Well, it's no wonder. The plot - suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger - is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.
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This is one of Christie's best novels. Poirot is brilliant and engaging, the mystery is thoughful, the characters are from Dame Agatha's usual repertoire, but I love them and the ending is most unpredictable.
A good example of Christies's writing , all the favorite things are there, hercule poirot, himself, and as an added treat, mrs. Oliver, the thinly veiled copy of Christie, herself. At least, I think so. The story follows the road of most these mysteries, finding info and being confused, using the "little gray cells" to get a "a little idea". Proving it to himself and then for a grand finale, announcing it to group. Some small fun things are his description of his rooming house. From the hostess bleeding in the beans, which she has announced already don't look so good, to giant dogs leaping in out of the windows, it's a funny segment.
Mom, birdwatcher, and online teacher
Colorful characters, Quirky Poirot
It's got all the fun twists, intrigue, and dry humor you expect from Agatha Christie.
Poirot's summation, of course!
It's hard for me to find an Agatha Christie novel I haven't already read. Even though I think I read this novel many years ago in print, the audio version was thoroughly enjoyable.
Another great Agatha Christie story. Hugh Fraser performance is amazing. He gives life to Hercule Poirot so well I can imagine perfectly well the little Belgian detective. Highly recommended.
One of the things I like about some of Poirot's later appearances is how Christie pokes fun at Poirot's egotism and fastidiousness. This is one of those books, and the appearance of Ariadne Oliver (a caricature of Christie herself) adds to the lighthearted nature of the characters and setting. Of course, there's nothing lighthearted about murder, but the setting and the characters are rather superficial and simplistic - fun, but not a great murder mystery. This is one of the few Christie stories where I actually figured out who dunnit a fair bit before things were solved by Poirot.
I really did not know who the murderer was until the very end.
I really enjoy Hugh Fraser's narration of the Agatha Christie books. He reads well and his voice is pleasant.
This is the second book Christie wrote featuring fictional mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. I noticed in this book that Agatha Christie gave Poirot a sense of humor.
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