Three Act Tragedy

Three Act Tragedy

Book - 1972
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Thirteen guests arrive at the actor's house for dinner. Reverend Stephen Babbington chokes on his cocktail, goes into convulsions and dies. But when his Martini glass is sent for chemical analysis, there is no trace of poison - just as Poirot had predicted.
Publisher: London : Published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1972, c1934.
Edition: The Greenway ed.
ISBN: 9780002318167
0002318164
Characteristics: 253 p. ;,21 cm. --
Alternative Title: Murder in three acts.

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Steve_the_Pirate
Jan 04, 2020

Agatha Christie's "Three Act Tragedy", delivers an engaging and thought churning mystery that will pull the carpet out from under you with surprises by the end. It's impressive that the book is able to succeed in providing a daunting followup to the previous book in the Poirot series, "Murder on the Orient Express" which is among Christie's best work. This was a slower read for me though as it doesn't carry much the same momentum as "Murder on the Orient Express" does. However this is a nice murder mystery story here, one that a non-reader of the Poirot series could easily pickup and read without feeling like they missed prior important information in the series. This is also a Poirot entry that continued series fans will enjoy getting to read as well. Besides Poirot the characters are all new in the book, and I enjoyed how Christie formed a sort of a rag tag mystery solving bunch with four characters actively being involved in interviewing others and chasing clues. It was a nice change up as we get to read from the perspective of each character of whom has their own method and passion for solving the mystery. I really enjoyed the seaside town setting, the memorable new characters, Poirot's continued charm, and the shocking murder method that was fresh and intriguing to solve.

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VPAL7
Sep 20, 2018

For a Poirot book, he's barely in it which isn't ideal but it would be bearable if the other characters were at least like-able. Unfortunately you don't get to know the other characters very well and the story does not particularly stand out among the other Poirot novels. Parts of the plot were too similar to 'Lord Edgeware Dies' in my opinion.

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athena14
Oct 07, 2016

Far too little Poirot; far too much the discreet gentleman Satterthwaite. "Egg" is just too silly a toddler's nickname to live on to adulthood.

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pattypi
Aug 11, 2016

Once again Hercule Poirot's grey matter rises above the rest. Lots of possibilities and characters to love and/or despise.

Well worth reading.

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newfieshawn
Dec 22, 2014

Great book with a great ending like all Agatha Christie books

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Aug 11, 2016

Eh Bien!

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