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Three Act Tragedy [Reading] ➸ Three Act Tragedy Author Agatha Christie – Thomashillier.co.uk At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to dieThirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor s house It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild mannered Reverend At an apparently respectable dinner party, a vicar is the first to dieThirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor s Three Act Epub / house It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison just as Poirot had predicted Even troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive.

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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 Three Act Epub / 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.



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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Three Act Tragedy Murder in three acts Hercule Poirot 11 , Agatha Christie 1891 1976 Three Act Tragedy is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in 1934 under the title Murder in Three Acts and in the UK in January 1935 under Christie s original title Sir Charles Cartwright hosts a dinner party at his home in Cornwall His guests include Hercule Poirot Dr Bartholomew Strange Lady Mary Lytton Gore, and her daughter Hermione Captain Dacres and hi Three Act Tragedy Murder in three acts Hercule Poirot 11 , Agatha Christie 1891 1976 Three Act Tragedy is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in 1934 under the title Murder in Three Acts and in the UK in January 1935 under Christie s original title Sir Charles Cartwright hosts a dinner party at his home in Cornwall His guests include Hercule Poirot Dr Bartholomew Strange Lady Mary Lytton Gore, and her daughter Hermione Captain Dacres and his wife Cynthia Muriel Wills Oliver Manders Mr Satterthwaite and Reverend Babbington and his wife When Babbington suddenly dies after sipping one of the cocktails being served, Cartwright believes it was murder An investigation finds no poison in his glass After his funeral, Poirot travels to Monte Carlo, where he is met with news from Satterthwaite and Cartwright that Dr Strange is dead While holding a dinner party at his home in Yorkshire, Strange suddenly died after drinking a glass of port The coroner rules he was poisoned with nicotine, despite no trace of it in his glass With the exception of the three men, Strange s guests are the same ones who attended Cartwright s party Due to the similarities, Babbington s body is exhumed, whereupon police find he died from the exact same causes 2010 1372 185 20 1373 197 1388 293 9789643634117

  2. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A harmless guy dropped dead after drinking a cocktail at a party thrown by a famous actor at his resort Everybody was convinced the death was natural including Hercule Poirot who happened to be one of the guests However when some time later a prominent doctor died under the same circumstances no doubt about murder remained and Poirot had to eat his own words If anybody think he dropped everything and started investigating let me assure you he did not Outside of very occasional scenes he only A harmless guy dropped dead after drinking a cocktail at a party thrown by a famous actor at his resort Everybody was convinced the death was natural including Hercule Poirot who happened to be one of the guests However when some time later a prominent doctor died under the same circumstances no doubt about murder remained and Poirot had to eat his own words If anybody think he dropped everything and started investigating let me assure you he did not Outside of very occasional scenes he only appeared in the very end to explain the mystery.This book almost made me break my promise I said that not counting the abomination otherwise known as The Big Four any Poirot book gets an easy four stars from me I had to come up with some ingenious excuses to raise the rating of this book from 3 stars to 4 What was so bad Poirot is such a colorful character that his absence cripples the plot bad As I said he was absent for the most part of the story The whole investigation was done by three other characters none of whom was any interesting I would even settle for Captain Hastings instead of any of them To make matters worse of the the trio was none other than Mr Satterthwaite, the main character of Mr Quin series As a character he was absolutely flat In his own series he was supposed to be this way and there was a good reason for this here he sucked to put in in layman terms We can say Agatha Christie was the original hipster she did crossovers before it was cool I am looking at you, Marvel comics The motive of the villain was so unconvincing the Dame Agatha had to rewrite the end of the book to make itbelievable I read both variants and can say that in my opinion she failed at this So my final rating is 3.5 stars I will round it up because 1 I respect Agatha Christie the writer.2 I love Hercule Poirot, even in episodic roles.3 The mystery was complicated enough.4 The book was short enough not to get bored with it 5 I did not want to break my promise not to rate Hercule Poirot book lower than 4 stars

