Cards on the Table

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976

Large Print - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cards on the Table
Center Point Pub

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 . . .

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2013
Edition: Large print ed
Copyright Date: ©1937
ISBN: 9781611736120
Branch Call Number: LG PRINT MYSTERY C
Characteristics: 311 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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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.

Aug 22, 2012

This is the first Agatha Crhistie novel that I have read that involves a game of bridge and Hercule P. going up against a gorup of suspects - a very good read, took the time to read and totally enjoy the book and the mystery, and yes i did guess the ending and the one who did the murder !

Apr 23, 2012
  • windbmw8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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