The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse

by Agatha Christie


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In the classic mystery by Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie, an elderly priest is murdered, quite possibly doomed by a woman’s deathbed confession and by the secrets kept safely locked behind closed doors of a mysterious local pub. 

When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so roughly that his already ragged cassock is torn in the process. What was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her deathbed only hours earlier?

Mark Easterbrook and his sidekick Ginger Corrigan are determined to find out. Maybe the three women who run The Pale Horse public house, and who are rumored to practice the “Dark Arts,” can provide some answers?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074119
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 116,208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(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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“Agatha Christie taught me many important lessons about the inner workings of the mystery novel before it ever occurred to me that I might one day be writing mysteries myself.”

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The Pale Horse 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
kpet More than 1 year ago
What is the Pale Horse? A spooky old pub or something much sinister? What is the connection between the three old ladies who own it, and the death of an eldery priest? Mark Easterbrook, with help from Ginger Corrigan, is determined to find out. And if they do, who is actually behind the scenes? One of Christie's best, a tantalizing whodunwhat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And for good reason, too. The local priest, Father Gorman, is called to a dying woman's bedside one foggy night. She gives him a list of names and her last words are, 'Stopped...It must be stopped... You will...' However, on his way home Father Gorman is coshed on the back of the head. When Mark Easterbrook teams up with Katherine 'Ginger' Corrigan, they uncover much more then they bargained for. An especially original and clever mystery with an even cleverer solution. I must say I guessed the killer (I have been a fan for about two years, after all), but that was all. Mrs. Ariadne Oliver was good, too. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christie never disapoints. Intricate plot. Satisfying ending. Likable characters. The pale horse even had a small love story. 4 stars only because i am perhaps unjustly comparing it to and then there were none, which is wholly uncomparable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a nice change from Christie's usual style. Loved it.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a spooky book. There are a lot of mentions of 'malevolent powers' in the book, even though they are scoffed at by most of the characters. There are no famous Christie characters in this book, except a small part played by Ariadne Oliver. I have to laugh at Ms. Oliver, because as she discusses writing her murder mysteries, she may very well be expressing some of the frustration Ms. Christie felt at times while she was trying to write. Anyway, I did not like the spiritual references, but otherwise it was a great mystery with a great twist at the end.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this. It was a bit like a Jonathan Creek storyline. There was always a hint of something supernatural going on, and though Christie's mysteries always have a logical explanation at the end, it was always at the back of my mind that maybe something magical really was going on.....
ClifSven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again, Agatha Christie completely fooled me! All the clues were there - and she misdirected me as always! One of the reasons I love reading her books so much!
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christie has several titles that are sort of similar, so I guess I had this book confused with another. As I started reading, I realized that I couldn't remember what happened in this one. I know that I read it before, but it must have been a long time ago. The book opens with a man having a meal in a tea shop. He sees two girls get into a fight. Later he asks a waiter about them and learns their names. The next day he reads that one of the girls is dead. The book then jumps to a dying woman who asks for a priest. The priest arrives and counsels with the woman. She then dies and as he is leaving, he is struck down in the street. How these two incidents connect is the focus of the book. Mark Easterbrook becomes convinced that someone is using a very unusual method of murder - and what's more, it's a very successful method. There are plenty of suspects, as well as plenty of red herrings, and the plot twists several times. Ariadne Oliver appears in this one, but none of Christie's regular detectives do. I really enjoyed this one and I would be happy to read it again. I'm glad I found it!
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this entry in the summer cool down with AC challenge ahead of viewing the Masterpiece movie that is currently available online. Strangely, they added Miss Marple to the movie version. I am not quite sure why they did that and that threw off my viewing of the movie. In any case this book centers around the mystery as to whether a coven witches really can cause people to die by casting a spell on them. This book does not have Poirot or Miss Marple but Ariadne Oliver who was featured prominently in Hallowe'en party does make a cameo here. There are really two separate story lines at work here. The first one that is introduced involves a priest who is murdered shortly after hearing a dying woman's confession. A list of names of people who are also deceased is found in his pocket. This story is set aside and then the storyline about the witches is concentrated on. Both story lines are brought together in a brilliant way at the end of the book where everything is finally explained. I could not figure out the whole witch thing and when the answer was revealed it was definitely an oh! moment for me. The last twist I did not see coming at all. I enjoyed the two lead characters of this novel, Mark and Ginger. This novel was a high point for me on the summer reading challenge. As an interesting side I learned that this novel has actually saved several people's lives by alerting them to certain symptoms. Check it out when you have finished the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't see it coming at all, but I usually just sit back and enjoy the ride with Agatha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story features a return visit both to a village (Much Deeping) and with a character (Mrs. Dane Calthrop, the Vicar's wife) from a Miss Marple mystery: "The Moving Finger". This story is not a Marple mystery, but it is very enjoyable. Unlike most of Christie's mysteries, this one was not too difficult to solve. Even so, it was written well enough to make it worth reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have given this book 5 stars if Hercule Poirot had been in it. IT would have made a lot of difference. An inn called Pale Horse exists in a small town where you can get a person out of way with the use of er.. black magic. In the same town a priest is violently murdered with a cosh on his way out of the house of a dying woman who talks about there being a lot of wickedness around. A list of persons is found from the body of the priest and M. Easterbrook sets on the trail of the killer or killers? Find it out yourself. AS usual a baffling end. You will feel foolish i assure you in the end. You will say 'O I almost guessed it.'