Syyttömyyden taakka eBook – Bilb-weil.de

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  1. carol. carol. says:

    You really have to admire 1950s for their marvelous plot devices Amnesiacs, mistaken identities, and in this mystery by Agatha Christie, a man with a concussion fails to provide an alibi, and shortly after recovering, heads off to Antarctica for a research expedition Barring that somewhat awkward premise, Ordeal was an interesting psychological mystery that kept me engaged Dr Calgary, the Antarctic research scientist, discovers through old newspaper articles that he was the missing alibi for You really have to admire 1950s for their marvelous plot devices Amnesiacs, mistaken identities, and in this mystery by Agatha Christie, a man with a concussion fails to provide an alibi, and shortly after recovering, heads off to Antarctica for a research expedition Barring that somewhat awkward premise, Ordeal was an interesting psychological mystery that kept me engaged Dr Calgary, the Antarctic research scientist, discovers through old newspaper articles that he was the missing alibi for Jack Argyle, accused and convicted of killing his mother Despite steadily maintaining his innocence, Jack was sent to prison, where he died of pneumonia after only six months Troubled by guilt, Dr Calgary consults with the lawyer of the Jack s family, determined to seek them out and assure them of Jack s innocence He expects a mixed emotional reaction, perhaps to be thanked or perhaps to bear the brunt of their anger for his untimely appearance and information Unfortunately, the facts of the case have failed to impress Dr Calgary, and not even the warning from Jack s sister makes it clear it s not the guilty who matter It s the innocent It s we who matter Don t you see what you ve done to us all One of her brothers visits Dr Calgary at his hotel, examining his story and providing Calgary with the background on his family and the reason they are so upset by his news Calgary, shocked, finds himself back at the lawyer s seekinginformation, and then proceeds to talk with some of the principles I thought that I was ending something, giving shall we say a different end to a chapter already written But I was made to feel, I was made to see, that instead of ending something I was starting something Something altogether new Meanwhile, the police, while doubtful of their ultimate success, are determinedly re opening the case, and eventually Dr Calgary s goals dovetail with their own.Technically, her writing is impressive On re read, I realized how streamlined and exacting her prose is, and all the clever ways she conveys dialogue without resorting to a simple he said, she said format that plagues less experienced writers Characterization is also impeccably done, a few short sentences illuminating an entire personality Arthur Calgary walked down the sloping ramp and got into the boat as the ferryman steadied it with a boathook He was an old man and gave Calgary the fanciful impression that he and his boat belonged together, were one and indivisible For a moment a feeling of poignant sadness came over him as he confronted the virile youth of the boy facing him Superintendent Huish was a tall, sad looking man His air of melancholy was so profound that no one would have believed that he could be the life and soul of a children s party, cracking jokes and bringing pennies out of little boys ears It was a pretty, rather vapid little face, plastered with make up, eyebrows plucked, hair hideous and stiff in a cheap perm Writing like this reminds me of the certain degree of sloppiness I see in current writers who are churning out book after book Easy enough to do, if your last ten books bore any resemblance to Parker phoning in Bad Business or Evanovich and her umpteenth Plum fiasco But Christie wrote for over 40 years and had 66 detective novels to her credit while not all of them hit excellence, I m not sure they fell quite to those depths Grand Dame indeed To top it off, the mystery was decent and the solution a surprise There were pieces Christie left in place, and while I picked up on a few, I was short of constructing the picture view spoiler It was also a pleasure when all ended well, if rather sweetly hide spoiler Note Christie does show her upper class British upbringing in this one One character is referred to a half caste and a dark horse I assumed the dark horse to refer to her status as a potential murderer, but it could be a racial remark She ends up being quite a sympathetic character so it bothered me less than it could have.At any rate, four stars for Christie s delicious period piece and managing to surprise me with a couple different twists.Cross posted at


  2. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    That was the trouble with people who had no legal sense of discretion They insisted on saying things which were much better not said Every time Christie makes her stories revolve around a big and extraordinarily dysfunctional family, I invariably find myself utterly spellbound The same happened with Appointment With Death but the mystery in the latter was certainlysatisfying, as I see it I would have liked and expected aimaginative solution, I think.In brief, not one of Chris That was the trouble with people who had no legal sense of discretion They insisted on saying things which were much better not said Every time Christie makes her stories revolve around a big and extraordinarily dysfunctional family, I invariably find myself utterly spellbound The same happened with Appointment With Death but the mystery in the latter was certainlysatisfying, as I see it I would have liked and expected aimaginative solution, I think.In brief, not one of Christie s best, but, in its own and unique way, interesting nonetheless


