Playing Detective - Part 2

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Playing Detective - Part 2

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aug 24, 2009, 7:34am

Continuing from

The rules are easy - a line or passage is given from one of Agatha Christie's stories. After somebody correctly identifies which story it is from, they post the next quotation.

Here is the next line:
"He bowed.
He shook hands ceremoniously.
There was something in his eye that was unusual. One would have said that this chance encounter awakened in him an emotion that he seldom had occasion to feel."

Redigeret: aug 26, 2009, 8:52pm

Noone is around or simply noone has an idea where the sentences are from?

aug 26, 2009, 12:08am

It isn't ringing a bell for me, but I've only read about half of A.C.'S books. Don't worry, someone will get it.

aug 27, 2009, 9:39am

I'll give it a few days and post a better clue but for now - it's one of the novels.

sep 1, 2009, 10:06am

A clue: one of the Hercule Poirot novels

sep 1, 2009, 4:51pm

It's not ringing any bells with me, but I'll make a wild guess so Annie doesn't feel ignored. :)

Cat Among the Pigeons ????

sep 1, 2009, 5:24pm

Annie felt very ignored :(
But nope -- it's not this one...

OK... another clue - the number of the detectives is the same as the number of the suspects and is the same as the number of something else which is kinda important in the novel (or at least its name).

sep 1, 2009, 5:34pm

Redigeret: sep 1, 2009, 5:48pm

Nope... No number in the title - not directly anyway - one of the things in the title has the same number of options as is the number of the other 2 (the number of detectives and the number of suspects) (and option is not the correct word here but I do not know how to say it otherwise). :)

sep 1, 2009, 6:17pm

Ha, I had my suspicions, Cards on the Table? with the Mephistopheles? ;)

sep 1, 2009, 6:20pm

Yep :)
4 detectives, 4 suspects, 4 colors in the cards :) Your turn.

sep 1, 2009, 6:59pm

I have to try to remember to place a clue this evening when I get home.

sep 1, 2009, 2:19am

Ha! I remembered on the same day!


"Quite so. Why? I admire you economy of speech. This is a private committee--a committee of inquiry. An inquiry of worldwide significance."

sep 3, 2009, 5:29pm

is it still early or should I give another hint?

sep 3, 2009, 5:35pm

I cannot place it at all even though it sounds really familiar... I keep thinking Evil Under the Sun for some reason but I am almost sure that is not it... So I would like a clue if possible.

sep 3, 2009, 5:42pm

a little hint,
It came from what I consider to be her worst novel.

sep 3, 2009, 5:52pm

A wild guess: The Big Four? Because of the worldwide significance...

sep 3, 2009, 5:54pm

nope, none of the 'detectives' are in it. Also it was much worse than the Big Four. but good guess though.

sep 3, 2009, 5:58pm

No detective, worldwide... Passenger to Frankfurt?

sep 3, 2009, 6:00pm

yep, don't know what she was thinking when she wrote that one.

sep 3, 2009, 6:07pm

:) Well - it's goofy and all but it has its charm... mainly showing how not to write this type of book :)

Next one:

"How are you, old boy?"
He smiled patiently at me. "I exist, my friend, I still exist."
"Not in pain?"
"No - just tired - " he sighed - "very tired."

sep 3, 2009, 11:32pm

sep 4, 2009, 8:48am

Yes. your turn.

sep 4, 2009, 2:57pm

"I ought to have been killed," she said with complacency. "I told you it was about time for the second murder. The cistern was a rotten place to hide those letters. I guessed at once when I saw ----- coming out of there one day. I mean he's not a useful kind of man who does things with ball taps or pipes or fuses, so I knew he must have been hiding something."

sep 4, 2009, 4:00pm

Redigeret: sep 4, 2009, 4:11pm

I knew it was too easy :)

sep 4, 2009, 4:18pm

Ack! now I need to wait until I'm home again to post another.

sep 7, 2009, 8:20am

ping :)

sep 8, 2009, 12:50pm

Sorry, I thought about it twice this long weekend and got distracted both times before I could look up a quote. I will try again tonight.

sep 11, 2009, 3:05am

So Annie, do you think readafew is going to have another wild weekend? ;)

sep 12, 2009, 6:27pm

I really should be more careful when I answer to that the rest of you don't have to keep waiting on me.

