Towards Zero

Towards Zero Murder begins before the actual deed said a guest at Lady Tressilian s last dinner party The next morning Lady Tressilian was found dead The old lady had invited several guests into her seaside home o

  • Title: Towards Zero
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780007354689
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Murder begins before the actual deed said a guest at Lady Tressilian s last dinner party The next morning Lady Tressilian was found dead.The old lady had invited several guests into her seaside home of Gull s Point for two weeks at the end of the summer Tennis star Nevile Strange incurred her displeasure by bringing both his new wife, Kay, and his ex, Audrey, causing a Murder begins before the actual deed said a guest at Lady Tressilian s last dinner party The next morning Lady Tressilian was found dead.The old lady had invited several guests into her seaside home of Gull s Point for two weeks at the end of the summer Tennis star Nevile Strange incurred her displeasure by bringing both his new wife, Kay, and his ex, Audrey, causing a great deal of awkwardness But events soon turned even sourer when Lady Tressilian was killed and Superintendent Battle, who is vacationing nearby in the home of his nephew, finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.

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    1. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

    2. ‘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.What makes a good detective story? Suspense? Atmosphere? An outrageous plot? Memorable characters? Twists?As with many others of Christie's stories, Towards Zero relies on a se [...]

    3. It's been some time since a murder mystery has imposed on my mind so heavily. Even when this mystery had all its clothes on, you could guess the promise it contained. I kept thinking, and the question and the curiosity, the suspense and the wonder, they kept occupying my mind. As the pages flew by, the time to say goodbye to Inspector Battle came too soon. At least Miss Marple starred in 13 of her books. Poor Battle was shunted aside in the public's stampede for Poirot. I guessed wrongly regardi [...]

    4. I'm breaking all the rules here. I had been reading my way through the Agatha Christie canon book-by-book in chronological order. Generally I was managing to get through a couple, or more, books per year. Suddenly – and very generously – my parents bought me a copy of Towards Zero for Christmas. As the fifth of the Superintendent Battle books – and the thirty-fourth published Christie novel – it was going to take me a while to get to. In fact, based on my current reading pace somewhere b [...]

    5. Even though most mysteries start with a murder, actually it is the end - culmination of a lot of events at a common point. Or so says one of the characters in this novel.This is the theme of this book - events moving towards a murder: towards zero.That it starts with a murder is of no matter. By the time one finishes the book, one will understand the appropriateness of the title.This book features my favourite Christie policeman, Superintendent Battle.

    6. আগাথা ক্রিষ্টিকে রহস্যের রাণি বলে, ভুল বলে। বলা উচিত রহস্যের মহারানী। উনার একটা একটা বই পড়ি আর ভাবি এই বার ঠিকমতই আন্দাজ করতে পেরেছি। তারপরই উনি দেখান কাঁচকলা, ঘটনা এমনসব দিকে যায় যে মাথা ঘু [...]

    7. Brilliant. Elegant and spare like The Body in the Library. No Poirot or Marple, and I did slightly miss them - Superintendent Battle doesn't work as well for me - but is still one of Agatha's best, most well-plotted stories.

    8. 4.5What a devilish book this is! It is no secret that Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and in this novel, she truly excels. Slowly, inexorably, all the pieces of the chess, or mystery, are put in place awaiting the final scene - the murder - but things are of course not what they appear. The tension grows while all these characters meet, cross and finally come together. No Poirot present, although mentioned, but a very competent Superintendent Battle.This is definitely one of her [...]

    9. Ono kad se poklopi slobodna nedelja, prazan splav, ladno pivo s limunom i odlična knjiga.Sasvim pristojan letnji dan u Beogradu.Da stvar bude neobičnija, jedna napomena vezana isključivo za ovo jeftino izdanje uz Blic Ženu,Prevod opet Liber Novus ( s kojima već vodih rat ovde zbog očajnih prevoda). Ovaj put prevodilac potpisan i prevod mnogo kvalitetniji nego u prethodnim izdanjima.Sve ide na bolje.

