Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot Series)

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (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. The legendary detective saves his best for last as he races to apprehend a five-time killer before the final curtain descends in Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #39
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 81,993
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(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


Home schooling

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Curtain 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
AnnMostly More than 1 year ago
Poirot has had a wonderful career as a detective with many of his cases done with his dear friend, Colonel Hastings at his side. As with all humans, our great sleuth has aged and is now elderly. He wants to end his career with the most difficult of all......trying to unmask an almost invisible serial killer. Christie always gives us many red herrings and paths which lead us to a blind alley, and Curtain is no exception. With the help of his dear friend, Poirot does go on to solve his last case. This book is poignant and a great read as the two friends work together in Styles, where they first met. Their first and last cases are solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best ever. Really surprised at the ending. It was a very fleeting thought at one moment but just that & never seriously considered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This final Hercule Poirot book takes the reader on a journey back to Styles, where it all began, for Hercule's final case. This case will take you on a journey into the minds of the people that have taken up residence at Styles with an ending that will leave the reader awe struck. If you have not read any of the Hercule Poirot series before, do not read this until you are acquainted with the characters in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Bring down the curtain' In this novel, Hercule Poirot as he says, has finally reached the end of his career. He has found the perfect murderer and no way of stopping him/her. Unfortunately he is also crippled and has nearly reached the end of his life. Yet, he is determined to catch this murderer and save more innocent lives before he dies. He and his dear friend Hastings will go hunting once more but will it be the last time? This is were it began and this is where it will probably end.....Styles. WHat can he do to catch this ingenious murderer? A must-read book!!!!!! One of her best!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone, anyone on earth, but ESPECIALLY anyone who reads Hercule Poirot novels---- CURTAIN WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the mother of all Agatha Christie novels. The big one. The explosion. The end. Finis. Encore! Don't even try to discover the murderer because he/she is perfect and makes no mistakes. I want everyone who reads this review to go read Curtain NOW. It is the most harrowing, dynamite novel ever written by Agatha Christie, and is that ever saying something! This is where is all comes together. When you finish reading Curtain, the most you will be able to do is stare silently and gape at the last page.
TheCriticalTimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When we think of a murder mystery we think of a plot where a detective finds out who killed whom, with what and possibly where. None of this applies to this masterpiece mystery. Although known as the second novel Agatha Christie ever wrote, it is one of the last ones published. Agatha Christie herself claimed she wanted to save the book until she had finished a lot more other detective novels. After reading the book you might agree that she was most likely too nervous to release this type of plot onto the world, and with good reason. She would in her life be berated by readers and other crime novelists for her 'unorthodox' murder mechanisms and approaches. In fact Dorothy Sayers threatened to kick her out of the Detection Club for her plot in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Christie's main offense was allegedly not providing enough information for the readers to figure out for themselves who dunnit. This novel, Curtain, is no exception, except that the plot in this novel is so subtle and intricate that even if all information was explicitly provided people would most likely still be up in arms over it. Without giving too much away, Christie found a means of committing murder that can not under any circumstance be blamed on the killer.In Curtain, we meet famed detective Hercule Poirot one last and final time. In a message, which leaves nothing to speculation as to Poirot's health, the great detective summons his old friend Hastings to the house where it all began. The large mansion has since changed ownership and is now a lovely bed and breakfast with modern conveniences. Like before, and this time announced early on by Poirot, the hotel will be host to a murderer. Again without giving away too much about the plot it can be said that this is one of the most unorthodox methods by which any murderer has operated. In fact it is the way by which the murderer kills and more importantly gets away with it, which is the best part of the novel and its most controversial part.Christie early on defined for herself two principles by which her Belgian detective approached a case. First of all Poirot would solve all crimes by means of psychology and not for example by using an analysis of cigarette ashes. Second, it was extremely important to Poirot that the innocent should not suffer or be blamed for something they had not done. Out of all the novels she wrote, Curtain actually honors those both those principles. In other works it could be argued that Poirot also used cigarette ashes and circumstantial evidence, but not in this one, this one is all psychology. Perhaps yet another reason she was hesitant to release the book into the critical hands of her readers.Agatha Christie liked unorthodox plots, to her credit. But she had one weakness, which makes this novel even more difficult to get into. Her characters have always been rather flat and boilerplate. She usually introduces a grand old lady of the house who's irresistibly beautiful and eternally tragic. There's always a colonel or captain somewhere who just got back from safari or a war. This does not make a good combination with a plot that is highly logical and mechanical and contrary to other novels she wrote this one is on the extreme side of mechanical writing. How then to think about a book such as this? Should the rating reflect the genius of plotting and logic or should the work be judged solely on its character development and emotional depth? It's hard to say but I feel I need to reward the tremendous originality of the novel and slightly overlook the sentimental aspects.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful mystery in the true Christie style. The book brings everything full circle. Poirot's career ends where the series began. A poignant tale. The perfect ending to this beloved series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never wouldve brilliant!