"This is nothing to do with cats," said ________, raising his voice. "I came to talk to you about the unfortunate affair which happened next door. You have probably heard about it."
"Next door? You mean Mr. Joshua's dog?"
"No," said ________, I do not. I mean at Number Nineteen, where a man was found murdered yesterday."

sep 14, 2009, 4:08am

Am I allowed to jump in? I just found this thread, and am fairly certain that readafew's quote is from The Clocks.

sep 14, 2009, 12:50pm

32 > Correct, your turn.

sep 15, 2009, 5:02am

Cool, I'll get back to you tomorrow. =)

sep 17, 2009, 4:14am

Sorry about the delay:

"That prim Englishwoman! Do you think that I will support that for one moment? Ah, no." Her beautiful lithe body quivered. "Listen, _____, do you remember that conversation we had in London? You said the only thing that could save you was the death of your wife. You regretted that she was so healthy. Then the idea of an accident came into your brain. And more than an accident."

sep 17, 2009, 11:35pm

You got it! :) Over to you.

sep 18, 2009, 8:42pm

Next one:

"Poor devils," he said as he sank down in a worn easy-chair. "So scared and so stupid - no sense. Had a painful case this evening. Woman who ought to have come to me a year ago. If she'd come then, she might have been operated on successfully. Now it's too late. Makes me mad. The truth is people are an extraordinary mixture of heroism and cowardice. She's been suffering agony, and borne it without a word, just because she was too scared to come and find out that what she feared might be true. At the other end of the scale are the people who come and waste my time because they've got a dangerous swelling causing them agony on their little finger which they think may be cancer and which turns out to be a common or garden chilblain! Well, don't mind me. I've blown off steam now. What did you want to see me about?"

sep 18, 2009, 9:23pm

Arrgh! I KNOW this, but I can't pull the title out of my rapidly shrinking brain.

sep 19, 2009, 10:11am

I know it too! but will have to mull over the title.
Mind you, this quote reminds me of a Ngaio Marsh book too....

sep 19, 2009, 8:04pm

sep 20, 2009, 12:35pm

It's one of those paragraphs that kinda screams Christie - and I decided not to post only part of it :)


Yes - 4.50 from Paddington it is. :) Your turn

sep 20, 2009, 2:08pm

I hope this suits. ;-)

"Here's our stain," said __________, indicating the mark with his foot. "Right up against the skirting board at the opposite side of the room to the writing table. Under what circumstances would a man drop a pen just there?"

"You can drop a pen anywhere," said ___________.

"You can hurl it across a room, of course," agreed _______. "But one doesn't usually treat one's pen like that. I don't know, though. Fountain pens are damned annoying things...."

sep 21, 2009, 6:51pm

Should I post a clue? or give it a while longer?

sep 22, 2009, 3:30pm

Sometimes it takes a couple of days for someone to figure it out. I thought I knew the answer, but now I'm stumped. ;)

sep 22, 2009, 6:13pm

I remember the bit about the pen, but I can't seem place it in context.

sep 23, 2009, 7:39am

*offtopic* Moving your library is not fun */offtopic*

Three Act Tragedy ?

sep 23, 2009, 7:47pm

Yes, that's it!

Sir Charles Cartwright is acting the part of a great detective as Mr. Satterwaite observes.

Your turn.

sep 24, 2009, 8:41am

OK, something weirder:

"There was the lady who gave such wonderful prices for castoff clothing. "Ladies' wardrobes inspected at their own dwellings." There were the gentlemen who bought anything - but principally teeth. There were ladies of title going abroad who would dispose of their furs at a ridiculous figure. There was the distressed clergyman and the hardworking widow, and the disabled officer, all needing sums varying from fifty pounds to two thousand."

sep 26, 2009, 9:24am

Someone? A small clue: this is a short story.

sep 27, 2009, 8:17pm

I am pretty sure this is from The Golden Ball and Other Stories. "Jane in Search of a Job," perhaps?

sep 27, 2009, 8:59pm

Spot on, ninjapenguin. Your turn. :)

sep 27, 2009, 9:11pm

Spot on, ninjapenguin. Your turn. :)

Redigeret: sep 28, 2009, 9:23pm

Hope y'all don't mind a long one:

"Well, out with it. What's the interesting point? I suppose, like 'the incident of the dog in the nighttime' the point is that there is no interesting point?"

____ disregarded this sally on my part. He said quietly and calmly: "The interesting point is the date."

"The date?"

I picked up the letter. On the top left-hand corner was written April 17th. "Yes," I said slowly. "That is odd. April 17th."

Redigeret: sep 28, 2009, 12:34am

Is this Poirot Loses A Client ? It's the story where an old lady dies and her maid finds a letter months later and mails it to Poirot.

