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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case: A Hercule…
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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (original 1975; édition 2012)

par Agatha Christie (Auteur), Hugh Fraser (Narrateur), HarperAudio (Publisher)

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A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place... The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him'...… (plus d'informations)
Membre:MHelm1017
Titre:Curtain: Poirot's Last Case: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Auteurs:Agatha Christie (Auteur)
Autres auteurs:Hugh Fraser (Narrateur), HarperAudio (Publisher)
Info:HarperAudio (2012)
Collections:Fiction, Lus mais non possédés
Évaluation:****
Mots-clés:death, murder, mystery, England, mid-twentieth century

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Hercule Poirot quitte la scène par Agatha Christie (1975)

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    Le grand départ de Miss Pym par Josephine Tey (raizel)
    raizel: The detective /solver of the case tries to help the cause of justice.
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Curtain, the last case for Hercule Poirot takes place at Styles, the manor where Agatha Christie first introduced the funny little Belgian detective who makes use of his little gray cells. With him is a widowed Captain Hastings who has returned to England from Argentina. I loved how Christie brought the series full circle giving Poirot a worthy send-off. This mystery also references other cases that Poirot solved during his career weaving the past and present into the twisting storyline. As always, the interactions between Hastings and Poirot are entertaining and induce a chuckle here and there. The narrative kept my husband and I engaged as we tried to figure out just whodunit. I agree with my husband that with Curtain, no more Poirot is sad. But I found the way Christie tied up the long-running series to be a fitting end for Poirot. As always, Hugh Fraser’s narration is delightful — there can never be another Poirot for us.

For diehard Poirot fans, Curtain is a must read. But if you are new to him or haven’t read many of the books in the series, please save this one for later. Give yourself many Poirot moments before the final curtain.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

Genre: classic mystery.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jun 8, 2021 |
Hercule Poirot, o famoso detetive belga, se encontra, em seu último caso, num estado deplorável. Velho e em uma cadeira de rodas ele tenta impedir, com a ajuda do cap. Hastings, um assassino lunático de matar todos os hóspedes da antiga Styles, local do seu primeiro caso.
  BolideBooks | May 14, 2021 |
Back at Styles, Hastings finds Poirot ill, crippled but intent on finding an elusive killer.
  ritaer | May 14, 2021 |
The final Hercule Poirot adventure, though written maninly very early in Agatha Christie's career and then spent mostly locked in. I think there were a few updates of it over the years but all in all it's a bit strange when trying to match it chronologically with other stories.

It's also more psychological (like early Christie?) than later books that are more of puzzle novels.

But back to the story: Old Captain Hastings is back in England and is invited to Styles, the location of the first Hastings Poirot adventure, by old Hercule Poirot. There Poirot reveals that there is a person in the house, covertly named X, that has been close to at least 5 unconnected murders. Something that is too unlikely to be a coincidence.

I can't put this novel among the best Poriot novels, maybe just because it focuses on psychology in a way that I find a bit too unlikely, but it is still a must read for a Poirot fan just because it is the last one. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
In which two old friends are reunited, to solve their last crime at the place they solved their first…

Like "Sleeping Murder" - the last Marple published, if not necessarily the chronological end to her tales – "Curtain" was written in World War II as a back-up, and finally published shortly before Dame Agatha’s death, when it was clear she would write no more novels. As such, it is one one level a welcome return to form after the previous books in the Poirot series – such as "Elephants Can Remember" - which fail to impress on any level. It’s also one of her most shocking twists, and a book that brings a powerful and definite end to the tales of Poirot and Hastings. By returning them to Styles – the site of their first case in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" fifty-four years earlier – Hastings and Poirot, the former a widower and the latter crippled, come full circle. The mystery is well put together, although the focus on our investigators means that there is less characterisation than usual for the suspects.

"Curtain" is a most unusual Christie novel, and an even more unusual Poirot one. At the same time, though, it follows logically from the maturation of both writer and character. (Poirot, that is. Hastings doesn’t seem to have evolved much in the last half-century.) The fact that Christie wrote this in the ’40s, before the developments of Poirot’s life, has both positive and negative traits. It’s surprisingly in keeping with the changing tone of Poirot’s later novels (and should make for a marvellous end to the Suchet series – God willing – given the direction they went with Series Twelve), but of course, there are questions of chronology, and the age of the characters, since thirty years’ worth of novels and the real world had intervened.

If we’re being technical, this is the best book of the 1970s (it seems a little unfair, but – if not – our choices are pretty dire). It’s a classic, but a pity about the vague depictions of some of the suspects. I'll give "Curtain" a generous 4 stars, but I would recommend new readers choose earlier volumes first!

Poirot ranking: 11th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
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A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place... The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him'...

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