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November 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH: Murder in the mews

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For our November Book of the Month, we’ve selected a seasonal short story where an apparent suicide takes place, appropriately, on Guy Fawkes Night. Those readers familiar with this autumnal British event on November 5th will know that it’s a time for fireworks and crackling bonfires – at least, for most.


  • shanashana Paramaribo, Suriname ✭✭✭
    Hmm, the title of the story refers to a murder not suicide. Was there any relevance to the story that the murder was committed on  Guy Fawkes Night? I could not make any relevance.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Didn't it happen on Bonfire Night and Hastngs said it would be a good niht to commit a Murder and a Body was found and SPOILER ALERT the Victims friend tried to Implicate an MP
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    The ending reminded me of another one SPOILER ALERT Wasps Nest
  • StuartBarnettStuartBarnett Connecticut, United States Investigator
    Can I just say that I love the original cover for this done by Robin Macartney. (I have a print of it hanging on a wall not far from where I'm writing this.) He's my favorite Christie cover artist after Tom Adams. Would love to find out more information about him.
  • LeopoldoAtila LeopoldoAtila Investigator
    edited November 2014
    It's one of my favorites short stories. It turns you engage in the story and the ending is quite a surprise.
  • I was actually disappointed at the solution to this one.


    I wanted it to be murder.

  • ChristeryChristery Rhode Island, United States ✭✭✭
    On your splash page with all of the different covers, you have some that clearly list the author as Helen Reilly. I googled her and found that there was an author named Helen Reilly that wrote a book also called Murder in the Mews. I'm very surprised that you posted these covers up with nobody questioning it! For a second I thought Agatha had a pen name that I had not known about!
  • loriewagnerloriewagner Investigator
    I enjoyed the story and liked Poirot's foreshadowing with the garbage, mailbox and set up of desk. The left handed golf clubs were a nice addition that Agatha didn't need but added to the story. Thought it was murder until the denouncement. I found it very clever turning a suicide into a murder and then back to a suicide.
  • ChristeryChristery Rhode Island, United States ✭✭✭
    Well, Max, you should read Orient Express right away! It is one of Christie's absolute best and a real treat! You will definitely not be disappointed!
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Funny how we all differ, There are Poirot Books which are worse than Murder On The Links and Murder On The Oriennt Express but an awful lot that I think are Much, Much better and if the one set in Egypt is Death On The Nile that is Brilliant.
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