(Corrected so that it's a letter, not Poirot, that the maid mails.) ;-)

sep 30, 2009, 8:46am

Ding ding ding! Also known as Dumb Witness. Your turn.

sep 30, 2009, 9:05pm

"I like a good detective story," he said. "But, you know, they begin in the wrong place! They begin with the murder. But the murder is the end. The story begins long before that - years before sometimes - with all the causes and events that bring certain people to a certain place at a certain time on a certain day..."

sep 30, 2009, 9:11pm

sep 30, 2009, 9:31pm

Such a speedy answer - it took me longer than that to type it. ;-)

Correct! It's Mr. Treves in the prologue of Towards Zero.

sep 30, 2009, 9:40pm

:) Had read it at least 10 times (the first few pages I mean - every time when I reorder it). Next one:

"I slept badly that night.

I think that even then, there were pieces of the puzzle floating about in my mind. I believe that if I had given my mind to it, I would have solved the whole thing then and there. Otherwise why did those fragments tag along so persistently?

How much do we know at any time? Much more, or so I believe, than we know we know! But we cannot break through to that subterranean knowledge. It's there, but we cannot reach it."

okt 4, 2009, 11:52am

I'm just posting a wild guess to hopefully kickstart other people into replying. The Pale Horse?

okt 5, 2009, 7:36am

Nope. A clue: it is with one of the two main detectives.

Redigeret: okt 5, 2009, 4:52pm

It is from The Moving Finger. Jerry said it.

okt 5, 2009, 5:20pm

Yep. Your turn.

okt 6, 2009, 12:21pm

"He felt faintly irritated with himself as he spoke. The reasons he advanced, though genuine enough, had the sound of excuses. He wondered if they sounded that way to the girl who sat opposite him. And why was she suddenly so keen to go to America?"

okt 7, 2009, 1:49pm

Sounds like The Case of the Missing Will.

okt 7, 2009, 1:55pm

No, sorry. Not from The Case of the Missing Will.

okt 7, 2009, 1:59pm

Taken at the Flood I think. Rosaleen and David at the breakfast table if I am not wrong. Or I am totally mixing up two different stories which won't be unheard of. :)

okt 7, 2009, 2:57pm

Yes, you are right. Your turn.

okt 7, 2009, 3:24pm

"Down the steep track into the village a car was coming. A car so fantastically powerful, so superlatively beautiful that it had all the nature of an apparition. At the wheel sat a young man, his hair blown back by the wind. In the blaze of the evening light he looked, not a man, but a young God, a Hero God out of some Northern Saga."

okt 7, 2009, 4:21pm

Yep - thought that it might be easy :)but had only this book around here. All yours

okt 7, 2009, 1:55am

"If you know a thing," he said, "it is always a great temptation to show that you know it; to talk about it, in other words. It is not that you want to give information, it is not that you have been offered payment to give information. It is that you want to show how important you are. Yes. it's just as simple as that. In fact, everything in this world is so very, very simple. That's what people don't understand."

Redigeret: okt 8, 2009, 8:47am

Passenger to Frankfurt ?

(Fixing the touchstone)

okt 8, 2009, 1:29pm

Well done! Over to you.

okt 8, 2009, 1:47pm

"'Well, try to see things my way. There I am, looking over the corpse of a stranger. There's something looking out of his pocket. I take a look. By an amazing coincidence it is the picture of a woman I know, a married woman, a woman who doesn't seem very happy in her marriage. What's going to happen? An inquest, publicity, maybe the name of the poor woman in all the papers. In an impulse I took the picture and tore it up."

okt 8, 2009, 5:07pm

yes. all yours

okt 8, 2009, 8:49pm

"And how would you dispose of your enemies,____?" asked _____.
"I should be very kind," said ______ in a gently contemplative tone. "It would be more difficult, but I'd rather have it that way because I don't like hurting things. I'd use a sort of drug that gives people euthanasia. They would go to sleep and have beautiful dreams and they just wouldn't wake up."

Redigeret: okt 9, 2009, 7:03am

The passage is from Hallowe'en Party. It is a coversation between Poirot and Miranda.

okt 9, 2009, 4:55pm

Yes! Your turn.

okt 9, 2009, 5:52pm

"He spoke rather impatiently. He was essentially a man of action. At this very moment I felt sure that he was fretting to be out and doing things- directing the search for ____'s body, or alternatively sending out parties for his capture and arrest."

okt 12, 2009, 7:43pm

Helllloooo!!! Anyone out there? Do I need to post a clue or what?

okt 12, 2009, 8:19pm

Murder in Mesopotamia? Talking about Captain Maitland if I recognize it properly.

