Ordeal by Innocence

Ordeal by Innocence Recovering from amnesia Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mothe

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  • Title: Ordeal by Innocence
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780312981624
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Recovering from amnesia, Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mother, and to make matters worse, he died in prison But the young man s innocence means that someone else killed the Argyle matriarch, and would certainly kill again to remainRecovering from amnesia, Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mother, and to make matters worse, he died in prison But the young man s innocence means that someone else killed the Argyle matriarch, and would certainly kill again to remain in the shadows Shaded in the moral ambiguity of murder, the provocative psychological puzzler of guilt, vengeance, and blood secrets is among Agatha Christie s personal favorites.

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    1. You really have to admire 1950s for their marvelous plot devices. Amnesiacs, mistaken identities, and in this mystery by Agatha Christie, a man with a concussion fails to provide an alibi, and shortly after recovering, heads off to Antarctica for a research expedition. Barring that somewhat awkward premise, Ordeal was an interesting psychological mystery that kept me engaged. Dr. Calgary, the Antarctic research scientist, discovers through old newspaper articles that he was the missing alibi for [...]

    2. “That was the trouble with people who had no legal sense of discretion. They insisted on saying things which were much better not said.”Every time Christie makes her stories revolve around a big and extraordinarily dysfunctional family, I invariably find myself utterly spellbound. The same happened with Appointment With Death; but the mystery in the latter was certainly more satisfying, as I see it. I would have liked -and expected- a more imaginative solution, I think.In brief, not one of C [...]

    3. ‘All right. It’s your say so–and you’re sticking to it. Jacko didn’t kill her. Very well then–who did kill her? You haven’t thought about that one, have you? Think about it now. Think about it–and then you’ll begin to see what you’re doing to us all…’I've been reading away on my Agatha Christie project for a while, and although the books tend to, with exceptions, follow a formula, there are other issues or themes that Christie discusses in the different books. This could [...]

    4. Choose Your Own Adventure!Did you kill the Argyle matriarch? ‘Tis true, she was an awful sort. A control freak: dramatically highly-strung and passionately venomous, her grasping hands ever eager to twist and to bind, to bind you and others to her. She is played by Faye Dunaway in tiny flashback sequences and that is certainly apropos casting. Mama Argyle was ever so unfair to you. She never let you do what you wanted, it was always her, Her, HER! She deserved to die, damn it! The world is a b [...]

    5. رائعة أجاثا كريستي دليل البراءة يظهر بعد عامين وبعد موت المتهم في السجن والذي اتهم بقتل أمه وصف رائع للنفس البشرية بعد ان كانو يعيشون في أمان مزيفعلى العائلة ان تواجه محنتها من جديداستمتعت بها

    6. This is one of those standalone mysteries written by Dame Agatha which features none of her favourite sleuths - and it's fantastic and insanely readable. Jacko Argyll, the black sheep of the Argyll family who has been convicted for the murder of his mother, dies in prison after protesting his innocence for two years: an alibi involving a hitched ride which he could not prove in court. However, it turns out that for once, Jacko had been telling the truth: Dr. Arthur Calgary who had given him a li [...]

    7. يمهل و لا يهملهذة الكلمات هى أفضل ما يمكننى وصف هذة الروايةبعد مرور عامين من القبض على متهم بتهمة قتل والدته تظهر أدله تثبت غيابه عن مسرح الجريمة. يتم فتح التحقيق من جديد ليتم اكتشاف أسرار جديدة لكل مذنب جزاء و لكل برىء مكافئةو من يقدر على منافسة أجاثا كريستى, تلك الكاتبة العب [...]

    8. Ick. Not one of Christie's best. Not even close. It's the standard detective story set-up: a murder, a finite set of would-be-murderers, no one has a motive/everyone has equal motive. The twist here is that a man has been convicted, and has died in prison before his alibi turns up. As far as mysteries go, it's a fairly decent book. But several other things bugged me: 1. Arthur Calgary, the hero. This is the alibi, the scientist who turns up two years too late to provide evidence that the convict [...]

    9. This is my first three stars rating for an Agatha Christie book (and I can't believe it)I liked this one, but it was kinda disappointing, the events were a bit dull, I could figure out half of what happened pretty easily, but the second half in the end was great.

    10. ”’It’s not the guilty who matter. It’s the innocent.’”4.5 out of 5 starsI’m beginning to think that I prefer Christie’s standalone titles over her more famous Poirot novels. While I’ve mildly enjoyed those, I adored And Then There Were None. And the completion of this novel confirms my suspicions, because this book was fantastic.Dr. Arthur Calgery, having just come back from a years long expedition to Antarctica, finds himself in a dire situation. Before he left, he offered a l [...]

    11. Agatha Christie claimed that, of all her many novels, Ordeal by Innocence and Crooked House pleased her best. Crooked House is one of my absolute favorites, but I had rather forgotten how very good Ordeal by Innocence is. The premise is gripping: an innocent man convicted wrongly of murdering his adopted mother has died in prison, but new evidence shows that he had an alibi. This means that the murderer is still at large, but it must be a member of his family. The closed setting of the family ci [...]

    12. I am not sure how to rate this. On one hand, it had all the elements I love in a murder mystery - murder within the family, a large number of suspects, family drama, and some humour. But Ordeal by Innocence also bashes you on the head with Christie's private views about adoption and heredity, which are basically utter nonsense. Every chapter contained a polemic, expressed by different people, against adoption and how a mother can never be a mother unless she gives birth. It's annoying to read, e [...]

