Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity, and the means to administer the fatal poison.
Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows.
©1940 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1993 Chivers Press Ltd
Suspenseful, perflexing, frustrating
When Piriot came forward with a rather complicated explanation of how the murder was committed.
Dave Suchet does an excellent job in bring Christie's characters to life. He did an excellent job this him and I'd rate this performance up to his usual standards.
It's a book that moves rather slowly, I definitely would not say I was on the edge of my seat at all times--but the plot unfurles like a flower blossom opening until it is fully in bloom.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I don't think it's one of the best Piroit Mysteries. It is unusual in that it has rather long court scenes, which is different in a Christie mystery. The ending was rather complicated and I actually had to listen to it twice to fully understand the relationships of the people involved and why the crime was commited. The herione falls to pieces in the end, she was not particularly sympathetic or empowered, she kind of let events overtake her in the name of unrequited love. By contrast the young woman in Christie's Sparkling Cyanide seemed to have it more together and the ending of that story easier to grasp. Die hard Christie fans won't want to miss this book, but if the listener is only an occasional Christie listener there are other books she wrote that are much better.
If you're a fan of Hugh Fraser, it takes some time to get used to David Suchet's reading. He's a fine performer, but the audio qualtiy/mastering is poor. The sound levels swing wildly and at the loud end there is distortion and at the quiet end occasionally Suchet whispers his lines and they're very difficult to understand especially if you're listening in the car.
Audio mastering is poor and you will likely have to turn the volume up and down at different places and rewind.
The main character - Elinor Carlisle
No. I am sorry, I loved Poirot, but overall the narration did not match my idea about the story. This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books and I like to re-read it every few years or so, so I have very definite ideas about the mood of the book. I've always thought that the overall mood is monotone, detached and melancholy and I think that the performer over-acted in many instances.
I wasn't able to listen to the book all in one sitting
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