Cards on the Table

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
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At an exhibition of snuff boxes, Hercule Poirot meets Mr. Shaitana, a mysterious foreign man. Shaitana jokes about Poirot's visit to the snuff box exhibition, and claims that he has a better "collection" that Poirot would enjoy -- people who have gotten away with murder. Though apprehensive, Poirot accepts an invitation to a dinner party where Shaitana will show off his collection.

Upon his arrival, Poirot is joined by mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, Scotland Yard's Superintendent Battle, Colonel Rice of the Secret Service, and four more guests. Having brought them all to dinner, Shaitana manipulates the topic of conversation to possible motives for murder. He makes allusions to crimes being committed, yet their culprits getting away scot-free. During this conversation, several of the guests exhibit nervous reactions.

A post-dinner bridge game results in Shaitana's murder -- stabbed in the chest with a jeweled stiletto. There are only four suspects -- each of them with something to hide . . .

Authors: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
Statement of Responsibility: Agatha Christie
Title: Cards on the table
a Hercule Poirot mystery
Edition: Large print ed
Characteristics: 311 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Subject Headings: Large type books Private investigators England Fiction Poirot, Hercule (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Large type books
Topical Term: Large type books
Private investigators
Poirot, Hercule (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2012035523
ISBN: 1611736129
Branch Call Number: LG PRINT MYSTERY C
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Aug 21, 2014
  • htliang rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The unpleasant and Mephistophelian Mr. Shaitana has invited Hercule Poirot to a dinner for the purpose of showing off his "collection" of four murderers who have committed the perfect crime - they have all gotten away with murder. When Hercule arrives at the dinner party, he finds that Scotland Yard's Superintendent Battle, mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, and Secret Service agent Colonel Race have also been invited.

During an after dinner game of bridge, Mr. Shaitana is murdered. There are only four others who could have performed the crime. Hercule Poirot uses his wits to discover the murderer - with the help of the bridge score.

This is a typical Agatha Christie. Easy to read, entertaining, and a nice way to fill in some hours.

Jan 03, 2014
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just simply adore the Hercule Poirot series!

Dec 13, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another solid, enjoyable Poirot, but the TV Poirot's are more enjoyable.


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