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Cat Among the Pigeons [PDF / Epub] ☆ Cat Among the Pigeons By Agatha Christie – Thomashillier.co.uk Two teachers discover the body of the school s unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point blank range The school is thrown into chaos when the cat strikes again, and Julia Upjohn know Two teachers discover the body of the school s unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point blank range The school is thrown into chaos when the cat strikes again, and Julia Upjohn knows that without Poirot s help she could be next.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Cat Among the Pigeons
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 13 March 2019
  • 0007120788

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 Cat Among PDF/EPUB or 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 “Cat Among the Pigeons

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    The thing people don t seem to want anywhere nowadaysis anyone who s got a bit of ordinary common sensebut I often think that that s the only thing the world really needs just a bit of common sense A revolution in one of the Middle East countries let to the death of its ruler which lead to his jewels missing which led to everybody and their sister hunting for them which led to some dead bodies appearing in the premier school for girls in Great Britain which led to Poirot taking matters iThe thing people don t seem to want anywhere nowadaysis anyone who s got a bit of ordinary common sensebut I often think that that s the only thing the world really needs just a bit of common sense A revolution in one of the Middle East countries let to the death of its ruler which lead to his jewels missing which led to everybody and their sister hunting for them which led to some dead bodies appearing in the premier school for girls in Great Britain which led to Poirot taking matters in his hands which led to him discovering the culprit Clear enough When it comes to traditional mysteries almost nobody can rival Dame Agatha In my personal opinion Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the only person who could give her a run for the money When it comes to international thrillers however Agatha Christie created some big stinkers and even her best efforts were fairly mediocre Everybody knows her traditional investigators Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple I have yet to find a big fan of Tommy Tuppence who mostly dealt with political crimes This book only has some elements of international thrillers, so it is not hopeless However I will not call it a good Poirot mystery even if somebody pays me I have my principles Poirot appeared only at 71% thanks to modern ereaders I had this number ready At that point everything that could happen, happened The guy missed all the excitement If he appeared so late in the book, how did he have time to investigate you ask My answer he did not and he did not I mean he did not have time to investigate and he did not investigate He was shown to conduct a couple of absolutely useless interrogations and that was it The rest of his involvement consisted of him using his international connections not shown in the book It all comes to the fact that his only role in the book was to come at the moment when the police realized its own cluelessness and explain everything without even bothering to tell how he came up with his solution Usually it was Miss Marple trademark to come late and explain the mystery, but in case of Poirot it simply does not work I promised myself I would never give Poirot book less than 4 stars The Bid Four made me eat the crow and give it 2 The Hollows literally forced me to give 3 This time I thought about making up the reason for keeping some of my promise, but then I recalled this was exactly what I did with one of the previous books, so this time I ran out of excuses P.S The opening quote was the best part of the book Even in Agatha s time not many people bothered with common sense In our time absolutely nobody does P.P.S In my opinion the main culprit was quite obvious

  2. Erin Erin says:

    3 stars for this slow moving triple homicide mystery which I didn t like as much as others When I first began this challenge a fellow Goodreads member, paulie, predicted that I would probably solve a case by August But I was bowled over that I actually had both of the suspects figured out early on the book Strangely neither of the feline occupants of my couch much cared for my excitement That s why I feel myself only giving it a 3 star review because A.C made it too easy and took too long 3 stars for this slow moving triple homicide mystery which I didn t like as much as others When I first began this challenge a fellow Goodreads member, paulie, predicted that I would probably solve a case by August But I was bowled over that I actually had both of the suspects figured out early on the book Strangely neither of the feline occupants of my couch much cared for my excitement That s why I feel myself only giving it a 3 star review because A.C made it too easy and took too long exploring the characters that the motives for all were explicit and I feel a bit sad for Hercule Poiriot that he was forced to get himself involved in the case However his cameo was genuinely enjoyable What a snob that fella is and I just love the amount of malice that the Inspector in the case had for him HAHA

  3. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    3.5 Everybody always knows something, said Adam, even if it s something they don t know they know Of course, there is a crime actually,than one yay but there is also espionage and international conspiracies and I enjoyed it farthan I thought I would Cat Among Pigeons definitely is a quite peculiar adventure for Poirot, but nonetheless our Belgian detective solves it as brilliantly as ever Besides, I simply adored the epilogue So cute and poignant.

