Book Review: Murder on the Links

murderlinksMurder on the Links

Agatha Christie

Berkley Books, 1923

This is Agatha Christie’s third published novel and the second one for Hercule Poirot. I am on a perpetual challenge to read all of the books in order of publication date. Up until this book I was wondering why I was doing it this way. With this book I see the value. In Murder on the Links, M. Poirot and Hastings actually refer to the Styles case (the first book reviewed here) and talk a little about it. And, in this book, I finally like M. Poirot. I see the development of the two main characters. In the first book I thought Poirot was cocky and smug. In this book he is much more humble, but confident. I’m grateful to Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise for suggesting and sponsoring this challenge. 

Murder on the Links is the story of the murder of a millionaire at a seaside estate in France. Poirot was asked, by the millionaire, to investigate something secretive, but when he arrives he learns the man has been murdered. As in all of the Agatha Christie books I’ve read, there is no lack of suspects. There is the wife, the son, what the police consider his mistress and her daughter, the man’s secretary, a mysterious woman visitor, and, of course, the servants. 

Sounds like a fun set up for a mystery, doesn’t it? But wait, there’s more. Not only do we have our two detectives (Poirot and Hastings) and the local police, but now we have a rival detective. Detective Geraud is from the Surete in Paris and is supposed to be one of the best. He uses the “new” methods of fingerprints and small physical clues at the scene of the crime. He would fit in just fine on the CSI set. Of course, Geraud and Poirot are disdainful of each other’s methods. But we all know that Poirot, with the superior “gray cells”, will be the one to find the correct killer. How he gets there is the fun of the story. 

agatha_christie_rcI read this book during the very early morning hours of the Read-a-Thon and it was the perfect book to keep me awake and turning those pages. I love these mysteries. Of the three I’ve read so far in this challenge, this one is the best. In fact, the NY Times called this one “A remarkably good detective story.” I’m happy to agree with the NY Times.

How about you – read any good page-turner mysteries lately? Below is a list of others who have read and reviewed this book.

Kerrie @ Mysteries In Paradise here.

Unfinished Person’s review is here.

If you reviewed this book, leave me a note in the comments and I will link to your review as well.

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10 Responses to Book Review: Murder on the Links

  1. Kathy says:

    I love mysteries but haven’t read any of Agatha Christie’s work, for some odd reason. After your review, it sounds like I should start with the first one.

  2. Beth F says:

    I’m enjoying your read through Christie’s work. Thanks!

  3. Book Psmith says:

    You may have already read this…seems I am a little slow when it comes to Sherlock Holmes…but I just finished The Hound of the Baskervilles and absolutely loved it.

  4. Cerrin says:

    I always loved the movies…The books were just too drawn out for me…I need a faster pace in books.

  5. I recently finished listening to the BBC Radio Productions dramatization of Murder on the Links. I got into Agatha Christie when I was a teen, so I’ve read all of her books, but I find they are just as delightful on a re-read. And the BBC dramatizations are great – 2 hours long, and those lovely British accents! When you’re finished with this challenge, or well on your way, I’d definitely recommend hunting some of the dramatizations for the titles you’ve already read. Fun stuff!

  6. Kerrie says:

    Margo, I’ve managed to get this post into Carnival #4. Thanks

  7. I devoured Christie’s work as a teenager and since last year have been re-reading her novels. I’m working through the Miss Marple series first and then it’s on to Hercule Poirot. I recall this one as being one of my favorites. I should really sign up for the challenge!

    Some of the good mysteries I’ve read lately: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, Justice Hall by Laurie R. King, and two in-progress books: The Game by Laurie R. King and The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  8. Memory says:

    I love Christie’s work; she sure knows how to draw the reader in and keep ’em guessing! I’ve read almost all her books, but I only tackled this one quite recently. My review is here:

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