    10. Re-read 23.09.2017 From 4 to 5 stars.None of the books I'm currently reading have been drawing me in during the past few days, making me watch movies and Buzzfeed Unsolved instead, so I felt like continuing my little project of re-reading a few of my favorite Christies.Towards Zero is a bit different with Superintendent Battle as the main crime solver (mind you, influenced by Poirot's methods), and although he comes across as a bit bland with no distinct personality, the case itself is excellent [...]

    11. I loved Towards Zero. It was such a page turner and the title gives the novel a feeling a movement and destination. I loved the detail that was given to the back story to the murder and the anticipation of who was going to be murdered, due to the delay of the actual murder. I thought this was an excellent novel structure. I found the structure of this novel interesting and wonder if anyone reading it guessed the murderer or worked it out? I found there were very little clues in this novel. I fou [...]

    12. I love Agatha Christie, really love her. And you know, Towards Zero is really different from her other books, in a good way. It sort of stars Superintendent Battle as our lead detective, and has a very unique sort of murders.You see, Towards Zero postulates (that's a word that should be used more often) that a murder begins before someone dies. After all, it starts when someone decides to kill. And so, a murder occurs, and it's not as simple as it seems. There is Mr Strange, his first wife Audre [...]

    13. This is the third Agatha Christie novel I've picked up and the third I've enjoyed! While Towards Zero was certainly lacking the edge-of-your-seat levels of suspense that made her And Then There Were None so fantastic, it still had its merits and was worth the read. It was more in tune with Murder on the Orient Express in the sense that the book built up until a jaw-dropping finale, but lacked the certain addictive spark for the better part of the story.The concept of this book was brilliant, and [...]

    14. Did you ever notice if you're channel-surfing on TV and you pause in the middle of a CSI or Law and Order type show that people are just talking-talking-talking? Around a desk. Walking down a corridor. Standing in a police garage or the morgue. They TALK. And talk, and move and talk some more, always explaining something to someone about something they've discovered or guessed or figured out. The writers try to make all this TALK interesting by having the actors move and use different locations, [...]

    15. Towards Zero could be called a classic whodunit - a murder mystery, multiple suspects each with the motive and the means. Agatha Christie's charming manner of introducing her characters and defining them with their individual quirks engages the reader. The setup of the plot seemed a little obvious. Midway through, I was already constructing situations in my head over which character would be murdered in order to deliver the maximum tension, so crucial to a book of this genre.The case analysis, c [...]

    16. কিছু কিছু গল্প আছে সময়ের অভাবে অর্ধেক পড়ে রাখলে সব সময় মাথায় ঐ কাহিনী ঘুরতে থাকে । যেন নিজের অজান্তেই নিজেই নিজেকে তাগাদা দিচ্ছি বইটা পড়ার জন্য । এটার বেলাও এমন হয়েছে ।প্রথম থেকেই যেন কিছু এ [...]

    17. قصة متوسطة المستويأكثر ما يضايقني فيما يماثل هذه القصة البوليسية هي إصرار المؤلف دائما علي إعطاء القارئ معلومات منقوصة لا تجعله قادر علي التوصل إلي شخصية القاتل و يقوم بإخفاء معلومات معيتة و مقصودة لجعله تائها طوال الوقت ، وهذا نوع من الإستسهال الشديد و لا يوجد فيه أي إبداع [...]

    18. Je ne connaissais que l'adaptation ITV qui introduit Miss Marple et était curieuse de lire l'original.

    19. القصص البوليسيةالقصص البوليسية دائما تبدأ بداية خاطئة، انها تبدأ بجريمة القتل في حين أن جريمة القتل هي النهاية أما بداية الأحداث التي تسوق اناسا معينين الى مكان معين في ساعة معينة من يوم معينتبدأ الكاتبة روايتها المليئة بالأشخاص والعلاقات المتشابكة بمجموعة من المشاهد تعر [...]

