Cards On the Table

May 22, 2017 - Comment

It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths–Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty’s Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot–invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was

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It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths–Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty’s Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot–invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.

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Whistlers Mom says:

Deal me OUT During Agatha Christie’s early life, bridge was a staple of upper middle class English life. Everyone was expected to play because it was a way to keep a room full of people occupied. As a character in REBECCA says, “What else can you DO in the evenings?” Television not having been invented and conversation being out of the question, apparently. This book revolves around an evening of bridge, which I don’t play and don’t understand. The first time I read it, I thought that my lack of…

Joglass says:

One of Christie’s best, but not as well known Been reading & re-reading Christie for 50 years. Classic cozy British mysteries and this is one of my favortites. She should be read in the order in which she wrote the books, the characters age & circumstances change but the detectives (Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple, principally) are forever themselves. Christie is the best at misdirecting the reader and she outstrips every other author in terms of volume! Highly recommend reading her: she’s a classic. And so is Cards on the Table.

kindlefan says:

4 Sleuths, 4 Possible Murderers Superintendent Battle, Hercule Poirot, Ariadne Oliver and Colonel Race are invited to dinner at Mr. Shaitana’s house along with 4 other people who apparently had committed murder and gotten away with it. During the course of a Bridge game after dinner, Mr. Shaitana is murdered in front of everyone. It’s up to the 4 sleuths to figure out who did it.Great writing. Interesting problem. Well-worth the read.

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