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Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Agatha Christie

Witness Impulse (HarperCollins)
November 12, 2013 / ASIN: B00G98B1QO (Kindle Edition)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Agatha Christie donated this novella in 1954 hoping her local church could sell it and raise funds to purchase stained glass windows. Unfortunately, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly was a novella, too short to be published as a novel and too long to be used as a magazine story. Christie wrote a short story featuring Miss Marple that the church could sell, and turned this novella into a full-length novel, Dead Man’s Folly. This is the original version, written almost 60 years ago by the queen of mysteries.

Hercule Poirot is called by an old friend, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, a detective novelist, who asks for his help in overseeing a ”Murder Hunt” fete at Greenshore House in Lapton. Her invitation, lack of detail and fear of being overheard intrigues Poirot. When he arrives and Mrs. Oliver tells him something is not quite right but she can’t explain why she feels that way, Poirot is determined to discover what’s amiss. When a 14 year-old girl is murdered and an attendee suddenly disappears, Poirot uses his unique talents to ferret out the real mystery: who killed the girl, and why?

I think this is one of Christie’s better stories, a mystery that weaves together characters, intrigue and death in a plot that involves the reader as Poirot investigates the crime. Several differences exist from this original novella to the published Dead Man’s Folly and, while I’ve read both, this original Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly was a pleasant and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed the many twists and nuances, and especially the surprise ending.

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The Affair of the Pink Pearl & Finessing the King [audio]
Philomel Cottage and other Stories [audio]
Black Coffee (w/Charles Osborne)
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Murder on the Orient Express 1 (Murder in the Calais Coach)
Murder on the Orient Express 2 (Movie Tie-In) [book]
Murder on the Orient Express 3 (Movie Tie-In) [audio]

And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians)
While the Light Lasts
After the Funeral
The Monogram Murders (w/Sophie Hannah)
Agatha Christie; An Autobiography
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making

Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2014