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At a Hallowe'en party, Joyce - a hostile thirteen-year-old - boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the "evil presence". But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double murderer.

©1969 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 10-26-16

A great Mystery

This hit me just right in that it had lots of characters, lots of wrong turns and a good solid ending. It was a great Poirot. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the feel of this book. It is now one of my favourite Poirots.

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Good but slow.

It was a good book don't get me wrong but it was very slow to develop. This may just be the Christie style, but at times I was bored. However, I was surprised by the end and did enjoy trying to follow the detectives thought pattern and predict the killer. Definitely a very in depth and complicated story which deserves props. And its Christie.

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AMAZING reading by Hugh Fraser

It was an Excellent job by Hugh Frasier! he really beought the characters to life!

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Love this story

One of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. It is fun, a good mystery and has atmosphere! Cuddle up with this around October and let Hugh Fraser take you away.

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 01-22-16

A party

The plot was interesting and flowed along at a good pace. The narrator kept your interest with different tones for the characters.

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Christie does it again

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Christie book where the “whodunnit” surprised me and I was so pleased with the writing.
As for the performance, I am always more likely to purchase an Agatha Christie audiobook of it’s read by Hugh Fraser and her did not disappoint here.
#SmallTown #Mindbending #Detective #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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A good Halloween mystery

Hugh Fraser's an excellent narrator, his Poiroit is as good as David Suchet. Good surprise ending.

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Halloween Mystery with Poirot

A great listen to set the mood for Halloween and a very good mystery too.

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Good story, but I was able to guess the ending halfway through and the voice actor's fake female voice for Ms. Oliver was underwhelming.

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Spooktacular

This books is a classic and the narrator was great with the voices and tones

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  • Leon van Schoonneveldt
  • 09-13-18

Far from her best

Late Christie, so most of the intricate plotting of the Golden Age Christie is gone, and instead we get repetitive dialogue. Mark Gatiss' script for the TV adaptation does a great job of tightening the plot and eliminating some loose ends. Still, there's some good old undemanding fun to be had, and Hugh Fraser's performance is very good as usual.

Also, curiously, the chapter indicators have been edited out, so you don't know when you're beginning a new chapter nor in which chapter you are.