While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. The man opens his eyes and with his last breath says, "Why didn't they ask Evans?"
Haunted by those words, Bobby and his vivacious companion, Frankie, set out to solve a mystery that will bring them into mortal danger....
This title was previously published as The Boomerang Clue.
©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
This is a really different Agatha Christie as it is not Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Superintendant Battle or Parker Pyne! It is a stand-alone novel with a good puzzle and a bit of romance.
The vicar is wondering when his son Bobby, who is fresh out of the Navy, is going to decide on a new career and DO something and get out of the house.
Bobby is worried about his dad's health and wondering how long he can stand living at home to look after his father. He plays golf but not well, and he is smart but not brilliant, and he is steady, persevering and trustworthy.
Lady Frankie, daughter of the local peer, is bright and vivacious with a flashing intelligence. She and Bobby have been friends since childhood, and when Bobby is pulled into a mystery she teams up with him to solve the puzzle of a dying man's words: "Why didn't they ask Evans?"
The plot line is full of twists and turns and you will be surprised at where you end up!
This is a fun story with a good puzzle, but the main reason I return for a periodic listen is the characters. I really like them, I enjoy the development of their relationship and the ending is satisfying and fun!
The men's voices all sounded like a woman trying to sound like a man. Kind of distracting at times, but overall fairly well done.A very very fun story.
This is just a fun little story. It's typical Agatha Christie, so if you've read her books before, you are well-equipped to know what to expect. That is, her surprises; this book contains her usual twists and turns. It is well-performed. In the absence of Christie's customary sleuths, Marple or Poirot, the story seemed to have a little more flexibility in that the story doesn't have to return to one figure for discoveries/reveals. To me, that made it even more enjoyable. I got both new characters and a new story.
Mystic on the Mesa
The story is an enjoyable read with appropriate and interesting twists. The performance is not as well done as it might be. The various character voices seems strained and somewhat inconsistent. Frankie's voice is sometime high, almost squeaky and at others, less so and more natural. The male voices, while differentiated, sound much like a woman trying to sound male, which is just what is happening. They sound as if a woman was intentionally attempting to lower her voice - which is what is happening. One minor textual inconsistency occurs when Bobby bus a motorcycle and rides through town in cap and Google's - but then hides the "bicycle" behind some bushes. I don't know if that is in the book, or a mistake by the narrator.
Even so, the story is enjoyable and moves relatively quickly, so I'd recommend it. As the only or one of only a handful of Frankie and Bobby adventures, it is a must read for Christie fans.
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