  3. Adrian Adrian says:

    Excellent, Poirot at his imperious best More thoughts tomorrow.Through Christmas and the New Year 2018 19 my family and I watched a lot of Agatha Christie, from David Suchet s Poirot, through Peter Ustinov to John Malkovich, plus also a documentary drama about Christie s disappearance for 11 days in 1926 Included in this Christmas Christie extravaganza was Three act tragedy.So to the book itself although Poirot does not appear as much as he does in the TV version, he is still instrumental Excellent, Poirot at his imperious best More thoughts tomorrow.Through Christmas and the New Year 2018 19 my family and I watched a lot of Agatha Christie, from David Suchet s Poirot, through Peter Ustinov to John Malkovich, plus also a documentary drama about Christie s disappearance for 11 days in 1926 Included in this Christmas Christie extravaganza was Three act tragedy.So to the book itself although Poirot does not appear as much as he does in the TV version, he is still instrumental in the solving of the crime, despite Sir Charles Cartwright playing the great detective Without giving the game away, there are a number of twists and turns that had me confused and bamboozled in both the tv version and the book, needless to say Hercule was not.Also without giving the game away, it has the best final sentence of any detective book I have ever read, maybe even of any book

  4. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    Three Act Tragedy, published in 1935 and also known asMurder in Three Actsis not a play, but a novel by Agatha Christie It is her ninth novel to feature her famous Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, who had already starred in a collection of short stories and an actual play Agatha Christie s readers were beginning to look forward to an appearance by their favourite pompous, puffed up little retired detective, and much of the humour in these books comes from his behaviour and the attitude of t Three Act Tragedy, published in 1935 and also known asMurder in Three Actsis not a play, but a novel by Agatha Christie It is her ninth novel to feature her famous Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, who had already starred in a collection of short stories and an actual play Agatha Christie s readers were beginning to look forward to an appearance by their favourite pompous, puffed up little retired detective, and much of the humour in these books comes from his behaviour and the attitude of those around him In the first few pages, one character here describes Poirot as themost conceited little devil I ever met rum little beggar rather a celebrated little beggar though.Agatha Christie planned the structure of her stories in detail, and this carefully crafted work is presented as a piece of theatre, in which the story is split into 3 Acts In theFirst Act Suspicion , there is a mysterious death, with suspicions about how the person died TheSecond Act Certaintybegins with the announcement of another character s death And in theThird Act DiscoveryHercule Poirot comes centre stage.Even the frontispiece is laid out to reinforce this amusingly droll literary device It resembles a theatrical programme for Three Act Tragedy Directed bySIR CHARLES CARTWRIGHTAssistant DirectorsMR SATTERTHWAITEMISS HERMIONE LYTTON GOREClothes byAMBROSINE LTDIllumination byHERCULE POIROT It even provides a cheeky subtle clue In a way Sir Charles Cartwright does direct the show he is the focal character of the entire piece It is in his bungalow, high above the harbour of Loomouth, where the action begins, and in his enquiries he is ably assisted by two characters the keenly observant and amiable Mr Satterthwaite, and the young enthusiastic Hermione Lytton Gore otherwise known as Egg Together they spend most of the novel discovering and slowly revealing the mystery Eventually however, Poirot turns his illuminating gaze on the whole proceedings, and aided by his perspicacious direction, the reader sees spotlight after spotlight added, until the stage is floodlit, revealing the entire audacious plot in sharp focus.Agatha Christie had by now developed a smooth touch, and was expert in leading by false impressions, under the guise of inviting her readers to solve the crime for themselves She had become the mistress of misdirection We have a finite and well described list of characters from whom to select our villain Spunky young heroines, debonair, dashing or angry youths, crusty elderly military or professional men, accompanied by their busybody or good hearted astute wives, all feature again and again in Agatha Christie s novels Other recurring elements include the references to a well known nursery rhyme, the sending of a poisoned box of chocolates, a tattoo or a birthmark, a quirky name for one of the young female characters, and a spot of matchmaking by Hercule Poirot And servants, although not often considered as central to the story, may not always be what they seem Yet familiar as the disparate elements may be, the plots still entertain and set our ownlittle grey cellsworking.And so the curtain rises, and our play begins Immediately we have a sense of deja vu The action begins yet again, in a country house in the fictitious seaside town of Loomouth that clever conflation of the real life Looe and Exmouth in Cornwall, where Agatha Christie s earlier novel,Peril at End Househad been set The celebrated actor, Sir Charles