Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid - and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery - or add to it.
This title was previously published as Poirot Loses a Client.
©1937 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
Another good whodunit. Quite the lot of characters, the greedy family, ridiculous neighbors, the silly hen of a companion... I followed the psychology, as Poirot so teaches, and had picked the likeliest personality for the murder, but had not quite worked out all of the deceptions and facts just right. What an awful family. I just adored Bob though, I think my favorite part of the book was his little woofs and "conversations" with Hastings. Masterful work by Poirot.
Great narration as always, but unusually there were the dialect mix-ups in the dialogue. Small though, and not overly confusing.
I love Poirot mysteries. They are delightful, engaging, and an easy listen. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator and always reliable. While this was not my very favorite Poirot mystery, the wrinkle of Bob the dog and his ball is extremely memorable. The plot doesn't follow the same format as many Poirot mysteries, but contains all of Hercule's fun eccentricities--mustaches and everything!
For a good read/listen, I can depend on Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser. If reading or listening to other books has dumbed/numbed your mind, clean your palate with Christie. She and Hugh Fraser have become classics.
In this case, Poirot takes on the job requested of him in a letter he received months too late - and long after the letter writer is dead.........did she die an accidental death, as has been officially stated, or was it murder? And if it was murder, who was the guilty party? There's a collection of relatives and hired help who all might get a piece of the inheritance, and it's up to Poirot to figure it out. Very nicely done by Christie from a kind of routine set up (as many of her's are). As for the dog......well, the deceased client's dog get a few "words" in the story too.
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