Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot Series)

Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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A classic Hercule Poirot investigation, Agatha Christie’s Elephants Can Remember has the expert detective delving into an unsolved crime from the past involving the strange death of a husband and wife.

Hercule Poirot stood on the clifftop. Here, many years earlier, there had been a fatal accident followed by the grisly discovery of two bodies—a husband and wife who had been shot dead.

But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves into the past and discovers that “old sins leave long shadows.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074034
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 54,888
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(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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Elephants Can Remember 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Poirot. A must read. Going back in time to save a case. Agatha at her best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book, if not a bit confusing. New characters are introduced, which I like. I recommend that other people read this mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another well written mystery by the queen of mysteries. I hadn't read any of her works in some years, but coming back to read this one reminded me why she is the gold standard against which all others in the field are measured. Lovely book.
themulhern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A trivial effort by Agatha Christie. The solution was obvious about halfway through the book and the young lovers were tedious. Mrs. Oliver, an elderly writer of successful mystery novels brings the mystery and Hercule Poirot together. The book is improved somewhat by Mrs. Oliver's reflections on life as a mystery writer and by some of the interviews that she conducts. It was written in the 1970s and refers to pop stars and long hair.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephants Can Remember is a sad read. It's not just that the subject matter of this very late Poirot/Ariadne Oliver novel is so inherently tragic, it's more the spectacle of the decline of Agatha Christie's skills as a writer displayed on page after page. It's like watching Muhammed Ali at the end of his boxing career -- all the old sparkle and snap are gone, and you'd rather it all had ended in a more dignified way.I'll not belabor this review with a laundry list of this book's faults, other than to say that it's remarkably repetitious, and that the dialog is very bad indeed. Even the inimitable Poirot loses his voice here; he sounds more like an aging upper class British lady than a Belgian private eye.The one point I can recommend is that at least this novel improves at about two-thirds of the way through. If you can bear with it that far, at least a shadow of Christie's former brilliance is in evidence.Recommended only to Christie fans looking to complete their tour of the corpus.
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore Christie, but this book sadly shows a loss of her trademark wit. The reader who is new to Agatha Christie should steer away from this one until they have read her earlier works.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's an interesting subgenre of the English mystery, where the protagonist must uncover clues to solve a mystery or murder that happened in the past. ("Long past?" asked Scrooge. "No," returned the ghost. "Your past.") Generally it relates to the present-day characters - other examples might be Ambler's Coffin For Demetrios or Sayers' Nine Tailors - but really historical mysteries come along occasionally too. It's generally not a particularly thrilling genre, but sometimes the past does prefer not to be unburied and comes buzzing back for revenge on its tormentors. Not in Elephants, though - it's a quiet little read with a peaceful puzzle. But yes, the identical twin sisters are a bit hackneyed even for 1972.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A late work from Christie, among her very last. As a mystery the work is perfectly fine. In style it lacks the glamour and panache that characterize her works from the 30s and 40s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with one reviewer that this book got repetitive. We heard the same material repeated from different characters' viewpoints. Christie handled that more deftly in earlier books. Repetition aside, it's an interesting mystery. The same reviewer stated the story highlighted Christie's opposition to adoption. I disagree with that premise. First of all, I've not noticed an anti-adoption theme in her books. Secondly, the theme of adoption in this book was part of a red herring; nothing more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christie offers us an interesting case that on the surface appears confusing. Only the "little gray cells" of Hercule Poirot can make sense of it all. A wonderful read for Christie fans and for anyone who loves a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the closest appearance of AC in any of her novels with the exception of Halloween and a few others in which Ariadne and Hercule appear together in literary former. Good book!
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You can not beat Christie and Poirot.
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Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poirot was hardly in the book. It was like she was trying to introduce a new sleuth. Did not enjoy it.
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DAL More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Agatha Christie books and as always this one was excellent. I thought I was catching on to what Poirot was figuring out in the end...(too much Miss Marple I guess LOL! ) But as always, I was on the right track, but not quite there. I recommend this to any mystery fan!
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