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Cards on the Table
Cards on the Table: Hercule Poirot Investigates | Agatha Christie
Mr. Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host, but he was a man of whome everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Hercule Poirot that he considered murder and art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection. Indeed, what began as an absorbing evening of bridge was to turn into a more dangerous game altogether ...
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umbrellagirl
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TFW you‘ve stayed at the hotel they mention in your novel!

LeahBergen I‘d love to go there!! 3w
umbrellagirl @LeahBergen it‘s lovely. definitely recommended, and not just because of agatha‘s connection. 3w
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umbrellagirl
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Christmas hols, day 11, book 15.
#24B42020 day 5, final day.
Starting what will probably be the last book of the year/decade, possibly the first of the new one.

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umbrellagirl
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Mostly I‘ll be spending time with my friends, Agatha and Hercule. Looking forward to a quiet night in and one more day off before returning to work.

Balibee146 Happy New Year ❤️🎉 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year 🎊🎆🎈 3w
Laughterhp Love this! 💚😂 3w
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rabbitprincess I wore a sparkly cardigan to work today because it‘s New Year‘s Eve ?  3w
umbrellagirl @rabbitprincess I may still be wearing my pajamas... 3w
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AdaChivers
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Mehso-so

Another Poirot book, not so good... All the bridge thing was a little confusing I guess.

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Centique
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#abbainaugust #thenameofthegame

The name of the game, according to both Edith Wharton and Agatha Christie is “bridge”. 😂😂 Must refresh myself on how to play it, or maybe not, seeing it keeps getting people into trouble!

Cathythoughts Look at that fabulous cover 💙💙on the House of Mirth (edited) 1y
batsy I've long associated bridge with "bad things are about to happen" ? 1y
Meredith3 ♦️ ♥️ ♠️ ♣️ 1y
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Centique @Cathythoughts isn‘t it just? 😘 1y
Centique @batsy eeek! 😳😂 1y
Mdargusch Good choice. I want to learn how to play bridge but it just seems too serious for me. 1y
Cinfhen Great graphics and clever choice ❣️❣️❣️ 1y
emilyhaldi Clever!! I wonder if Bridge is going to die out completely at some point 🤔 maybe I should learn 1y
merelybookish Good one! Whist is the game that I associate with novels. (Whatever that is...) 1y
Reviewsbylola My grandma is 92 and bridge has always been her passion. She still plays weekly! 1y
Centique @Reviewsbylola that is the cutest thing ever 😍 go Grandma! 1y
Centique Thanks ladies 😘 @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @merelybookish I don‘t know what whist is either... (edited) 1y
Centique @Mdargusch I learnt to play it with a group at work years ago - they laughed a lot while playing which was a good sign! You‘re right, i think it can be taken VERY seriously 🧐 1y
BecomingBeing One of my few qualms about the book is the focus on bridge which I have no knowledge of. 1y
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Only took me a month to finish this one in between all my other books. Like all the other Agatha Christie books it did not disappoint.

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Hercule Poirot is invited by a most interesting man to a dinner party. Mr. Shaitana collects unusual things and wants to show off his collection of unconvicted murderers. Shaitana assembles four sleuths and 4 murderers. Shaitana, of course, ends up murdered while his guests play bridge. Poirot, Ariadne Oliver, Colonel Race, and Superintendent Battle join forces to find out the past crimes in order to solve this one.

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Centique
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I‘m going to call this one #blameitonbatsy 😂😂 Because @batsy mentioned her favourite sleuthing duo was Poirot and Ariadne Oliver - I hadn‘t read one with Ariadne in it yet, so I had to address that oversight quickly! This was classic Poirot; reading them is like going to visit an old friend - I was totally duped by the final reveal and suitably anxious along the way. Ariadne is a great character 😍

batsy 😂 Yay! So happy you liked it. I remember this one as being good fun. I'm being good and following along chronologically with the #agathachristieclub and I think her stronger books come a bit later. 2y
LiteraryinLititz This is a great one! Glad you liked it. 2y
Ruthiella Absolutely one of my favorites with Poirot😀 and I love Mrs. Oliver and how she complains about her fictional Finnish detective! 🤪 2y
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Centique @batsy I‘m jumping around which is unlike me! I think I used to just grab whichever was on the library shelf. My favourite is the last one, Roger Ackroyd, I loved that so much. 2y
Centique @LiteraryinLititz @Ruthiella I loved having the 4 sleuths and Ariadne is SO funny about her detective novels 🤣 2y
Dragon I love Ariadne Oliver and her love of apples 🍎💜 2y
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#24in48 My tbr is full of mysteries. I am going to do my best in spite of a busy weekend.

