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"One of the best things Agatha Christie has ever done." (Sunday Times)
"A surpassing mystery...ingenious...dazzling." (The New York Times)
This is an excellent short mystery thriller, easy and enjoyable to listen to. It is not in the usual Agatha Christie style, with comfortable old friends like Poirot and Miss Marple on hand to solve the crime.
There doesn't seem to be any crime, at first, just a hope of romance for young Michael Rogers and a long held dream of a beautiful house. But suppose he ignores the gypsy's warnings?
Suspicious characters, twists and turns and an unusual ending. All read beautifully by Hugh Fraser who just seems to find the right voice for each person every time.
Having read most of Christie's detective books I found this one a major change. Still a mystery though with no detective taking the lead. Written in first person the husband takes us on a journey with a great twist - just loved it. Hugh Fraser is amazing. So may characters I had to keep reminding myself they were all the work of one man.
I had no idea Agatha Christie had written books such as this, so it is with excitement I head back into the Audible catalogue to search for more of her unexpected and unusual works.
"A good story"
A well read story by Hugh Fraser - he makes a great narrator as well as a great Hastings on TV. Read this many years ago and I think it is not only a good mystery but a little creepy too.
"Endless Night of entertainment"
I loved this book; Hugh Fraser (famous for playing the dim but everloving Captain Hastings in the Poirot television movies) does an amazing job of telling this story. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Such great writing: definitely one of Christie's best works.
"A different Christie"
Enjoyed this Christie although it is rather different from her others as it's narrated in the first person. Not a 'comfortable' listen as so many of her others are, but compelling nonetheless. I struggled a bit with Hugh Fraser's mockney accent but am glad I persevered as the final act took me totally by surprise.
Wonderful. Another great stand alone from the master of crime, AC. Loved it. Definitely worth a listen and narrated brilliantly.
"Wow-Agatha does it again!"
No spoilers !
I am blown away...
Amazing performance from our dear Hugh Fraser- eery.story....Oh so eery!
such a creepy story I couldn't stop listening to it Agatha Christie is surely a master storyteller.
Yet again Hugh Fraser did his brilliant job of keeping you hooked on the book.
This was another one of my wild cards which I throughly enjoyed I couldn't switch it off.
Did I guess it right did I heck.
Fantastic audio book by Agatha Christie
"Least favourite Christie"
I can usually rely on Agatha Christie plus a good narrator to provide the perfect audiobook. But this isn't a "whodunnit". The usually impressive plot twists Christie is known to pull off fall flat. And it took a lot of willpower to get to that part of the book in the first place. The first person narrative was jarring and the story moves at a slow pace. It's poetic and dark and the narrator does his best to build up the atmosphere but this book was a disappointment almost from start to finish.
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