PS: On a business trip with crappy internet so if I am right, it might take me a while to post the new one.

okt 12, 2009, 8:39pm

Yeah, it's Murder in Mesopotamia. Your turn.

okt 12, 2009, 9:01pm

That was fast so here is the next one:

"The newspapers were full of nothing else. All sorts of "clues" were reported to have been discovered. Arrests were announced to be imminent. There were photographs of every person or place remotely connected with the murder. There were interviews with any one who would give interviews. There were questions asked in Parliament."

okt 13, 2009, 7:53am

It is from The ABC Murders.

okt 13, 2009, 5:21pm

yep. back to you

okt 15, 2009, 7:49am

Sorry for taking so long to post the next quote. I was kind of swamped.

'Yes-the slump in pictures has hit them badly. And antique furniture too. All this modern continental stuff coming into fashion. They built new premises last year and -well- as I say, they're not far from Queer Street."

Redigeret: okt 15, 2009, 2:32pm

okt 15, 2009, 2:50pm

Yes. Your turn.

okt 18, 2009, 11:58am

"In the light of the powerful torch, several clearly defined footmarks could be seen. They seemed to be those of shoes with rubber studs in the soles. One particularly clear one pointed inwards, another, slightly overlapping it, pointed outwards."

okt 18, 2009, 12:45pm

okt 19, 2009, 4:33am

Yep. It's yours.

Redigeret: okt 19, 2009, 10:18am

"It was always the same way-people would keep things back! Usually quite unimportant things, but until they were cleared out of the way, impossible to pursue a straight path."

okt 19, 2009, 10:24am

Just a guess - is it The Hollow?

okt 19, 2009, 10:29am

No. It's not from The Hollow.

nov 5, 2009, 9:22am

I am reasonably sure it is from One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

nov 5, 2009, 12:33pm

Yes. It is from One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. Your turn.

Redigeret: nov 5, 2009, 1:03pm

Sorry, this was a double post.

nov 6, 2009, 8:03pm

(traveling so might be a bit slow to answer)

"We needn't take very many people - not at first. It's an easy house to run - it's got hot and cold water in the bedrooms and central heating and a gas cooker. And we can have hens and ducks and our own eggs, and vegetables."
"Who'd do all the work - isn't it very hard to get servants?"
"Oh, we'd have to do the work. But wherever we lived we'd have to do that. A few extra people wouldn't really mean much more to do. We'd probably get a woman to come in after a bit when we got properly started. If we had only five people, each paying seven guineas a week -"

nov 6, 2009, 8:10pm

The mouse trap?

nov 6, 2009, 8:13pm

That would be a yes and no - the right direction, the wrong work. :)

nov 6, 2009, 10:27pm

nov 8, 2009, 3:36am

Yep - the short story. Your turn

nov 8, 2009, 3:53am

"Arsenic in a cup pf tea-a box of poisoned chocolates-a knife-even a pistol-but strangulation-no! It is a man we have to look for."

nov 9, 2009, 2:55pm

It is from Evil Under the Sun. One of my favorite Poirot mysteries!

nov 9, 2009, 4:30pm

You're right! Your turn.

nov 9, 2009, 4:54pm

"On the morning after my arrival our host showed us all over the place. The house itself was unremarkable, a good solid house built of Devonshire granite. Built to withstand time and exposure. It was unromantic but very comfortable. From the windows of it one looked out over the panorama of the moor, vast rolling hills crowned with weather-beaten tors."

nov 10, 2009, 3:55am

The Idol House of Astarte from The Thirteen Problems/The Tuesday Club Murders collection I think.

nov 11, 2009, 5:29am

You beat me to it!

nov 11, 2009, 5:38am

You are right, AnnieMod. Your turn.

nov 11, 2009, 12:52am

"My dear, you can't be of any use down here. You're known - very well known by now. You've announced that you're going - what can you do? You can't stay on at Merroway. You can't come and stay at the Anglers' Arms. You'd set every tongue in the neighbourhood wagging. No, you must go. "

nov 12, 2009, 5:32am

Could it be 'Why didn't they ask Evans'? It was the first of her stories that I ever read.

By-the-way, are the quotes allowed to come from films, or the TV series?

nov 12, 2009, 6:45am

#114 Oh no please don't do that! I never watch any of the movies or TV shows. In fact I absolutely hate those TV shows! It would really ruin things for me. I mean you guys can do it if you want to but I would really, really appreciate it if you didn't!

nov 12, 2009, 10:35am

>114 PossibleUnderscore:
Yep, that's it.

Please - no films and tv series :( But you can ask for strange short stories.


The Poirot series (the one with David Suchet) is actually quite good. The Miss Marple ones are strange although I like some of the episodes.

nov 12, 2009, 11:15am

#116 Yes, some of the Suchet ones are pretty good and don't mess around with the stories too much, but I just want to destroy the Marple series!

nov 12, 2009, 8:54pm

Have you seen the older Miss Marple series starring Joan Hickson? I don't care for any of the other Marple series, but these were quite good, I think. Faithful to the book storylines - and they only adapted stories that really were Marples in print.

