Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8) by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)

An Alternate Cover Edition of this ISBN can be found here.Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents a...

Details Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)

TitlePeril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
Release DateSep 30th, 2019
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Classics, Detective

Reviews Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)

  • Adrian
    A comprehensive 4 (+) star book with Poirot at his enigmatic best. More to follow in the morningWell ok, its the afternoon here in the UK. So, yes 4.5 stars for certain, Poirot at his superior best and Hastings playing the foil to a "T". Following the denouement, I did remember it (Bloody obvious that really) but I still hadn't got it with about 15 pages to go, and that is what reading a good "murder mystery" is all about. As one of my author fri...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot #8), Agatha ChristiePeril at End House is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by the Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1932 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in March of the same year. The book features Christie's famous character Hercule Poirot, as well as Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp. Poirot and Hastings vacation in Cornwall, meeting young Magdala "Nick" ...
  • James
    Peril at End House, the eighth book in the Hercule Poirot cozy mystery series, was selected as the next book to read in the April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon that I'm hosting on my blog at This Is My Truth Now. Four weeks of books from all her different series and lots of fun with her canon. I'm really glad this book won the poll as I hadn't read it before. And who wouldn't love a book with a title containing the words 'peril' and 'end' ?Poiro...
  • Evgeny
    Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings were taking a vacation on south of Great Britain enjoying the climate (I thought it rains nonstop everywhere in British Islands; please correct me if I am wrong).One day they met a young woman Nick Buckley who was just shot at and had a hat with a bullet hole to prove it, but who was also absolutely clueless about the attempt at her life. Poirot got interested and during the talk with her it turned out there wer...
  • Phrynne
    I always enjoy a nice Agatha Christie book. She can be relied upon to be entertaining and a bit tricky. Peril at End House is normal Hercule Poirot fare. The characters are mostly English upper class, the setting is an English country house and Poirot gently mocks nearly everyone. Interestingly even he seems to be initially confused by the situation as a murder actually takes place on his watch. Of course eventually he comes to grip with the proc...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    I picked it up at random, and was wondering if I would get to read a decent mystery novel; I wasn't left disappointed. Agatha Christie can weave a mystery out of anything, I guess. She creates an atmosphere of certain mystery and unease that pulls all your attention and creates a craving to know more, thereby getting you hooked without letting you know . This one got me hooked from the first chapter. Until I finished. The solution is ingenious, a...
  • David Schaafsma
    “Evil never goes unpunished, Monsieur. But the punishment is sometimes secret.” ― Agatha Christie, Peril at End House#8 of 39 completed! While on holiday in Cornwall, the elderly Belgian detective who just can’t seem to retire, Hercule Poirot, meets flapper Nick Buckley, who has recently survived three near-fatal mishaps, including just narrowly being missed by a falling boulder, having her brakes fail, and having a heavy painting fall on...
  • Kavita
    This one was very enjoyable. Poirot is on holiday (poor chap - never took a holiday that didn't turn into work for him!) and he comes across a vivacious young girl who has several attempts made on her life. Poirot steps into the scene but someone gets murdered by mistake. Eventually, the truth comes to light but not before a number of red herrings. The investigation gets more confused because there is a forgery as well. The plot was great and so ...
  • Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
    Some books don't stand up to rereading. This is one of them.The characters are mostly a bit ridiculous (including Poirot's faithful sidekick, Hastings) & too many of them are very shady.There are too many coincidences.The crimes are too unlikely.Lastly not (view spoiler)[ one but two criminals are effectively let off the hook? (hide spoiler)]Poor show Christie - dashed poor show!
  • Kirstine
    The best Agatha Christie novel I've read in a long time. Not simply because the mystery is so deliciously confusing and leaves Poirot 50 different shades of puzzled, not because we get to see a much more human and emotional Poirot, but very much because it has such a dazzling cast of characters, and reminded me more than anything of Paris in the 1920's. I was reading this and I really wanted to see the adaption of it on the big screen, because I ...
  • Piyangie
    This series is getting better and better. Agatha Christie's brilliancy in creating intriguing murder mystery plots is yet again displayed here. The final plot twist left me stunned. I didn't expect it at all! Interestingly, here the great Hercule Poirot is a little baffled with the circumstances surrounding the mystery. For the first time Christie shows that after all Poirot is human too, though a very clever one. Nevertheless with so many tangle...
  • Vikas Singh
    A leisurely read because the story line itself moves at a leisurely pace. There are few customary murder attempts and a murder but the plot is not gripping. Unlike other Christie plots you get a good idea of who the real killer is and so it spoils the climax. There are cross references to other Poirot's exploits and hence is best read after Poirot's previous stories have been read. Overall an average read
  • Madeline
    Bless my library and its sporadically reliable audiobook collection. I might be in the third month of waiting for my turn to download The Glass Castle, but at least I can always count on there being at least one Agatha Christie mystery to tide me over while I wait. I chose Peril at End House because its premise sounded the most promising: while on vacation on the coast of England, Hercule Poirot meets Magdala “Nick” Buckly, an heiress who’s...
  • Bionic Jean
