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p q Sad Cypress 3 To Peter and Peggy McLeod 5 Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid; F Sad Cypress · Sad Cypress. I'm naming no Names but there's Someone sucking up to your. Aunt and if you're not kareful you'll get Cut Out of Everything. Girls. Are very Artful and Old Ladies. Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The first courtroom drama for Poirot, Sad Cypress was written in the build up to the Second World War, a particularly prolific period for Agatha Christie and her.
He uncovers a second suspect when Roddy tells him of the anonymous letter - the writer of that letter. This version did not contain any chapter divisions. With a beautiful title taken from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' , Sad Cypress is often referred to one of the most outstanding Agatha Christie books, and also one of the best to feature our favourite Belgian investigator, Poirot. In the end, Nurse Hopkins attempts to kill Poirot with poisoned tea but he pretends to drink it and pours the tea into a vase. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Community Reviews. The reviewer regretted that Poirot had lost some of his 'foibles' and Hastings no longer featured in the plots but he ended on a high note:
Reflecting upon the piece after publication, Christie decided it would have been better without the character of Poirot. It was filmed on location at Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire. The title was taken from the song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and is printed at the beginning of the novel. Skip to main navigation Skip to content. Home Stories Sad Cypress. Sad Cypress Buy. First published: Murder methods: A Hercule Poirot story.
Sad Cypress An elderly stroke victim dies without having arranged a will. The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask. Peter Lord, Sad Cypress. More about this story. Did you know?
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew, O, prepare it! My part of death, no one so true Did share it. Cavak This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I would say a soft no. Circumstances of the crime and suspects are different.
Sad Cypress has more insight into the mind of the accused than there was …more I would say a soft no. Sad Cypress has more insight into the mind of the accused than there was in The Mysterious Affairs at Styles too. Plus, we have courtroom drama and more love relationships in this one. The criminals in both books have parallels to their murder methods, personalities, and plans, and the "more or less" could apply somewhat for the twist.
I wouldn't say that for the entire story though. See all 5 questions about Sad Cypress…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jan 03, Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an unusual Poirot series, in which there is a possible miscarriage of justice. With a beautiful title taken from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' , Sad Cypress is often referred to one of the most outstanding Agatha Christie books, and also one of the best to feature our favourite Belgian investigator, Poirot.
As the book opens, the main character Elinor Carlisle a woman blessed with beauty and brains reinforced by wealth - finds herself on trial for murder. The mystery of Elinor's personali This is an unusual Poirot series, in which there is a possible miscarriage of justice.
The mystery of Elinor's personality and her true motivations keeps the reader guessing continually throughout the book, and hungry to learn who really killed the poisoning victim, Mary Gerrard. Who is the murderer? The story was very engaging throughout the book. The courtroom setting doesn't really mean much one way or the other, I believe it's merely Christie experimenting with a new kind of plot framing device.
The trial scene near the end was so intense. With interesting characters, a complex plot and some great courtroom scenes, this is a wonderful mystery. It is said most murders happen because of love or money and this has greed, jealousy and repressed emotions in abundance. I love mysteries and I have to say that I guessed the culprit wrong: There was never a single dull moment. The number of suspects was not that many and the mechanism of the deed in itself was a unique one. With flashbacks intertwined with current scenes, it is worth the read.
View all 12 comments. Oct 31, Melindam rated it it was amazing Shelves: In that halting rustic voice the girl Mary lived and bloomed again. In his mind phrase after phrase succeeded each other. Peter Lord's "She was a nice kid.
Bishop's venomous "No patience with her airs and graces. Poirot himself actually puts in an appearance only in the second half of the novel. Perry Mason in Britain? Seemingly we are presented a classic love triangle, but as the story progresses it turns into a rectangle where A loves B, who gets infatuated over C, who does not care for B in return and then we get a D who falls in love with A. As always, Agatha Christie offers deep insight of character and human nature in general.
