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A blinding snowstorm - and a homicidal maniac - traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history.

From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (solved to perfection by Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple), this rare collection of murder most foul showcases Christie at her inventive best, proving her reputation as "the champion deceiver of our time" (New York Times).

©1950 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Lovely but no chapter headings

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Delightful but, as with my other Christie collection, the chapter listing only shows a numeral. Ms Christie gave her chapters lovely titles so it would be nice to have these listed in the directory to ease navigation.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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All together now!

This compilation brought together some of my favourite Agatha Christie stories and narrators. The title track was both scary and mysterious, and the setting of a snowbound house with a group of strangers was remarkably well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed the range of narrators, Joan Hickson and David Suchet never fail to please, and Hugh Fraser brought a different sound to Poirot but not an unpleasant one.

All in all, a thoroughly satisfying listen!

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Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple!

All of the stories are wonderful. Even after I know the ending, I can read, listen and watch anything by Agatha Christie over and over again!

Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple and always a treasure!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Seeds of Greatness

Many of Agantha Christie's novels are timeless for me. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are my favorites. I'm not sure when this collection of short stories were written. I suspect they were written before the novels. I did not find these short stories as satisfying as the novels I have read. Part of the reason is the narration.

I loved Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in the TV dramas produced by the BBC. I own DVD's of all the Joan Hickson "Miss Marple" programs and have watched them multiple times. However I did not like Ms. Hickson's narrations in this collection. Her voice was excellent in the TV dramas, but is sibilant and hard to listen to in this collection.

The best of the narrators was Hugh Fraser. He gets the voice of Hercule Poirot just right for an audio book. I believe I might have enjoyed this collection more if Hugh Fraser had read all the stories.

I bought this collection as an Audible "Daily Special" - it was a good value at the reduced price. I will seek out other Agatha Christie titles narrated by Hugh Fraser.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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three blind mice.

I have read her books ever since high school. I will always love her work .

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Liked Three Blind Mice; no so much the others

I purchased mostly for the Three Blind Mice story, which I enjoyed. I'm not a fan of Joan Hickson's narration (she seems to have a bit of a lisp!), but Hugh Fraser is very good. The other short stories were fine, but only fine. I stick to Agatha Christie's novels in the future and avoid some of these very short stories.

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Mystery Short Story Collection-Various Detectives

A great deal of fun for lovers of Agatha Christie mysteries. Pleasing performances by legendary Christie actors and rare detectives like Harley Quinn.

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Annoying narration and not the best stories

I was surprised I didn’t like this better. I purchased it after thoroughly enjoying Murder on the Orient Express, the Kenneth Branagh version. I didn’t realize how short Three Blind Mice was, and it felt very disjointed and random. There was none of the lush, descriptive writing I got used to in MOTOE. The characters annoyed me; everyone seemed somewhat neurotic. The narrator was just okay, but made the most annoying characters, like Christopher Wren, sound even worse.

Then, it moved on to some Miss Marple stories. I agree with other reviewers, the narration was horrible! I couldn’t understand what she was saying, and decided not to waste my time anymore, because those stories were even more boring and slow paced. There are also no chapter headings, so you have no idea what story you’re about to listen to next! This was the first Audible purchase I’ve ever returned in over two years of using the service. I’ll read/listen to Agatha Christie again, but it won’t be another set of short stories. And I’ll definitely stick with the Poirot series.

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Great with the exception of one of the readers with an accent so thick as to make it difficult to understand

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Uniinteligible

The voice of Miss Marple is almost ininteligible !!! I had a hart time with the short stories!!