Sorry to hijack the topic! I await the next clue. ;-)

nov 13, 2009, 5:47am

No worries. Here's one from a book.

'" name's as good as another. A rose by any other name would small as sweet. Juliet said that, didn't she? Silly things sometimes Shakespeare made them say. Of course, he couldn't help it, he was a poet. Never cared much for Romeo and Juliet myself."'

nov 13, 2009, 6:28am

Postern of Fate...

nov 13, 2009, 7:26am

You were quick! Well done.

It's your go.

nov 13, 2009, 7:35am

How about

"Arsenic in the soup?" suggested ***** cheerfully. "Cosh them on the head--Push them down the staircase---?"

nov 13, 2009, 10:51am

By the pricking of my thumbs? Although I think that the arsenic was not in the soup but in the tea or something like this, but that's Tommy for sure :)

nov 13, 2009, 5:49pm

Indeed it is. Your turn.

nov 17, 2009, 12:03pm

Oops - forgot to post:

"She was a tall woman, and for a singer not unduly fat. Her arms and legs were still slender, and her neck was a beautiful column. Her hair, which was coiled in a great roll halfway down her neck, was of a dark, glowing red. If it owed some at least of its colour to henna, the result was none the less effective. She was not a young woman, forty at least, but the lines of her face were still lovely, though the skin was loosened and wrinkled round the flashing, dark eyes. She had the laugh of a child, the digestion of an ostrich, and the temper of a fiend, and she was acknowledged to be the greatest dramatic soprano of her day. "

nov 19, 2009, 7:51am

Listerdale Mystery..........? Not too sure......

nov 19, 2009, 8:38am

Nope. But it IS a short story.

nov 20, 2009, 9:13pm

Got it! It's "Swan Song" from The Golden Ball. I knew which story it was, but I had to look up the title.

nov 20, 2009, 9:14pm

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

nov 20, 2009, 9:14pm

:) Yep. Your turn.

nov 21, 2009, 1:49pm

"My dear man, why have people come throughout the ages to the necromancer-to the sorcerer-to the witch doctor? Only two reasons really. There are only two things that are wanted badly enough to risk damnation. The love potion or the cup of poison."

nov 21, 2009, 2:24pm

It is from one of my all time favorite Christie books and my favorite non-series book, The Pale Horse.

nov 21, 2009, 2:36pm

Wow, that was fast. Your turn.

nov 21, 2009, 3:03pm

"Strictly speaking, I am only her paid companion, but she has treated me more as though I were a daughter or a niece. She has been extraordinarily kind and, whatever her faults, I should not like to appear to criticize her actions, or-well, to prejudice you against taking up the case."

nov 23, 2009, 9:03am

"The Under Dog" from the The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding collection?

nov 23, 2009, 11:29am

Yes, it is from the short story, The Under Dog, which may I add is a story with a powerful plot and one of my favorites. Your turn. :-)

nov 23, 2009, 11:33am

"He was enslaved body and soul by his new possession. It stood to him for Romance, for Adventure, for all the things that he had longed for and had never had. Tomorrow, he and his mistress would take the road together. They would rush through the keen cold air, leaving the throb and fret of London far behind them - out into the wide, clear spaces..."

dec 16, 2009, 8:17pm

Someone? It's a short story... If someone guesses the collection, I will also accept it as a correct answer...

dec 16, 2009, 10:57pm

It doesn't ring a bell for me but I'll take a crack at it...The Golden Ball?

dec 16, 2009, 11:01pm

Nope... we search an earlier collection which is published in a specific way in UK.

dec 16, 2009, 11:04pm

Hold on - actually you are right - the story is published in The Golden Ball in US - the story is The Manhood of Edward Robinson -- in UK it was published in The Listerdale Mystery.

Your turn.

dec 17, 2009, 5:14pm

"No, no," said Mr. Poirot. "I do not insult you. I merely ask you all to face the facts. In a house where murder has been committed, every inmate comes in for a certain share of suspicion."

jan 2, 2010, 4:36pm

Have I stopped the thread in its tracks?

jan 2, 2010, 4:42pm

jan 2, 2010, 9:08pm

You got it, Annie!

jan 2, 2010, 9:11pm

Happy new year everyone :)

Next one:

"Your motive, madame, I pass over. It is sufficiently obvious. As to the rest, you were wearing last night a flowered taffeta dress of a very distinctive pattern with a cape."

jan 3, 2010, 12:59pm

jan 3, 2010, 7:05pm

yep, all yours

jan 4, 2010, 2:28pm

"There was again the faint insinuation that a busy and important man had, very charmingly, put important affairs on one side out of chivalry to his employer's wife. And again the impression was not wholly convincing- it had a theatrical flavour."

