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Publisher's Summary

Twelve classic Christie short stories are given a modern spin in these BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations.

Agatha Christie is the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', and these twelve short stories showcase her skilful plotting and talent for producing compelling mysteries. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience.

Among the star cast are Tom Hollander, Emilia Fox, Patricia Routledge, Julia McKenzie, Neil Dudgeon, Richard Griffiths, Rebecca Front and Andrew Sachs.

Unconventional detective Parker Pyne features in two of the stories, all twelve of which are infused with Agatha Christie's trademark tension and suspense. These tantalising tales of revenge, jealousy, love and death will thrill her many fans.

The stories are:

Philomel Cottage
Swan Song
Magnolia Blossom
Witness for the Prosecution
The Gates of Baghdad
The Hound of Death
In a Glass Darkly
The Dressmaker's Doll
The Case of the Perfect Carer
The £199 Adventure
The Gypsy
The Last Séance

Duration: approx 5 hours 30 minutes.

©2016 Agatha Christie (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Too Little Provided

I love myself some Agatha Christie Mysteries. I try, but I haven't won a case yet! This production didn't do her justice. It didn't include enough of the mystery to make it enjoyable. It skipped too much. Just didn't help connect the dots. More frustrating than enjoyable.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Campy

Short stories alone were disappointing but the effort to recreate in a modern time was contradictions of all things Agatha Christie.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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New Stories. Well Performed.

I had only heard one of the stories before. They varied from drama to comedy to supernatural. Most were not murder mysteries but I enjoyed them all.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Myrtle
  • Annandale, Virginia United States
  • 03-22-16

Murder of Agatha's style

They changed so much it's not worth it. I have listened to very many of her books but it's by far the worst.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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BBC has another wonderful production

Agatha Christie with mostly modern adaptations--absolutely brilliant! You will love these short stories. The voice actors truly bring her magnificent writing to life member

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M
  • Long Island, NY
  • 02-19-17

Not what I was expecting

The acting and narration were great. The stories simply weren't interesting. Each mystery lasted about a half hour, and was populated by 2 to 4 characters - making the plot easy to decipher. In addition to this, plots were updated for modern consumption (cell phones and internet). I was not impressed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • G Carter
  • Centennial, Colorado United States
  • 12-31-16

Modern stories

Modern stories with modern themes. Not enjoyable. Cast does a nice job. Not what I expected.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good stories not yet heard

What did you love best about Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries?

Shorter length perfect for bedtime

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries?

Mix of stories plot lines

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good as always

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

Always well constructed and holds your interest

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Butchered AC classics

Entertaining performances but the experience was marred by the absolute butchering of AC's classic stories. Some adaptation or changes is ok but these were bent and twisted to be 'modern' and somewhat 'fashionable' to a crude degree.

Some performances overdone and lots of erratic screaming that really wasn't necessary.

Great if you are not familiar with AC's work. Steer clear of you are.

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  • Bret
  • Lewisville, TX, United States
  • 05-18-17

Didn't care for it

They adapted the stories to the point that they bear almost no resemblance to the Agatha Christie stories they are based on.

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  • M. K.
  • 02-05-16

Repackaged version of 2010 dramatisations

I was a bit disappointed in finding out that this is just a repackaged version of the BBC dramatisations that came out in 2010 . Some of them are good but some of them are just fair . Perhaps it is because I just didn't like some of the stories . The only good thing about this audio is that you get all 12 stories at once instead of having to purchase them separately on this same site .

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-17

Twelve Radio Mysteries

I don't often like updates of Agatha Christie's work, I prefer them set in their original decades. However this volume has been updated with care and is still a joy to listen to

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • 05-03-16

dull collection of stories

I was expecting a lot more of the classic Christie experience instead a collection of very short melodramatic stories that didn't really go anywhere.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-09-16

Excellent dramatisation

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries the most enjoyable?

Great acting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries?

A great listen without needing to listen for hours

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

No particular favourite

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

It made me listen to updated versions to old stories

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • jill middlemas
  • 03-21-17

pure bliss

just perfect radio takes you back to the old days brilliant cast well written plays

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  • Amazon Customers
  • 03-02-16

good

I enjoyed listening to the stories in the bath or when doing the house work

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-09-16

Self Absorbed Empty None Christie

These have nothing to do with Agatha Christie. A waste of a valuable credit.
Huge Letdown.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon Wagman
  • 11-27-17

Very disappointing

I am a huge Christie fan and will read listen and watch as much as I can. This was a poor collection of lesser stores. There is a reason why they are lesser stories. Not surprised the stories are not listed in description as if you knew you would not buy. Avoid and save money and disappointment.

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 11-04-17

Classic Christie

I was initially regretting buying this as I realised I had already heard the first story, and found it slightly banal. However, as the plays and stories went on, I found myself quite engrossed. All were well performed and most of the stories good and I found myself thoroughly immersed in Agatha Christie's world. A very enjoyable collection of classic sleuthing tales.

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  • jennie powis
  • 09-27-17

Don't bother

Not very good at all, but modern day, and stories to short and mixed up at times so not very clear story line. I