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Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders

To James Watts
One of my most sympathetic friends

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Jan. 1936
Dairy Express, Nov.28-Dec.12 1935
US
Dodd Mead, New York, Feb. 1936
Cosmopolitan, Nov. 1935

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling-card: to leave the ABC Railway Guide beside each victim's body. But if A is for Alice Ascher, bludgeoned to death in Andover, and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill, then who will victim C be?

Hercule Poirot is intrigued by this murderer's mind. Something just doesn't ring true about a psychopath who lays his clues so carefully.

Contents

1. The Letter
2. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
3. Andover
4. Mrs Ascher
5. Mary Drower
6. The Scene of the Crime
7. Mr Partridge and Mr Riddell
8. The Second Letter
9. The Bexhill-on-Sea Murder
10. The Barnards
11. Megan Barnard
12. Donald Fraser
13. A Conference
14. The Third Letter
15. Sir Carmichael Clarke
16. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
17. Marking Time
18. Poirot Makes a Speech
19. By Way of Sweden
20. Lady Clarke
21. Description of a Murderer
22. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
23. September 11th. Doncaster
24. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
25. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
26. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
27. The Doncaster Murder
28. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
29. At Scotland Yard
30. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
31. Hercule Poirot Asks Questions
32. And Catch a Fox
33. Alexander Bonaparte Cust
34. Poirot Explains
35. Finale

Characters

Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, Alice Ascher, Franz Ascher, Mary Drower, Elizabeth "Betty" Barnard, Megan Barnard, Donald "Don" Fraser, Sir Carmichael Clarke, Lady Charlotte Clarke, Franklin Clarke, Thora Grey, George Earlsfield, Alexander Bonaparte Cust, Dr. Thompson, Insp. Crome, Chief Insp. James Japp

Colonel Anderson, Insp. Wells, Dr. Kerr, Superintendent Carter, Capstick, Insp. Glen, Insp. Kelsey, Sergeant Jacobs, Jameson, Colonel Jerome, Mary Stroud, Strange, Bert Smith, Roger Emmanuel Downes, Deveril, Police Constable Dover, Tom, Tom Hartigan, James Partridge, Mr. Barnard, Geoffrey Parnell, Harry, Milly Higley, Mrs. Fowler, Briggs, Sam Baker, Ball, Lily Marbury, Mrs. Marbury, Miss Merrion, Insp. Rice, Mr. Leadbetter, Albert Riddell, Katherine Royal, Miss Rose, Dick Willows, Curdie, George, Platt, Edie, Mabel Homer, Capper, Mr. Court, Mr. Brunskill, Sir Lionel, Stoneman, Dr. Logan, Hill, Lord Trenchard, Lucas, Maynard, Cole

Movie & TV

The Alphabet Murders, 1965 (USA)
director Frank Tashlin
writer David Pursall, Jack Seddon
cast Tony Randall(Poirot), Robert Morley(Hastings), Anita Ekberg(Amanda Beatrice Cross), Maurice Denham(Japp), Guy Rolfe(Duncan Doncaster), Sheila Allen(Lady Diane), James Villiers(Franklin), Julian Glover(Don Fortune), Grazina Frame(Betty Barnard), Austin Trevor(Judson)
The ABC Murders
Agahta Christie's POIROT IV, 1992
director Andrew Grieve
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), David McAlister(Inspector Glen), Allan Mitchell(Dr Kerr), Cathryn Bradshaw(Mary Drower), Michael Mellinger(Franz Ascher), John Breslin(Mr Barnard), Nicholas Farrell(Donald Fraser), Nina Marc(Thora Grey), Donald Douglas(Franklin Clarke), Donald Sumpter(A.B.Cust), Pippa Guard(Megan Barnard), Vivienne Forbes(Lady Clarke), Ann Windsor(Miss Merrion)
ABC satsujin-jiken
Meitantei POIROT to MARPLE, 2004/05 (JP/TV)
director Naohito Takahashi;
writer Yukiyoshi Ohashi,
cast/voice Kotaro Satomi(Poirot), Kaoru Yachigusa(Marple)
ABC satsujin-jiken
Meitantei AKAFUJI TAKASHI, 2005 (JP/TV)
director Kunio Yoshikawa
writer Yuki Fujimoto
cast Shiro Ito, Takashi Tsukamoto, Toru Masuoka
Les meurtres ABC
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie, 2009 (fr/TV)
director Éric Woreth
writer Jean-Luc Gaget
cast Antoine Duléry, Marius Colucci, Denis Lavant, Bérangère Bonvoisin, Jean-François Garreaud, Nicolas Bridet, Chloé Stefani, Estelle Larrivaz, Pascal Demolon, Jeanne Bournaud, Célia Bernard, Alban Casterman, Dominique Daguier, Anne Benoît, Caroline Rabaliatti, François Toumarkine, Laurence Flahault, Sylvie Laguna, Vincent Jouan

Link

  1. Official Site: The A.B.C. Murders
  2. Wikipedia: The A.B.C. Murders
  3. IMDb: The Alphabet Murders (1965)
  4. IMDb: Poirot: The ABC Murders (1992)
  5. IMDb: Les meurtres ABC (2009)
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