Haunted by these words, Bobby and his vivacious companion, Frankie, set out to solve a mystery that will bring them into mortal danger.
©1935 Agatha Christie; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"Thoroughly entertaining in a not too solemn way." (Books)
"A story that tickles and tantalizes but never exhausts the readers' patience or ingenuity." (Times Literary Supplement)
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"Great story, pity about the reading."
A real cracker of a mystery, though with the usual Christie contrivances sometimes being a little too contrived, but never mind, it's crime fiction that does exactly what it should - entertain and intrigue. My main disappointment was in the voice of Emilia Fox, an actor I respect very highly having seen her always brilliant TV and film performances. Here, however, I found her attempts at the different voices rather over-played and in the longer dialogues positively irritating depending on the character being portrayed. Frankie's voice in particular got so much on my nerves that I often scrolled forward a little, sometimes at the expense of missing a valuable line of plot. But then I found the character of Frankie fairly irritating anyway! However all this did not deter me from listening right to the end - I was far too eager to discover the identity of 'Evans'!
This is a great book by Christie and transferred well to audio. Emilia Fox reads beautifully and with such excellent character definitions. The quality is good, the pace perfect and the story is exciting and humorous as it twists and turns towards the conclusion.
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