The Pale Horse, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A priest's death leads to sinister goings-on in an old country pub...To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning.

But where exactly was the beginning? Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman's head? Or was it when the priest's assailant searched him so roughly he tore the clergyman's cassock? Or could it have been the priest's visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her death bed? Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble which Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier?

Wherever the beginning lies, Mark and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, may soon have cause to wish they'd never found it...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007151653



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Mrs Oliver appears briefly in this one, but this is one of Christie's books without Poirot or Miss Marple. Mark Easterbrook becomes intrigued by the activities of three women who live at The Pale Horse. He discovers that they are offering murder by 'remote control', which seems to be a strange mix of the occult and science. The revelation of how it is all done is satisfying and neat with the biggest surprise left for the discovery of the brains behind the activities at The Pale Horse.

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The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie, originally published in 1961, is a tale of murder by black magic. This is the authors’ take on the supernatural and she has included séances, witches and an old 15th century inn called The Pale Horse. The novel is a stand alone although one of her reoccurring characters, Ariadne Oliver is featured and other characters from previous books also make an appearance. I recognized the vicar and his wife from The Moving Finger and Colonel Despard from Cards on the Table.The main character, Mark Easterbrook stumbles into a reference that The Pale Horse is a place of evil, and that, along with a list of names that turn out to belong to people who have recently died starts him and a friend, Ginger, on an investigation. Meanwhile, from a slightly different angle, the police are also taking an interest due to a recent murder of a priest.I found this appropriately chilling and original and enjoyed it very much. The author starts her story slowly, but as the pages turn, she amps up the tension and moves her story along quickly. Typically there were a few red herrings along the way and an interesting twist at the end which made The Pale Horse a very satisfactory read.

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One of my very favourite Agatha Christies. (Loved the television adaptation from ITV in 1997 - worth checking out if you haven't seen it). Complex plot involving witchcraft and murder, it's atmospheric and maintains a sense of internal logic (which can't be said for every Agatha Christie novel). Very enjoyable.<br/><br/>© Koplowitz 2012 <br/> <br/>

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