    20. "Cinta berubah jadi benci, lebih mudah dari yasng anda kira."Reread again"Baik hati orang itu," kasta Dr. Lazenby "meninggalkan senjatanya,- meninggalkan sidik jarinya disitu- heran ia tidak meninggalkan kartu namanya."Well, salah satu novel dengan penggunaan psikologi terbalikBest

    21. Though this book is not long in page numbers, it is drawn out as if one is plowing through a hard field. I got to thinking, boy, she is still bitter about her divorce but then looked up the dates. Divorced 1928, this book 1944. So that wasn't it. This was the final Superintendent Battle book, a series of just 5 books that had started in 1925. I had not read one of these before, so now I have had my Battle.I shall not spoil book for others, so here it is briefly--The cast of characters is slowly [...]

    22. TW: SuicideWant a love triangle and insta-love in one book? Christie was all over that before we were born.Not her best work - things got stupidly convoluted by the end. And I think this may be the most red herrings she's ever packed into one book.My 2010 copy is a reprint of the 1944 first edition. On the flyleaf is some hilarious WWII propaganda telling the reader to listen to the BBC because that's the only place you'll get truth in reporting. None of this false news the enemy sends out. Trum [...]

    23. 3/5 stars"Pembunuhan itu sendiri merupakan akhir dari ceritanya. Itulah Titik Nol-nya." (p. 275)Kirain pembunuhan disini gara2 masalah warisan, ternyata gak se-sepele itu. Bahkan pembunuhan ini terjadi sudah direncanakan jauh2 hari sebelumnya. Pelajarannya: - jangan meninggalkan terlalu banyak barang bukti di TKP pembunuhan, walaupun memudahkan polisi, justru itu menimbulkan kecurigaan. Haha

    24. In this excellent mystery, Christie creates a complicated and tangled mystery with a satisfying and surprising ending.

    25. عُرفت السيدة اجاثا ببراعتها في إخفائِها لحقيقة القاتل كانت هذهِ أول رواية أقرأها لهذه السيدة العجوز التي تميزت بدهائها في تسطير رواياتِها البوليسية ، رغم انني كنت أعلم منذ زمن انها أفضل روائية في العالم إلى أني لم ابداء بفتح الباب الذي يجعلني اغوص في اعماق مخيلتها العجيبه أ [...]

    26. Opinião no blog howtoliveathousandlives.blospoLigeiramente distinto das restantes obras de Agatha Christie, esta assenta na ideia que um homicídio não começa quando alguém morre, mas sim quando alguém decide matar. Por este motivo, as mortes nesta estória não são imediatas, existindo um longo período de introdução de personagens e caracterização das relações entre si.De igual modo, esta obra é protagonizada pelo inspetor-chefe Battle, apesar de existirem algumas referências ao [...]

    27. Αλλάζεις συνεχώς τους ύποπτους στο μυαλό σου, όπως και σε κάθε βιβλίο της Agatha. Το συγκεκριμένο όμως, είχε μια ιδιομορφία την οποία δε θα γράψω για να μην κάνω σποιλερ σε αυτός που δεν τ έχουν διαβάσει. Ήταν καλό, σε κρατούσε σε αγωνία κι έψαχνες συνεχώς για στοιχεία. Παρ' όλα α [...]

    28. This is, I think, a better written Christie than many of her other books, but the ending is complete nonsense (AND yet I still mostly figured it out!). Pleasant diversion, yes. Compelling mystery, not so much.

    29. أجاثا كريستي العبقرية صديقتي الصدوقة التي تخرجني دائما من اي سقم أو ملل أشعر فيه!

    30. July 2016: My first re-read of this book, and I think it remains my favourite Christie to date. Nothing more to say. Also, third book of the booktubeathon complete!

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