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Agatha Christie

The ABC
Murders

Austėja Rimkevičiūtė IIIc
2011
Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium
Klaipėda

Agatha Christie
( 1890 – 1976 )

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on15 September in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England. She was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections (especially those featuring Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple), and her successful West End plays. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the most widely published books. Her books have been translated into at least 103 languages.

The novel was adapted in 1992 for the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot with David Suchet playing the role of Hercule Poirot. The adaptation remains faithful to the novel, with some minor changes and characters omitted. In the end the murderer tries to escape while in the novel, he tries to commit suicide.

Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her Winterbrook House in the north of Cholsey parish, adjoining Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

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The ABC Murders

The A.B.C. Murders is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK. This book is about unusual murders, which Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp have to detect. They got mysterious letters from killer, who wrote address where the murder will take place and also he left the book “The A.B.C. -railway guide” A was for Ascher. B was for Barnard. Hercule Poirot was forewarned. But it didn’t seem to matter. The letters of warning were signed “A.B.C.” And Poirot’s homicidal pen pal seemed well on his way to completing the alphabet with 24 more murders.

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Cast of Characters

Hercule Poirot – As befitted a detective in retirement, he investigated only the cream of crime.

Captain Hastings – Poirot’s earnest mascot and would–be mentor. He had a talent for pointing out the obvious.

Alexander Bonaparte Cust – A tall, wan man with a lost-dog look. So unprepossessing as to be almost invisible.

Chief Inspector Japp – Of Scotland Yard. He was inclined to minimize the importance of the first A.B.C letter.

Mrs. Ascher – She was too old – and too poor – to be a likely candidate for murder.

Mary Drower – Mrs. Ascher’s niece. A pretty, dark-haired girl, with a pleasant bucolic simplicity.

Elizabeth Barnard – A waitress at the Ginger Cat. A flirt, but not the week-ending kind.

Inspector Crome – The official in charge of the case, he had an insular air of superiority that rubbed Hastings the wrong way.

Donald Fraser – A bottled-up young man. Quiet, sensitive, but capable of jealous fury.

Megan Barnard – Her fondness for her sister didn’t blind her from seeing the kind of fool she was.

Sir Carmichael Clarke – The eminent collector of Chinese art. He had an unfortunate habit of taking solitary walks.

Franklin Clarke – Not even the violence of murder could disturb his resolute competence.

Thora Grey – A decorative blonde–by way of Sweden. As Sir Carmichael’s secretary, she shared his love of the rare and beautiful.

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Summary of the story

Hastings returns to Britain after a long absence to find Poirot anxious for a new case which will challenge his gray cells. Poirot quickly gets his wish in the form of taunting letters from a serial killer who has dubbed himself ABC and who leaves an ABC railroad schedule at the scene of each crime. The victims as well as the crime scenes appear to be chosen randomly, but maintain an obsessive adherence to alphabetical order. The killer marks the first name on the list. Some days later, Poirot receives a...
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