Cartwright is hosting a lavish dinner party at his bungalow,Crow s NestHis long standing and loyal housekeeper Miss Milray, has efficiently offered to be present at the dinner, to obviate the horror of having thirteen seated at dinner Thus yet again we encounter the superstitious idea that thirteen at dinner would be disastrously unlucky.We meet each of the remaining dozen guests They are Dr Bartholomew Strange, Lady Mary Lytton Gore and her daughter Hermione, nicknamed Egg , Captain Dacres, who gambles, and his wife Cynthia, a successful dressmaker the original forAbrosine , in the mock theatrical programme at the commencement of this novel There is also the playwright Muriel Wills, whose professional name is Anthony Astor , Oliver Manders, a young motorcycle mechanic, Angela Sutcliffe, a well known actress, the personable and astute Mr Satterthwaite, the mild mannered Reverend Babbington and his wife, and, of course, the star of the show for us who else but Monsieur Hercule Poirot.The dinner has not even started when catastrophe strikes One of the guests suddenly chokes on their cocktail, goes into convulsions and dies But have they been murdered, as the host believes The guests are none too sure, but Hercule Poirot deems this unlikely The relevant martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, but as Hercule Poirot had predicted, no trace of any poison was found there There was in addition, no motive for such a crime the victim was well loved and respected and the possibility of a suicide seemed ridiculous Therefore the great detective concluded that this was an unfortunate death, but not a suspicious one It must, after all, have been due to natural causes.Act Two tightens the screw A few months later Mr Satterthwaite is in Monaco, and has been reading about the circumstances of another death he considers suspicious view spoiler Dr Bartholomew Strange, who had also been a guest at the earlier dinner party in Cornwall, had been holding a dinner party at his home in Yorkshire, when he suddenly died after drinking a glass of port wine The coroner had ruled that he was poisoned with nicotine in his cocktail, yet once again there was no trace of it in his glass The circumstances seemed so similar as to provide fresh grounds for suspicion With this new knowledge, the police decided to exhume the Reverend Babbington s body, and the discovery was made that he died from the same cause hide spoiler Sir Charles Cartwright is also in Monte Carlo, and shows him another newspaper clipping which names the guests present on this occasion Could it be mere coincidence that a number of them had also been present at his own dinner party, all that time ago The two ruminate over this problem, and we are privy to their thoughts There is no doubt, surely, that this is a case for M Hercule Poirot to solve, especially since he also happens to be in Monte Carlo at the same time Egg Lytton Gore has already written to Sir Charles Cartwright, asking him to return to London as soon as he can, so Mr Satterthwaite and Sir Charles Cartwright both then decide to return to England by the next train, to try to determine who this audacious murderer is However, as we know, Hercule Poirot is not one to dash off on what might be a wild goose chase The others are frustrated by his lack of participation, but Poirot prefers to cogitate, scolding themOnly one thing will solve this case the little grey cells of the brain To rush up and down England, to hope that this person and that will tell us what we want to know all such methods are amateurish and absurd The truth can only be seen from within But yes, exactly that Think With thought, all problems can be solved We love to read about Poirot s eccentricities, but Sir Charles and Mr Satterthwaite also themselves at times provide us with an entertaining pictureThey hunted round the floor, raising the carpet, looking under the bed There was nothing anywhere, except a splash of ink beside the fireplace The room was disappointingly bare.They left it in a somewhat disconcerted fashion Their zeal as detectives was momentarily dampened.Possibly the thought passed through their minds that things were arranged better in books From now on, Hercule Poirot is absent It is not until Act 3, chapter 3, that we readRe enter Hercule Poirot , and his loyal friend Captain Hastings is not mentioned at all in this novel For most of Three Act Tragedy, the role of amateur sleuth is taken by Mr Satterthwaite, aided surprisingly by Egg Lytton Gore as well as Sir Charles There is even a third murder, to engage their attention Interestingly, Three Act Tragedy is the only story in which Mr Satterthwaite assists Hercule Poirot Usually he can be found assisting another of her characters, Harley Quin, in particular the stories inThe Mysterious Mr Quinpublished in 1930 Here, he wisely observesOne knows so little When one knowsit is too late In Three Act Tragedy, there are subplots a plenty, involving blackmail and insanity as well as murder There are hidden romantic liaisons as well as obsessional love there is an actor who is always playing a part, and loves to be centre stage, displaying his many talents for theatrics there is the semblance of a character who never, in fact, existed and there is even an insane asylum, and a secret laboratory, where the poisons could be distilled And running through is a nursery rhyme the title of Muriel Wills s playLittle Dog Laughedof