The Pale Horse

March 29, 2017 - Comment

The Pale Horse is the name of an organization whose business is murder. In the novel, a young historian-writer named Mark Easterbrook hears about the organization and attempts to uncover the people responsible for these murders. The story unfolds in bits and pieces: the murder of a parish priest, a list of names of people

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The Pale Horse is the name of an organization whose business is murder. In the novel, a young historian-writer named Mark Easterbrook hears about the organization and attempts to uncover the people responsible for these murders.
The story unfolds in bits and pieces: the murder of a parish priest, a list of names of people already dead or marked for death, a pub converted into a home for three unusual women, and a local fete to raise money to restore the church tower. Some characters from previous works appear in this book: Mrs. Ariadne Oliver makes an appearance, this time without Poirot; Rhoda and Major Despard from “Cards on the Table” provide the entry for Mark Easterbrook as he is Rhoda’s cousin; and Rev. and Mrs. Dane Calthrop from “The Moving Finger” also appear.

Product Features

  • Agatha Christie Mystery Novel
  • Mark Easterbrook is the main character
  • Paperback: Kangaroo Pocket Book, 7th Edition, 1976
  • Pocket Books publisher, NY with permission from Dodd, Mead & Company
  • Original copyright: 1961, Hardback published 1962.

Comments

Whistlers Mom says:

Who needs Hercule? You gotta hand it to old Dame Agatha. By the time this book was published in 1961, she’d been cranking them out for an amazing forty years and had a world-wide base of fans eagerly awaiting the next mystery featuring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. And yet she had the guts to go out on a limb and offer a book without either of them. It’s one of my favorites and I enjoyed re-reading it last night in the Kindle version. 

C. M Mills says:

The Pale Horse is a fascinating murder mystery by Dame Agatha Christie the grande dame of English murder fiction! I am presently reading all of the Agatha Christie novels. The Pale Horse was published in the 1960s and is a fine murder mystery. The book deals with the murder of a priest who was on his way home from hearing a moribund woman’s dying confession. The novel features Ariadne Oliver who is a friend of Hercule Poirot. She bears a striking resemblance to Agatha Christie. This is the only novel in which she does her sleuthing on her own! The cynosure of the action occurs in The Pale Horse a rustic…

drkhimxz says:

Fine Reading from Dame Agatha Only Ariadne Oliver, mystery book writer. was familiar to me, although I see other reviewers have pointed out other characters who appear in her novels. Essentially, however, this is a non-series work, one of those delightful tidbits that Dame Agatha turned out every now and again to vary her output. I found the book to be delightful. There is a suitably perplexing plot, stirling hero and heroine, assorted character actors of distinctive qualities,and a suitably Christie denouement. All this in…

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