Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ordeal by Innocence

Considered by critics as one of the best of Agatha Christie’s later novels, and a personal favorite for Christie herself—now a limited streaming series starring Bill Nighy and Anna Chancellor!Accused of bludgeoning his mother to death with a poker, Jacko Argyle had maintained his innocence throughout his trial, claiming he was hitchhiking on the night of the murder and had been picked up by a middle-aged man in a dark car. The police were nev...

Details Ordeal by Innocence

TitleOrdeal by Innocence
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Classics

Reviews Ordeal by Innocence

  • Carol.
    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 ne...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    “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 certainly more satisfying, as I see it. I would have liked -and expected- a more im...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    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 th...
  • BrokenTune
    ‘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 Chri...
  • mark monday
    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, H...
  • Issa Deerbany
    رائعة أجاثا كريستي دليل البراءة يظهر بعد عامين وبعد موت المتهم في السجن والذي اتهم بقتل أمه وصف رائع للنفس البشرية بعد ان كانو يعيشون في أمان مزيفعلى العائلة ان تواجه محنتها من جديداستمتعت بها
  • Maria Gad
    يمهل و لا يهملهذة الكلمات هى أفضل ما يمكننى وصف هذة الروايةبعد مرور عامين من القبض على متهم بتهمة قتل والدته تظهر أدله تثبت غيابه عن مسرح الجريمة. يتم فتح التحقيق من جديد ليتم اكتشاف أسرار جديدة لكل مذنب جزاء و لكل برىء مكافئةو من يقدر على منافسة أج...
  • Chaitra
    Ick. Not one of Christie's best. Not even close. It's the standard detective story set-up: a murder, a finite set of would-be-murderers, no one has a motive/everyone has equal motive. The twist here is that a man has been convicted, and has died in prison before his alibi turns up. As far as mysteries go, it's a fairly decent book. But several other things bugged me: 1. Arthur Calgary, the hero. This is the alibi, the scientist who turns up two y...
  • Bruce Beckham
    I think my watching of the BBC adaptation shortly before reading it hampered my judgement of this book. However, I still believe I would have rated it ‘disappointing’.I had heard that the plot had been altered for the screen version – hmm, worth investigating – but I couldn’t get out of my head the paradox of the location (‘Sunny Point’ and ‘Drymouth’ – filmed in Scotland? Come on!) – nor the actors’ faces that were emblaz...
  • Amina
    This is my first three stars rating for an Agatha Christie book (and I can't believe it)I liked this one, but it was kinda disappointing, the events were a bit dull, I could figure out half of what happened pretty easily, but the second half in the end was great.
  • Katherine
    ”’It’s not the guilty who matter. It’s the innocent.’” 4.5 out of 5 starsI’m beginning to think that I prefer Christie’s standalone titles over her more famous Poirot novels. While I’ve mildly enjoyed those, I adored And Then There Were None. And the completion of this novel confirms my suspicions, because this book was fantastic.Dr. Arthur Calgery, having just come back from a years long expedition to Antarctica, finds himself ...
  • Laurel Young
    Agatha Christie claimed that, of all her many novels, Ordeal by Innocence and Crooked House pleased her best. Crooked House is one of my absolute favorites, but I had rather forgotten how very good Ordeal by Innocence is. The premise is gripping: an innocent man convicted wrongly of murdering his adopted mother has died in prison, but new evidence shows that he had an alibi. This means that the murderer is still at large, but it must be a member ...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    An entertaining mystery and one in which I didn’t entirely predict ‘whodunit’ but also didn’t care all too much about who did it either. The characters were okay but all felt very similar and somewhat flat. However, it was an entertaining read, just not as gritty or addictive as I was hoping it would be, having read and loved another of Agatha Christie’s titles a few months previous to this. TW: discussion of suicide, ableism, sexism
  • Bill Lynas
    In many Agatha Christie stories there is a crime & a large number of suspects. Here she shakes things up a little by having the murderer already sentenced & in prison. He then dies of pneumonia & (if that wasn't enough) someone comes along to prove he was actually innocent.Unfortunately far too much of the novel is taken up with characters discussing who the real murderer might be & this soon becomes so repetitive that I no longer cared who commi...
  • Bettie☯
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  • Jaksen
    Yeah, I'm giving it two stars due to an enormous plot hole. I mean it's so big you can fit a submarine in it, or maybe a battleship, a couple of cruisers, a destroyer. (I so want to play classic Battleship lately.) Seriously, I'll put it in the spoiler tags. Meanwhile...I went on a Christie campaign in the 80's and read everything my local library had. (There was no inter-library system at the time.) I thought I'd done good, read almost every Her...