  4. Veronique Veronique says:

    Another entertaining Agatha Christie This one, although labelled a Poirot case, only features our favourite Belgian sleuth at the end of the story, taking on the mantle of the deus ex machina to sort it all Instead we get a novel that goes from the exoticism of a tale of international conspiracies to the banality of a private girls school in England The author plays with different strands, focusing on a variety of characters, all with a good dose of humour I personally rather enjoyed seein Another entertaining Agatha Christie This one, although labelled a Poirot case, only features our favourite Belgian sleuth at the end of the story, taking on the mantle of the deus ex machina to sort it all Instead we get a novel that goes from the exoticism of a tale of international conspiracies to the banality of a private girls school in England The author plays with different strands, focusing on a variety of characters, all with a good dose of humour I personally rather enjoyed seeing all these disparate personalities, from the girls to the teachers, and their various motivations Fun too O

  5. Karina Karina says:

    This is the first Agatha Christie I have tried and I highly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters She really knows how to make people real The murder mystery was equally complicated She has great storytelling skills.Now the whole shabang While the mystery was complicated the storyline itself was just okay The killer was obvious if you pay close attention to the clues Hercule Poirot shows up for a brief 15 minutes and solves it He is freaking talented Other than his appearance here This is the first Agatha Christie I have tried and I highly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters She really knows how to make people real The murder mystery was equally complicated She has great storytelling skills.Now the whole shabang While the mystery was complicated the storyline itself was just okay The killer was obvious if you pay close attention to the clues Hercule Poirot shows up for a brief 15 minutes and solves it He is freaking talented Other than his appearance here everyone else was not too memorable.I will definitely try another Agatha I want a nail biter here

