In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan... dead... murder."
Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot....
This title was previously published as The Murder at Hazelmoor.
©1931 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
I was pleased because I was very surprised. I hate it when I figure it out on my own.
Outstanding as always - he's one of the best!
Table turning that turned all wrong.
Another fun British who-done-it by Agatha Christie. Even though it's not her best, it's still lots of fun. And, as always, Hugh Fraser is the perfect narrator !
I love Christie's work, and for me, there is no other narrator than Hugh Fraser. He's completely brilliant at creating characters, and, most importantly for me, does a believable female voice (not just pitching his voice to sound like a Chipmunk).
I find some of Agatha Christie's novels are more about the mystery and the sleuth (often her regulars, Miss Marple or Poirot), but this one is as much about the characters and the setting, as it is about the mystery. It's a funny look at the characters of the snowed in country village, who love to gossip and know everything about everyone -- except for the mother and daughter pair who've rented the manor estate, a very odd happening for the middle of a Dartmoor winter. And when a resident turns up murdered at the same time as forecast by the spirits during a "table turning" seance, everyone starts wondering what could have happened. In comes a police inspector, a newspaper reporter, and the fiancee of the nephew (and heir) of the murdered man, all trying to find out whodunnit.
A good story but I feel that without the snowstorm it wouldn't have been as enjoyable.
Can't think of another story, but whatever it is it must have snow in it.
I've listened to many of Hugh Fraser's peformance and in The Sittaford Mystery he continues to be excellent.
A snowy day in Sittaford town.
Kept your attention right to the end.
Keeps me wanting to read this type of mystery.
As only Agatha Christi can.
Very good performance. Change of voice and defliction of each character was good.
Looking foward to listening to more.
Mystic on the Mesa
A different group of characters, not overly well developed, and an interesting story. Worth the listen for Christie fans because it isn't a Poirot our Marple story. The ending is somewhat lackluster and the performance struggles a bit on the voices. The main characters are well enough differentiated, but the peripheral ones, not so much.
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books. In addition to the question of who did the murder, there is the spunky and attractive fiancee who tells every man in sight: "It's so nice to have someone to depend on..." as she gets them to do her bidding in solving the crime. Will she stay with her somewhat questionable fiancee or move on to a more promising man?
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