    “We must act quickly Hastings. The peril is very close at hand.”So say the closing words to the first chapter of Peril at End House, and already a frisson of excitement runs through us. We have a threat of danger, and know that we are in for a classic read, featuring one of our favourite detective duos: Hercule Poirot and Captain Arthur Hastings.The exciting thrills begin, when we learn that the young pretty Nick Buckley has been the victim o...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Another Christie reread. Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast. He has been rejoined by Captain Hastings who is temporarily back from his farm in Argentina. Poirot, even though he has stopped growing vegetable marrows(see The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), insists that he is still retired - he even refuses a government commission, much to Hastings's indignation. However, it seems murder will not leave him alone...Magdala ("Nick") Buckley,...
  • Hannah
    4 Stars - Great bookThere's a reason Agatha Christie is dubbed the Queen of Mystery and this book shows readers why. I had forgotten just how good a Christie mystery can be. It's fully of intrigue and questions, intellect and even a little humor. Even if mystery isn't your genre you should give Christie a try - her books may surprise you.I don't have too much to say about this book other than it was just wonderful. It's a classic mystery and I co...
  • Victoria
    I almost never rate a Christie book lower than 4 stars, because I just love her writing. I won't go as far as saying she's the best writer in the history of the world, but she's a master of her genre and I always enjoy her books. They're such wonderful comfort food, enjoyable and untaxing to read but still with interesting and compelling stories that make you want to find out whodunnit.However I find Peril at End House is one of her less enjoyabl...
  • Rita
    Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings come to the rescue of a damsel in distress. Nick has had 4 almost deadly "accidents". While all 3 of them are sitting in the garden of a hotel, Nick complains of a wasp whizzing by her face but Poirot picks a bullet off the ground and matches it up with a hole in Nick's hat. He is convinced that someone is trying to kill her and sets out to make sure that they don't succeed.The ending is a shocker. I listened t...
  • Roman Clodia
    One of my favourite Poirot mysteries as even the man himself is stumped for much of the time. Christie, as usual, is scrupulous with her clues which are there in plain sight (view spoiler)[(pay close attention to letters is all I'll say...) (hide spoiler)], and there are red herrings in the 'bright young things' cast and opportunities for Hastings to radically misjudge everything! A slick plot and final solution, too.
  • Cyndi
    End House looks like a haunted house, after all an old man the kids called Satan lived there. But, now his vivacious young niece is the owner. She’s done some improving inside the money pit. Meanwhile someone is trying to kill her. Why? Enter Poirot. He will find the answers and stop her murder. But who will be sacrificed? A good mystery, but since I figured it out early I’m not as impressed as I usually am at Agatha Christie’s twists. Ho...
  • imts
    "Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking.""An admirable exercise, my friend. Continue it."One of the best of the Poirot cases, to be honest. That ending was so not what I expected. (Is it ever any other way with Agatha Christie?)
  • BrokenTune
    Peril at End House was a great mystery to follow. It did not pretended to be anything than a straight forward murder mystery. There was hardly any social commentary - and none of which I remember to be dubious (well, not as dubious as some of Dame Agatha's other ones), and I did not guess the murderer until the very end. It also had some of the delightful conversations where Poirot pokes fun at Hastings - either about his understanding of women o...
  • Tara
    Having already seen the TV adaption (which was pretty faithful), I already knew the ending, but I enjoyed it thoroughly nonetheless. Coming off of the heels of the uneven 'Black Coffee', this was a breath of fresh air. The banter between Poirot and Hastings was particularly engaging, and Hastings' prim Victorian sensibilities were endearing. Without giving away any spoilers, the storyline presents some interesting moral quandaries that I look for...
  • Jammin Jenny
    Ah those little grey cells of Hercule Poirot! And his devoted friend Colonel Hastings. I really enjoyed this Agatha Christie story of attempted murder, murder, blackmail and deceit. I did not guess the ending which is always good for me in an Agatha Christie story.
  • Amber Tucker
    I caught only vague snatches of Poirot, televised versions, during my formative years. My parents, once in a while, pulled out their dusty videotapes with David Suchet; I knew the impressively-mustached face, was familiar with the smug French accent so naturally belonging to it. Until now, unfortunately, I'd never read any of Agatha Christie's Poirot. I was loyal to Sherlock Holmes, or so I thought. I had no idea what I was missing. Make no mista...
  • Lucie
    I admit that I picked this one up as my next Christie because it was set in Cornwall, I sure wasn't disappointed. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, because of the whole "will it? won't it?" situation and I thought that the resolution was brilliant. I'm also glad I hadn't read from Hastings' point of view in a while, he can be so annoying haha. Another great mystery by Agatha Christie!
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Episode 1: Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is on holiday in Cornwall when a bullet lands at his feet at the Majestic Hotel...Episode 2: Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings attend Maggie Buckley's dinner party and make a startling discovery.Episode 3: Hercule Poirot discovers the identity of the body - and then turns his attention to some old letters.Episode 4: Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings head to London ...
  • Thomas Strömquist
    We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril.I don't think I was.Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.No, it's too perilous.Yes, yes - absolutely nothing to do with the book at hand, but I dare you to not think of the above in connection with this title.Poirot number 7 or 8 depending on your preferred count is a really enjoyable one. Hastings is back, but doing his least annoying appea...
  • Chrissie
    This was a fairly enjoyable Poirot installment, with an interesting play on the typical formula. Poirot and Hastings start out on holiday, with nothing to induce Poirot (per his own proclamation) into taking on a new case aside from a bullet whizzing past his head. Of course, that very thing nearly happens, but instead of the egg-shaped head, the aforementioned bullet forces a hole through the hat of the charmingly modern young lady introduced as...
  • Alaina
    Okay and now I'm back into this wonderful mystery world again.Peril at End House is another wonderful Hercule Poirot mystery novel. However, it is completely narrated by Captain Hastings! Which I absolutely loved because I've grown very fond of Poirot and Hastings. Anyways, while the two of them are on holiday they end up meeting Miss Nick Barkley. First, I love that her name is Nick. She is also the owner of the End House - where several strange...