The Perfect Murder?

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1TheCount
sep 16, 2007, 12:26am

What is the perfect murder? Is it one of Christie's? Is it the icicle theory?- the evidence melts!
Just wondering!

2Bookmarque
sep 16, 2007, 2:18am

An Utterly Perfect Murder was a Bradbury story, strangely enough.

3MysteryWatcher
sep 19, 2007, 8:05am

I've been ruminating on it - but haven't come up with a contender. If it's a perfect murder, then they're not going to get caught, even by master sleuths. So what's the criteria: airtight alibi, no evidence (icicle theory lol), multitude of other suspects, no body?

I was also thinking that there have been perfect murders in fact if not in fiction. Murders which have gone unsolved like the Jack the Ripper crimes. In fiction the author has a responsibility to lay enough clues that the reader doesn't feel cheated, but there's no such obligation in reality (if only!)

If I had to pick one Christie novel which I would say was the most cleverly constructed crime, I would probably say The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Maybe. Count, what's your pick?

4readafew
sep 19, 2007, 1:53pm

What about "And then there were none", the only reason it was solved was because of a confession put into a bottle and thrown into the sea?

5TheCount
sep 22, 2007, 4:03pm

I am not really sure what my pick would be- many of the Christie crimes seem to be completely unsolvable, but Poirot or Miss Marple always come through. I would have to say Murder on the Orient Express is my candidate.
But I think the ultimate crime would be conceived by Poirot himself!

6MysteryWatcher
sep 23, 2007, 12:32pm

LOL. Did you see the Suchet episode called The Veiled Lady where Poirot talks about how successful he would be as a master criminal, and then he tries a spot of break and enter and gets arrested? I love how amused Japp was by the whole thing.

7TheCount
sep 23, 2007, 3:25pm

Yes! I love when Poirot laments his choice of career and expresses his wish to be a successful criminal!
I recently finished a huge collection of Agatha Christie's short stories about Poirot. I finished the whole rather fast, and thought about how many people seem to skip this literary achievement of hers. People go for her novels or the movies and forget about the wonderful short stories, that many of the movies are made about.
I especially like the Tasks of Hercule. They are very amusing and well written.
What is your opinion of her short stories?

8MysteryWatcher
sep 24, 2007, 2:13pm

Actually because I've been a bit short on time lately I have been looking at her short stories. I just finished an AC crime collection republished by the Hamlyn Publishing Group in 1970 which includes Cat Among the Pigeons, The Labours of Hercules and Hickory Dickory Dock. I thought "The Labours" was interesting, I particularly liked The Arcadian Deer. I agree with you that they're an unhailed section of her work, which is surprising because they are very clever. Yet I'm still stuck on the longer ones: they're so twisty!

9TheCount
sep 24, 2007, 8:51pm

I know... I am still in love with the novels!

10WAMBACHH
nov 25, 2007, 5:09pm

Well hello Dear Count, how do you do? You should come talk about the bible with us. I ate great apple pie over Thanksgiving, you by chance? I also visited a great toy shop downtown. Well I must go yonder and discover the east, catch ya on the flip side home town skillet!