Murder Is Easy

Murder Is Easy

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

A quiet English village is plagued by a fiendish serial killer in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic thriller, Murder is Easy.

Luke Fitzwilliam does not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer is at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood and that her local doctor is next in line.

But within hours, Miss Pinkerton has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke is inclined to think so—until he reads in the Times of the unexpected demise of Wychwood’s Dr. Humbleby.…


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073808
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 190,471
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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Murder Is Easy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is sure worth reading despite there being no hercule poirot or miss jane marple. one of the basic things that i liked about the book was that it has too many murders taking place in a short span of time. another noteworthy thing - it is not a 'one room' mystery where one would have to keep track of all minute details like you had in cards on the table (which was no doubt excellent). i personally feel that in stories like this one readers dont have to tax their grey cells as the plot does not move at a languid pace. i mean like it did in murder of roger ackroyd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Cristie did a really good job setting up the plot for this story. Although it went a little slow for me I thought that it was a really good read! There are many twists that are not expected...you will be surprised at the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We really enjoyed this book! We really liked how there was a lot of deaths in such a short period of time. At first we thought we weren't going to like the book but we turned out to enjoy it! Even though there was no Hercule Poirot, it was still awesome! We highly recommend this book to all Christie fans!
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is classic Agatha Christie. Luke Fitzwilliam, a British policeman just retired from service abroad, finds himself traveling by train opposite a dear old spinster who flutters out a most astonishing theory: that there is a serial murderer loose in her little country village, and she knows who the next victim will be. And she's proved right¿well, almost. Because she didn't realize the very next victim would be herself. Luke, stunned by the coincidence, decides to undertake an investigation. Wychwood is a sleepy little village where the worst scandal is a remnant of Satanic rituals played at by a local dilettante. It's hardly the place where one would expect a maniacal murderer to reside. But murder is so easy, so very easy if you do it carefully...This story possesses a sly awareness of itself as a work of fiction; at one point one of the female characters muses how the heroines of books are never killed though they live in constant danger; in another place Luke, deducing, tells himself this is not a book and so things may not necessarily follow the pattern set by books; and later Luke introduces himself as a private investigator just like the ones found in the pages of detective fiction. This mystery also reflects the tenuous relationship between the author and reader, a relationship curious and unique to this particular genre. How much does the author give in the way of real clues, and how much does the reader want to undermine the author's efforts by guessing the murderer before the big reveal? I admit it: I was duped most of the way through. Christie sets up elaborate red herrings and writes chapters devoted to analyzing the motives of a bunch of innocent suspects. I marveled a little at her for being able (and patient) to spin it out as long as she does. Not that it drags. Christie writes economically and well; her character delineations are crisp and to the point, and her dialogue is excellent. I listened to this on audiobook read by Hugh Fraser, and he does a brilliant job with the various characters. Hints of ugly pagan rites, a cast of decidedly interesting and intertwined characters, a sympathetic hero, an enigmatic heroine, and several fascinating theories about how easy it is to get away with murder combine to make this a good all-round mystery and satisfying read. Recommended, especially for those who would like a Christie mystery not featuring Miss Marple, Poirot, or the Beresfords.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't one of Agatha Christie's more popular works, but I liked it. It contains one of my favorite quotes ever -"You're a great man, Gordon. Have some more tea."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of Christie's good books, not one of her great books. That being said, though, her "good" books are still very well done. Her characters are always so vivid and real. Her understanding of human nature is genius. Her "great" books are so ridiculously well done, that they make the "good" ones seem weaker than they actually are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok but i just came off of reading And Then There Were None and i had a much higher expextation for this book. Definately not Agatha Cristies best.
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Joel_M More than 1 year ago
I thought this Agatha Christie book was a bit sub-par. I was pretty sure of the direction the investigation was going to take and of "whodunnit" quite a while before it was revealed (which wasn't the case with the other three Christie mysteries I have read). The setup was a lot like the setup to the movie "Hot Fuzz" which kind of made me chuckle, but, sadly enough, I though that stupid comedy movie had a much more clever ending than this novel. Ultimately, entertaining enough, but certainly not Dame Agatha's best effort.
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poodlemagic More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, as are most of Agatha Christie's. Love her style of writing, love her characters, love her stories. Simply great to have them on CD's. I have many of her works on CD and listen to them as I go to work and back. Hugh Fraser is definitely my favorite of all the people who do the readings of her novels/stories.
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