|Plot Summary of The A.B.C. Murders|
Hercule Poirot, the renowed Belgian detective, and his friend/sidekick Hastings, receive a letter informing them of a murder on a certain day in a certain town. They don't really think very much of it, but then the murder actually happens. Strangely, the murder was commited in a town called Andover, on a woman named Alice Ascher, and an A.B.C. railroad guide is left behind. Then there is another murder on a woman named Betty Barnard, and the A.B.C. guide is left behind again. After the C murder, two people working a a boarding house believe that they have caught the murderer- a man named Alfred Bernard Cust, who turns himself into the police, believing that he commited the murders while in an epileptic state. Hercule Poirot interviews him, but has another idea. He believes it to be someone else.
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|Chapter Analysis of The A.B.C. Murders|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Killer purposely leaves clues
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for $$$/treasure
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- Super genius
- Cynical or arrogant
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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