Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly

July 14, 2017 - Comment

As a favour to an old friend, Hercule Poirot finds himself at a summer fete in Devon, taking part not in a Treasure Hunt, but a Murder Hunt, in this never-before-published novella version of Dead Man’s Folly. Now released for the first time in print in this illustrated collector’s edition.Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the

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As a favour to an old friend, Hercule Poirot finds himself at a summer fete in Devon, taking part not in a Treasure Hunt, but a Murder Hunt, in this never-before-published novella version of Dead Man’s Folly. Now released for the first time in print in this illustrated collector’s edition.Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fete, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. But at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a fund set up to buy stained glass windows for her local church at Churston Ferrers, and she filled the story with references to local places, including her own home of Greenway. But having completed it, she decided instead to expand the story into a full-length novel, Dead Man’s Folly, which was published two years later, and donated a Miss Marple story (Greenshaw’s Folly) to the church fund instead.Unseen for sixty years, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly is finally published in this collector’s hardback edition. The book includes a jacket painting, illustrations and exclusive introduction by Tom Adams, Agatha Christie’s most famous cover artist, who is back illustrating Agatha Christie for the first time in more than 30 years.

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saphire1043 says:

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, aka Dead Man’s Folly I was excited to get a chance to read a “new, never before published” Agatha Christie novella. I was very disappointed about 15 pages in to realize I just watched this story on PBS. I did finish it, but the ending of the movie was better than the ending of this book. This book is “Dead Man’s Folly” which was published in 1956. There are not enough differences in the story to justify the claim of never before published.

Michael Haywood says:

Average quick read It’s ok for a short novella but it’s not Christie at her best either. It’s kind of a typical plot with a sort of predictable outcome. Not bad for a quick read but not one I would recommend either. I’d recommend Dead Man’s Folly instead. It’s a long version of this book and adds a bit more depth too.

Alison Rhodes says:

Always a fun read Superfluous to review Agatha CHristie. Fun read for an airplane trip or any couple of hours of boredom I always enjoy Ariadne Oliver’s personality and wonder how much it echoes CHristie’s own. I wish I had their facility for thinking up good plots.

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