jan 14, 2010, 6:11pm

jan 14, 2010, 6:35pm

Yes. Your turn.

feb 28, 2010, 8:57pm

Does anyone want to start this back up?

feb 28, 2010, 9:12pm

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

mar 1, 2010, 11:27am

I dropped it, didn't I? Sorry. Here we go:

"It was good to be out of the Wrens and a free woman again, although she had really enjoyed her overseas service very much. The work had been reasonably interesting, there had been parties, plenty of fun, but there had also been the irksomeness of routine and the feeling of being herded together with her companions which had sometimes made her feel desperately anxious to escape."

mar 1, 2010, 8:48pm

That's Lynn Marchmont, back home after the war, in There is a Tide aka Taken at the Flood

mar 1, 2010, 9:02pm

yep. all yours :)

mar 1, 2010, 9:29pm

"But ___," she said. "That makes the whole thing perfectly extraordinary. Because when that clock said twenty past six it was really five minutes past, and at five minutes past I don't suppose ____ had even arrived at the house."

mar 3, 2010, 7:46pm

Is that Murder at the Vicarage? Because the Vicar's clock was always set forward so that he wouldn't run late.

mar 3, 2010, 9:50pm


Your turn. ;-)

mar 4, 2010, 1:05pm

"Why did she die?"said ____.

_____ stared at the peonies for some minutes. When she spoke, she uttered one word. It echoed like the tone of a deep bell--so much so that it was startling.

"Love!" she said.

____ queried the word sharply. "Love?"

"One of the most frightening words there is in the world," said ______.

mar 4, 2010, 1:45pm

Miss Marple and Elizabeth Temple in Nemesis

mar 4, 2010, 3:15pm

You got it! Your turn.

mar 4, 2010, 3:27pm

_______ drew on his gum boots, buttoned his overcoat collar round his neck, took from a shelf near the door a hurricane lantern, and cautiously opened the front door of his little bungalow and peered out. The scene that met his eyes was typical of the English countryside as depicted on Xmas cards and in old-fashioned melodramas. Everywhere was snow, deep drifts of it - no mere powdering an inch or two thick. Snow had fallen all over England for the last four days, and up here on the fringe of Dartmoor it had attained a depth of several feet. All over England householders were groaning over burst pipes, and to have a plumber friend (or even a plumber's mate) was the most coveted of all distinctions.

mar 4, 2010, 7:02pm

Major Burnaby in Murder at Hazelmoor, I think.

mar 4, 2010, 7:09pm

Known also as The Sittaford Mystery :) Yep - all yours.

mar 4, 2010, 9:21pm

Edging ________ aside, she went to the tea caddy table, raised the lid, looked at the attractive inlaid work inside. "And it is here," said ________, raising the lid of a paper-mache round canister, devised to contain Lapsang Souchong as opposed to Indian tea, and taking out a curled-up, small brown notebook.
"Here it is," she said.

mar 7, 2010, 6:19pm

I guess I've stopped the thread again. This was Ariadne Oliver looking for her old address books in Elephants Can Remember.

mar 23, 2010, 1:51pm

I was reading this thread yesterday and didn't make it to the end. And the quote is from the first book I read of Agatha Christie, and I don't think I would have known the book either. So are you guys going to continue??

mar 23, 2010, 7:27pm

The thread goes quite every so often when people are stumped by the clue given. Sometimes it's a matter of minutes and sometimes it's weeks.

y2pk- Why don't you give it another go?

mar 23, 2010, 12:12am

Okay, here's a new clue to puzzle on.

"Quick, go to the other wing. Stand there—just this side of the baize door. Do not move till I come." Then, turning rapidly, he rejoined the two detectives.

I followed his instructions, taking up my position by the baize door, and wondering what on earth lay behind the request. Why was I to stand in this particular spot on guard? I looked thoughtfully down the corridor in front of me. An idea struck me. With the exception of ________'s, every one's room was in this left wing. Had that anything to do with it? Was I to report who came or went? I stood faithfully at my post. The minutes passed. Nobody came. Nothing happened.

mar 24, 2010, 2:44am

>169 mstrust:
Or when people are simply not around :)

>170 y2pk:
The Mysterious Affair at Style ? The missed name is Cynthia Murdoch I think :)

mar 24, 2010, 3:26am

Yes, that's it. Poirot has stationed Hastings by the baize door.