    13. So many interesting characters in this book, but my personal favourites are Hester & Philip. Philip's death broke my heart, but at least we got a happy ending, i find Dr Arthur Calgary actually perfect for Hester. Definitely one of my favourite books, i would enjoy it even more, only if i didn't spoiled it to myself by watching a movie adaptation

    14. I've seen several film adaptations of this book in both French and English, so it was time to read it. Often in the films the part of the "detective" is handed off to Marple or Poirot or in the case of French versions, a police inspector such as Larosiere. In reality, the catalyst to the story, Dr Calgary, is an archaeologist and while the police do most of the interviewing and fact-finding, he's always there in the background, holding the case together in one way or the other.An odd story. The [...]

    15. Classism time in classism town. More precisely, "adoption is unnatural, adoptive children and parents never truly and properly bond the way biological children and parents do, and all good women desperately long to have their own babies" time in [ibid.:] town. Also a lovely running theme about how the one daughter who's half-black and half-white, to whom everyone refers as "half-caste," is all inscrutable and cat-like as has no sense of time because she's half-black. With Aggie, it's all nature, [...]

    16. رواية حلوة جدآ و حبيت شخصياتهاماحستش ابدأ انها رواية كلاسيك و قديمة بالعكس شايفها افضل و اجدد من روايات موجودة حاليآمشكلة الرواية الوحيدة ان اجاثا كريستى زى ما تكون فجأة قررت انا لازم الفصل دة احل القضية و دة حاجة ماعجبتنيشو حل القضية بالنسبة للمعطيات الموجودة شايفه غير موف [...]

    17. This is the book that once again affirms, Agatha Christie is the queen of crime fiction, because oh my gosh it's so good.I'm not a fan of crime fiction in general, but a leaving housemate gave me the books she couldn't bring back home(thanks once again, Madhu!) and there were lots of Agatha Christies in there. My first read was the Big Four, and I was less than impressed. But this one puts Christie right back up there in my list of favourite authors.It's a crime novel, but not quite in the way y [...]

    18. A perfectly good Agatha Christie mystery with the usual situation. The murderer had to be someone within a small group who all suspect each other. However the 1950s pop psychology/nature vs. nurture aspect of the plot irritated me. Why do I like Ms. Christie's 1930s classism but find her 1950s classism distasteful? Perhaps the 1930s seem a bit like fairy tale times while I remember 1958. I must give her credit for the way she tied up loose ends with several new romances--it is nice to get some b [...]

    19. A stand-alone mystery, as described in the GR blurb below, in which the unravelling is all chat and no action. An interesting premise, and quite enjoyable. But Christie's psychological views about family relationships propounded through Calgary and one of the family are complete rubbish. Ho hum.'Recovering from amnesia, Dr. Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial. It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle. The victim was Jacko's own mothe [...]

    20. This was my first Agatha Christie book. I have to say, I was impressed. I can’t compare to her other works, but this book was interesting and easy to digest, with a variety of interesting perspectives. The writing was simple, with just the right amount of twists and reveals to keep you a little unsure of yourself. The conclusion came very suddenly, like most simple writing. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys pondering how people think or looking for a quick, enjoyable read.

    21. I listened to the full cast production of the book and it was delightful. All the actors put in an amazing performance and it was delightful. Highly recommend this edition as well as reading the book.

    22. A Son is convicted of murder of his own mother. He swears of having an alibi, but the person in question is not found.The Son dies in prison.After two years the person in question returns to say that the alibi stands and the son is proved innocent.The Question then is , Who is the murderer ?As you turn the pages, all the cogs in your brain starts turning. If you liked 'And Then There Were None', this one is going to keep your mind very busy."

    23. Who killed the oppressively maternal, relentlessly do-gooding, money- and life-controlling matriarch of the Argyle clan? Who struck her on the head with a poker between 6:55 and 7:30 pm? It had to have been Jacko, the miscreant child, the bad seed. He's convicted of the crime and dies in prison. But when, two years later, a man returns from a South Pole expedition with unassailable proof of Jacko's original alibi, the investigation reopens and the family's tranquility is shattered. One of them m [...]

    24. أظن هذه المراجعة الوحيدة لي لأغاثا ، فلا طاقة لي لحرث رواياتها السابقة التي بدأت في قراءتها منذ صيف ٢٠٠٢ حتى توقفت في صيف ٢٠١٠ ثم استأنفت في هذا الصيف قراءة رواياتها، والذي يجعلني أقطّع في قراءتي لها، هو مدى توفر عناوين جديدة لترجمات دار الأجيال بعد أن وقعت في حبائل ترجمتها ف [...]

    25. tinyurl/3qvu3sxThis is what happens when you set your Kindle to "wireless on" and you go on a road trip. Sigh. (If your Kindle has a leaky wireless connection, you will run out of battery by the time you get to your destination. If you are stupid enough not to bring your plug with you just in case or even a real paper book, for heaven's sake, you are hosed.)The cottage had many mothbally, ancient choices. I have read so many Christie novels in the past that their plots all run together in my hea [...]

    26. "Saya tak tahu. Saya takut sekali pada semua orang. Rasanya di balik setiap wajah ada wajah lain. Seraut wajah yang saya tidak kenal."Kasus pembunuhan dengan ide cerita yg unik dan cerdik--kasus salah tangkap yg akhirnya terbukti, namun korban salah tangkapnya itu ternyata sudah meninggal di penjara. Masalah laiin yg timbul adalah, sebenarnya, akan jauh lebih baik bagi semua orang jika korban salah tangkap itu tetap menjadi pelaku sebenarnya!!Bingungkan?!! Rumitkan?!!!Tapi Agatha-sensei bisa mem [...]

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