Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from.
In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.
But it's the great detective who first discovers that in murder hunts, whether mock or real, everyone is playing a part."
©1956 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
He is fabulous in the tv show but Audiobooks require so many voices and such quick transitions and so many of his voices for characters were awful! Especially for Sir George and some of the women.
I know that David Suchet is considered to have delivered the ultimate portrayals of Poirot in his 25 years portraying the man in television movie series "Agatha Christie: Poirot"......but that was not evident in his performance narrating this book. I guess it was fitting that the last movie he filmed as Poirot was Dead Man's Folly. If I didn't know who he was, I would have claimed he was overacting and chewing the scenery with some ridiculously cliched accents and over-the-top emphatic declarations in the final reveal.
The actual story is fine, but hardly one of Christie's better ones. The set up is a good one -- a "murder hunt" to follow clues is part of the entertainment at the annual fete at an old English estate, but the girl portraying the victim actually gets murdered. Sounds like it should have been better than it turned out to be, which seemed somehow both formulaic and muddled at the same time. All the usual suspects (red herrings, distractions, unknown participants) are there, but not presented well. This time I think everyone (Poirot, Christie, and Suchet) merely phoned it in.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I have read lots of Agatha Christie novels as they are pretty dependable as a good read. This was one of my favourites. Very enjoyable with some good, unexpected twists. Highly recommended.
I wouldn't rate this as one of my favorite Poirot adventures but David Suchet brought the characters to life with such flair that I chuckled repeatedly over the variety of personalities he created with Christi's talent. It was a jolly listen.
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