Three-act Tragedy

Three-act Tragedy

eBook - 2003
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The novel opens as a theatre programme, with this telling credit: 'Illumination by HERCULE POIROT.' Light must be shed, indeed, on the fateful dinner party staged by the famous actor Sir Charles Cartwright for thirteen guests. It will be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, whose martini glass, sent for chemical analysis after he chokes on its contents and dies, reveals no trace of poison. Just as there is no apparent motive for his murder. The first scene in a succession of carefully staged killings, but who is the director?

The New York Times: 'Makes for uncommonly good reading.'

Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2003.
ISBN: 9780060736361
0060736364
9780060767112
0060767111

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VPAL7
Sep 20, 2018

For a Poirot book, he's barely in it which isn't ideal but it would be bearable if the other characters were at least like-able. Unfortunately you don't get to know the other characters very well and the story does not particularly stand out among the other Poirot novels. Parts of the plot were too similar to 'Lord Edgeware Dies' in my opinion.

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athena14
Oct 07, 2016

Far too little Poirot; far too much the discreet gentleman Satterthwaite. "Egg" is just too silly a toddler's nickname to live on to adulthood.

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pattypi
Aug 11, 2016

Once again Hercule Poirot's grey matter rises above the rest. Lots of possibilities and characters to love and/or despise.

Well worth reading.

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newfieshawn
Dec 22, 2014

Great book with a great ending like all Agatha Christie books

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pattypi
Aug 11, 2016

Eh Bien!

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