Taken at the Flood (Poirot)

June 24, 2016 - Comment

A man returns from the dead, and the body of a mysterious stranger is found in his room…A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly

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A man returns from the dead, and the body of a mysterious stranger is found in his room…A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man’s sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by ‘spirits’ that Mrs Underhay’s first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman’s true motive for approaching him…

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Antoinette Klein says:

Maze of Mystery, Murder, Death, Suicide Is Classic Christie If you like intricate and complex plots, lots of red herrings, characters who are not who they say they are, murders disguised as suicides and accidents, this could be your favorite Christie. 

Jeanne Tassotto says:

Surprises to the very end While taking refuge in a London Club during an air raid Poirot tries to take his mind off the bombing going on outside by listening to the club bore tell yet another of his endless stories. Years later the subjects of the story and the bore re-enter Poirot’s life as he tries to sort out past fictions from fact to solve more recent murders. 

Joseph P. Menta, Jr. says:

Greed, passion, and murder make for great reading Solid, lesser known Agatha Christie title has the author’s usual hallmarks, namely clean writing and a complicated but clearly described solution to the crime (or, in this case, crimes). Added bonuses are a picturesque setting- a small isolated English village- and an unpredictable romantic subplot in addition to the unpredictable mystery. 

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