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Publisher's Summary

When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to "get rid" of him.

But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It's a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.

This title was previously published as Thirteen at Dinner.

©1933 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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AKA 13 At Dinner a Somewhat Predictable Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would reccomend this book any Christie fans as somewhat standark Poirot fare. It is typical for Christie's Poirot novels of that period.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord Edgware Dies?

The murder of a somewhat periferal character.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Hugh Fraser always gives a good performance in these audiobooks. It is a bit humorous to hear what his interpretation of an American accent is. Like other Brittish readers, it sounds like they learned their American accents from old gangster movies.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions here, murder victims were not very sympathetic characters.

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I'd bought this book by mistake, it is one of those Christie books that has more than one title. I'd already purchased 13 at Dinner on CD several years ago and didn't know I'd purchased the same book until I was well into the beginning. It is pretty typical for an early Poirot novel, Hastings is the side kick again. Although I thought it an entertaining story I liked Peril at End house and some of the other early books better; though I will say for any fan of Poirot mysteries it's a must have, must read addition to their collection.

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Classic!

Unfortunately, I saw 2 different versions of movies based on this book, so I didn't get the full enjoyment. There's one weak plot device, but otherwise this is classic Poirot. Very recommended.

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Good, but not my favourite

I've been listening to a lot of Hercule Poirot stories, but this one is a little predictable. Still enjoyable, especially with the wonderful narration, but I'd recommend people don't begin their introduction to Christie's Poirot novels with this one.

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Agatha Christie as narrated by Hugh Fraser

Whoever convinced the actor, Hugh Fraser, who played Captain Hastings on the TV adaptations of Poirot novels, to narrate the Poirot audio books was brilliant. He is perfect. The way he does various voices on these audio books proves he is a very skilled actor indeed. This particular Poirot mystery is famous for how the killer carried out three murders and nearly stumped Poirot. It is an enjoyable audio experience and the mystery is well written.

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The perfect murder -almost

Poirot finds himself drawn into a murder, rather than hired to solve a case. All the same, he puts his little grey cells to work.
This was a highly enjoyable adventure, and the production is perfect.

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Another great Agatha Christie

These are fun. Agatha Christie can always entertain. Fun quick read. I was close on this one but didn't have the whole story.

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Good mystery / Fraser continues to be a delight

I liked this mystery and am always surprised by its ending. Hugh Fraser continues his streak of terrific performances.

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Not my favorite—took forever to really begin

The story was good-ish, but it seemed to take forever before the plot got going. Too many side characters and side plots that led to nowhere. Like I said, not my favorite.

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Great performance.

The reader is excellent! His voices and change of intonation make the audio believable.

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Enjoyed it

As I'm whisking my way through the Hercule Poirot novels, I find that I like some better than others. The storyline for Lord Edgeware Dies was very entertaining. I love Hugh Fraser as the narrator. The solution to the crime was a little too convoluted for me, but I always love Poirot's unraveling of the mystery.