  3. Hamad Hamad says:

    This Review Blog Twitter InstagramJustice is, after all, in the hands of men and men are fallibleIt is no big secret that I am such a fan of Agatha Christie and I pick up one of her books whenever I am in the mood for a good mystery thriller from an author I trust I have been reading much fantasy lately, I read exactly 20 consecutive fantasy books before I decided to take a break and read something different I am glad I did because Agatha did not disappoint once agai This Review Blog Twitter InstagramJustice is, after all, in the hands of men and men are fallibleIt is no big secret that I am such a fan of Agatha Christie and I pick up one of her books whenever I am in the mood for a good mystery thriller from an author I trust I have been reading much fantasy lately, I read exactly 20 consecutive fantasy books before I decided to take a break and read something different I am glad I did because Agatha did not disappoint once again.This is my 11th book by the author so I still have a long way to go with her books but it is also a good thing because I still have much to explore I picked this one on a whim while browsing the mystery section at the local bookstore I just read pneumonia and Doctor in the synopsis and was immediately sold It was actually different from what I expected and it was not a medical story The plot is basically that a guy who has died in prison from pneumonia is cleared by an alibi one year after his death That means the case is opened again and all the family are suspected once again as they have motives.Some authors write good characters but Agatha write real people, I don t just read her books, I live in them I am also fascinated by the fact that they were written decades ago, this one was written 60 years ago and I am still astonished by the technology and stuff that were available back then There is usually a formula to Christie s novels and some people don t like it but I actually love itHow can I go on living here and suspecting everybodyThe writing in this one was as good as I am used to I just love how simple, straight to the point her novels are This novel is less than 300 pages with all the elements for a good novel contained within Another thing I like is that the language used is not as complicated as in classics but still different from the way we speak today The dialogue and the way people act is actually not that different after one century from her first novels Agatha is also not the kind of author who will hold back from speaking her mind in her novels and I just adore that, she described men and women in such a fascinating way throughout this novel, once even comparing mothers to cats and their kittensMen, they never think That s what you might call the normal pattern of female life I ve seen many girls and women, with strong maternal instincts, keen on getting married but mainly, though they mayn t quite know it themselves because of their urge to motherhood And the babies come they re happy and satisfied Life goes back into proportion for them They can take an interest in their husbands and in the local affairs and in the gossip that s going round, and of course in their children But it s all in proportion The maternal instinct, in a purely physical sense, is satisfied, you seeThe plot was interesting and it is the kind of books I want to consume very fast just to know who done it I love some family drama and the dynamics in this book were pretty fucked up as shown at the beginning of the story when Jacko s innocence is announced and the family does not take the news happily The funny thing is that Agatha managed to wrap every thing up and end the book on a comical way after all the dark things the family went through.Summary As good as Agatha s other books, if you are a fan and haven t read this one, then you probably should and if you haven t tried her books then what are you doing in your life Just kidding but check out her books, seriously I plan to continue exploring everything she has written You can getbooks from Book Depository


