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This is a Hercule Poirot mystery and was written in 1936.

 

I chose to read this as a result of watching the two part TV show starring one of my favourite actors, John Malkovich, as Poirot.  Rupert Grint plays Inspector Crome (very well imho), for Harry Potter fans.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I had also seen it filmed for TV starring David Suchet as the Belgian detective.  They were so very different that I just had to read the book to find out which one was the closest to Agatha Christie's work.  

 

From the Agatha Christie website :  There’s a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet - and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident – but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal mistake.

 

It has a nice twist in the tail and was a very enjoyable read.  Recommended.

 

For the record, the David Suchet version is the closest to the book.

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9 hours ago, lunababymoonchild said:

This is a Hercule Poirot mystery and was written in 1936.

I chose to read this as a result of watching the two part TV show starring one of my favourite actors, John Malkovich, as Poirot. 

 

For the record, the David Suchet version is the closest to the book.

It was a three-part serialisation - I know that because we had visitors on the third evening and I didn't see the final instalment :mad:.  By the time I had the opportunity I had lost interest, as i didn't like the way the writer presented Poirot and didn't really want to know his secret past. 

 

Anyway, having read the book years ago - probably several times, and seen the David Suchet version, I knew what was coming.  Cust makes such an obvious killer right from the start that we are sure it can't be him. As you say,  it has a nice twist at the end. Enlisting a group of interested parties to help Poirot with the sleuthing is a novel tactic that I don't remember reading in any other of Christie's mysteries.

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11 hours ago, megustaleer said:

It was a three-part serialisation - I know that because we had visitors on the third evening and I didn't see the final instalment :mad:.  By the time I had the opportunity I had lost interest, as i didn't like the way the writer presented Poirot and didn't really want to know his secret past. 

 

Anyway, having read the book years ago - probably several times, and seen the David Suchet version, I knew what was coming.  Cust makes such an obvious killer right from the start that we are sure it can't be him. As you say,  it has a nice twist at the end. Enlisting a group of interested parties to help Poirot with the sleuthing is a novel tactic that I don't remember reading in any other of Christie's mysteries.

 

So it is.  My apologies.  The John Malkovich version strays quite a bit from the Christie/Suchet version and I had guessed what happened in the Malkovich background so wasn't shocked when it was shown but if you haven't guessed you might well be shocked (by the horrors of war).  Totally unnecessary imho.  It is Agatha Christie after all .

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I read most of, if not all of her books when I was younger. I enjoyed them then but I think I would probably find them very dated now. The Christie the BBC put out last year seemed dated and the recent film version of Murder on the Orient Express also felt very dated. The forensics etc just don't stand up. 

 

But I really enjoyed this version of ABC Murders. It felt like it was set in the era but was a contemporary story. I liked the portrayal of Poirot, I felt it made him more human rather than the camp effeminate caricature Suchet portrayal. I appreciate Suchet may have been portraying him more accurately as far as the books go but his Poirot always felt two dimensional rather than this new 'warts and all' version of him.  

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