Lord Edgware Dies

Lord Edgware Dies

Book - 1933
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When Lord Edgware Dies a most unnatural death, detective Hercule Poirot must solve a most confounding conundrum: if the obvious killer, the slain peer's spiteful wife, didn't do it, who did? A classic from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie.

When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to "get rid" of him.

But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It's a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.

Publisher: London, England : Collins : 1933
ISBN: 9780062073891
Branch Call Number: MYS Chri ST
Characteristics: 192p
Alternative Title: 13 at dinner
Thirteen at dinner


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Mar 17, 2021

Poirot and I do not get on. In most instances I find him completely insufferable and arrogant. I cannot fathom why he was so popular during Christie's time. I think I find him to be the worst in stories including Hastings. I do not understand why a former British Army officer would consistently allow a strange little man to continually condescend to him. While I have enjoyed Poirot novels previously, he does not amuse me.

If Poirot does not annoy you, then you would likely enjoy this novel. The plot was interesting and laid out well. While at times I was able to figure out some clues, I did not deduce the murderer.

Sep 15, 2020

This book is the seventh full length novel featuring Hercule Poirot first published in 1933. In America this book was published as "Thirteen At Dinner". It's a clever murder mystery with Lord Edgware murdered in his home. As in the later Poirot novels, the story is not narrated by Captain Hastings. I think the third person perspective gave Agatha Christie's more flexibility to build suspense. I favoured the first person story telling hence only four stars in what otherwise is a very solid mystery. In 1985 Peter Ustinov starred as Hercule Poirot in the movie version of "Thirteen At Dinner". Of course the definitive screen version was released in 2000 with David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.

Jan 17, 2020

Agatha Christie is the queen of building characters with her keen insight into human nature. The ending was simply perfect and this is so far one of my favourite novels by her. I'd highly recommend this if you're a fan of Agatha Christie or cozy mysteries.

Oct 16, 2019

A nobleman is murdered and his wife is the prime suspect, but she has an alibi even though she told Poirot she wanted to be rid of him.

Oct 15, 2019

I think the author of this book must be very considerate to write such a mysterious story from a third person's point of view. The plot starts with Lord Edgware being murdered as soon as Mr.Poirot, the detective in the story, talked to him. Then the following plot shows the intelligence of Mr.Poirot of how he solved the case with myriad variables; opinions from a plethora of people, and Japp sometimes being against him. I think Captain Hastings helped a lot too because whenever something happens, he is always supporting Mr.Poirot which I mean by figuring out what might happen next, even if he does not totally agree with him.
Even though the book is awesome in my perspective, however, there are still some parts where I keep my confusion. If Mr.Poirot knew the murderer was Jane Wilkinson the whole time, why didn't he just publicize it so that Jepp could legally arrest her? At the beginning of the book, Jane knew that Mr.Poirot was a detective, thus why would she ask a detective to solve the mysterious murder incident if she was planning to kill?
Anyhow, the book is spectacular because of the interestingness in every plot, and since I haven't read much detective stories, this book gave me a lucid idea of what a true detective story is. Star Rating: 4/5
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oct 03, 2019

This book of the Hercule Poirot series was fabulous! It was a quick pace with plenty of twists and turns. Is the killer the new widow? Or is it a famous actor? Or the dubious nephew? Right until the very end you go towards one potential murderer to the next until the truth emerges! Poirot, Hastings, and Japp play they roles beautifully down to the idiosyncrasies you have come to know! Warning though: with the quick pace and the absolutely perfect chapter starts and stops you may find yourself up late turning the pages!

Aug 15, 2019

Agatha Christie's "Lord Edgware Dies" delivers an extravagantly well-crafted and ghastly murder-mystery tale that will leave you mesmerized by its immensely engaging twists and turns while also providing a haunting social examination of the criminal mind of which is still applicable in our society today. Like Christie's Poirot books before it, we get a good sized while still manageable cast of characters to get involved with and attach our attention to. Hastings returns as the narrator as he works alongside Poirot, and it is a delight to have the character interactions between himself and Poirot in the novel which are filled with wit and humor to accompany the reader throughout. Having Hastings in the novel provides an excellent sense of progression, stability, and comic relief that greatly heightens the smoothness and entertainment level of the read. The twists are superbly enjoyable, I thought that I had the ending in my clutches as I predicted how things would play out, and Christie expertly ripped my notions away from me in defying my expectations. Christie's twists work well and there was very few plot holes to be had here when it was all said and done, which made it even more enjoyable and humbling to have been bamboozled by the end. I greatly enjoyed getting to have an in depth follow-up on the guilty party at the end as well, as we do not usually have that luxury as a reader of the Poirot series up until this point. Overall I was thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout this novel, the attention to detail here is especially high as Christie expertly plants her clues in pieces of the puzzle that are often more significant than the reader is initially led to believe. This makes for a great re-reading opportunity to understand just how Christie was able to pull off her twists right in full view of you. Agatha Christie's Poirot series is a masterful art form of murder-mystery storytelling and this Poirot entry is not to be missed by series fans and non-series fans alike.

Aug 27, 2018

Lord Edgware Dies was a very well-written novel. It combined skill and intellect from Hercule Poirot's side, possibly more than in any other Agatha Christie books. Lies are discovered where you'd least expect it, and alibis that only Hercule Poirot can differentiate real from made-up.
I definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy very complicated murder mysteries, and to anyone who loves Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. As much as I loved this book, there were some times that Hercule Poirot seemed mean towards his faithful Hastings and was very cranky and blamed himself a lot. It seems to me that Poirot was a little dramatic at some times. Overall the book was very well-crafted and suspenseful.

May 04, 2017

Another excellent Agatha Christie, many twists and turns and you never guess who the real murderer is! That said, this is not one of my top Agatha Christie choices; I think the characters were not very compelling and Poirot seemed rather cranky for most of the book. I also did not realize before reading this book that he and Hastings lived together like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but perhaps I had not read an early Poirot mystery before. I feel a bit sorry for Hastings; I know that he functions to ask the questions the reader would ask and to show off Poirot's intelligence but Poirot seems a bit mean to him at times.

Mar 28, 2017

"Lord Edgware Dies" is an entertaining novel with an interesting premise. However, most of the characters aren't that interesting and though the identity of the killer still surprises, it's kind of underwhelming. As always, Poirot and Hastings entertain and they often bring humor into what could have been a grim detective story.

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EuSei May 28, 2015

“You are beautifully and perfectly balanced. In you sanity is personified. […] When the criminal sets out to do a crime his first effort is to deceive. […] The imagine in his mind is that of the normal man. […] As in a mirror I see reflected in your mind exactly what the criminal wishes me to believe. That is terrifically helpful and suggestive.” (Poirot to Hastings)

EuSei May 28, 2015

Despite his good looks there was something vaguely effeminate that I disliked about the softness of his voice. (Hastings, narration)

EuSei May 28, 2015

“Anyway,” he said, “I’m not a damned nigger.” (Ronald Marsh)

EuSei May 28, 2015

“If we were a lot of Chinks we wouldn’t know each other apart.” (Ronald Marsh)

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