which she saysIt s a kind of modern version of the nursery rhyme a lot of froth and nonsense Hey diddle diddle and the dish and the spoon scandal Of course it all revolves around Miss Sutcliffe s part everyone dances to her fiddling that s the idea Sir Charles said Not bad The world nowadays is rather like a mad nursery rhyme And the little dog laughed to see such sport, eh And he thought suddenly Of course this woman s the Little Dog She looks on and laughs But who exactly, in Murder in Three Acts is looking on, and laughing Although the definitive version of this novel is now considered to be the 1935 Three Act Tragedy, its first true publication was as a serial in six installments This was in the American magazine, theSaturday Evening Postthe previous year, under the titleMurder in Three ActsCurrent American editions of Three Act Tragedy still differ, in that the motive of the killer has been changed Surprisingly this has not needed any rewriting or adjustment in any other chapters of the novel.Although we may miss the inclusion of the endearingly straight Captain Hastings, there is continuity of a sort In the later novel,The ABC MurdersPoirot recounts to his friend what had occurred since they last met Incredible as it may seem, he, Hercule Poirot, had been almostexterminatedby a murderer who wasnot so much enterprising as carelessThe point where Poirot realises this, is one of the novel s most enjoyable momentsMr Satterthwaite looked cheered.Suddenly an idea struck him His jaw fell My goodness, he cried, I ve only just realized it That rascal, with his poisoned cocktail Anyone might have drunk it It might have been me There is an eventerrible possibility that you have not considered, said Poirot Eh It might have been me, said Hercule Poirot Murder in Three Acts is not, in my opinion, one of Agatha Christie s greatest works, but it is an enjoyable and innovative tale, where guessing the perpetrator will use all your skills of detection I personally failed, perhaps because I am always deceived by one of her cleverly written characters, in this case view spoiler Sir Charles Cartwright, who now reminds me of Dr Sheppard, the ingeniously imagined viewpoint character inThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd hide spoiler Yet of the two novels, I consider this the lesser one, even though it was the first of Agatha Christie s books to sell 10,000 copies in its first year.Agatha Christie s love for the theatre is evident, and the way she incorporated this into her writing is ingenious the end sequence in Chapter 15,Curtainis a particular delight As is her wont, her detective has set a trap for the suspects, in this case in chapter 11, entitledPoirot Gives a Sherry PartyWhat he learns here consolidates his theories, and enables him to gather together all the suspects, before he delivers a revealing speech which will be devastating for one person thereHercule Poirot sat in a big armchair The wall lights had been turned out Only a rose shaded lamp shed its light on the figure in the armchair There seemed something symbolic about it he alone in the light and the other three Sir Charles, Mr Satterthwaite and Egg Lytton Gore Poirot s audience sitting in the outer darkness And yet for all this delightfully tight construction, there is a lot of loose writing in the novel, which jars a little In the first few pages, Agatha Christie keeps using the wordunconsciously , and even saysit was impossible to telltwice within three sentences Surely this must have been better edited out Also, the author s subliminal thinking is sometimes evident, such as this Freudian slip Mr Satterthwaite is strolling in the gardens, and cogitating on Egg Lytton Gore He remarksNow where have I seen that particular shaped head beforeas Hercule Poirot comes into his view.A lengthy series of novels, whose detective was retired in the very first one, must inevitably create some problems for the author And why is Captain Hastings sometimes there, and others not He actually married one of the characters in the second novel featuring Hercule Poirot,Murder on the Links , which would have made a considerable difference to his life in general Agatha Christie must have hoped that her readers would forget some of the details.Agatha Christie could be skilled at covering up inconsistencies in her writing For instance, it is noticeable that Poirot sometimes speaks perfect English, and at others he seems to be stumbling a great deal, as if English is an unfamiliar language to himWhy do you sometimes speak perfectly good English and at other times not Poirot laughed Ah, I will explain It is true that I can speak the exact, the idiomatic English But, my friend, to speak the broken English is an enormous asset It leads people to despise you They say a foreigner he can t even speak English properly It is not my policy to terrify people instead I invite their gentle ridicule Also I boast An Englishman he says often A fellow who thinks as much of himself as that cannot be worth much That is the English point of view It is not at all true And so, you see, I put people off their guard Besides, he added, it has become a habit Despite this explanation s clear contrivance, it serves to convince us We also forgive any coincidences, and even the weak motive for the murders We are left feeling fully satisfied that here all fits together in a complex, neat jigsaw the puzzle completed, with no missing pieces

