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Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point blank range.

The school is thrown into chaos when the "cat" strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim.

©1959 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Critic Reviews

"Immensely enjoyable." (Daily Express)
"To read Agatha Christie at her best is to experience the rarefied pleasure of watching a faultless technician at work, and she is in top form in Cat Among the Pigeons." (The New York Times)

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  • Anne
  • Durban, South Africa
  • 08-21-12

Kept me guessing and I still was in for a surprise

Where does Cat Among the Pigeons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites

What did you like best about this story?

It never got dull and the characters were well portrayed. You always thought you could predict the story, and then it did a "twist"!!!

Which scene was your favorite?

The school with all the descriptions of the beginning of the 1st term and new people.

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

No, I was just kept enthralled, which could be called extreme when you still have a busy life rushing around you all day.

Any additional comments?

Agatha Christie, has an amazing ability of making her characters "real"

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Good Reader as Usual and Intriguing

If you could sum up Cat Among the Pigeons in three words, what would they be?

Always enjoy a Agatha Christie and this story interesting

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

Hugh Fraser is a great reader and sounds very plausible with acting women parts in book....Has good variation for different people

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  • Ms M Morrissey - McKenzie
  • 07-24-08

Classic Christie

Unusual plot, with the standard cast of characters. First class entertainment, beautifully read by Hugh Fraser

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 05-17-15

Cat Among the Pigeons

Well narrated by Hugh Fraser with an intriguing storyline.
Agatha Christie did her fantastic job of keeping you busy trying to work out who did what a throughly good audio book cannot wait for the next one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The i-MC
  • 01-23-15

Brilliant

Brilliant story line, kept you guessing and very well narrated by Hugh Frazer. One you can listen to again and again.

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  • Francesca
  • 04-13-13

Perfect Comfort Listening

Hugh Fraser narrates this tale brilliantly: within minutes, the multitude of characters have each gained their own separate identity thanks to his ability to portray their mannerisms. The story itself is classic Christie; and knowing what to expect - the unexpected twist! - makes for the ultimate in comfort listening. Curl up with a hot drink and get stuck in!

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 12-05-17

A polemic against the English education system.

I regard the novels of Agatha Christie as an indictment of the ridiculous class system which still has a certain power in the Southern parts of this island. The headmistress of this establishment troubled by unexpected murders has some ethical values, albeit limited, and nourishes intellectual growth and encourages more than superficial development of her pupils in preparation for a “good marriage”, but they are still taught how to behave at lunch with the Queen and how to exit gracefully from a Rolls Royce!!!
These are not useful skills on the whole: I cannot think they’ll ever be incorporated in the National Curriculum, or count towards university entrance, even in St Andrews!
I do think Christie must have had tongue in cheek, and so now I’m beginning to appreciate her more, as a crypto revolutionary, having for so long despised her work as stuff you read at 12 or 13, and avoid like the plague on TV. “retro nostalgie”. Candy floss..
Nonetheless there’s none of that noir of ultraviolence that pervades so many detective stories of today, and keeps you awake and troubles dreams. It’s all good clean snobbish fun, and the murders are less shocking than the ambience in which they occur.

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  • Aitch
  • 03-21-17

Most enjoyable

I listen to a lot of Christie novels and have to say that this was one of my favourites. The setting, a boarding school, is a bit different from her usual, and the two-set structure of the story also adds interest. Hugh Fraser's narration fantastic as always. Most enjoyable.

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 04-29-16

Cat Among The Pigeons

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Bulstrode. Despite the fact that two murders had caused parents to take their children away from Meadowbank, she never gave up.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

Poirot.

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

I was on the edge of my seat and had to keep on to the end.

Any additional comments?

In this book, Poirot doesn't come on the scene until later, perhaps an hour or more towards the end. It begins with a prologue where we are taken into Miss Bulstrode's room as pupils are either arriving at Meadowbank or starting the school for the first time. Then you're whisked off to a country abroad where events are being set in motion which eventually lead to murder at the school, then after a few chapters you're brought to the scene of the crimes and are introduced to the various characters who will play their part in the events which happen. Then in her characteristic way, Christie, having given the necessary lead-up, takes you to a nearby police station where a member of staff is taking details of a murder at Meadowbank and the investigation begins.

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  • Jenny
  • 01-26-16

A bit different

Another great mystery, well read and enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommended for any Poirot fan.