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When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to "get rid" of him.

But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It's a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.

This title was previously published as Thirteen at Dinner.

©1933 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Tomsde
  • Newark, DE, United States
  • 08-20-12

AKA 13 At Dinner a Somewhat Predictable Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would reccomend this book any Christie fans as somewhat standark Poirot fare. It is typical for Christie's Poirot novels of that period.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord Edgware Dies?

The murder of a somewhat periferal character.

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

Hugh Fraser always gives a good performance in these audiobooks. It is a bit humorous to hear what his interpretation of an American accent is. Like other Brittish readers, it sounds like they learned their American accents from old gangster movies.

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

No extreme reactions here, murder victims were not very sympathetic characters.

Any additional comments?

I'd bought this book by mistake, it is one of those Christie books that has more than one title. I'd already purchased 13 at Dinner on CD several years ago and didn't know I'd purchased the same book until I was well into the beginning. It is pretty typical for an early Poirot novel, Hastings is the side kick again. Although I thought it an entertaining story I liked Peril at End house and some of the other early books better; though I will say for any fan of Poirot mysteries it's a must have, must read addition to their collection.

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 01-19-15

Classic!

Unfortunately, I saw 2 different versions of movies based on this book, so I didn't get the full enjoyment. There's one weak plot device, but otherwise this is classic Poirot. Very recommended.

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Good, but not my favourite

I've been listening to a lot of Hercule Poirot stories, but this one is a little predictable. Still enjoyable, especially with the wonderful narration, but I'd recommend people don't begin their introduction to Christie's Poirot novels with this one.

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The perfect murder -almost

Poirot finds himself drawn into a murder, rather than hired to solve a case. All the same, he puts his little grey cells to work.
This was a highly enjoyable adventure, and the production is perfect.

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  • S. Lewis
  • Newark, DE United States
  • 07-24-18

Enjoyed it

As I'm whisking my way through the Hercule Poirot novels, I find that I like some better than others. The storyline for Lord Edgeware Dies was very entertaining. I love Hugh Fraser as the narrator. The solution to the crime was a little too convoluted for me, but I always love Poirot's unraveling of the mystery.

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Fantastic book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Hugh Fraser does a commendable job bringing both the plot and characters to life. Well done!

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Good not great.

If you could sum up Lord Edgware Dies in three words, what would they be?

Predictable but entertaining

Would you recommend Lord Edgware Dies to your friends? Why or why not?

For a Christie fan - sure, include it as part of the complete collection. For anyone looking for a Christie recommendation - I'd say look to some other titles first. In this one, Hastings is particularly and frustratingly thick-headed. Sure, it's a good device to use for inserting exposition, but come on. There are a few too many clues held back until the big reveal at the end. Despite that, even with the missing clues, the real killer is pretty obvious as are the red herrings.

What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hugh Fraser is wonderful in this as he is in all of his work. He brings the story to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like walking through Poirot and Hasting's world with them - even if I didn't think this was the greatest story. It is still a great and entertaining escape.

Any additional comments?

I think this has been released under other titles. It gets a bit confusing when so many of Christie's stories are repackaged in this way.

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Great performance

I love the narrator. Hugh Fraser has such a calming voice, and he does the voices of Poirot and Japp so well. The voices are very close to those of Philip Jackson and David Suchet in the film series. The story is complicated but kept my attention. Well done.

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One of my favorite Poirot stories

Where does Lord Edgware Dies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 20 audiobooks I have listened to. The story is excellent and so is Hugh Fraser's narration.

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  • Cece
  • WILMINGTON, NC, United States
  • 01-21-15

Good stuff

Hugh Fraser rarely disappoints and this is a pretty good, though not the best, AC mystery in my opinion anyway