Humoriste More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this immensely. Poirot's sage dialogue is a fascinating peek into the brain of a man who understands the human condition. Thus far, only two fictional characters feel like real persons... Hercule Poirot and Lizbeth Salander of the Steig Larssen series. I have often thought that Poirot's bon mots more than make up for sometimes formulaic story lines. This one, while it followed the formula that Christie fans know and love, was masterful. You will ponder the ramifications of the last chapter for a long time.
dr_cac More than 1 year ago
In a word - TERRIFIC! With this final Poirot novel Christie comes full circle. And it is one that do tax 'the little grey cells'. For any Christie/Poirot fan this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel I think it was very clever to use Styles Court which was Poirot's first case is once again the scene of his last case. It was nice to have Captain Hastings work with his old friend on their final adventure together. The plot is great. Styles used to be the ancestral home of the Cavendish family now it has turned into a guest house for paying guests. One of these same paying guests is a vicious and dangerous mass murderer who is responsible for five unrealted murders. Despite being in a wheelchair and crippled with arthrtis Poirot still uses his remarkable little gray cells to pinpoint between these seemingly innocent characters a cunning killer. This is a glowing end for Poirot. The book has many shocking plot twists that you won't I REPEAT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS DOWN AND YOU WILL BE STUNNED AND SURPRISED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think curtain is one of the greatest books ever written. There is surprise and suspense. The end will put all readers in shock and aw of Agatha Christie's genious mind. She captures you the entire book. I guarentee that you will have an extremely hard time putting it down. You will enjoy every minute of it.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't guess it. This is Poirot's last case and a fairly satisfying end to the series. In it he confronts the perfect criminal. I really don't remember much about the other Poirots I read, but his loyal sidekick, Hastings, is very obviously an unreliable narrator in this one. I'm not convinced that all the other people that I had thought "done it" could be absolutely ruled out; they all had means and opportunity (in my telling of the back story) and could have had motives. But the book's explanation also works. My primary uneasiness about the story is that the crossword puzzle answer to "'Jealousy is a green-eyed monster,' this person said" is five letters and "Iago" is only four.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poirot's last case and what a case it is! Morals and values are pitted against the murder - a grand book for all who know Poirot!
rcooper3589 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
...Poor old Poirot, he was a great detective! I didn't want to read this one because I knew it was Poirot's final case and I didn't want to see him die, however, now that I have read it, I'm glad I did! I love Agatha Christie and she didn't dissapoint with "Curtain." Like always, she kept me guessing until the very end- although I was sure I knew who did it with each new clue, only to be proven wrong once again. While the beginning is a little slow, once the shooting and fighting start everything picks up and snowballs! My only critisism is with Hastings. He's very much in his own little world and kinda stuck up, which at times annoyed me. Other than that, however, if you're an Agatha fan, you'll certainly enjoy this one!FAVORITE QUOTES: Why the worst type of man can always be relied upon to please and interest the nicest of women has long been a problem beyone me. I knew instinctively that Allerton was a rotter- and nine men out of ten would have agreed with me. Whereas nine women or possibly the whole ten would have fallen for him immediately. // It's an idea of mine, you know, that about eighty per cent of the human race ought to be eliminated. We'd get on much better without them. // People are too afraid of responsibility. They'll take responsibility where a dog is concerned- why not with a human being? // "Truth," he said, "is seldom appreciated. And yet it saves a lot of time and a lot of inaccurate speech."
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last of the Poirot mysteries. Christie wrote it years before her death with instructions that it be published after her death to help ensure that no one else continued writing Poirot stories. Of course we all know how well that worked with Sherlock Holmes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story brings Poirot and Hastings full circle. I don't wish to give any spoilers, so I'll just say this mystery was very well done. The last couple of books before this one were good, but this one felt more like some of the great ones she's written. The 1st time I read it (about 35 years ago), I cried. I did so this time, too. Bon nuit, mon cher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great end to the journey that I began to take in late November of 2016 ( it is now late April 2017)to read every yesteryear and murder publication of Agatha Christie that I could get my hands on. From her first publication in 1922 till her last in 1975 I have been reading every novel by the year of release invluding all the short stories. It took me 6 months to finish that race while also reading a few other things that came my way. I am 60 now and had never read a Christie novel till I was 60 years of age, even though my mother and brother (both deceased) had encouraged me to do so 40 or more years ago . In a word it is no wonder Agatha Christie is outside the Holy Bible and the works of Shakespeare, the best selling writer of all time. Glad to have such a great set of reads this late in life. I am thankful for the opportunity to do so.
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I think this book will interest anyone like a thoughtful detective story
alegator41 More than 1 year ago
what a great ending to poirot series. enjoy all of poirot series by agatha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but this is one of her best mysteris. Hercule Poirot is a great character. This is a thought-provoking but not depressing end to his career, unlike that of a later fictional detective, Henning Mankel's Wallander. Poirot gives Hastings some advice at the end, I like to think he took it.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant read. A must for all of us who love her twists and turns. I never guessed whodunit in any of them.