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Publisher's Summary

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!
©1956 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect." (Times Literary Supplement)
"The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction." (New York Times)

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Surprisingly predictable

There was supposed to be a fake murder, it becomes real. How much more predictable does it need to get? Throw in also the murder mystery writer. With such cliched premises, it is hard to save the plot after that, no matter what twists there are.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • 06-23-09

Masterful Suchet

Even if you know the story and have seen the televised version, this book is a must just to hear David Suchet's masterful rendition of every single character. Sometimes you have to remind yourself you are not listening to a dramatized radio play, his variations and subtleties of character are so brilliant. A must-have just to marvel at a great actor on top of his form.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 07-16-09

Fantastic

The fact that it has been years since I read this book and couldn't remember who the killer definitely added to my enjoyment however this was just an added bonus as David Suchet had me hooked from the very beginning and I shall be listening to it again very soon no doubt.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 04-12-15

Dead man's Folly

With no idea what Miss Oliver wants him for he goes to Devon where he finds out what the problem is .
llots of intrigue and red herrings ,but I never expected the ending.

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  • Natsume
  • 04-13-17

Wonderful

Suchet breathes life into Christie's work. With a wide range of voices and accents, Suchet makes this a joy to listen to.

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  • Catwat
  • 04-01-17

One of dear Agathas best

Fantastic story full of twists and turns- expertly narrated by dear David Suchet. One of her best but not so well known - will be one I will enjoy over and over. Enjoy !

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  • Flint
  • 02-18-17

A very enjoyable book

This audiobook is greatly enhanced by David Suchet's excellent narration. It's a well written and engaging story, well paced and beautifully delivered by David Suchet. I have read this book several times over the years, but it is still a pleasure to revisit this old favourite.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 09-05-16

A cracking story!

I really loved this story by Agatha Christie. The twist of who had been murdered and by whom was excellent. David Suchet is competent as a narrator (not as good as Hugh Fraser who is excellent) but good enough not to detract from the story. An overall good choice for an audible purchase.

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  • Patch
  • 04-06-14

Very enjoyable

This is not my favourite Poirot tale, but was beautifully performed and intriguing as ever. Like an earlier reviewer said, it was a long time since I last read this and I too couldn't remember whodunit, so thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Fiona
  • 04-13-13

Wonderful as always

While Dead Man's Folly isn't my favourite of Agatha Christie novel's, David Suchet's narration is, as always, wonderful. The author Ariadne Oliver is one of Poirot's more unusual friends and crops up from time to time in his books. When she summons him at short notice, you know that something interesting will follow.

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  • KittyKat08
  • 08-02-14

From a game to murder

Where does Dead Man's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed it but it isn't in my favourite so wouldn't really rank.

Would you recommend Dead Man's Folly to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think he needs to speak a little louder in parts.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful