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Old 06-26-2012, 10:36 AM   #61
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I do have a couple of Poirot books but never read them. Had the impression that 'they've had their time' and people don't really read them anymore.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:03 AM   #62
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I do have a couple of Poirot books but never read them. Had the impression that 'they've had their time' and people don't really read them anymore.
What a strange thing to think. The "classics" of British crime fiction: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, etc. (all women writers - I've often wondered why that is?) - all still sell extremely well. It's my favourite reading genre.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #63
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I do have a couple of Poirot books but never read them. Had the impression that 'they've had their time' and people don't really read them anymore.

Might start one soon.
They are certainly of their time - or a little before it. But they are still good stories, and Poirot is an amusing characters. His occasional side-kick, Captain Hastings is good, too.

Providing it's not "The Big Four", dig out your Poirot book and read it.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:37 AM   #64
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They are certainly of their time - or a little before it. But they are still good stories, and Poirot is an amusing characters. His occasional side-kick, Captain Hastings is good, too.

Providing it's not "The Big Four", dig out your Poirot book and read it.
What does the "Big Four" consist of?
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What does the "Big Four" consist of?
It's the name of an early Hercule Poirot book, which Paul doesn't like . It's basically 4 stories linked by a rather ridiculous linking device. It certainly isn't one of her better books.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:12 AM   #66
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It's the name of an early Hercule Poirot book, which Paul doesn't like . It's basically 4 stories linked by a rather ridiculous linking device. It certainly isn't one of her better books.
Ah! Thought it was the name of the four 'big' Poirot books.
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Is Cat Among the Pigeons good? I recently grabbed a couple of Christie hardcovers from my parents and this was one of them. The title is familiar (so was probably a movie), and I was thinking of reading it at some stage.

Worth it?
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:52 AM   #68
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I started to read The Secret of Chimneys last night. It is one of five "Superintendent Battle" novels, this debut published in 1925. Other titles in the series: The Seven Dials Mystery (1929), Cards on the Table (1936 where Battle is alongside Poirot), Murder is Easy (1939) and Towards Zero (1944).

Again, ebook users with access to Overdrive public library services may have many Christie titles available to them from their local library. That is definitely the case in Toronto.
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Is Cat Among the Pigeons good? I recently grabbed a couple of Christie hardcovers from my parents and this was one of them. The title is familiar (so was probably a movie), and I was thinking of reading it at some stage.

Worth it?
It's her 60th UK book, published in 1959, and has Hercule Poirot as the detective.

I've only read the first 40, so I haven't got to this one yet, but I suspect it'll be excellent.
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I plan to systematically re-read all AC's books, in publication order, once I've finished Ngaio Marsh, so I'll let you know if my view of it have changed when I re-read it. It was many years ago that I read it - perhaps my view will change on a re-read.
I personally prefer Ngaio Marsh to Agatha Christie (ducking - sorry, but if we all love the same author, there'll only be one successful author, right?). Are Marsh's books available in ebook?
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Yes, all of Ngaio Marsh's books are available as ebooks (in the UK at least).
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With that info in hand, I went searching and found Marsh's books for 16.50 for 33 books, DRM-free, all of the Alleyn novels and some short stories, at

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That can't be legit surely? $20 for all the Poirot books and $6 for all the Miss Marple ones?

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With that info in hand, I went searching and found Marsh's books for 16.50 for 33 books, DRM-free, all of the Alleyn novels and some short stories, at
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Wow! Those are really great deals. Have you ever purchased from that company? Anyone else have any experience with them?

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That can't be legit surely? $20 for all the Poirot books and $6 for all the Miss Marple ones?

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Yes, that's a commercial pirate site. They do not have permission to sell the books, they are ripping people off.

Usually, if a deal looks to good to be true, it is.

Don't be fooled by such sites into thinking that just because you've paid money for the ebooks that you aren't pirating the books. You're just paying some crooks for the privilege of pirating them.

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