When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood.
During the trial, Ms. French's housekeeper, Janet, gives damning evidence against Vole, and, as Romaine's cross-examination begins, her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains, will justice prevail?
©2012 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I fell in love with the work of Charles Laughton after watching him in Witness For the Prosecution. So having listened to this short story I am naturally disappointed to find his character far simpler and less brilliant than Laughton's character. In fact, the same can be said for the story itself. It is a clever idea, seemingly too tedious for a novel, yet perfect for a movie script.
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