When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to "get rid" of him.
But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It's a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.
This title was previously published as Thirteen at Dinner.
©1933 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
I would reccomend this book any Christie fans as somewhat standark Poirot fare. It is typical for Christie's Poirot novels of that period.
The murder of a somewhat periferal character.
Hugh Fraser always gives a good performance in these audiobooks. It is a bit humorous to hear what his interpretation of an American accent is. Like other Brittish readers, it sounds like they learned their American accents from old gangster movies.
No extreme reactions here, murder victims were not very sympathetic characters.
I'd bought this book by mistake, it is one of those Christie books that has more than one title. I'd already purchased 13 at Dinner on CD several years ago and didn't know I'd purchased the same book until I was well into the beginning. It is pretty typical for an early Poirot novel, Hastings is the side kick again. Although I thought it an entertaining story I liked Peril at End house and some of the other early books better; though I will say for any fan of Poirot mysteries it's a must have, must read addition to their collection.
Unfortunately, I saw 2 different versions of movies based on this book, so I didn't get the full enjoyment. There's one weak plot device, but otherwise this is classic Poirot. Very recommended.
Poirot finds himself drawn into a murder, rather than hired to solve a case. All the same, he puts his little grey cells to work.
This was a highly enjoyable adventure, and the production is perfect.
Predictable but entertaining
For a Christie fan - sure, include it as part of the complete collection. For anyone looking for a Christie recommendation - I'd say look to some other titles first. In this one, Hastings is particularly and frustratingly thick-headed. Sure, it's a good device to use for inserting exposition, but come on. There are a few too many clues held back until the big reveal at the end. Despite that, even with the missing clues, the real killer is pretty obvious as are the red herrings.
Hugh Fraser is wonderful in this as he is in all of his work. He brings the story to life.
I like walking through Poirot and Hasting's world with them - even if I didn't think this was the greatest story. It is still a great and entertaining escape.
I think this has been released under other titles. It gets a bit confusing when so many of Christie's stories are repackaged in this way.
I love the narrator. Hugh Fraser has such a calming voice, and he does the voices of Poirot and Japp so well. The voices are very close to those of Philip Jackson and David Suchet in the film series. The story is complicated but kept my attention. Well done.
Definitely in the top 20 audiobooks I have listened to. The story is excellent and so is Hugh Fraser's narration.
Hugh Fraser rarely disappoints and this is a pretty good, though not the best, AC mystery in my opinion anyway
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