Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot Series)

Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

In the Agatha Christie classic Peril at End House, a young woman who has recently survived a series of very close calls appears to be the target of a dedicated killer—and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to save her life.

On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley describe her recent “accidental brushes with death.” First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed.

So when Poirot finds a bullet hole in Nick’s sun hat, he decides that this girl needs his help. Can he find the would-be killer before he hits his target?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074027
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 34,400
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

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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Peril at End House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Rai-Aren More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly what you come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, but with a change in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective and star of this mystery series. He has just retired and is slowly settling into a quiet, calm life of leisure and is refusing to be called back into duty. His mind, he thinks, is made up. However, a new mystery finds him, small and subtle at first, then shows itself to have a sinister meaning. He can't help but observe that which is right in front of him, and without meaning to, he is drawn into its web, and begins to apply his detective skills. The great Hercule Poirot, who is known far and wide for his unmatched detective skills, can't resist asking one question, then another, then another. A perplexing and potentially deadly set of circumstances takes shape, and his concern for the wellbeing of a young woman he happens to meet, leads him to investigate. However, the motives and players behind this mystery prove themselves difficult for him to ascertain. Where he was always bursting with confidence and assuredness in his perceptions, skills, and outcomes, he is now struggling with something unfamiliar to him - a shaky self-confidence that worsens and lingering uncertainty. He finds himself bumbling about without meaning to. As events unfold, he feels powerless to stop them. His once sharp and nearly infallible intellect and investigative skills seem to be outmatched. His frustration grows and so do his mistakes, missteps, and incorrect assumptions. With its intriguing twists and turns, Peril at End House is a very engaging and rewarding mystery tale and will be sure to please die-hard Agatha Christie fans as well as those new to the stories. Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the heck out of this. The ending completely stumped me. I finished the book while flying to Hawaii, so that may have aided in my overall enjoyment, but it was a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four attempts have been made on Ms.Buckley's life and after Poirot is a witness to the fourth he takes action.Who would want to kill this young woman? She is not very rich and it seems no one would gain anything by her death.The killer tries a fifth time but kills the wrong girl by accident.Can Poirot sort through this mess before the killer strikes again?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. One of Agatha C.'s finest. You will never want to put it down. Very suspenceful and lots of twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for people who like a quick page turning mystery! Agatha Christie is such a tremendous author and she is able to keep you guessing. In this book especially, it is hard to determine who the murderer is. Near the end you think it is one person and then Hercule Poirot astounds you!
bookwormbethie More than 1 year ago
This is one of THE BEST Agatha Christie stories I have read. I loved every page and every minute of it. It was a very exciting read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book! Poirot once again is trapped in a mystery he must find the answer to. While you read this book you will never put it down. It's filled with suspense down to the very end. I gaurantee a thrilling adventure every page of the way.
horacewimsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The thing about a Hercule Poirot Mystery is that he's always in the picture; quite unlike a Miss Marple Mystery wherein the supposed sleuth only appears at or near the end to provide the summing up. This was a good one. I'm intrigued by detective writers' Christie and Sayers's use of the resort as a venue for crime.
RaiAren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hercule Poirot Stumbles Across a Difficult ChallengeThis book is exactly what you come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery, but with a change in Hercule Poirot, the famous detective and star of this mystery series. He has just retired and is slowly settling into a quiet, calm life of leisure and is refusing to be called back into duty. His mind, he thinks, is made up. However, a new mystery finds him, small and subtle at first, then shows itself to have a sinister meaning. He can¿t help but observe that which is right in front of him, and without meaning to, he is drawn into its web, and begins to apply his detective skills.The great Hercule Poirot, who is known far and wide for his unmatched detective skills, can¿t resist asking one question, then another, then another. A perplexing and potentially deadly set of circumstances takes shape, and his concern for the wellbeing of a young woman he happens to meet, leads him to investigate. However, the motives and players behind this mystery prove themselves difficult for him to ascertain. Where he was always bursting with confidence and assuredness in his perceptions, skills, and outcomes, he is now struggling with something unfamiliar to him ¿ a shaky self-confidence that worsens and lingering uncertainty. He finds himself bumbling about without meaning to. As events unfold, he feels powerless to stop them. His once sharp and nearly infallible intellect and investigative skills seem to be outmatched. His frustration grows and so do his mistakes, missteps, and incorrect assumptions.With its intriguing twists and turns, Peril at End House is a very engaging and rewarding mystery tale and will be sure to please die-hard Agatha Christie fans as well as those new to the stories.Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This early Poirot/Hastings novel is good fun. Our duo are holidaying on the Cornish coast, and meet the adorable Nick, a lovely young thing who's inherited the eponymous Victorian pile. Oh, and someone's trying to kill her. Poirot strives to head off tragedy, but his vigilance is not enough . . . .Although Christie's early work includes some of her best, in this one she still seems to be finding her way. Poirot's character is a bit jumpy here, and the solution to the plot seemed pretty obvious to me from a ways off. Still, I'd recommend this one for its lively writing, good period detail, and general Christie-esque charm.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poirot has retired. Really. He means it. Even an appeal from the Home Secretary won't change his mind. But when he nearly witnesses a murder attempt, he begins to rethink things. Pretty Nick Buckley has had four near misses in three days. The first three weren't much, but the latest one involved a bullet that narrowly missed her. But as Poirot begins his investigation, he finds no motive for her death. There are plenty of suspects - her stuffy cousin, her would-be suitor, a close friend and her mysterious lover, the new Australian neighbors - but no real reason any of them would want her dead. But despite all his precautions, the murderer strikes. Poirot will have to act fast if he's not to let a killer get away.I enjoyed this one. There was a plot twist that reminded me a bit of The ABC Murders, one of my favorite of her books. Poirot is in top form in this one and it was a fun read.CMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart, elegant, and interesting: these three words sum up both this story and Dame Christie's writing. There are some typos. Also, there is no original copyright listed. Since this e-book was only $0.99cents, these discrepancies aren't too surprising. They do not detract from the quality of the mystery.
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