Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of Mrs.Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her.
With only 24 hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he'd overheard back in Jerusalem: "You see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he'd ever met....
©1938 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
Love the narration and the plot surprises
He has a great vocal range and a pleasant, dramatic reading style
Hugh Fraser delivers this story with great skill. The odd characters slowly come to life, as we wait for the murderer to strike. Poroit enters the story late in the game, but solves the riddle using his little grey cells.
She must die.
This is a wonderful Christie, full of interesting characters, a compelling mystery with plenty of suspects, and a thoroughly loathsome victim. Rather like her "Murder in Mesopotamia" for the exotic setting.
I loved the epilogue where we find out what happened to the family after the crime was solved.
Not "moved" really, but I did enjoy the "gathering of the suspects" scene.
addicting, exciting, thrilling
It's got an excellent psychological profile of all the characters.
His vivacity when telling the story definitively was a plus. He makes all characters very distinguishable.
Christie at her best. Underrated, this is a sharp portrait of an evil, sadistic and vindictive woman. I liked it.
It's not my favourite Christie novel, but it's still an interesting story with great characters - I particularly like the malevolent mother who is the murder victim in this story. Not sure why it was called "Appointment with Death", though - time is a factor, but no appointments were made out in the deserts around Petra (in Jordan). Hugh Fraser does a great job again, and I love listening to his narration of so many of the Agatha Christie mysteries.
This book was a bit slow as the story is building. And for my kids, the accent was hard to understand at first. But half way thru the book, it became more interesting.
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