Murder is Easy

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Novel

First published: 1938

Murder
methods:

  • Poison
  • Blow to the Head
  • Falling/Being Pushed
  • Hit and Run
  • Septicemia

Synopsis

Murder is Easy

Murder is Easy

Luke Fitzwilliam could not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer was at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood – or her speculation that the local doctor was next in line. But within hours, Miss Pinkerton had been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke was inclined to think so – until he read in The Times of the unexpected demise of Dr Humbleby.

Anybody who can believe six impossible things before breakfast wins hands down at this game.

Luke Fitzwilliam, Murder is Easy

More about this story

Here Agatha Christie again turns away from her established detectives to try something new. A string of apparently unrelated deaths turns out to be devious multiple murder plot.

Perhaps tiring of her little Belgian, Murder is Easy is an early example of Agatha Christie dropping her famous detective in favour of the lesser known Superintendent Battle. Here she plays with one her favourite themes, devious multiple murders disguised as accidents. The story is considered to feature all the Agatha Christie staples of country village life.

It was adapted for TV in the US in 1982, featuring Bill Bixby as Luke and Helen Hayes as Livinia, who would later go on to star as Miss Marple. Clive Exton adapted the story for stage in 1993 and in 2008 it was included in the TV series Agatha Christie’s Marple. Miss Marple was played by Julia McKenzie while rising star Benedict Cumberbatch featured as Luke. In 2013, the story was dramatised for BBC Radio 4.

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