An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.
But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse....
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I loved the parts where Hercule went up against the "expert detective". While the he was searching for clues with a microscope, Poirot was examining a piece of pipe and piles of old clothes.
I love the way he is consistent with the voices of the characters that are in multiple books. It makes it very easy to know who is talking without him saying so.
One of my favorites so far!! Never saw the end coming!
I've been going through the poirot series in order with the addition of the orient express and find this book to my current favorite. I was constantly guessing and feeling like a real Hastings. The only drawbacks I can think of is how confusing all the similarly sounding names can make following the story and the final romantic pairing. It felt a little too fantastic and I think I would have found it more believable had Jacque gone to South America alone.
Hastings finds himself in the rough, while Poirot shoots straight through to the truth.
A shadow is cast over each player as the story has a tight cast of characters.
Hugh Fraser does a marvelous job with the characterizations.
This version was difficult to understand since parts because many words that are less familiar to American English are mumbled. I kept wishing for the print to follow along with.
This is my second Poirot story as I am attempting to read them all and mostly in order. This is also the second story written through the narrative of Captain Hastings. I must admit after just finishing Murder at Styles, I was beginning to get annoyed at Hastings' style of always looking down on Poirot and in general being too self important. That said, the overall story is wonderful, the mystery twisting until the end and the performance never faltering. Enjoy!
The twists and turns in the plot are incredible and, just when you think the story is concluded, another surprise. I LOVED this book and Hugh Fraser's narration of it!
I have not read the print version, but I thought that the audio edition was admirable. I am sure it did the print version justice.
I am working my way through the entire Agatha Christie collection in order. I like how she puts together mysteries and enjoy trying to keep up with Poirot. While some of her work is formulaic, she still manages to surprise me at times.
His portrayal of Poirot was significantly better than the David Thorpe portrayal on The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The accent is far less distracting but still feels authentic.
Narrator - Hugh Fraser
Narration - Another novel featuring Hugh Fraser (the actor who portrays Captain Hastings in the A&E Series) as a narrator for the Poirot stories. His voice is very smooth and he nails the inflection in tones to really bring the story to life.
Characters - This was Christie's second installment in the Poirot series and picks up some time after the first. Poirot and Hastings are further developed in this novel than the first and the characters are less exaggerated giving them a more realistic feel. The supporting cast were adequately developed, especially Hastings' latest romantic love interest. The main plot characters outside of the Poirot & Hastings duo, are two families bound by two generations in very different ways and have a lot of back story. One of the central characters, felt a bit like a copycat of Gaston Leroux's Frderick Larson character from the Mystery of the Yellow Room and it got to be a bit annoying for me by the end because they were so similar. Other than that I found the characters to be interesting and helped really understand the plot.
Plot - It is definitely best read these in order as Christie often refers to characters and plot points from previous books throughout this series. The plot in this book seemed to remind me of a Sherlock Holmes plot but I'm not sure if it it actually mirrors one or just the tone was very similar. Overall it was a fascinating story and it kept me engaged and interested in the outcome. Not my favorite Poirot, but definitely one I enjoyed even the second or third time through.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Normally I enjoy a good Agatha Christie, it is one of my "safe" choices for when I really want something to listen to and don't want to take a chance on trying something new, but this story was a bit too contrived. It was still tolerable to listen to, but not one of Christie's best.
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