Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection".
Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.
©1936 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers
Some of Agatha Christie's mysteries are more about characters and some are more about mystery, and this is one of the latter. That's not to say that the characters are poor, only that the mystery itself takes center stage. It's a real whodunnit: A dinner party includes 4 criminals, whom the host claims to know have each gotten away with murder, and 4 sleuths, both professionals and amateurs......and while the 4 criminals are in a room playing bridge, one of them quietly and secretly murders the host. Whodunnit, and how will Poirot figure it out? Keep listening and find out.
Hugh Fraser does a terrific job, as I've enjoyed in the past.
Lots of fun for fans of Dame Agatha
All the scenes with Ariana Oliver ( Agatha Christie making fun of her image)
Hugh Fraser is one reason to listen. He's fabulous !
This book was as wonderful as any other of her tales. I love the way that Poirot referred to this type of murder in a previous book as his "ultimate crime to solve". I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone but it left me somewhat dizzy. The last 30-45 minutes seem to move the action really fast and the ending literally comes out of nowhere.
The only part I didn't care for was when other members of Scotland Yard went to interview people. You didn't know who these officers were and never heard anything about them later on either. It seemed random. I can understand the need to interview the people but why not send one of the characters we already knew? It was like they had a cameo appearance and in a book it just doesn't work the same as a movie.
I may have enjoyed it better if I played bridge. I didn't understand many of the hands that were played during the games. I would have gotten more out of the book if I did.
Twists and turns.
The plot was a little too far fetched. If I had taken the time to set my mind to just enjoying this mystery as simple entertainment, I would have enjoyed the book more. Sometimes I take fiction too seriously. The book was ok. There is a lot going on and just when you think you know who the murderer is, the plot twists and you start all over again.
Everything, He reads well and does character voices quite well. His Poirot voice is superb.
Agatha Christie lays out a masterful hand, filled with suspects and sleuths.
Frasier does a marvelous job with the delivery of story. It's all aces!
A well written story and very well narrated. Hugh Fraser's different accents for the different characters' was absolutely entertaining. I could not put it down and finished it in just after a day! And that was because of work. :)
I haven't yet read the print edition, but I very much enjoyed Hugh Fraser's performance.
The limited pool of suspects made for an interesting whodunnit.
The end of a Christie book is always a favorite.
I chuckled in a few places, mostly due to Mr. Fraser's charming voices.
Plot twists right up to the end; never was able to narrow my suspicions properly, though I had correctly eliminated one of the 4 suspects. I think I might have appreciated this one a bit more if I knew the slightest thing about playing bridge, but as to that, I am in the dark, and so the whole motif was lacking significance for me. The wrap-up was less satisfactory than usual, even leaving me wondering a bit about Miss Meredith.
The narration wasn't quite as clean as usual either, though Fraser is still good at defining and differentiating several character voices, I was surprised by this performance- there were several instances of dialogue with mismatched character voices, enough that a few conversations were confusing and demanded re-listening.
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