|Plot Summary of The Murder on the Links|
|"This mystery begins when the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is called to France by an urgent letter from Monsieur Renauld. Poirot decides to go not because the letter was written in urgency but because Poirot determines it was not. When Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings reach Renauld's home it is too late. Just that morning M. Renauld has been found stabbed in the back in a half dug grave on a golf course in his backyard. His wife was found bound and gagged in the bedroom and tells of two Chileans looking for “the secret.” Was M. Renauld the victim of these two men? Or, is the murderer closer to home?
Poirot stays in France to investigate. Poirot's methods of investigation involve the study of psychology and method. He uses his brain to sort through the clues and solve the crime. His methods are pitted against those of the famous French investigator M. Giraud who digs in the dirt for clues like a hound dog. The two detectives make a wager to see who can catch the criminal first.
Captain Arthur Hastings, Poirot's long time associate and friend, has met a very unusual young woman on the train at the start of the story. Later, Hastings finds her on the victim's estate. What does she have to do with the crime? Will she bring an end to the two men's long standing relationship? "
Michelle M. Powers, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Murder on the Links|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Genius (really!)
- average physique
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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