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Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid - and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery - or add to it.

This title was previously published as Poirot Loses a Client.

©1937 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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Bob the dog

Hugh Fraser is an outstanding narrator, capturing Poirot as well as Bob the dog perfectly.

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A wonderful Christie classic!

The thing is, it might be possible to say that some Agatha Christie books are better than others--but any one of them is still a delight to read/hear. And this does not disappoint. The shrewd Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is at his best as he methodically investigates and uncovers this murder, having the classic ending--with everyone gathered together to hear his pronouncement.

This story, told by Poirot's friend Hastings (and literally narrated in audio form by the talented Hugh Fraser--who played Hastings in the series) involves elderly Emily Arundell, who has died, but not before sending a letter to Poirot, indicating her worry that someone wants her dead. And she has made an unconventional arrangement in her will that will leave the entire family upset and wanting explanations.

Her dog, a terrier named Bob, is thought to have left a ball in the hall that she tripped over--which strangely triggers her worries about being someone's target--and indeed, even before Poirot can arrive to consult with her, she has died. It looks like natural causes, but Poirot knows it isn't, so he remains to solve the mystery, as he was asked by her (before her death) to do.

Wouldn't call this Christie's best book--but it is very good. It was one of the few I probably only ever read once--many years ago, so I had forgotten the story--and that made it all the more fun! Recommend. It's hard to go wrong with Agatha!

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 10-28-16

Great

I loved the characters and the narrative it was a good story. Poirot was in his element, I did not guess until the end. This will become one of my favourites.

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Another solid novel in the series.

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Another masterfully written Christie novel. Interesting plot and twists. Striking differences from recent BBC Poirot episode, the book is better (not always the case with that excellent tv series). Recommended.

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Delightful 'conversations' btwn Hastings and Bob

Another good whodunit. Quite the lot of characters, the greedy family, ridiculous neighbors, the silly hen of a companion... I followed the psychology, as Poirot so teaches, and had picked the likeliest personality for the murder, but had not quite worked out all of the deceptions and facts just right. What an awful family. I just adored Bob though, I think my favorite part of the book was his little woofs and "conversations" with Hastings. Masterful work by Poirot.

Great narration as always, but unusually there were the dialect mix-ups in the dialogue. Small though, and not overly confusing.

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  • Johanna
  • CHICAGO, IL, United States
  • 06-10-15

Dog Lovers Will Appreciate Bob & His Ball

I love Poirot mysteries. They are delightful, engaging, and an easy listen. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator and always reliable. While this was not my very favorite Poirot mystery, the wrinkle of Bob the dog and his ball is extremely memorable. The plot doesn't follow the same format as many Poirot mysteries, but contains all of Hercule's fun eccentricities--mustaches and everything!

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  • KZ
  • 08-06-18

Great as always

What can I say? I've never read a Poirot mystery I didn't like, and David Suchet and Hugh Fraser are two of my favourite narrators. As usual, this book is full of lifelike characters, cleverness and charm crowned with a satisfying ending. The only complaint I had with this book is that, when the killer was revealed, I didn't get the feeling of 'It all makes sense now' quite as strongly as usual. It made perfect sense that the person accused could be the killer, but most of the evidence Poirot presented against that person didn't add up to accusing them so much as clearing everyone else.

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Bob and the Postman

Loved it. Another excellent mystery by Christie. The funniest part is Hercules assessment of the relationship between Bob and the Postman. Enjoy !

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Hercules Poirot does it again

Hercule Poirot’s client dies before he can come to see her. The first question: was it murder or natural causes that she died of? However the great Poirot comes up with the right answers and the best solution to the crime. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy “Who done it?” stories.

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A thoroughly enjoyable listen

Hugh Frazier provides an impeccable interpretation of this story (and in all stories he performs). I enjoyed the interaction between Hastings and Bob!