  6. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Real Rating 3.5 of fiveI borrowed this from my local library via Overdrive It s wonderful how easy that isif you ask a librarian for help and don t try to follow the written instructions which aren t ever for your device or version.Meadowbank School is so very progressive and forward thinking that its fame has reached Ramat, a sheikdom somewhere near Aden The Princess Shaista, heiress presumptive to the throne, is deemed well served to go there for her education to be completed It is dee Real Rating 3.5 of fiveI borrowed this from my local library via Overdrive It s wonderful how easy that isif you ask a librarian for help and don t try to follow the written instructions which aren t ever for your device or version.Meadowbank School is so very progressive and forward thinking that its fame has reached Ramat, a sheikdom somewhere near Aden The Princess Shaista, heiress presumptive to the throne, is deemed well served to go there for her education to be completed It is deemed safer than the sheikdom as it undergoes an anti royal revolution.A murder occurs that, frankly, is long overduethe PE sadist, I mean teacher, is shot through the heart a fate I heartily wished on so many of my PE teachers I ve lost count but that isn t obviously connected to anything The fun begins as level headed Miss Upjohn, daughter of a former spy Mrs Upjohn, gets curious about what the heck is going on when one busy night sees the Princess kidnapped and another teacher murdered in the Sports Pavilion Two murders and a kidnapping A gift to an intelligent, intrepid, and pretty bored pubescent girl She even drags her friend Jennifer, whose recent trip Abroad was actually to Ramat to visit her uncle a friend of the deposed sheik s , into the sleuthing.The girls are in competition with the police, and little do they know that one of their suspects the hunky gardener is a spy sent to monitor the kidnapped Princess and that s why the man s suddenly very furtive and sneaks off so much The action gets going, of course, but so far it hasn t jumped the shark in illogic That happens when Poirot is bookhorned into the plot for no apparent reason, starts asking off the wall questions about young girls knees it s explained in the end but it s still squicky since it comes out of literally nowhere , and generally knitting the intricate afghan of the crimes without having seen a pattern.The murders are all done because the international situation is in flux Like 1959 year it was published in fact, the Middle East aka the world s hotspot was full of revolutionaries trying to unseat undemocratic absolute monarchs and grab their wealth for the people In this case, the wealth was flawless rubies and they fit into a surprisingly small space Many ruthless parties wanted the prize, people lost their lives to the greed of others, and Christie s point wasrevolutions are bad people are greedy murder is a bad solution to almost all problems I don t know, and I don t think she did either.What the hell was Poirot doing in this book anyway Julia Upjohn, or the policeman, or even the hunky spy cum gardener could ve done everything Poirot did and the book would ve been the better for it Christie s spy novel fetish wasn t her best use of her powers, and this book suffers from her Cold War itis plus her need to pander to the book buying public with a Poirot novel The result is decidedly substandard in both areas.But oh my heckthe descriptions, the gorgeously wicked turns of phrase, the intricacy of the interconnections make it a cut above the best of a lesser writer s ouevre.Agatha Christie s Poirot Cat Among the PigeonsRating 3 of fiveAs is the ordinary case, a lot changes as a result of a Christie novel being translated to the screen In this case, as the novels always take place in contemporary time while the shows are all in the 1930s,than the usual number of changes occur.There are next to no scenes including the secret services, unlike the novel I am happy to report that hunky spy cum gardener Adam survives, and is played by the quite easy on the eyes Adam Croasdell His role, however, isto be tailed by Upjohn and Jennifer, and I suspect those two would ve wanted to follow him around anyway No scenes play out in Egypt the revolution deprives the sheik of his life differently some of the business surrounding the jewels is significantly altered As usual, the cast is slimmed down, and to my mind again as usual to good dramatic effect The entr e of Poirot is utterly, totally changed He s a friend of the headmistress of Meadowbank and substitutes for the Lord Mayor of Somewhere in the presentation of a sports prize Poirot A sports prize To adolescent girls.Yeah, right Oh, and then the headmistress asks himthe greatest detective in the world, as he syas repeatedly in his career to look over the school s staff to help her decide who she should appoint as her successor AND HE AGREES Yeah Right Anyway, there he is mise en sc ne when the first murder occurs It s still the PE sadist, I mean teacher, but her fate is decidedlydelicious she s run through with a javelin I was inordinately pleased by that She s made out to be a truly vile person, instead of a merely quotidian PE sadist I mean teacher The other murders all unfold in different ways as well, and the motivations are alteredstrengthenedto match Since hunky dude isn t allowed much spying stuff to do, he gets a romantic interestwhich doesn t turn out so wellbut the killer and the motive remain from the book Poirot, since he s obviously the star, is placed in charge of the disposition of the jewels, and he does something that would get literally anyone else in the world tossed under the prison and forgotten forever It truly was an eyerolling experience to see what the writers had to do to make the character Poirot central to this middling spy thriller It was, as always, quite pretty to look at, but a load of codswallop in every other way

  7. Kerrin Parris Kerrin Parris says:

    Cat Among The Pigeons is Hercule Poirot novel 32 What was odd to me was that Poirot didn t show up until the last third of the novel He wasn t a prominent figure except, of course, he figured out whodunnit The novel starts at the beginning of the summer term when the students are returning to the prestigious Meadowbank girls school The next chapter takes the reader to two months earlier when there is a coup in the fictional kingdom of Ramat The Amir trusted his valuable jewels to his pilot Cat Among The Pigeons is Hercule Poirot novel 32 What was odd to me was that Poirot didn t show up until the last third of the novel He wasn t a prominent figure except, of course, he figured out whodunnit The novel starts at the beginning of the summer term when the students are returning to the prestigious Meadowbank girls school The next chapter takes the reader to two months earlier when there is a coup in the fictional kingdom of Ramat The Amir trusted his valuable jewels to his pilot The pilot then hid the jewels in a tennis racket belonging to his niece A mystery person in the next room sees the pilot putting the jewels in the racquet The niece then takes the tennis racquet to Meadowbank school After the term starts, there is a murder of a teacher, then a kidnapping of a Princess, then a second teacher is murdered One of the students sneaks out to find Hercule Poirot and asks him to help One of the teachers then tries to blackmail the murderer and she is murdered Finally, when Poirot calls everyone together to reveal the plot, the murderer pulls out a gun and shoots a fourth person who dies soon thereafter With Poirot s deft ability to find the cat among the pigeons, there is hope that Meadowbank will be able to overcome the poor reputation it received because of the murders and kidnapping 5 stars

