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: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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. BrokenTune

      ‘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 [...]

    2. Luffy

      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 [...]

    3. James

      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 [...]

    4. Nandakishore Varma

      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.

    5. Fuad Al Fidah

      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 [...]

    6. Sophie Hannah

      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.

    7. Veronique

      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 [...]

    8. Amorfna

      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.

    9. Suvi

      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 [...]

    10. Emma 1

      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 [...]

    11. Eustacia Tan

      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 [...]

    12. rachel • typed truths

      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 [...]

    13. Jaksen

      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, [...]

    14. Ramya (Idea Smith)

      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 [...]

    15. Tushi

      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 [...]

    16. محمد عبداللطيف

      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 [...]

    17. قارِئـة

      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 [...]

    18. Ardy Damar

      "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

    19. Kathy

      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 [...]

    20. Clare Snow

      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 [...]

    21. Wigati Ambar Pertiwi

      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

    22. Gypsi

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

    23. Esraa

      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 [...]

    24. Mónica Silva

      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 [...]

    25. Evangelia

      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 [...]

    26. Richard

      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.

    27. Hind Riyadh

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

    28. Aly

      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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