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Cat among the pigeons

Cat among the pigeons

Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976, author

Two teachers discover the body of the school's unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point-blank range. The school is thrown into chaos when the 'cat' strikes again, and Julia Upjohn knows that without Poirot's help she could be next

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime.
Published London: Harper, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Agatha Christie
ISBN: 000752756X, 9780007527564
Note: Originally published: London: Collins, 1959.
Physical Description: 308 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: The Agatha Christie collection. Poirot
Subject: Private investigators Belgium Fiction.; Poirot, Hercule (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Series Title: Agatha Christie collection. Poirot.

Author note

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls - things like murder.

Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress - shot through the heart from point blank range.

The school is thrown into chaos when the 'cat' strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim.


'Immensely enjoyable.' Daily Express

'To read Agatha Christie at her best is to experience the rarefied pleasure of watching a faultless technician at work, and she is in top form in Cat Among the Pigeons.' New York Times