  8. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    No sign, so far, of anything sinister but I live in hope Adam, in ChristieChristie s Poirot 32, just a fewto go After a couple of books where the rich Christie seems to defer to the poor and minorities in ways not typical for her, she returns for her story to a fairly typical setting, a stunning place filled with rich people After reading all these in the gutter noir novels by Cain and Thompson, it is quite a contrast, let me tell ya This time it s Meadowbank, one of the most e No sign, so far, of anything sinister but I live in hope Adam, in ChristieChristie s Poirot 32, just a fewto go After a couple of books where the rich Christie seems to defer to the poor and minorities in ways not typical for her, she returns for her story to a fairly typical setting, a stunning place filled with rich people After reading all these in the gutter noir novels by Cain and Thompson, it is quite a contrast, let me tell ya This time it s Meadowbank, one of the most exclusive girls schools in England, which gives us the opportunity to examine girl women culture in England in the fifties, standards for which are being shared with minorities who are fortunate enough to attend the school For instance, there s a 3 4 page exposition by a Meadowbank teacher on appropriate English brassieres for this period, given for the benefit of a foreign student who hasexotic tastes for fashion And wouldn t you know it, this bit figures into the plot And yes, Christie writes of rich people, but whereas in earlier books Christie wrote about the rich in a seemingly uncritical fashion, we get a clearer idea of Christie s view in this book Oh, some of the rich were shallow and clueless in earlier books, but this was comedy Poirot was and is always a snob, but a charming snob In Cat Among Pigeons Christie s views we get an admirable character to help us see the rich for what they often are, The Bull, Miss Bullstrode, the likeable and strong headmistress who is not a snob, not ethnocentric Miss Johnson We have difficulties with the foreigners sometimes Foreigners are muchprecocious than English girls The Headmistress thinks this may be the brandy talking, but also chides Miss Johnson not to be too insular But yes, there isthan multiculturalism in Cat Among the Pigeons there s also murder at Meadowbank a better title, I think At least one Was Miss Springer well liked he Kelsey asked Well, really, I couldn t say She s dead, after all The stories include chapters featuring letters sent home by the girls from school, some of them amusing, cute, I guess As a teacher beginning yet another fall semester, it was interesting to see the conservative fifties approach to schooling and life, the staff conflicts, and the girls reflections on all this And about the murder Dear Mummy, We had a murder last night I thought you would want to know The mystery begins in the Palace of Ramat, with a Prince Ali Yusuf, followed by a couple murders, some missing jewels, leading to Meadowbank, where young and precocious Shaista is a student Follow the jewels and the exotic foreigners Most of the necessary preliminary investigative work is done by two able inspectors, so Poirot doesn t even make an appearance until nearly three quarters into the book, which is unusual, but I didn t miss him I had Bulstrode to pay attention to, my favorite character in this one, which I ended up liking quite a bit, though the solution comes rather quickly from Poirot, and is not all that interesting compared to other solutions from her Miss Bulstrode is finally a rather progressive headmistress I liked her discussion toward the end with her successor, the charmingly disheveled Miss Hill, about the necessity for a democratic approach to schooling and ethnic differences At the beginning of yet another school year, I like the reminders about how to make schoolingrelevant and engaging From a 1964 mystery novelist

  9. Sophie Hannah Sophie Hannah says:

    I loved all the detail about the school in this novel, which is why I gave it four stars The plot is not one of Agatha s best, though it s not bad But, as in Hickory Dickory Dock, Poirot presents much of the solution without telling us how he came to work it out, and Agatha novels work best when we are able to follow the workings of Poirot s mindclosely However, all the school stuff makes this novel enjoyable and atmospheric.

  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    I didn t like this one quite as much as the other two I ve read so far, and I m not sure why If Mrs Upjohn recognized someone at the school who she knew from her previous life in intelligence work and knew this person was a trained killer, why would she leave her daughter in the same school and then travel the world I hate to say that it s a plot hole, but it bothered me slightly.

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