  4. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT Calgary came to the end of the nice new road with the nice new houses on either side of it, each with its eighth of an acre of garden rock plants, chrysanthemums, roses, salvias, geraniums, each owner displaying his or her individual garden taste.At the end of the road was a gate with SUNNY POINT in Gothic letters on it He opened the gate, passed through, and went along a short drive The house was there ahead of him, a well built, characterless modern house, gabled and porched It mi EXCERPT Calgary came to the end of the nice new road with the nice new houses on either side of it, each with its eighth of an acre of garden rock plants, chrysanthemums, roses, salvias, geraniums, each owner displaying his or her individual garden taste.At the end of the road was a gate with SUNNY POINT in Gothic letters on it He opened the gate, passed through, and went along a short drive The house was there ahead of him, a well built, characterless modern house, gabled and porched It might have stood on any good class suburban site, or a new development anywhere It was unworthy, in Calgary s opinion, of its view For the view was magnificent The river here curved sharply round the point almost turning back on itself Wooded hills rose opposite upstream to the left was a further bend in the river with meadows and orchards in the distance Calgary looked for a moment up and down the river One should have built a castle here, he thought, an impossible, ridiculous fairy tale castle The sort of castle that might be made of gingerbread or frosted sugar Instead there was good taste, restraint, moderation, plenty of money, and absolutely no imagination For that, naturally, one did not blame the Argyles They had only bought the house, not built it Still,they, or one of them Mrs Argyle , had chosen it.He said to himself, You can t put it off any longer and pressed the electric bell beside the door ABOUT THIS BOOK Recovering from amnesia, Dr Arthur Calgary discovers that he alone could have provided an alibi in a scandalous murder trial It ended in the conviction of Jacko Argyle The victim was Jacko s own mother, and to make matters worse, he died in prison But the young man s innocence means that someone else killed the Argyle matriarch, and would certainly kill again to remain in the shadows Shaded in the moral ambiguity of murder, the provocative psychological puzzler of guilt, vengeance, and blood secrets is among Agatha Christie s personal favorites.MY THOUGHTS I was excited to discover, I thought, a Christie that I hadn t previously read But once I got into it, I realized that I had previously read it, and had also seen the TV adaptation, and a very good one it was too But not to worry, as I couldn t remember whodunit.So I got to read and enjoy this stand alone mystery all over again And to be wrong, all over again, about just who the murderer was A delightful murder mystery.THE AUTHOR Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club DISCLOSURE I listened to Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser, published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited via OverDrive All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog 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  5. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    This is one of those standalone mysteries written by Dame Agatha which features none of her favourite sleuths and it s fantastic and insanely readable Jacko Argyll, the black sheep of the Argyll family who has been convicted for the murder of his mother, dies in prison after protesting his innocence for two years an alibi involving a hitched ride which he could not prove in court However, it turns out that for once, Jacko had been telling the truth Dr Arthur Calgary who had given him a li This is one of those standalone mysteries written by Dame Agatha which features none of her favourite sleuths and it s fantastic and insanely readable Jacko Argyll, the black sheep of the Argyll family who has been convicted for the murder of his mother, dies in prison after protesting his innocence for two years an alibi involving a hitched ride which he could not prove in court However, it turns out that for once, Jacko had been telling the truth Dr Arthur Calgary who had given him a lift and later ran into a road accident resulting in a temporary loss of memory, arrives at the Argyll household to absolve him However, instead of the welcome he had anticipated, Dr Calgary gets a very cold reception because now it means that the case is no longer comfortably closed With a believable and convenient suspect absolved, it means that the real murderer is still at largeTherefore begins the ordeal the ordeal of those who are innocent This is a very tightly written story and entirely believable again, one where excessive use of coincidence a failure of Christie is avoided The narrative moves like a movie by Hitchcock, and when the surprisingly logical conclusion is revealed, we kick ourselves for not seeing it coming.A dark little tale


  6. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    How can I go on living here and suspecting everybody I usually avoid comparing movies to books as in comparing apples to oranges.but since I graced my teeth on this Christie story first through Prime s version of the haunting tale, I can t help but constantly compare when reading and reviewing I knew when watching the three part series that Christie would not have been racy enough to put in the themes of child abuse, abortion and molestation in her book, and I was right when reading this How can I go on living here and suspecting everybody I usually avoid comparing movies to books as in comparing apples to oranges.but since I graced my teeth on this Christie story first through Prime s version of the haunting tale, I can t help but constantly compare when reading and reviewing I knew when watching the three part series that Christie would not have been racy enough to put in the themes of child abuse, abortion and molestation in her book, and I was right when reading this to check it out Some of the stuff may have almost been implied, and whiletook liberties when creating the film, I can see where they get a little of their source material.Honestly the movie told a stronger story because it focused on characterization and dysfunctionso than its predecessor One of the biggest changes was of the witness himself, who the movie version chose to make a weaker and mentally confused character versus the self assured, professional character in this book The ending is drastically different and less demented Rating the book by itself, the plot is slower moving due to so many points of view detecting We have chapters devoted to the police talking amongst themselves, the witness speaking to the police, the witness speaking to the family, and the family talking amongst themselves The family is the heart of the story, so the scenes with them are the most interesting There aren t really many clues It sof a study with a weird family when the mother took in orphaned children and tried to force their love by giving them good lives Seeing the way the father felt ignored, the way the mother kept filling her house with children to try to get her heart fulfilled, and how the children went from scheming to resentful was fascinating I don t remember her other books delving as deeply into the taboo of adoption and twisted mother control, but Dame Christie has a knack for digging deep into hidden dark heart of society with her books.It s definitely worth a read for Christie fans, but the story does falter at times in the interest level because of the lack of direction on who the detective really is, and who is really in control of the narration for this book