  • Ariel
    This is one of the last Christie's I'll be reviewing for the Cool Down With AC challenge this summer. I fell a little behind schedule when I needed a break from the Christie a week schedule I was on. This is one of the stand alone novels and was one Agatha Christie's top ten personal favorites making a must read.In this novel we have Dr. Arthur Calgary, who after having suffered a concussion, suddenly remembers an important piece of information i...
  • Kavita
    I am not sure how to rate this. On one hand, it had all the elements I love in a murder mystery - murder within the family, a large number of suspects, family drama, and some humour. But Ordeal by Innocence also bashes you on the head with Christie's private views about adoption and heredity, which are basically utter nonsense. Every chapter contained a polemic, expressed by different people, against adoption and how a mother can never be a mothe...
  • Meave
    Classism time in classism town. More precisely, "adoption is unnatural, adoptive children and parents never truly and properly bond the way biological children and parents do, and all good women desperately long to have their own babies" time in [ibid.:] town. Also a lovely running theme about how the one daughter who's half-black and half-white, to whom everyone refers as "half-caste," is all inscrutable and cat-like as has no sense of time beca...
  • Marija Simić
    So many interesting characters in this book, but my personal favourites are Hester & Philip. Philip's death broke my heart, but at least we got a happy ending, i find Dr Arthur Calgary actually perfect for Hester. Definitely one of my favourite books, i would enjoy it even more, only if i didn't spoiled it to myself by watching a movie adaptation..
  • John
    After watching a recent tv adaptation a few months ago with a bizarre ending I decided to read the book. WTF the tv adaptation was awful. After reading the book where there is a completely different murderer which made sense. Dr. Calgary also is completely different as a character and in my view better. Mary and Philip work better in the book as do the other characters Mickey, Tina, Hester and the wicked Jacko. The best thing about the tv adaptat...
  • Lobstergirl
    So dull.
  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    I've seen several film adaptations of this book in both French and English, so it was time to read it. Often in the films the part of the "detective" is handed off to Marple or Poirot or in the case of French versions, a police inspector such as Larosiere. In reality, the catalyst to the story, Dr Calgary, is an archaeologist and while the police do most of the interviewing and fact-finding, he's always there in the background, holding the case t...
  • Highness Atharva
    Ordeal by Innocence*A Stand-alone Novel by Agatha Crisite* This novel just got my mind charging up and storming out. It's one of the most puzzling, Unexpected, surprising, revealing mysteries written by Agtha Christ ever. Though, it's a great suspense story, there's not much happening throughout the book, no particular/special events and just deduction, investigation, interrogation, flashbacks and whatnot? So, there the book loses some of its enc...
  • Rebecca
    This was a pretty good murder mystery from the master of this genre. The depth to which Agatha Christie went to to tell people a really really good story is still exceptional. The main characters in this book is a family of adopted children and their father. Suffering from the loss of the adopted mother years ago supposedly at the hands of one of the children. He is found guilty of the crime and dies in prison, years on however a man comes to mee...
  • Kahlan23
    ja začínam mať normálne tú Agathu rada. a jedine čo ľutujem,že som s ňou nezačala skôr. knihy písané síce zopár rokov dávnejšie,ale pomaly lepšie ako niektoré dnešné detektívky. netreba preliať litre krvy,stačí len trocha. zopár postáv, jedno miesto a o atmosféru je postarané.k tejto knihe som sa dostala ako inak po zhliadnutí tv adaptácie,ktorá bola nedávno a potom čo mi bola podaná informácia,že v knihe je t...
  • Yessie L Rismar
    Untuk saya yang baru kali ini baca novel Agatha Christie, saya puas banget!
  • Peggy
    Really enjoyed this one! A stand alone no Poirot or Marple.
  • Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
    Book vs. 2018 BBC Adaptation = Adaptation wins. Book Review(1) The picture painted of Rachel Argyll's character, our murder victim, was an interesting one. She becomes a collector of orphaned and unwanted children in order to fill a hole in her life that can't be filled, and while she looks after their every physical need, she's as guilty of neglect as the parents of those unwanted children in her care. She's unable to love. She shows no affectio...
  • Alexander
    This is the book that once again affirms, Agatha Christie is the queen of crime fiction, because oh my gosh it's so good.I'm not a fan of crime fiction in general, but a leaving housemate gave me the books she couldn't bring back home(thanks once again, Madhu!) and there were lots of Agatha Christies in there. My first read was the Big Four, and I was less than impressed. But this one puts Christie right back up there in my list of favourite auth...