Ordeal by Innocence

  • Title: Ordeal by Innocence
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780062073525
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ordeal by Innocence Best Read || [Agatha Christie] - Ordeal by Innocence, Ordeal by Innocence Recovering from amnesia Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mothe
    Ordeal by Innocence Best Read || [Agatha Christie] - Ordeal by Innocence, Ordeal by Innocence Recovering from amnesia Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mothe

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    About Agatha Christie


    1. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande


    486 Comments


    1. You really have to admire 1950s for their marvelous plot devices Amnesiacs, mistaken identities, and in this mystery by Agatha Christie, a man with a concussion fails to provide an alibi, and shortly after recovering, heads off to Antarctica for a research expedition Barring that somewhat awkward premise, Ordeal was an interesting psychological mystery that kept me engaged Dr Calgary, the Antarctic research scientist, discovers through old newspaper articles that he was the missing alibi for Jac [...]

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    2. That was the trouble with people who had no legal sense of discretion They insisted on saying things which were much better not said Every time Christie makes her stories revolve around a big and extraordinarily dysfunctional family, I invariably find myself utterly spellbound The same happened with Appointment With Death but the mystery in the latter was certainly satisfying, as I see it I would have liked and expected a imaginative solution, I think.In brief, not one of Christie s best, but, [...]

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    3. All right It s your say so and you re sticking to it Jacko didn t kill her Very well then who did kill her You haven t thought about that one, have you Think about it now Think about it and then you ll begin to see what you re doing to us all I ve been reading away on my Agatha Christie project for a while, and although the books tend to, with exceptions, follow a formula, there are other issues or themes that Christie discusses in the different books This could be anything from discussing moral [...]

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    4. Choose Your Own Adventure Did you kill the Argyle matriarch Tis true, she was an awful sort A control freak dramatically highly strung and passionately venomous, her grasping hands ever eager to twist and to bind, to bind you and others to her She is played by Faye Dunaway in tiny flashback sequences and that is certainly apropos casting Mama Argyle was ever so unfair to you She never let you do what you wanted, it was always her, Her, HER She deserved to die, damn it The world is a better place [...]

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    5. This is one of those standalone mysteries written by Dame Agatha which features none of her favourite sleuths and it s fantastic and insanely readable Jacko Argyll, the black sheep of the Argyll family who has been convicted for the murder of his mother, dies in prison after protesting his innocence for two years an alibi involving a hitched ride which he could not prove in court However, it turns out that for once, Jacko had been telling the truth Dr Arthur Calgary who had given him a lift and [...]

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    6. Ick Not one of Christie s best Not even close It s the standard detective story set up a murder, a finite set of would be murderers, no one has a motive everyone has equal motive The twist here is that a man has been convicted, and has died in prison before his alibi turns up As far as mysteries go, it s a fairly decent book But several other things bugged me 1 Arthur Calgary, the hero This is the alibi, the scientist who turns up two years too late to provide evidence that the convicted murdere [...]

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    7. This is my first three stars rating for an Agatha Christie book and I can t believe it I liked this one, but it was kinda disappointing, the events were a bit dull, I could figure out half of what happened pretty easily, but the second half in the end was great.

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    8. It s not the guilty who matter It s the innocent 4.5 out of 5 starsI m beginning to think that I prefer Christie s standalone titles over her famous Poirot novels While I ve mildly enjoyed those, I adored And Then There Were None And the completion of this novel confirms my suspicions, because this book was fantastic.Dr Arthur Calgery, having just come back from a years long expedition to Antarctica, finds himself in a dire situation Before he left, he offered a lift to a hitchhiker from the si [...]

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    9. In many Agatha Christie stories there is a crime a large number of suspects Here she shakes things up a little by having the murderer already sentenced in prison He then dies of pneumonia if that wasn t enough someone comes along to prove he was actually innocent.Unfortunately far too much of the novel is taken up with characters discussing who the real murderer might be this soon becomes so repetitive that I no longer cared who committed the crime.I think the story would work better as a play, [...]

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    10. Agatha Christie claimed that, of all her many novels, Ordeal by Innocence and Crooked House pleased her best Crooked House is one of my absolute favorites, but I had rather forgotten how very good Ordeal by Innocence is The premise is gripping an innocent man convicted wrongly of murdering his adopted mother has died in prison, but new evidence shows that he had an alibi This means that the murderer is still at large, but it must be a member of his family The closed setting of the family circle [...]

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    12. I am not sure how to rate this On one hand, it had all the elements I love in a murder mystery murder within the family, a large number of suspects, family drama, and some humour But Ordeal by Innocence also bashes you on the head with Christie s private views about adoption and heredity, which are basically utter nonsense Every chapter contained a polemic, expressed by different people, against adoption and how a mother can never be a mother unless she gives birth It s annoying to read, especia [...]

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    13. So many interesting characters in this book, but my personal favourites are Hester Philip Philip s death broke my heart, but at least we got a happy ending, i find Dr Arthur Calgary actually perfect for Hester Definitely one of my favourite books, i would enjoy it even , only if i didn t spoiled it to myself by watching a movie adaptation

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    14. I ve seen several film adaptations of this book in both French and English, so it was time to read it Often in the films the part of the detective is handed off to Marple or Poirot or in the case of French versions, a police inspector such as Larosiere In reality, the catalyst to the story, Dr Calgary, is an archaeologist and while the police do most of the interviewing and fact finding, he s always there in the background, holding the case together in one way or the other.An odd story The murde [...]

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    15. Classism time in classism town More precisely, adoption is unnatural, adoptive children and parents never truly and properly bond the way biological children and parents do, and all good women desperately long to have their own babies time in ibid town Also a lovely running theme about how the one daughter who s half black and half white, to whom everyone refers as half caste, is all inscrutable and cat like as has no sense of time because she s half black With Aggie, it s all nature, I guess, e [...]

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    16. Really enjoyed this one A stand alone no Poirot or Marple.

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    17. This is the book that once again affirms, Agatha Christie is the queen of crime fiction, because oh my gosh it s so good.I m not a fan of crime fiction in general, but a leaving housemate gave me the books she couldn t bring back home thanks once again, Madhu and there were lots of Agatha Christies in there My first read was the Big Four, and I was less than impressed But this one puts Christie right back up there in my list of favourite authors.It s a crime novel, but not quite in the way you e [...]

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    18. A perfectly good Agatha Christie mystery with the usual situation The murderer had to be someone within a small group who all suspect each other However the 1950s pop psychology nature vs nurture aspect of the plot irritated me Why do I like Ms Christie s 1930s classism but find her 1950s classism distasteful Perhaps the 1930s seem a bit like fairy tale times while I remember 1958 I must give her credit for the way she tied up loose ends with several new romances it is nice to get some bonus sur [...]

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    19. A stand alone mystery, as described in the GR blurb below, in which the unravelling is all chat and no action An interesting premise, and quite enjoyable But Christie s psychological views about family relationships propounded through Calgary and one of the family are complete rubbish Ho hum Recovering from amnesia, Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mother, and [...]

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    20. This was my first Agatha Christie book I have to say, I was impressed I can t compare to her other works, but this book was interesting and easy to digest, with a variety of interesting perspectives The writing was simple, with just the right amount of twists and reveals to keep you a little unsure of yourself The conclusion came very suddenly, like most simple writing I d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys pondering how people think or looking for a quick, enjoyable read.

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    21. I listened to the full cast production of the book and it was delightful All the actors put in an amazing performance and it was delightful Highly recommend this edition as well as reading the book.

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    22. A Son is convicted of murder of his own mother He swears of having an alibi, but the person in question is not found.The Son dies in prison.After two years the person in question returns to say that the alibi stands and the son is proved innocent.The Question then is , Who is the murderer As you turn the pages, all the cogs in your brain starts turning If you liked And Then There Were None , this one is going to keep your mind very busy.

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    23. Who killed the oppressively maternal, relentlessly do gooding, money and life controlling matriarch of the Argyle clan Who struck her on the head with a poker between 6 55 and 7 30 pm It had to have been Jacko, the miscreant child, the bad seed He s convicted of the crime and dies in prison But when, two years later, a man returns from a South Pole expedition with unassailable proof of Jacko s original alibi, the investigation reopens and the family s tranquility is shattered One of them must ve [...]

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    24. tinyurl 3qvu3sxThis is what happens when you set your Kindle to wireless on and you go on a road trip Sigh If your Kindle has a leaky wireless connection, you will run out of battery by the time you get to your destination If you are stupid enough not to bring your plug with you just in case or even a real paper book, for heaven s sake, you are hosed The cottage had many mothbally, ancient choices I have read so many Christie novels in the past that their plots all run together in my head, and i [...]

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