"The finest murder story of her career...Mrs Christie has never been more ingenious." (Daily Mail)
Agatha Christie again has the listener wondering who has done the deed. The return of a number of characters, such as the wonderful Mrs Oliver and Superintendent Battle to accompany Hercule Poiret on his quest for the truth, plus the usual twists and turns of plot. An enjoyable story, once again brought to life by the narrator.
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This I enjoyed, unlike the humourless and misanthropic Curtain. Good old fashioned murder mystery, like a game of Cluedo, twists and turns, Ariadne Oliver as comic relief and gentle mockery of the profession of crime novelist, Poirot (and the police) employing dubious methods which eventually reveal the worst villain.
The relationship between the two young women now seems ambiguous, and I wonder what the author’s intentions were - as I did in Cat among the Pigeons, or even the first Styles novel. This was England with a large US market, not France...
I have read this story many times but I always enjoy hearing Hugh Fraser narrate he really makes the characters come alive.
Really great performance. I think this story is a perfect Poirot mystery. It can be thought of a pure psychological mystery where solid evidence is lacking. The superb performance matchs the story.
Hugh Fraser returns as a fantastic and engaging narrator for one of Christie's most underrated novels. An exciting study in psychology, personalities and reason. This is also the first Poirot novel that contains Ariadne Oliver, one of my favourite reoccurring characters. I would highly recommend this novel as it shows Agatha Christie at her best and keeps you in suspense until the very last minutes.