Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot)

June 15, 2016 - Comment

Another classic Poirot story brought to life by Hugh Fraser. Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only

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Another classic Poirot story brought to life by Hugh Fraser. Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison. Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows!

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Gary F. Taylor says:

A Neglected Classic Agatha Christie is reknowned for creating apparently simple murder mysteries that unexpectedly twist for completely unexpected conclusions–and no where is this better seen than in SAD CYPRESS, a cleanly written tale about a romantic triangle that leads to murder with only one possible suspect. 

Antoinette Klein says:

Love Story Complete with Poisoning Is One of Christie’s Best “Sad Cypress” deals with the eternal triangle which always ends with sadness for someone. In this case, Elinor Carlisle is the odd girl out as her fiance and distant cousin Roderick Welman falls madly in love with his and Elinor’s childhood friend, Mary Gerrard, after Mary returns from years abroad. The three of them had been great friends at Hunterbury, the lavish estate of Mary’s aunt Mrs. Laura Welman. Mrs. Welman had hoped Elinor and Roderick would marry one day and live at…

Scooper says:

One of Agatha Christie’s Best Something Christie did with this book makes it different from any of her others. It has been said (and rightly said) that she cared little about imagery and in-depth description of people and places, unless it was pertinent to the murders. The characters in Sad Cypress, however, are amazingly 3-D. In the right mood, one could actually cry over the injustice of Mary’s death. Elinor’s jealousy is another aspect that Christie captured perfectly. I was almost jealous FOR her! Besides stimulating…

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