I love how she plays her caleidoscope-game with us, showing how her characters see each other and offering a constantly changing pattern which makes us re-evaluate our own views of them and where the solution is staring back at us among the colourful shards. View 2 comments. May 14, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: I love Agatha Christie. I love her characters as much as her plot. I've actually read Sad Cypress several times but the last time was at least 10 years ago.
I wondered if I'd enjoy it as much this time as I have in the past. I did. Elinor's icy demeanor masks a passionate interior.
Her fiance, Roddy, is a fastidious, rather weak man with whom Elinor grew up. He's fond of her and doesn't realize how much she adores him. They live I love Agatha Christie. They live off the expectation of an inheritance from their aunt Roddy's aunt by marriage; the two are not blood-related.
An anonymous letter hinting at someone's attempt to work her way into the aunt's good graces and perhaps upset the inheritance plans leads to disaster. Reading Christie is like sitting at a fireplace drinking tea even when I'm sitting in a Bronx apartment.
I am transported to another world. What more can one ask from a book? Dec 08, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Choose Your Own Adventure! You are on the dock for murder most foul! The awkward thing is that the contemplation of murder is not an unusual topic for you. Your surprisingly extensive knowledge of poison is also a questionable thing. Whatever is a young lady to do? Look to Belgium for succor! Will you keep your dignity and integrity intact? Or will you admit that sometimes people Choose Your Own Adventure!
Or will you admit that sometimes people truly deserve to be slain? Hold firm, young miss, class barriers will soon prove to be no obstacle at all to you — and perhaps all will see that murder is just another way of saying Goodbye! If you would like to say Hello instead, choose this adventure. If you would like to continue a life of contemplation amidst a company of magnificent cypress trees, choose this adventure. View all 17 comments. View all 6 comments. The evidence is mounted against her.
The motive, the weapon, the time and place; everything points directly at the facts. And the facts state that Elinor is the one who poisoned poor Mary Gerrard.
The only thing that stands between her and ruin is Hercule Poirot. This one The story started out really strong and just seemed to grow more and more intense throughout the book, especially during the trial scene near the end. I had in my mind who I thought the killer was and I was completely wrong P But in any case, this was a very engaging story with a fascinating plot!
Loved it! View all 5 comments. Feb 13, Ken rated it really liked it. But with such damming evidence, can he succeed? I really liked the structure of this novel, told in three parts with the set up, Poirot investigating and back to the court room. This is one of those mysteries with an extremely tight plot.
The human drama - the eternal love triangle - around the tragedy is gripping; there are a very limited number of suspects; and the accused seems to be indubitably guilty in fact, the story starts with her trial. However, Poirot steps in with a last minute sleight of hand which leaves us all gasping for breath - with a perfectly plausible solution. Here, Dame Agatha's extensive knowledge of poisons - a skill she picked up during the wa This is one of those mysteries with an extremely tight plot.
Here, Dame Agatha's extensive knowledge of poisons - a skill she picked up during the war years - stands her in very good stead.
I always get that nostalgic happy feeling whenever I pick up a Christie novel, this one didn't disappoint. When her Aunt dies suddenly of a stroke without leaving any sign of a will Elinor Carlisle finds herself to be the soul benefactor of her Aunt's estate. Not long after the death of her Aunt, Elinor stands accused for the murder of young Mary Gerrerd, her suspected love rival.
All leads seem to be pointing to Elinor and so Hercule Poirot is called in to uncover the truth. A quick, fun, light- I always get that nostalgic happy feeling whenever I pick up a Christie novel, this one didn't disappoint.
A quick, fun, light-hearted read that I would recommend to all. Agatha Christie is one of the few authors I can generally count on for that: Sad Cypress begin with the elegant, frosty Elinor Carlisle on trial for the murder of the gardener's daughter, Mary Gerrard, one of Christie's fey heroines, "she was like a flower. Is it because Rodney is uncomfortable living off of Elinor's newly acquired wealth?