  5. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    The Three Act Tragedy is yet another interesting murder mystery of the Poirot series The story is written in three acts as if on a play, and true to its kind, there is a lively drama that unfolds through the chapters view spoiler The local curate dies at a house party given by the famous actor, Sir Charles Cartwright The instant conclusion is that he is poisoned But no trace of poison is found and the death is attributed to his old age But a second death follows in the same manner and The Three Act Tragedy is yet another interesting murder mystery of the Poirot series The story is written in three acts as if on a play, and true to its kind, there is a lively drama that unfolds through the chapters view spoiler The local curate dies at a house party given by the famous actor, Sir Charles Cartwright The instant conclusion is that he is poisoned But no trace of poison is found and the death is attributed to his old age But a second death follows in the same manner and it is affirmed that he was poisoned with nicotine This revelation cast a shadow of suspicion on the verdict of the first death and an investigation is launched to unravel the identity of the true culprit hide spoiler We see only a little of Hercule Poirot in the story after his appearance in the first act till he re enters in the third act So instead of Poirot, we see two armature detectives poking their noses around to find clues and gathering evidence in an effort to establish the identity of the murderer It was a real fun read I liked all the characters with their peculiar characteristics And interestingly we see that Poirot is making a mess of things before finally getting in to the right track I had my opinion on who the murderer is and imagine my delight when it is proved right However I never guessed the motive When Poirot so painstakingly established the motive for the crimes, it came as a real surprise to me Not a trace of it ever entered my mind I really loved the end scene where Poirot and Mr Satterthwaite recollect on the event of the first murder and realize that either of the two could easily have been victims and the dialogue that followed between them It is a brilliant dramatic ending to the story The egotism of the little Belgian detective is simply adorable.I m really glad to have returned to the Poirot series In my personal view, the murder mysteries in the Poirot series are where Agatha Christie is at her best

