The Murder on the Links

The Murder on the Links

Large Print - 1977
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This BBC Radio full-cast dramatization stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot. When Poirot arrives in France, following an urgent appeal for help, he finds he is too late. His client, a South American millionaire, has been stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly dug open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. Meanwhile the millionaire's wife is found bound and gagged in her room. Poirot launches an investigation and the baffling mystery begins to unfold.
Publisher: Leicester : Ulverscroft, 1977, c1923.
Edition: large print ed.
ISBN: 9780854565160
0854565167
Characteristics: 348 p. ;,23 cm.

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Steve_the_Pirate
Oct 16, 2018

Agatha Christie's "The Murder on the Links" is an excellent murder mystery tale that starts with very little buildup to the actual murder which successfully heightens the tension for the reader, as you are plunged right into the tale with the returning characters of Poirot and Hastings and then introduced to the new characters afterwards leaving you suspicious of all. Christie's pacing in the book is magnificent as she pulls you along with character introductions and circumstances and then reveals numerous heavy plot twists that keep the shocks coming right up until the very end. It is refreshing and humbling to not be able to guess whats going to happen next, and that's a big reason why this is a highly engaging and page-turning thriller. Embedded in the murder mystery plot-line there are also a couple of standout subplots of the book which includes Christie successfully exploring a romance subplot for the returning character of Hastings, and introducing a foil to Poirot in that of a rival detective that is also pledged to solving the case. The characters and the setting are memorable and vivid which helps make this a hard book to set down and an even harder one to forget. Overall as the second book in the Poirot series Christie successfully builds upon the character development of Hercule Poirot and Hastings while at the same time introducing very memorable side characters and plot-lines of which all work together to produce a worthy followup to Poirot's first novel which builds up the lore and excitement to continue reading from the Poirot series.

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RescueDog
Jul 05, 2018

I liked the story, but I found it difficult to follow & had trouble keeping the female characters straight.

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FabulouslyWeird
Apr 19, 2018

Once again i have been completely entertained by Poirot. He was his usual self but yet he still manages to surprise the reader. The book has many red herrings and just as you think you have figured it out another twist makes itself known. Agatha Christie will always be one of my favourite authors.

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maspochni591
Nov 26, 2016

I've always been an avid Agathe Christies reader and it all started with this book. Since this was the first I read, it holds a special place in my heart when it comes to Agathe Christie novels. The book is full of red herrings and twists, and the characters are some of Christie's most entertaining. Lastly, this novel is superior to it's predecessor (Poirot's first appearance) and on the same level as "Death On The Nile".

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 26, 2016

One of my favorites because the sidekick gets the girl.

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newfieshawn
Dec 03, 2014

excellent book lots of twists

bookfanatic1979 Nov 05, 2013

A very well-done, twisty, whodunit. Kept me guessing to the very end. I’ve forgotten how charming Hercule Poirot can be. There is a reason why Christie is considered the master (mistress?) of mystery, and you won’t get any argument from me.

EuSei Oct 26, 2013

Loved the book. Much more subtle and intricate than the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot (starring the excellent David Suchet). The end of this—the second Poirot book, published in 1923—is quite endearing. Mrs. Christie did really use “the little grey cells” in her stories!

larrydu822 Nov 12, 2012

Excellent read. This mystery has all the twists and turns of a modern-day roller coaster. The outcome is not evident until the very end. A real page Turner.

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DeltaQueen50
Oct 05, 2012

Charming and witty, with lots of red herrings to throw you a curve, I enjoyed Murder on the Links very much. As with all of Christie’s mysteries, the fun outweighs the obvious coincidences that she relies upon to move the plot forward.

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EuSei Oct 26, 2013

You're marvellous [sic], Poirot. Absolutely marvellous [sic]. No one on earth but you could have done it! (Captain Hastings)

EuSei Oct 26, 2013

I thought of my mother, long since dead. What would she have said of this strange modern product of girlhood? The pretty face with the paint and powder, and the ghoulish mind behind? (Captain Hastings)

EuSei Oct 20, 2013

Now, I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who [...] uses language which would make a Billingsgate fishwoman blush! (Captain Hastings)

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