Or is it because he glimpsed a golden goddess in the woods, a gardener's girl?
And as cliched as this sounds and is, Christie once again pulls off her magic. This is one of my favorites of the Christie oeuvre, for the characters and relationships and descriptions. It has the feel of a fairy tale and is one of the more magical Christie books. I love all her Poirot but in truth Poirot's role in this is surprisingly marginal-critical of course in the unveiling of the full truth of what happened at a lethal luncheon but minor from the perspectives of relationships and point of view.
I strongly recommend this mystery for Christie lovers and grown-ups who love fairy tales cum mysteries. Mar 05, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: She didn't reveal much of what she thought and felt about things.
He liked that about her. He hated people who reeled off their thoughts and feelings to you, who took it for granted that you wanted to know all their mechanism. Reserve was always more interesting. But then there are so many of them, you can see books that are less crafted than others, you get caught up in patterns and rhythms and occasionally predictable moments.
This book has them, the Poirot arrogant claim of brilliance, the occasional anti-semitic remark, the poison pen letter, but also the delights, the surprise twists.
Well, for one, it opens with the trial of Elinor Carlisle for the murder of Mary Gerrad, who was "like a flower.
That original approach for her, for sure! I hadn't even heard of this one before, but it is one of the best! Not a lot of quotable lines or crazy characters, but it is very good!
Rodney, betrothed to Elinor, has fallen in love with Mary! A broken engagement and flashes of understated, this Is Elinor, after all jealous rage. The cool exterior of Elinor, what lies beneath it? The evidence against Elinor is damning! But all is not what it seems!
Of course. Enter Poirot! Jul 15, Kaya Dimitrova rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 01, Laurel Young rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I love Sad Cypress and consider it very underrated; one never really hears it mentioned as one of Christie's classics, but it is! It's probably her most successful attempt to combine mystery and romance; she tends either to tack on a not-very-convincing happy ending for the non-murderous characters by matching them up the absurd instant-marriage at the end of Third Girl comes to mind , or now and then she awkwardly harnesses a murder with what should probably have been a Mary Westmacott romance I love Sad Cypress and consider it very underrated; one never really hears it mentioned as one of Christie's classics, but it is!
It's probably her most successful attempt to combine mystery and romance; she tends either to tack on a not-very-convincing happy ending for the non-murderous characters by matching them up the absurd instant-marriage at the end of Third Girl comes to mind , or now and then she awkwardly harnesses a murder with what should probably have been a Mary Westmacott romance, as with The Hollow. But Sad Cypress works on both levels: This novel has always haunted me because it does have so much more depth than the "cozy" mystery is generally expected to have.
My heart went out to Elinor and the very true discussion of how even an innocent may contemplate murder when pushed beyond her limits. She stands out as one of Christie's most well-drawn characters. But then, too, the mystery is equally satisfying--Poirot has to prove Elinor innocent even though she seems to be literally the only possibly suspect. The twist s at the end work perfectly, introducing a solution that I never would have guessed but which, once explained, added up just fine.
And I LOVE when Christie shows off her considerable expertise about poisons--once doesn't have to know about apomorphine to deduce that a strong emetic must have been used by the murderer, but it is intellectually satisfying that she does give us something so precise instead of a vague, unscientific solution.
Sad Cypress is really first-rate, and the only flaw is that the murderer couldn't have known Elinor wouldn't drink the poisoned tea right along with Mary. That could have been addressed by mentioning that she doesn't like tea that would have been very un-English though!
Otherwise, all the loose ends tie up perfectly.
And the ending is happy without being unrealistically so--it ends on a hopeful note without bashing the reader over the head with Hallmark cheer. Highly recommended. Apr 03, Pranta Ghosh Dastider rated it really liked it. When you don't have what you must, should you feel unhappy? And can you be unhappy enough to kill? Perhaps not.