  6. Laurel Young Laurel Young says:

    I freely admit to my own bias the reason I recently gave Peril at End House only 3 stars is the same reason I am giving Three Act Tragedy five I solved End House with embarrassing speed for reasons outlined in my review , whereas Three Act Tragedy blindsided me I was absolutely convinced that I knew who the murderer was, and I think Christie predicted that the careful reader would think so, hence her playing with us in a scene at the end when a certain person tries to destroy evidence I lov I freely admit to my own bias the reason I recently gave Peril at End House only 3 stars is the same reason I am giving Three Act Tragedy five I solved End House with embarrassing speed for reasons outlined in my review , whereas Three Act Tragedy blindsided me I was absolutely convinced that I knew who the murderer was, and I think Christie predicted that the careful reader would think so, hence her playing with us in a scene at the end when a certain person tries to destroy evidence I loved having a further twist catch me off guard I felt that all was back to normal in Christie land when The Queen of Crime outfoxed me as I expect her to do After all, that is why I love and respect her above all others if I want to solve a mystery halfway through I ll readwell, pretty much anyone else, honestly.However, Three Act Tragedy deserves all five stars quite apart from whether I solved it before Poirot or not It s not a well known novel at all in fact, I d never read it before and was amazed to find such a strong Golden Age Christie novel had slipped under my radar Dame Agatha thinks of everything she answers every question I had save oneon that later For example, I wondered at first why Poirot was even in this novel since Mr Satterthwaite seemed to be doing well at sleuthing, but she explains it perfectly Satterthwaite s psychology is wrong for this case He is always, in every book in which he appears, the perfect audience , and here that means he can t see past the acting A nice touch, consistent with his characterization elsewhere the quality that is usually his strength as a detective is his downfall here, so the even greater detective takes over I have never been stumped on so many different fronts before I couldn t figure out who had done it, nor why, nor even how, like the world s most frustrating game of Clue One of the most unusual motives in all of Christie dom Why didn t I suspect the right person I think it s because I knew Mr Satterthwaite was innocent as he is a recurring amateur detective character, usually with his supernatural partner Mr Quin to guide him I thought his innocence extended to someone else name omitted to avoid spoilers , even though I know perfectly well and I say it ALL THE TIME that with Christie the murderer can be absolutely anyone Should have listened to myself Psychology is the theme of the novel and I was deeply impressed by some of the subtle ways Christie employs it For instance, I got chills when a clue connected to the casual use of a childhood friend s former name it rang completely true, as I could imagine my best friend referring to me with an old childhood nickname rather than my real name Tiny details like that make the solution all the better My only complaint we never did find out where the secret passage was, did we It was somewhere in the library, but Poirot never found it and it was apparently irrelevant to the case A shame, as I love a good secret passage

  7. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    This book was a bit frustrating for awhile Hardly any Hercule Poirot was in it Even so, I grew a bit bored and not just because of the absence of the detective At first the story was all over the place before the middle act, which was distracting The characters and scenes were interesting enough for a bit, but mehI kept wanting to skim ahead after awhile Much of it was thoughtful dialogue among secondary characters without any continuing ties to go on After page 128, seriously, Hercule This book was a bit frustrating for awhile Hardly any Hercule Poirot was in it Even so, I grew a bit bored and not just because of the absence of the detective At first the story was all over the place before the middle act, which was distracting The characters and scenes were interesting enough for a bit, but mehI kept wanting to skim ahead after awhile Much of it was thoughtful dialogue among secondary characters without any continuing ties to go on After page 128, seriously, Hercule Poirot started appearing for real There was a minor scene with him at the beginning but nothing fancy Once he came on stage the story started to come together evenso, even if it wasn t from his usual detective type meddling At first I was afraid this would be another disappointing mystery type where a solution is found without any clever clues to help the readerhowever, it turned not to be so when the case was explained The clues instead were so very minor and subtle it was almost impossible to pick up on them Interesting and much better after the second act, the ending was a dramatic one that surprised me on who the culprit was Leave it to Christie to stun the reader Despite the redemption, still left this one as three stars and a least favorite of the series Too slow, disjointed, not enough of the infamous Belgian detective, and while the ending was great, it did not hold enough power to excel the rest of the book

  8. samantha (books-are-my-life20) samantha (books-are-my-life20) says:

    Keeps you guessing till the last page.

