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Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from.

In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

But it's the great detective who first discovers that in murder hunts, whether mock or real, everyone is playing a part.

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©1956 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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Christie and Suchet - Jolly Well Done

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I wouldn't rate this as one of my favorite Poirot adventures but David Suchet brought the characters to life with such flair that I chuckled repeatedly over the variety of personalities he created with Christi's talent. It was a jolly listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Suchet does an awesome job

The plot is convoluted but hearing Suchet voicing the different characters it is like watching it on TV.

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Interesting story, exaggerated voices

Interesting story that remained mysterious up until the very end, but the voices were distracting and inarticulate at times.

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Murders come in threes.

David Suchet delivers this tale with absolute perfection. While Poirot vanishes from the story telling for large chunks of the novel, the other characters draw you down the pathway until you are quite lost. Fortunately, the Belgian detective reappears and leads you back. The clues are all in plain site, but puzzling them together makes for all the fun.

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Huh... Well i guess you never know

Ending. Blew. My. Mind. Poirot explained so splendidly that my mind felt like it just got ambushed. Shock and awe comes to mind when i remember about this book

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poirot the best

Enjoyed the story and the conclusion. The intricate weaving of characters and personality was riveting.

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 04-18-14

A great Agatha Christie

I have read lots of Agatha Christie novels as they are pretty dependable as a good read. This was one of my favourites. Very enjoyable with some good, unexpected twists. Highly recommended.

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If only sachet hadn't narrated it!

What didn’t you like about David Suchet’s performance?

He is fabulous in the tv show but Audiobooks require so many voices and such quick transitions and so many of his voices for characters were awful! Especially for Sir George and some of the women.

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  • Hillary
  • Little Rock, AR,USA
  • 05-28-15

The story was good but...

I really liked the story but the one of the female's narrators voices really annoyed me a lot and how she was the reasons I didn't the audio book or how it was rated. The same can be said for the episode of this book that aired on PBS. David goes Hercule really well..like always. :)

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Disappointed with story and performance

I know that David Suchet is considered to have delivered the ultimate portrayals of Poirot in his 25 years portraying the man in television movie series "Agatha Christie: Poirot"......but that was not evident in his performance narrating this book. I guess it was fitting that the last movie he filmed as Poirot was Dead Man's Folly. If I didn't know who he was, I would have claimed he was overacting and chewing the scenery with some ridiculously cliched accents and over-the-top emphatic declarations in the final reveal.

The actual story is fine, but hardly one of Christie's better ones. The set up is a good one -- a "murder hunt" to follow clues is part of the entertainment at the annual fete at an old English estate, but the girl portraying the victim actually gets murdered. Sounds like it should have been better than it turned out to be, which seemed somehow both formulaic and muddled at the same time. All the usual suspects (red herrings, distractions, unknown participants) are there, but not presented well. This time I think everyone (Poirot, Christie, and Suchet) merely phoned it in.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful