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Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)

de Agatha Christie

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Séries: Hercule Poirot (31)

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Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls - things like murder... Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress - shot through the heart from point blank range. The school is thrown into chaos when the 'cat' strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim...… (mais)
Adicionado recentemente porCharlesSchreiber, archfool, Smith.erin71, cheshire11, oregongirl1985, aviatrix17, GertDeBie
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    Hickory Dickory Dock de Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Just as Cat among the Pigeons is set at a girls' school, Hickory Dickory Dock is set at a hostel for students. Those who have enjoyed the atmosphere of carefree school days of Cat among the Pigeons, will also enjoy the ups and downs in the lives of the young (if slightly older) students living at the hostel in Hickory Dickory Dock.… (mais)
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In which a prim British girls’ school becomes the unlikely target for murder and espionage.

First, a digression: even the most devoted Christie acolyte cannot deny the Dame’s faded glory in the last years of her life. "Cat Among the Pigeons" is probably more respected by some, and – as I quite enjoyed both reading it, and watching the recent David Suchet adaptation, which contained a large and talented cast, and utilised the autumnal, rueful qualities that have lately characterised Suchet’s Poirot – I don’t want to seem cruel. But for me this mediocre, if solid. Christie was by now one of the world’s foremost experts on writing a crime story, and even a misguided attempt was bound to yield some fruit.

"Cat Among the Pigeons" is one of Poirot’s lesser novels, in my opinion. The story rests on so many contrivances – like "The Clocks", we can only believe in so many secret identities – and an annoying number of callbacks to Christie’s early days as a mediocre thriller writer, that it can’t possibly hope to match up to her skillful ‘true’ murder mysteries. There are some enchanting elements in play: Christie turns things on their head as usual, taking an Enid Blyton-style school and making it the centrepiece for murder; and, as with her later period Poirot novels, it’s nice to see the detective dealing with his age and his relationship to the modern world. (Also like several of the later Poirot novels, he arrives very late in the piece.)

At the end of the day, Poirot fans will find things to enjoy in "Cat Among the Pigeons", and her writing style is delightfully informal. Surprisingly, for a novel that sticks in the memory for its general atmosphere, I just don’t believe it has much merit.

Poirot ranking: 35th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
International intrigue in the most unlikely place, a well-respected girl's boarding school in England. A coup has taken place in a Middle Eastern country and the former ruler, a democratic minded prince educated in England, dies trying to escape. Before leaving he entrusts the disposal of an insurance policy, a stash of fine jeweles, to a friend. Said friend hides them in the luggage of his sister, who happend to be visiting at the time. Now,the jeweles cannot be found and, somehow, forces that want them converge upon Meadowbank school, killing three teachers in the process. I liked that Pariot comes into the story very late and that the key to it all rests on the resourcefulness on a smart young woman. An enjoyable read. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's a complicated read, in that there is definitely an element of Orientalism (and also prejudice against gingers) in the plot, which is problematic - but at the same time, the book itself problematizes the Orientalism of its characters. The it's a both-and situation - the book is still problematic, but interesting for its both/and approach.

The characters themselves are complicated and interesting, and the mystery is satisfying in that there were bits of it I could figure out, but also things that stumped me. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Wow. This story took several hundred pages to even get going. I figured out a ton of things before anyone else did.

We once again get Poirot in this novel at around the 80 percent mark. I have seen it before, and will say it again. The Poirot books are boring when we focus too much on other people.

I wish that we had Poirot involved from the beginning so at least he didn't come in as a side character. The main character in this book from beginning to end was Julia Upjohn. Since this book was published in 1959, once again we get some comments about changing times. And you can read at times at how old/odd Poirot is to other people. I often read that Agatha Christie disliked Poirot as a character as she got older. I can definitely see that in her later works.

The overall plot really didn't work for me at all. Reading about a mythical Middle Eastern country that is overrun with fanaticism was initially interesting. But to have the whole thing descend into a big conversation on how women get distracted and/or crazy when around jewels I thought was just a bit much. It also didn't help that we had huge plot holes that just baffled me made their way into the final cut. Christie for the most part in my opinion, is much better than this.

The pacing was off a lot. Initially things were quite smooth, after the book moved to England things just slowed down to a ridiculous proportion.

The setting of a girls school I thought was an interesting choice, I just wish that we had actually gotten to know more of the instructors/students by more than a throwaway line here and there. It lead to just a lot of confusion with such a huge cast of characters. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Cat Among The Pigeons (1959) (Poirot #34) by Agatha Christie. This novel is primarily set at a prominent girls boarding school in the green fields of England. But there is a prolog of sorts set in a fictional kingdom somewhere in the British influenced ares of the Middle East. Knowing his reign is up due to a bloody uprising, Prince Ali gives a fortune in gems to his trusted British pilot to smuggle out of the country. The friend does just that, but in the luggage of his niece who, in a few short months, with be attending Meadowbank School, where the real story is set.
There is a well loved founder and headmistress, several senior staff members, a few old hand teachers and a several new additions to the faculty and groundskeepers. That makes a full compliment of suspects when the deaths start to occur. And it soon happens that the new gym instructor, Miss Springer, is shot dead one night in the Sports Pavilion. The police descend on the school grounds. The new gardner reveals that he works of British Intelligence. He is on the track of the missing gems and also assigned to keep an eye on the Prince’s cousin, Princess Shaista. She is a teenager who is attending Meadowbank. The princess is kidnapped, tennis rackets are swapped and Miss Vansittart, one of the long term teachers, is murdered.
Parents rapidly descend upon the school just as Hercule Poirot begins to solve the various mysteries occurring on the grounds. He manages to solve the riddle of the kidnapped princess handily, and eventually explains the murders. There are some dark secrets here, a missing fortune and the work of more than one… , well I don’t want to spoil this for you.
Although Poirot doesn’t arrive onstage until the last third of the book, the story plays out well without him. Of course, things like this only happen in the Golden Age of the Mystery, but so what. The story is a real gripper. ( )
  TomDonaghey | May 26, 2020 |
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