  9. W W says:

    Poirot declares that he has retired,but when the nasty business of murder confronts him,how can he not investigate And as he says,at the very end,he is lucky,not to have become a victim himself.The murderer has already struck twice,and is preparing to kill again.Intriguing as it may sound,this is one of the worst Christie books I have read.Too slow and disjointed,the story just plods along.Poirot s own appearance is relatively brief,and Christie changed the ending for some editions A relief,w Poirot declares that he has retired,but when the nasty business of murder confronts him,how can he not investigate And as he says,at the very end,he is lucky,not to have become a victim himself.The murderer has already struck twice,and is preparing to kill again.Intriguing as it may sound,this is one of the worst Christie books I have read.Too slow and disjointed,the story just plods along.Poirot s own appearance is relatively brief,and Christie changed the ending for some editions A relief,when it finally came to an end.It had been lying on my shelf for years,and I hadn t found it compelling enough to complete,earlier Also published as Three Act Tragedy

  10. Tim Tim says:

    Ugh lets get this one over with Three Act Tragedy is a mess It stands right after The Big Four as the worst Christie novel I ve read to be fair though, it is nowhere near as bad as The Big Four but then again, few books are It is an utter mess from start to finish This is one of those award Poirot novels where Poirot himself is a side character in his own novel pretty much reserved for letting everyone gather all the clues, step in at the last moment and say no , no no, this is what re Ugh lets get this one over with Three Act Tragedy is a mess It stands right after The Big Four as the worst Christie novel I ve read to be fair though, it is nowhere near as bad as The Big Four but then again, few books are It is an utter mess from start to finish This is one of those award Poirot novels where Poirot himself is a side character in his own novel pretty much reserved for letting everyone gather all the clues, step in at the last moment and say no , no no, this is what really happened He is in it maybe of the book and that may be a generous assessment Our lead this time is Mr Satterthwaite who is actually from Christie s Mr Quinn short story series, which shows that she was doing crossovers long before Marvel made it cool who is a fairly reasonable detective in his own right, bringing into question why Poirot is even needed in this book My quick answer would be because Poirot s series was and still ispopular and Christie liked money don t we all Poirot gives us a reason , but it seems rather forced, and like Christie needed to explain the character in such a way as to why he wouldn t be a proper lead for this case It feels like she s just trying to make an excuse for Poirot, as frankly it feels a bit out of touch from what we are shown of Satterthwaite Beyond the leads, the case is a bit of a mess as well The first murder happens within 20 pages and we are never given time to really get to know the victim Everything seems so rushed in terms of the case that besides the three or four characters, everyone seems completely flat We are given relatively few scenes with the main suspects, and pretty much every couple of chapters ends with a run down of how little everyone really knows.The main motive behind the crimes were rather ridiculous in my opinion, but apparently from what I ve read on the main Christie website as well as a few others, this was one of Christie s own reactions, so much so that she changed the ending for some editions of the book I don t know if I got the author preferred ending or the original, but it s a pretty dreadful excuse and comes off as a very last minute addition with little buildup to it.The only thing saving this from the dreaded 1 star review is that the reason behind the FIRST crime and first crime only, is rather clever Now that may seem contradictory given my last paragraph, but if you read the book, I assure you that makes sense Now, with that said, it is my suggestion that you simply don t bother This one is completely worthy of skipping without missing anything Very disappointing and only recommended for Christie Poitor completionists

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