Your turn!

mar 27, 2010, 4:00am

On the road so no access to anything besides occasional internet here and there. If someone wants, post the next one. If not - I will post it in Monday. :)

mar 29, 2010, 11:34am

OK, next one:

"I had just registered the impression that she was a decidedly pretty girl when my attention was drawn to Poirot who, not looking where he was going, had stumbled over a root and fallen heavily. He was just abreast of the girl at the time and she and I between us helped him to his feet. My attention was naturally on my friend, but I was conscious of an impression of dark hair, an impish face and big dark blue eyes."

mar 31, 2010, 3:24pm

I don't think I've read this one. I can't recall ever seeing the elegant Poirot falling.

mar 31, 2010, 7:12pm

Mmmm, wild guess here, Murder on the Links?

mar 31, 2010, 10:45pm

nope. :)

jan 28, 2011, 9:29pm

#174: This is many months too late, but The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

jan 28, 2011, 9:47pm

I had totally forgotten about that game... Ooops.

It is Peril at End House actually...

Anyone still interested in reviving the game?

jan 28, 2011, 1:22am

I would be :)

jan 29, 2011, 5:05am


jan 31, 2011, 4:21pm

OKey.. Let's start with an easy (I think) one - the names should lead to finding the book pretty easily :)

Julius stepped forward and took her hand again.

"So long, Cousin Jane. I'm going to get busy after those papers, but I'll be back in two shakes of a dog's tail, and I'll tote you up to London and give you the time of your young life before we go back to the States! I mean it--so hurry up and get well."

Redigeret: jan 31, 2011, 7:06pm

I'm pretty sure that would be from The Secret Adversary.

jan 31, 2011, 7:49pm

:) Yep.

All yours.

jan 31, 2011, 3:59am

Hmm, let's try this one:

"On certain occasions a state of animosity can arise between identical twins. It follows on a first keen protective love one for the other, but it can degenerate into something which is nearer hatred, if there is some emotional strain that could trigger it off or could arouse it, or any emotional crisis to account for animosity arising between two sisters."

feb 1, 2011, 9:11am

feb 1, 2011, 3:31pm

Sorry, not that one.

Redigeret: feb 1, 2011, 3:45pm

Yeah, it seemed unlikely, but it has twin sisters in it.

Oh wait, A Murder is Announced?

Edit: I don't think they were twins, actually.

feb 1, 2011, 4:31pm

That's one of the Poirot's and that passage sounds like something of one of the first books I read in English -- it tripped me before I was able to grasp it (and I kinda remember having issues with reading that book initially - the second time I loved it though ;)... Elephants Can Remember maybe (not sure - just speculation based on an old memory and the mention of the twins)?

feb 1, 2011, 6:42pm

You've got it Annie! I was afraid that the twins bit was a little too obscure.

feb 1, 2011, 6:48pm

Would have been if it was not one of those transition books when I was getting used to read in English - some days I think I know some of them by heart (but I think we had discussed that in some of the old threads) :)


"We do not agree, eh?" said Poirot. "Well, let us leave it. Time will show which of us is right. Now let us turn to other aspects of the case. What do you make of the fact that all the doors of the bedroom were bolted on the inside?"

"Well " I considered. "One must look at it logically."


"I should put it this way. The doors WERE bolted - our own eyes have told us that - yet the presence of the candle grease on the floor, and the destruction of the will, prove that during the night some one entered the room. You agree so far?"

feb 1, 2011, 8:37pm

Is this The Mysterious Affair at Styles?

Poirot and Hastings discussing the murder of Mrs. Inglethorpe at Styles Court.

feb 1, 2011, 8:48pm

Yep - all yours :)

feb 1, 2011, 9:33pm

"Well, out with it. What's the interesting point? I suppose, like the 'incident of the dog in the nighttime,' the point is that there is no interesting point!"

Poirot disregarded this sally on my part. He said quietly and calmly:

"The interesting point is the date."

"The date?"

I picked up the letter. On the top left-hard corner was written April 17th.

"Yes," I said slowly. "That is odd. April 17th."

"And we are today June 28. C'est curieux, n'est-ce pas? Over two months ago."

feb 1, 2011, 9:53pm

Ah - the book that made me look up the word sally in the dictionary and left me really surprised that it is actually not a typo in the book (which is what I thought initially) - I was looking up common women names in the dictionary for days after that :)

Dumb Witness

feb 1, 2011, 11:51pm

Yes, that's it, aka Poirot Loses A Client.


feb 22, 2011, 3:51pm

Someone smack me next time when I forgot to post a line again please :)

"Enveloped in an aura of righteousness and unyielding principles, Miss Brent sat in her crowded third-class carriage and triumphed over its discomfort and its heat. Every one made such a fuss over things nowadays! They wanted injections before they had teeth pulled -they took drugs if they couldn't sleep-they wanted easy chairs and cushions and the girls allowed their figures to slop about anyhow and lay about half naked on the beaches in summer."