  7. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    All right It s your say so and you re sticking to it Jacko didn t kill her Very well then who did kill her You haven t thought about that one, have you Think about it now Think about it and then you ll begin to see what you re doing to us all I ve been reading away on my Agatha Christie project for a while, and although the books tend to, with exceptions, follow a formula, there are other issues or themes that Christie discusses in the different books This could be anything from discussAll right It s your say so and you re sticking to it Jacko didn t kill her Very well then who did kill her You haven t thought about that one, have you Think about it now Think about it and then you ll begin to see what you re doing to us all I ve been reading away on my Agatha Christie project for a while, and although the books tend to, with exceptions, follow a formula, there are other issues or themes that Christie discusses in the different books This could be anything from discussing morality and justice as she does in Orient Express and And Then There Were None to superstitions as she does in Endless Night.She s not always successful with this in the sense that she makes a valid argument or finds common ground with the sensibilities of her readers tho, maybe she wassuccessful with the latter in her own time but she does pick up topics for discussion that have nothing to do with the murder plot itself.In Ordeal by Innocence, Christie dedicates her side discussion to the topic of adoptionAll tragic histories in a way, said Philip All poor unwanted little devils Yes, said Leo That s what made Rachel feel so passionately about them all She was determined to make them feel wanted, to give them a real home, be a real mother to them It was a fine thing to do, said Philip Only only it can never work out exactly as she hoped it might, said Leo It was an article of faith with her that the blood tie didn t matter But the blood tie does matter, you know There is usually something in one s own children, some kink of temperament, some way of feeling that you recognize and can understand without having to put into words You haven t got that tie with children you adopt One has no instinctive knowledge of what goes on in their minds You judge them, of course, by yourself, by your own thoughts and feelings, but it s wise to recognize that those thoughts and feelings may be very widely divergent from theirs You understood that, I suppose, all along, said Philip I warned Rachel about it, said Leo, but of course she didn t believe it Didn t want to believe it She wanted them to be her own children Having read her points, it seems Christie argues that adoptive parents can never have the same bond with their children as natural parents and that all adopted children will carry a chip of rejection on their shoulder I am not going to argue for nor against this thesis, but I do acknowledge that there is a lot of controversy in Christie s statements on the subject of adoption in this book There is no indication of what made Christie bring this up other than to have a side discussion in the book, but to me these side issues however controversial or even offensive they may be are an aspect of what I enjoy about the books I guess, Christie s use of the uncertainty about familial trust as the major drivers of plot in this particular mystery makes it quite similar to Appointment with Death, but family set up is completely different in this story It has been fun to watch the mystery unravel, knowing that the similarity with her other books is just one of the red herrings that Christie is so famous for Who is it who said Nothing is ever settled until Until it is settled right, Miss Vaughan finished for him Kipling


  8. mark monday mark monday says:

    Choose Your Own Adventure Did you kill the Argyle matriarch Tis true, she was an awful sort A control freak dramatically highly strung and passionately venomous, her grasping hands ever eager to twist and to bind, to bind you and others to her She is played by Faye Dunaway in tiny flashback sequences and that is certainly apropos casting Mama Argyle was ever so unfair to you She never let you do what you wanted, it was always her, Her, HER She deserved to die, damn it The world is a bet Choose Your Own Adventure Did you kill the Argyle matriarch Tis true, she was an awful sort A control freak dramatically highly strung and passionately venomous, her grasping hands ever eager to twist and to bind, to bind you and others to her She is played by Faye Dunaway in tiny flashback sequences and that is certainly apropos casting Mama Argyle was ever so unfair to you She never let you do what you wanted, it was always her, Her, HER She deserved to die, damn it The world is a better place without her The world should congratulate you At the very least, they can give you some small bit of understanding for the good deed you ve performed.If you decide that the best defense is a good offense, choose this path.If you feel you need to see a real ordeal by innocence, choose this path


