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Publisher's Summary

The Leonides were one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion - until the head of the household, Aristide, was murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man's young widow, 50 years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire's granddaughter.

©2007 Agatha Christie (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Knock-out!" (Saturday Review of Literature)
"[Christie's] sleight of hand is impeccable." (New Statesman)

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  • Louise
  • 06-21-16

Excellent story

I loved this story the whole time I was trying to work out who committed the crime. Highly recommend this book.

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  • LJ
  • 03-26-16

Jolly good!

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Firstly, the actual story is a good one. This is one of the few Christie novels to have never recieved any adaptation and (don't worry, no spoilers) I can see why, the ending is a little strange. It has a slightly different scope to the other Christie novels I've read, seeming in my opinion, much more self contained. But it kept me gripped and listening intently! <br/><br/>Hugh Fraser reads it brilliantly and has a lovely tone of voice. At times he reminded me of Stephen Fry.

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  • Nathalie
  • 12-03-15

Addictive, just like any other Christie

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

Hugh Fraser has become the definitive narrator for Christie's work to me. This one was wonderful as always.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I initially wasn't completely hooked. But the story gets better and better and I definitely didn't want to put it down after a while.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 02-04-15

A cracking story

Once again Agatha Christie tells a cracking good tale with plenty of twists and turns. Hugh Fraser is so good as a narrator that one soon forgets there is only one person speaking and imagine a whole cast of characters. I heartily recommend this story, especially if on a long train journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-17

fabulous

great story gripping conclusion Hugh frsser a brilliant narrator great in doing the different voices

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-17

Another good narration by Hugh Fraser

enjoyable and unusual non Marple/hercule tale by the incomparable Christie. well read by Hugh Fraser.

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  • M
  • 03-09-14

Amazing!

What did you like best about this story?

The twist was extremely unexpected, kept me on my toes until the very end.

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Another great Agatha Christie novel. She never disappoints.