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I just loved this. A classic, cosy crime, perfect for beach holiday reading. 4 sleuths, including Poirot in fine form, are invited to dinner with 4 apparent murderers. The host is killed. Clever plotting with interchanging narrators, twists & turns & a nice dry humour. Some find her characters 2-dimensional but I find them vivid & true to life (as far as this genre goes). Love her brisk style & London setting too. 👌🕵🏼‍♀️

LiteraryinLititz This one is a good one! 2y
Abailliekaras @LiteraryinLititz Agatha Christie does not disappoint! 2y
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emtobiasz
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More Agatha Christie and French onion soup! This was a fun one that started at a party and matched four suspects against four detectives. Would have made more sense if I knew how to play bridge, though.

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Mommamanzi
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#thisorthatswapedition ❤️both 📚introvert in every day life extrovert at work. Weird eh? I blame it on being a Gemini ❤️ COZY!!! 📚quidditch duh! ❤️ equal opportunity 📚 I want snow but I live in sand. ❤️ if I have to chose, romance.

BethM @Mommamanzi I've become the same weird intro/extrovert when I used to be a pretty solid extrovert. I however blame it on work 😂 2y
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skyeharmony
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Closed-room mystery with only 4 possible suspects, but still tricky.

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Martta
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Here is the Agatha Christie omnibus. As you see it's not in perfect condition since I bought it used. It was published in the 80s. It includes the stories: The mysterious affair at styles, Murder on the orient express, Cards on the table, Death on Nile and Curtain. As I earlier mentioned it's in Finnish but as you said it would definitely be an extraordinary item in your Christie collection. @Lizpixie

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BookishMarginalia
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Watching Poirot while coloring cats by #FloraChang with gel pens.

Kat.Kao Ha I'm watching that exact episode right now! 3y
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Craftylikefox
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Saturday morning reading with my reading buddy. He is unimpressed with Poirot. #agathachristie #maidensofmurder

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Forgot to post when I finished this a few days ago. Another Christie I never read before. Only four suspects - sounds boring, perhaps? Not at all, though! Really good one.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I think this is Cards on the Table (google translates it as 'Poirot plays the game' and the blurb mentions Mrs Oliver)

I learnt French in highschool so my Grandpa thought buying me this was hilarious when he was holidaying in Paris. #seasonsreadings2016

saresmoore Well, that is one yellow cover, but those crocheted furry hedgehog babies are so cute! 3y
Jaimelire This would be perfect for me...love agatha christie and I'm French! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @saresmoore, school bus yellow 💛 thanks! they just appeared under my computer on day... 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Jaimelire, it would! Do you think I translated the title correctly? 3y
Jaimelire Yes, you translated correctly 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Jaimelire oh good! My highschool French has mostly slipped from my memory 😕 3y
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Lizpixie
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#novemberland #day17 #booksandfavecardgame I love playing Euchre. I learnt how to play when I was about 6yrs old, my parents had boozy card nights and I used to sit on my dads knee while they played. Euchre, 500, poker, gin rummy I love them all, but euchre is my favourite. I never got the hang of bridge though, which is the card game being played in this book, bridge and cribbage were never my thing. #christiescrimeclub

TheLondonBookworm Hehe great picture! 3y
Zelma I adored cards! Euchre, gin, poker, all of it. Never learned bridge we have some intense cribbage tournaments in my house. 😆 we're going to play some poker tonight with friends - should be fun. 3y
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Ariadne Oliver it's my pick for #bestsidekick She is detective novelist, gutsy independent woman, strong-minded and of course, for Poirot she is often a test for his patience. This is a book with her first appearance (she is in six Poirot novels) and I would love to read the books about her, as main character.

#booktober

bmsddk This is one of my favourite of Poirot's, partly because of her 😀 3y
Libby1 I haven't read any with this character yet. I'm slowly working my way through many Agatha Christies so I'll get there! Thanks for the recommendation. 🌟 3y
Simona My favorite are those with her in the story. 3y
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Simona @bmsddk 🖕 3y
Simona @libby1 You're welcome, that's why we're here on Litsy❣️ 3y
EloisaJames I love Ariadne's hair. The only one I don't like her in is the Third Girl and that's only because the coincidences are so huge. 3y
KarenUK Nice pick.... I love her in the books but also Zoe Wanamaker makes a great TV version 😊 3y
Simona @EloisaJames Obviously I'll have to read it again, because I can't remember in details. All I can remember is that story is about one miserable girl. 3y
EloisaJames @Simona Ariadne manages to wander into the right people.. 3y
Simona @KarenUK Zoë Wanamaker is perfect choice for Ariadne. When I saw her in the tv series, I was very surprised how she fits my idea that I had about her based on the books. 3y
Simona @EloisaJames Definitely - I need to reread this one 🤔 3y
Dragon I love Ariadne and her 🍎 apples. I always thought she was Agatha Christie's alter ego 📚 3y
Simona @Dragon In fact, she was. 3y
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rynae
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I never have enough Agatha Christie (or pizza) to satisfy me.

MrBook 😊👍🏻 4y
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Exia

Life is a difficult business [...] It needs infinite courage and a lot of endurance. And in the end one wonders: 'Was it worthwhile?'

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Exia
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But murder can be an art! A murderer can be an artist.

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OliverDepp
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Little grey cells- order and method.

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