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eBook Towards Zero download ISBN: 0854561269
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Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in June 1944, and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in July of the same year.

Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in June 1944, and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in July of the same year. Lady Tressilian invites her ward for his annual visit at Gull's Point. He insists on bringing both his former wife and his present wife, though Lady Tressilian finds this awkward.

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You see, Towards Zero postulates (that's a word that should be used more often) that a murder begins before someone dies.

Dear Robert, Since you are kind enough to say you like my stories, I venture to dedicate this book to you. All I ask is that you should sternly restrain your critical faculties (doubtless sharpened by your recent excesses in that line!) when reading it. This is a story for your pleasure and not a candidate for Mr. Graves’ literary pillory!

There were still three days of it to run and he was a little disappointed when the weather changed and the rain fell now. He was breakfasting with.

There were still three days of it to run and he was a little disappointed when the weather changed and the rain fell now. He was breakfasting with Inspector James Leach, his nephew, when the telephone rang. I’ll come right along, si. .Jim put the receiver back. Serious? asked Superintendent Battle. He noted the expression on his nephew’s face. An old lady, very well known down here, an invalid

Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the . by Dodd, Mead and Company in June 1944, and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in July of the same year.

Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the . The book is the last to feature her recurring character of Superintendent Battle. Lady Tressilian, an old and humourless woman confined to her bed, invites several guests into her seaside home of Gull's Point for two weeks at the end of the summer.

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Iseared
Of the Superintendent Battle books, this is my favorite. I wish Christie had written more books with the Superintendent. He comes across as very intelligent but some fall for his 'wooden' look and think less of him. This serves him well in his interviews.

I was happy to see him mention Hercule Poirot as he tried to remember what it was that he had missed when investigating the house of the murder. He has much respect for the Belgium Detective.

I did figure out the murderer. However, I didn't piece together the entire story, so it was still a surprise at the end.
Steamy Ibis
If the ending of this story wraps up a bit too neatly, the psychological twist is still valid and Agatha Christie plays fair with the reader regarding the main mystery. I admit that I'm a bit tired of the "He must be mad" theme regarding murderers, but that was the thinking of her day, except. of course, involving Miss Marple, who knew evil when she saw it. But this is Superintendent Battle's story, and he arrives in his "wooden," "stolid" presence and saves the day.Christie is at her best in dialogue, and she expresses her characters' personalities that way: she shows instead of tells, and the reader can make up his/her own mind. The twist here is worth waiting for, even after multiple readings.
Wizard
Most of Agatha Christie's stories have been made into movies or t.v. episodes so we think we know all about them, but that isn't true! Reading the original story is so much better! She reveals so much more about her characters than can be shown on film, and some of her characters are cut out of the story altogether on film! So reading her original work is a real joy and because she writes such a carefully constructed mystery story it gives me a deeper appreciation for her work. I recommend reading her stories in chronological order (whatever series you choose to start with) so that you don't miss any references her characters make to previous interactions with other characters. It just adds to the enjoyment when you feel you have grown to know the characters. This book is the last book of the Superintendent Battle series.
Whitemaster
If Christie's Towards Zero (1944), published after The Moving Finger (1943) and before Death Comes As the End (1945), ranks as a personal favorite, it does so largely because it is one of Christie's novels which I return to repeatedly and find myself quickly engrossed, even though I know its ending.

Christie's power in Towards Zero is her ability to create a sinister air which permeates this novel written at the height of her career. While the absence of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot may disappoint Christie fans, Superintendent Battle, whose role remains relatively marginal for much of the action of the novel, is the primary detective in the story. Like many of Christie's novels, Towards Zero is an English countryhouse murder mystery in which a limited number of suspects all congregate in one particular location.

Lady Tressilian's home, Gull's Point, overlooks a river which empties into Easterhead Bay. There, Lady Tressilian lives in relative peace with her companion, Mary Aldin, a sheepish young woman who acts as a secretary to Lady Tressilian. As the late summer approaches, Lady Tressilian finds herself hosting a series of guests, particularly her late husband's ward, Nevile Strange, accompanied by his new wife, Kay. Unfortunately, Nevile's first wife, Audrey, has also been invited. Christie, hardly prone to comedy comparable to a Noel Coward play, allows us to see the competing affections between these three characters. Why did Nevile leave his first wife whom everyone loved? Why does Kay find Audrey frightening? And why, after being rejected, does Audrey agree to come and visit Gull's Point at the latter end of the summer?

Eventually, we meet Mr. Treves, a kindly, well-meaning solicitor, whose considerable past experience allows him to speak with some authority on murderers and their victims. Unfortunately, after recounting an incident in which two children playing eventually lead to a fatality, an audience member finds Mr. Treves knowledge far too significant to ignore. Who among the guests at Gull's Point might be responsible for placing an "out of order" sign on an elevator so that an aging Mr. Treves would have to climb, much to his peril, flights of stairs? Christie's novel of suspense allows us briefly into the mind of the killer and while she never reveals anything that might give the end away, she manages to keep readers guessing until the last minute.
Zorve
I was shocked by the ending. I enjoyed the pace and the characters. There were many red herrings that upended my conclusions. Very fun.
Laitchai
Christie keeps you guessing until a very surprising ending. Great plot. I have read almost all of her full length novels. If I have missed one, I cannot imagine which one it is. This one is in the top five. Inspector Battle is one of her best characters! This is a must read for any Christie fan!
Quemal
Agatha Christie has you bouncing all over the place as to who did what. You quickly are back in the upper crust of British society as it was in the late 30's-40's. At first it feels like a bunch of short stories, but they all tie together as different characters move in and out of each other's lives and deaths.
It's a murder mystery, so that's why I say there's some violence, but it is one of my favorites to listen to again and again - at the end, at the revealing of the murderer, Hugh Laurie gets a bit high-pitched for my liking, but otherwise he's easy to listen to.