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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case | [Agatha Christie]

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings. There was his own daughter, Judith; an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton; dashing Mr Allerton; brittle Miss Cole; Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife, Barbara; Nurse Craven; Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy; and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer.
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The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings. There was his own daughter, Judith; an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton; dashing Mr Allerton; brittle Miss Cole; Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife, Barbara; Nurse Craven; Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy; and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the aging detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?

©1975 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Superb, vintage Christie." (Sunday Express)
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    "The most gripping Poirot story"

    One of the best Poirot stories -- masterfully narrated by Hugh Fraser, who also performed the narrating character in the David Suchet series. This is among the Agatha Christie books which are not only masterfully woven crime mysteries but also not without literary merits. It revolves around real ethical and moral dilemmas -- a relatively rare thing in murder mysteries.

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "The end of Poirot"

    A poignant final case for Poirot aided by his faithful Hastings in which they re-investigate supposedly solved murders/deaths. In true Agatha Christie style it's intricately plotted and enjoyable to listen to owing much to being wonderfully well-read by Hugh Fraser (Hastings of the TV series).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "agatha christie at her best"

    hugh frazer reads the book with great skill, a well crafted story, full of surprises

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    2/22/10
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a fantastic book. The best thought out story, the best characters, the best twists, and an end you mustn't miss out on.

    How clever Agatha was. And to finish like this.....wow.

    Buy it, you will not be disappointed.

    A clever piece of writing. Not too many characters so it is easy to follow. A contained story as it all happens in one place more or less.

    I absolutely loved it. You will too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gwynnion Kildare
    Middle East
    12/23/12
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    "A corrective experience for fans of the TV series'"

    I am not an avid Christie reader, but I am an avid Christie fan. I grew up watching the old Joan Hickson Marple movies (pocket full of rye used to scare the living daylights out of me), and the early series of the David Suchet tv adaptation of Poirot.



    But as the years went on, my love for the old Christie books had changed to horror at the most recent adaptations. After years of waiting for a David Suchet adaptation to replace the awkward accent and strange paleness of Albert Finny, I got a Murder on the Orient Express which I could hardly recognize.



    The new trend of adaptation, that of deviating heavily from Christie's story, is painful for someone who was used to the quality of the early series. I spent quite a lot of time waiting for the more iconic tales to swing around, and now that they have, they are horrible to behold.



    Here, therefore, is a chance for us fans of the older series, fans of the time when Agatha Christie's Poirot was a good show to watch, one that didn't make you cringe at the obvious changes (so obvious, a non-reader can spot them), to experience something of the "Curtain" experience which we deserve, but will never get.



    Enjoy, my friends, this delightful performance by Hugh Fraser (Who does a lovely David Suchet impersonation, btw), and dream of what might have been.



    - G

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