Murder on the Links

Murder on the Links

Paperback - 1988
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Publisher: [London] : Fontana, 1988.
Characteristics: 208 pages ;,18 cm.


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Mar 13, 2021

"The Murder on the Links" by Agatha Christie is a very early Hercule Poirot mystery. It's the second novel to appear. Set in a small town in France close to the English Channel, Poirot and Hastings begin the story in London where they receive a mysterious summons in the post. Quite like a Sherlock Holmes story. Once across the channel, they find a body on a golf course. Then they don't. A complicated and silly plot with a light-hearted atmosphere.

Feb 10, 2021

Hercule Poirot shines in The Murder on the Links. The foolishness of Tommy and Tuppence dissolves into an intriguing mystery. The story does not rest on dialogue to move the story along. Characters and setting show more development. The double identity of many characters hints at Shakespeare. And sometimes the reader becomes confused with all the identities. Hastings reveals that a human heart beats within his chest, will this charade continue? I adore the way Poirot recounts the mystery and displays the clues that lead to unveiling the killer. But first, at least two women work to protect the men they love. The elegant eating of Tommy and Tuppence disappears in this story on the links.

JCLCharlesH Jan 27, 2021

Agatha Christie's second novel featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is just as engaging as the first, and as charming as a murder mystery can be. Told from the perspective of Poirot's friend and housemate Arthur Hastings, the beguiling Poirot always has his little grey cells on high alert for any clues that could crack a case.

Nov 28, 2020

I have been an Agatha Christie fan since I was about 10 years old. Recently, I decided to read all of her books, not just the famous ones. There are many I'd never heard of, including this one. Unfortunately, I can see why this book is not on par with the others.

I didn't like it that much, although I was entertained enough to finish. I'm not a fan of Hastings. He was great in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but his shtick wore quite thin early on in the short story collection Poirot Investigates. I just couldn't stand him here.

The plot was convoluted and over the top. Christie's works sometimes challenge reality, but this one was just too much. Too many coincidences, few compelling characters, and a weak reveal. I did like the competitiveness between the Paris detective and Poirot, but that was a small part of the story.

Poirot is always charming though, but I don't think this will be a re-read for me. (less)

Sep 21, 2020

This is the second Hercule Poirot full length novel first published in 1923. It features Captain Hastings and the murder mystery is told in first person from his perspective. It is an excellent mystery and followed the style of the first Poirot mystery, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The reader is given all the clues as well as events that occurred involving Captain Hastings which he did not tell Poirot. In a sense the reader has, perhaps, more information than Poirot. Chapter 20 neatly summarized all the key clues and the reader is free to interpret as to who the murderer might be. This second Poirot book is also significant because Captain Hastings meets his future wife during the course of the murder investigation.

Oct 09, 2019

The Murder on the Links is a fun read and not to be overlooked when reading the Poirot series. It has an interesting cast of characters and I was rather invested in them which is sometimes difficult with a larger group such as this. One detractor was due to the setting being in france and having a belgian main character there is a healthy amount of french culture and language in it. Having been written during the interwar period (the 1920s/1930s) it is unsurprising that perhaps Christie would expect her readers to know a smidgen of french. For the modern reader however it can be frustrating to feel like you constantly need to use google translate. Culture and language aside it is well written with many entertaining and surprising twists to the novel. I recommend setting aside time to read it either in one go or in large parts because it was very irritating to be thrown out the world Christie was crafting and trying to get sucked back in several times. A good read for a night in.

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.

Jul 05, 2018

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

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.

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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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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