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Towards Zero ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Towards Zero Author Agatha Christie – Thomashillier.co.uk What is the connection among a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player To the casual observer, apparently nothingBu What is the connection among a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player To the casual observer, apparently nothingBut when a house party gathers at Gull s Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head As Superintendent Battle discovers, it is all part of a carefully laid plan for murder.

  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Towards Zero
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 03 August 2019

About the Author: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie MallowanAgatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation According to Index Translationum, she remains the most translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, UK as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novelsHer first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazinesIn late , Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On December the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven daysIn , Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in , is now in the care of the National TrustChristie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and the novel After the Funeral Abney Hall became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plotsTo honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club Wikipedia entry for Agatha Christie.



10 thoughts on “Towards Zero

  1. Luffy Luffy says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s been some time since a murder mystery has imposed on my mind so heavily Even when this mystery had all its clothes on, you could guess the promise it contained I kept thinking, and the question and the curiosity, the suspense and the wonder, they kept occupying my mind As the pages flew by, the time to say goodbye to Inspector Battle came too soon At least Miss Marple starred in 13 of her books Poor Battle was shunted aside in the public s stampede for Poirot I guessed wrongly regardi It s been some time since a murder mystery has imposed on my mind so heavily Even when this mystery had all its clothes on, you could guess the promise it contained I kept thinking, and the question and the curiosity, the suspense and the wonder, they kept occupying my mind As the pages flew by, the time to say goodbye to Inspector Battle came too soon At least Miss Marple starred in 13 of her books Poor Battle was shunted aside in the public s stampede for Poirot I guessed wrongly regarding the culprit I fell for one of the many false trails painted by Mrs Christie I react strongly to the narration of life and how it s being wasted, inways than one, by this great author The main characters here are Nevile, Audrey, Kay, Ted, and Mary The most mysterious of them was Audrey, whose secret feeling was not anger, love, or sadness, but fear I never thought that she was the culprit, and I could have guessed rightly who was, but then I got waylaid I was amused by the inimitable Mr Treves When an author like Christie has a limited number of brushstrokes at her disposal for painting a character, then one like Treves often walks a fine line between brilliance and parody I was very entertained by this situation, and Mr Treves played like a retarded and oblivious person who thinks he s being very observative Finally after being slightly disappointed by the real solution, I was cheered by the downright creepy lovey dovey ending Agatha Christie must generate a happy ending, no matter what But then she probably knew her audience too well Nevertheless this book has secured its perfect score, and time has come for me to escape, even if some people in the book don t want to

  2. Ken Ken says:

    I ve now reached the final book to feature Superintendent Battle in the Christie cannon, what a great mystery for his last appearance Bed bound Lady Tressilian still intends to invite guests to her seaside home at Gull s Point during the summer, one of the guests included tennis star Nevile Strange.Though the idea of him bring both his current and ex wives seems like an ill advised ideaWhilst at an uncomfortable dinner party Mr Treves regales all the guests a tale of one child killing another I ve now reached the final book to feature Superintendent Battle in the Christie cannon, what a great mystery for his last appearance Bed bound Lady Tressilian still intends to invite guests to her seaside home at Gull s Point during the summer, one of the guests included tennis star Nevile Strange.Though the idea of him bring both his current and ex wives seems like an ill advised ideaWhilst at an uncomfortable dinner party Mr Treves regales all the guests a tale of one child killing another with an arrow, ruled as an accident and the child given a new identity the old solicitor suggests is murder ever predetermined a Towards Zero point.When Mr Treves is found dead in his room the following morning from what appears to be a heart attack, the lift had an Out of Order sign attached even though it was still fully functional.Could one of the guests be that child Christie is a master of weaving cleverly constructed mysteries, I loved the various red herrings throughout as my suspicions kept changing between the different guests.Even though this is a stand alone tale, the reader benefits from reading her previous novels Battles mentions of Poirot was a delight, the fact that he d previously worked with the Belgium detective helped aid him solve this case was a perfectly fitting conclusion

  3. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    I like a good detective story, he said But, you know, they begin in the wrong place They begin with the murder But the murder is the end The story begins long before that years before sometimes with all the causes and events that bring certain people to a certain place at a certain time on a certain day.What makes a good detective story Suspense Atmosphere An outrageous plot Memorable characters Twists As with many others of Christie s stories, Towards Zero relies on a set of charaI like a good detective story, he said But, you know, they begin in the wrong place They begin with the murder But the murder is the end The story begins long before that years before sometimes with all the causes and events that bring certain people to a certain place at a certain time on a certain day.What makes a good detective story Suspense Atmosphere An outrageous plot Memorable characters Twists As with many others of Christie s stories, Towards Zero relies on a set of characters, the type of which is already familiar to Christie s readers The setting a version of country house and plot errm.murder , is also in line with the expectation of the typical Christie novel What I had not expected was for Christie to actually question the whole setup of her typical story by proclaiming that the story cannot stop with the detection of the murderer but that it needs to reveal the background in order for the story of the murder to be understood.It s almost like Christie used this story to prove that the police investigation needs to include an understanding of the psychology of the characters involved in order to successfully solve the crime.But did she need to do this Surely, the fact that her Marple and Poirot act as the psychologists to aid the inspectors in her other books is proof enough that there is a partnership between the two Towards Zero does not feature Marple or Poirot but instead has Inspector Battle, who takes on the role of the enlightened policeman We learn early on that he has little time for amateur psychology, and later we learn that he is also capable of trickery although, Christie stays away from implying that there is a member of the police who would use trickery to get a murderer to confess No, she added a different character to do this.Which brings me to one of the few complaints I have about the story the multitude of characters There are so many of them that it is hard to keep track of Some are mentioned, but then disappear in almost the next scene with no relevance to the story.Were they included to merely bulk out the pages I mean, I really enjoyed the main plot and characters, but I wish she had spenttime fleshing them out, rather than just throwing new characters in the mix Maybe getting to learnabout the characters would have also helped the ending, which reminded me of the somewhat creepy relationship in Du Maurier s Rebecca view spoiler You needn t, said Audrey softly, look so stern He said gently as he came towards her Last time I had my hands on you, you felt like a bird struggling to escape You ll never escape now She said I shall never want to escape hide spoiler

