- Originally published 1940
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 327 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsUK; Masterpiece ed edition (January 16, 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003B02PAO
- Source: I bought it
First published in 1940, the title was taken from the song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and is printed at the beginning of the novel. It was adapted for television in 2003.
This was an unusual case because on the face of it the charges of murder against Elinor Carlisle were supported by irrefutable evidence.
Hercule Poirot is brought into the case by Dr. Lord who is actually being called as a witness for the prosecution. He however has fallen in love with Elinore and believes she is innocent.
Hercule Poirot is amazed by the fact that everyone he talks to tells him lies. Some are just small lies and he can understand why the person has lied. But then he comes across a lie that seems unnecessary. The other thing that prompts his involvement is that he becomes convinced that the truth lies not in what he knows about Elinor Carlisle, but in what he does not know about Mary Gerrard.
SAD CYPRESS really has a very clever and intriguing plot. I liked also the way the reader gets to see things from Elinor's point of view, and is privy to her thoughts.
My Rating: 4.6