feb 22, 2011, 4:20pm

And Then There Were None? aka Ten Little Indians?

feb 22, 2011, 4:29pm

Yep. All yours :)

feb 23, 2011, 7:41pm

O.K., let's try this one:

"What do you come in my kitchen for, Mr. Policeman? You are police, yes? Always, always there is persecution-ah! I should be used to it by now."

feb 24, 2011, 4:39pm

Mitzi usually makes me smile :) That's A Murder Is Announced

feb 24, 2011, 4:44pm

Correct! Your turn.

mar 24, 2011, 8:31pm


mar 24, 2011, 9:06pm


The assistant remarked that the wind was very cold today, as she wrapped up the parcel.

‘Yes, indeed, I noticed it as I was coming along the front. Dillmouth has changed a good deal. I have not been here for, let me see, nearly nineteen years.’

‘Indeed, madam? Then you will find a lot of changes. The Superb wasn’t built then, I suppose, nor the Southview Hotel?’

‘Oh no, it was quite a small place. I was staying with friends…A house called St Catherine’s-perhaps you know it? On the Leahampton road.’

Redigeret: mar 24, 2011, 9:16pm

Definitely sounds like Miss Marple ... hmmm ... I think Dillmouth was the town in Sleeping Murder.

mar 24, 2011, 9:19pm

Yep - all yours :)
I knew it will probably be easy but I could not resist

I was planning on posting the last two paragraphs only but was worried if anyone will pick it up without the town's name.

mar 25, 2011, 4:27am

I think I might have gotten it based on St Catherine's, but definitely not as quickly. :)


"Yes - yes it is true. You are young, younger than you yourself know. Trust the train, Mademoiselle, for it is le bon Dieu who drives it."

The whistle of the engine came again.

"Trust the train Mademoiselle," murmured Poirot again. "And trust Hercule Poirot - He knows."

mar 28, 2011, 6:41pm

The Mystery of the Blue Train ? I need to reread that book - I think I recognise the passage but I cannot remember what the whole book was all about...

mar 28, 2011, 6:51pm

You've got it!

(I think I need to reread it too. I don't really remember it either.)

mar 28, 2011, 7:00pm

The train gave it away. And Poirot making it sound as a living thing.

Ok - that should be easy enough

"Darling," she drawled, "won't that be rather tiresome? If any misfortunes happen to my friends I always drop them at once.t It sounds heartless, but it saves such a lot of trouble later! They always want to borrow money off you, or else they start a dress-making business and you have to get the most terrible clothes from them. Or they paint lampshades, or do Batik scarves."

mar 28, 2011, 7:11pm

Oh, I remember that line, but not exactly sure from which novel .... hmm, maybe Peril at End House?

mar 28, 2011, 7:32pm

Nope. :)
It's memorable, isn't it? -- And the heroine is even more memorable. :)

mar 28, 2011, 2:23am

mar 28, 2011, 2:37am

Absolutely:) All yours

mar 29, 2011, 4:02am

She almost flung the ornament at Poirot. It was a large, rather showy chromium or stainless steel brooch with T.A. enclosed in a circle.

mar 29, 2011, 6:28am

Are we going through the female characters that piss someone off? :)

Dumb Witness ?

mar 29, 2011, 7:04am

Perhaps ;)

Correct, your turn.

Redigeret: mar 29, 2011, 10:48pm

"Because I'm damned if I'll be swindled! Now then, Mr Poirot, I'm going to tell you the whole thing. The dog was stolen a week ago - nipped in Kensington Gardens where he was out with my wife's companion. The next day my wife got a demand for two hundred pounds. I ask you - two hundred pounds! For a damned yapping little brute that's always getting under your feet anyway!"

Poirot murmured: "You did not approve of paying such a sum, naturally?"

mar 29, 2011, 11:41pm

The Labours of Hercules! I think it's The Nemean Lion.

mar 29, 2011, 11:44pm

Right and right (and yep - we play with short stories as well) :)

All yours

mar 30, 2011, 9:03pm

‘Let me tell you,’ he said, ‘that I am not like the English, obsessed with dogs. I, personally, can live without the dog. But I accept, nevertheless, your ideal of the dog. The man loves and respects his dog. He indulges him, he boasts of the intelligence and sagacity of his dog to his friends. Now figure to yourself, the opposite may also come to pass! The dog is fond of his master. He indulges that master! He, too, boasts of his master, boasts of his master’s sagacity and intelligence. And as a man will rouse himself when he does not really want to go out, and take his dog for a walk because the dog enjoys the walk so much, so will the dog endeavour to give his master what that master pines to have.


Hope it's not too hard.