  4. John John says:

    I really enjoyed this mystery and its many twists and turns Great atmosphere set in the house and all of the suspects a possible murderer Battle is the detective who uses psychology to solve the murders The addition of information about one of the suspects towards the end indicates the murderer A great little read.I recently watched a tv adaptation of this story with Miss Marple included as the sleuth and Battle as her sidekick Still a good story with a weekend away turning into murder The I really enjoyed this mystery and its many twists and turns Great atmosphere set in the house and all of the suspects a possible murderer Battle is the detective who uses psychology to solve the murders The addition of information about one of the suspects towards the end indicates the murderer A great little read.I recently watched a tv adaptation of this story with Miss Marple included as the sleuth and Battle as her sidekick Still a good story with a weekend away turning into murder The ex wife a victim with Audrey and her husband suspects Lots of red herrings as always and insanity playing a role Enjoyed the book

  5. Veronique Veronique says:

    What a devilish book this is It is no secret that Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and in this novel, she truly excels Slowly, inexorably, all the pieces of the chess, or mystery, are put in place awaiting the final scene the murder but things are of course not what they appear The tension grows while all these characters meet, cross and finally come together No Poirot present, although mentioned, but a very competent Superintendent Battle.This is definitely one of her bes What a devilish book this is It is no secret that Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and in this novel, she truly excels Slowly, inexorably, all the pieces of the chess, or mystery, are put in place awaiting the final scene the murder but things are of course not what they appear The tension grows while all these characters meet, cross and finally come together No Poirot present, although mentioned, but a very competent Superintendent Battle.This is definitely one of her best The less you know, the better the experience 0

  6. Steven Walle Steven Walle says:

    This is a very good murder plot with many victems and just as many suspects The author cleverly took each suspect out one by one until we are left with the killer.Enjoy and Be BlessedSteven

  7. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    Another blockbuster from Christie, featuring Superintendent Battle An interesting aspect of the novel is that Battle solves the case thinking of Poirot s obsession with symmetry The beginning is great and sets the tone for a great mystery As a reader you keep reading anxiously for the crime to be committed and when it finally happens, you sit back and relax for Battle to resolve it A very different technique but interesting Great read.

  8. James James says:

    I m breaking all the rules here I had been reading my way through the Agatha Christie canon book by book in chronological order Generally I was managing to get through a couple, or , books per year Suddenly and very generously my parents bought me a copy of Towards Zero for Christmas As the fifth of the Superintendent Battle books and the thirty fourth published Christie novel it was going to take me a while to get to In fact, based on my current reading pace somewhere between 1 I m breaking all the rules here I had been reading my way through the Agatha Christie canon book by book in chronological order Generally I was managing to get through a couple, or , books per year Suddenly and very generously my parents bought me a copy of Towards Zero for Christmas As the fifth of the Superintendent Battle books and the thirty fourth published Christie novel it was going to take me a while to get to In fact, based on my current reading pace somewhere between 10 and 15 years When I pointed this out my parents suggested that they couldn t really guarantee to be around to hear what I thought of it by then so, seeing as most Christie novels aren t really interlinked as a series, it seemed fairer to bend the rules slightly and read this one out of orderThe story itself jumps straight into classic Christie fare a large number of people read suspects are gathered together for an unimportant to us reason Some of them obviously have pre existing histories with each other some of them we believe are meeting for the first time and, of course, not everybody is necessarily who they claim to be The zero of the title, it is explained, is the time of the murder we are moving towards The murder itself is the time zero, the events and reasons that lead up to this point are as important as the murder itself.However, this is a book that could have been so much better It has all the teasers and all the fantastic suspects we love all the twists and turns all the suspects briefly in the spotlight of suspicion before the story moves on But, ultimately, Battle is a non detective in this He barely influences the resolution at all The crime is actually wrapped up by some random passer by who happens to be in the area for a totally unconnected reason With this being Christie s last outing for Battle maybe she just wasn t feeling the love anyUp until the unsatisfactory ending though, it was thoroughly enjoyable

  9. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Even though most mysteries start with a murder, actually it is the end culmination of a lot of events at a common point Or so says one of the characters in this novel.This is the theme of this book events moving towards a murder towards zero.That it starts with a murder is of no matter By the time one finishes the book, one will understand the appropriateness of the title.This book features my favourite Christie policeman, Superintendent Battle.

  10. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    I think that Inspector Battle might actually be my favorite Christie character Full review forthcoming

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