note. It needed at least one more chapter just to wrap it all up.Still - a pleasantly entertaining book, somewhat untrumpeted amongst Christie's successes of the 1930s.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having never read an Agatha Christie mystery before, I was not sure what to expect going into Cards on the Table. I quickly discovered Christie's reputation is well-deserved. Cards on the Table has a gripping premise from the beginning. The enigmatic Mr. Shaitan invites the incomparable Hercule Poirot to an evening gathering. Upon arrival, it doesn't take long for Poirot to deduce the nature of the gathering. Four of the guests are sleuths of some variety or another, including an army Colonel, a Superintendent of Scotland Yard, Poirot himself, and a famed mystery writer. And the other four guests? It is soon revealed they are murderers who have gotten away with their crimes. For his disturbing sense of humor, Shaitan is rewarded with a knife in the chest at the beginning of the novel. Four sleuths matched up against four suspects, the latter all known to be capable of murder. And the mystery is underway! Despite the unlikely circumstance of the murder, Christie pulls it off brilliantlyInevitably, my thoughts as I read this book drifted to a comparison between Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. As a huge fan of Holmes, I was surprised by how well Poirot stacked up. Poirot is almost Holmes's opposite. Whereas Holmes relies on evidence, Poirot has a more psychological mind. Whereas Holmes operates outside of the law, Poirot works with and respects the police. Indeed, in Christie's world the police are competent and skilled. Superintendent Battle, a character from other Christie novels, does as much sleuthing as Poirot. I was able to appreciate Poirot for the unique character he is. It helped that Christie gave a few appreciative nods to Doyle's character at a couple of points.The mystery itself is relatively mundane. Christie is relying on her ability at characterization to hold the interest of the reader. It is a successful gamble. Each character is interesting in his or her own way. What helped the book greatly was Christie's especially brilliant tongue-in-cheek character Mrs. Oliver. A mystery writer of great fame, Mrs. Oliver inserts herself into the police investigation and proceeds to pronounce every suspect as most certainly the killer at one point or another. Christie uses Oliver to make fun of herself throughout the book. Yet Christie doesn't overdo it, Mrs. Oliver is no buffoon (at least not completely). She contributes in her own way to the solving of the case.This isn't a perfect novel. Without a working knowledge of the card game bridge, it isn't easy to follow some of Poirot's psychological analysis. The very end of the novel also takes a few turns too many in my opinion. Some of the content I would consider bordering on racist. But overall, this is a fun mystery novel and from what I understand, it isn't even considered one of Christie's best.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel that features Colonel Race but we really don¿t learn anything new about him in this story. He is one of four "detectives¿ invited to a party where the host promises to have four other guests who have gotten away with committing murder without ever being suspected of the crime. The other three ¿detectives¿ are Superintendent Battle (his 3rd appearance), Ariadne Oliver (2nd appearance) and Hercule Poirot (13th appearance). After dinner the guests play bridge with the four ¿murderers¿ in one room where the host sits by the fire and the four detectives in another room. Guess what happens! This is a case where Poirot uses ¿psychology¿ to reach the solution and I will confess that not only did I enjoy it but I did not figure out the solution before the ¿reveal¿.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cards on the Table was an exemplary Poirot mystery. I really liked the introduction where she explains how there is none of the 'pick the least likely character' aspect to figure out the killer. Four bridge players, four suspects, one killer. Outstanding
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superb. Mr Shaitana hints to Poirot that he collects murderers who got away with it and invites Poirot and three other 'experts', Battle, Race and Mrs Olover to dinner with four people who may already have murdered someone. When Shaitana is killed Poirot and the others experts must discover which of the other four is definitely a killer. Just when you think you know who the murderer is you discover you actually don't. All this plus Christie's sort of alter ego, Mrs Oliver, wonderful!
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun mystery by which I was thoroughly mislead. A nice easy read with interesting characters.
Love_Musik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A murder in a locked room. The psychological crime. on my lit of top A.C. novels. Brilliant beyond belief.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent Christie. A nice departure from her more formulaic books.
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BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites (although I didn't like it as much as Death on the Nile or others like that). This book is slightly different than the others because of the process of figuring out who murdered the victim. In other books, it's always the least likely person that you'd expect and the one who has been cleared right away. In this book, each of the four suspects is equally likely to have committed the crime which made the investigative process really interesting. There's also a beautiful twist introduced at the end that I wasn't expecting at all. Of course you expect there to be a twist, but I thought it had already happened (it was one that you'd expect) but then an unexpected one happened! Hercule Poirot also teams up with other people whose business relates to crime (Secret Service (Colonel Race), a novelist (Miss Oliver), and Scotland Yard (Battle)) and it was really cool to see him work with more than one perfectly capable investigative mind. We also spend time following each of these people around which made the story more circular than some of the others. The Final Verdict: Well-rounded with a slightly different premise than other Agatha Christie novels with a wonderful compilation of characters. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, Christie's mastery of human nature produced great characters and an unusual mystery. This is, I believe, the 1st time Christie's readers are introduced to Mrs. Ariadne Oliver: a humorous, and slightly deprecating, caricature of Christie, herself. In this case, Poirot's study of the psychology of the crime centers around an evening of Bridge at a, somewhat, macabre dinner party. Personally, I don't know how to play bridge; even so, if you pay attention, you see how his questions about the game lead to his conclusions.
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