Yes, the protagonist is personable and interesting. If they like historical mysteries, or books set in the 20's, this one is not to be missed.
Josephine Tey's Brat Ferrar is one of my favorite books and the inspiration for this mystery, and at first I was worried this one would fall flat in comparison. But the author pulled it off, and did a wonderful job painting the setting, both physical and historical.
No, but she was excellent at giving different characters their voices. Leah/Jessie in particular is given an appealingly young and spirited sound.
Leah, but I'd rather see her in one of her vaudeville shows!
Different handling of the premise. Very cool idea, appalling execution.
Characters were broad to the point of stereotype, ugh. Offensive stereotypes, at that.
I was able to return it.
Stopped listening to it. I almost always finish a book I start, but not this time.
I've always liked this Poirot novel, even with its less believable (even for Christie) plot points. Amy Leatheram makes an appealing POV character, filling in for Captain Hastings as Poirot's sidekick. She's a lot sharper than Hastings, but still remains a step or two behind Poirot. Sometimes Christie's characterization can be a bit shallow, but it shines here, particularly with Amy and Mrs. Leidner. The dusty Iraqi location is almost another character. Add in Amy's appealing narration, and this becomes a mystery I've read more than once. Christie's familiarity with Iraq and archeological sites makes for a palpable sense of place. The audiobook narrator does a great job, giving the characters' unique voices. The one thing I found jarring was how different her Poirot sounded from David Suchet's, but that's to be expected. Overall a very enjoyable listen.
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