Peril at End House

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Poirot has to resort to subterfuge and cunning to solve this tricky case while on holiday. Who is trying to kill the helpless young Nick Buckley and why?

"With Agatha Christie as the author and Hercule Poirot as the central figure, one is always assured of an entertaining story with a real mystery to it"

The New York Times Book Review, 1932


About this story

First released

June 1931 (serialised in Liberty, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • Play, 
  • Television Film, 
  • Radio Play, 
  • Graphic Novel, 
  • Game, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Chief Inspector Japp, 
  • Dr. Graham, 
  • Hastings

Murder methods

Setting

  • House, 
  • West Country

When Poirot and Hastings meet a young woman who claims to have escaped death three times, Poirot can only conclude that a murder plot is being foiled. His suspicions prove true when the murderer finally succeeds – but, as always, the suspects are many.

This was Agatha Christie’s seventh Poirot book, written at the beginning of a particularly prolific period of her life as she finally began to accept that being an author was now her profession. It uses a variety of Christie’s best known techniques and the plot was described by The New York Times Book Review in ...

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When Poirot and Hastings meet a young woman who claims to have escaped death three times, Poirot can only conclude that a murder plot is being foiled. His suspicions prove true when the murderer finally succeeds – but, as always, the suspects are many.

This was Agatha Christie’s seventh Poirot book, written at the beginning of a particularly prolific period of her life as she finally began to accept that being an author was now her profession. It uses a variety of Christie’s best known techniques and the plot was described by The New York Times Book Review in 1932 as “diabolically clever”.  The novel is dedicated to Eden Phillpotts, a successful writer in Agatha Christie’s childhood and a family friend who encouraged her work greatly.

Peril at End House was first published as a novel in 1932 by Dodd, Mead and Company in the US. It was later adapted for stage by Arnold Ridley in 1940 and opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, with Francis L. Sullivan playing Poirot. In 1989 Vadim Derbenyov adapted the story for a Russian film version, titled Zagadka Endkhauza, starring Anatoliy Ravikovich as Poirot. More famously, it was adapted in 1990 for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot with David Suchet in the title role. In 2007 a PC version of the story was developed; the player takes on the role of Poirot and explores both End House and the Cornwall Coast searching for clues. A graphic novel of the story was released by HarperCollins in 2008. An adaptation was made for French TV in 2009 for the series Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie. The episode was called La maison du peril and was only loosely based on the original story, removing the character of Poirot entirely.

"the actual solution is quite unusually ingenious"

Times Literary Supplement, 1932



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