  9. jade jade says:

    justice is, after all, in the hands of men and men are fallibletwo years ago, the argyle family matriarch was murdered, and the youngest son was found guilty for the crime the argyles have put the whole tragedy behind them, and are trying to move forward until dr calgary shows up and tells them that the youngest son had an alibi all along.pandemonium ensues as the police reopens the two year old case, and the family members start suspecting each other could it be the fatherjustice is, after all, in the hands of men and men are fallibletwo years ago, the argyle family matriarch was murdered, and the youngest son was found guilty for the crime the argyles have put the whole tragedy behind them, and are trying to move forward until dr calgary shows up and tells them that the youngest son had an alibi all along.pandemonium ensues as the police reopens the two year old case, and the family members start suspecting each other could it be the father who s finally decided to marry his trusty secretary and assistant, who was also in the family home during the murder or is one of the kids holding a grudge against their mother as the story unfolds, we switch POVs between various family members this book has no central investigator like poirot or miss marple this set up is rather effective at the start, since you really get to dive into the complicated feelings and possible motives these characters have about the deceased mrs argyle, who is not as perfect as she seems.however, once the clues start piling up, the narrative starts lacking focus the investigation is split between the police, an agitated dr calgary who feels guilty for causing the argyles so much grief, and philip, who s married to the argyle s eldest, mary.the police fear they might not even find enough clues two years after the murder, and come across as rather sullen and morose calgary is mostly focused on his own guilt until he starts getting the hots for one of the family s daughters and philip is, pardon my language, a huge asshole.utterly bored with life thanks to an overbearing wife and an accident that put him in a wheelchair, he s constantly needling all family members into confessing something simply for his own entertainment he doesn t even want to help the police he just wants to know who killed the old bird he instigates for the fun of it, and is also fond of spouting racist and sexist bull.such as one of the argyle daughters being a suspicious outsider because ofthe half of her that isn t whiteor telling his mentally unstable sister in law that people commit suicide for silly reasons, kissing her without consent, and playing it off as a silly joke to his wife.yeah, that s a yikes from me.and that brings me to another issue all the argyle children are adopted a very fine line is walked when exploring issues around adoption sometimes, it s very thoughtful, view spoiler such as mrs argyle employing adoption as a tool for her own fulfillment and needing to have constant control over her kids or one of the sons feeling resentment towards mrs argyle because despite his biological mother not loving him, he didn t want to be taken from his home hide spoiler and other times, it s just not thoughtful at all.such as implying that the bond between blood relatives is always stronger than that between an adoptee and their parent or this whole idea that women will always be unfulfilled whenever they adopt over physically bearing children so that was a bit of a bummer.i ll say that the actual mystery is quite good, and though i was looking in the right direction i still didn t catch the final twist the argyle family is fascinating to watch almost as suspiciously crafted and possibly murderous as the one in crooked house i greatly enjoyed the first half because of that, in which we get to meet all the characters in detail.i confess that it s often my favorite part of a murder mystery anyway the slow beginning and set up of all the people involved and christie always excels at that with her clean prose and on point characterization.unfortunately, the somewhat gimmicky premise, lack of focus, and weirdly constructed ideas were a bit too distracting for me to enjoy this one in full as were the repercussions of the twist that just weren t addressed view spoiler why would jacko submit himself to a life sentence when he knew it was kristen who murdered his mother i just find it odd that he would never even try to argue his innocence sure, it would reveal how he manipulated her, but it s established that he s a smooth talker it feels out of character that he didn t even try.so was he really in love with kristen, then and prepared to rot in prison for her sake i don t think so, either the whole thing just feels off hide spoiler 2.5 stars.


  10. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    One of Christie s must read thrillers Written in her true who dun it fashion the plot has an interesting beginning True a murder has been committed and innocent person is jailed where he later dies The stage is set and there is usual bunch of suspects It is not the police but an amateur sleuth who finally solves the case Great read.