The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments?
A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now - in the words of the rhyme - can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?
This title was previously published as The Patriotic Murders and An Overdose of Death.
©1940 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
My listening habits have fallen into a pattern - an intense fantasy novel then an Agatha Christie to take a break. The reason: her novels are both charming and easy to read.
Like all of her novels this one keeps you guessing, I solved part of this one but couldn't connect the dots as well as our Poirot.
This one like 'And then there were none' follows the pattern of a poem. This one being 'one, two buckle my shoe.' Its little details like these that have made me fall in love with the author.
If you are not familiar with Christie this would be a good novel to start. Her books are not graphic or violent like many modern mysteries/thrillers, but have intricate plots and characters that keep you intrigued.For this reason I'd recommend this one.
As always, Hugh Fraser is great. His Poirot voice is very much like Suchet's in the TV series, and Fraser's narrator voice is so calming. The plan is complicated, as usual in a Christie story. It was difficult to keep track of the characters and it was a bit slow in the middle, but the resolution is fascinating. I recommend this story as a relaxing read.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I am trying to read all the Poirots and this one was one I had missed, wow was I glad that I caught up with it now. Everything came together on this book I really enjoyed the complexities of the plot This is definitely one of my top Poirots.
The way the narrator directs and leads you thru the plot.
Poirot and the strength of his character.
The steps of solving the crime
yes; exciting and enjoyable
Kept me guessing as to who was the real murderer.
Excellent performance as always
I always enjoy an Agatha Christie mystery.
Unexpected plot twists
Any other Christie work
I have enjoyed listening to Hugh Fraser's performances of Christie's works. I have listened to several, and he does such a great job as narrator.
No, I was okay with drawing it over several sittings. It got a little slow in places, and the ending seemed a little improbable.
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