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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective.

Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy.

Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor's, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for financial gain, the pair travel to the family home to investigate. They find no evidence but Roddy falls desperately in love with the beautiful Mary, little realising that beneath Elinor's restrained and unemotional exterior lies an almost obsessive passion for him.

Elinor obeys her aunt's deathbed wish despite her heartbreak, and gives Mary a large bequest from the estate. But when Mary is found poisoned, the evidence against Elinor is damning. It's up to Hercule Poirot to find out if the case is as simple as it seems...

©1940 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 03-07-17

A Greek tragedy

What made the experience of listening to Sad Cypress (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

the way that the characters are portrayed

What other book might you compare Sad Cypress (Dramatised) to and why?

all Agatha Christie's books due to the plot

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

his performance is excellent

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

no extreme reaction

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  • Laura
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 12-08-13

Terrific, Layered Mystery

Where does Sad Cypress (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The BBC Agatha Christie dramatizations are at the top of my list.

What other book might you compare Sad Cypress (Dramatised) to and why?

Any of the other dramatizations starring John Moffatt as Hercules Poirot such as The Three Act Tragedy.

Which character – as performed by John Moffatt – was your favorite?

John Moffatt performs Poirot. Various actors do the other parts.

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

No but I found the mystery to be a bit sad and melancholy. These emotions added to the texture and atmosphere of the story.

Any additional comments?

This is a well done psychological mystery with intriguing characters and a good plot.<br/>Although Elinor is a less than traditional heroine, she works well in this story. I like her interactions with her aunt, her boyfriend and her rival. Well worth listening to.

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Wonderful!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sad Cypress (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

Dramatized are my favorite!

What other book might you compare Sad Cypress (Dramatised) to and why?

no comparison, all audio books are great.

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

love the narrator John Moffatt.

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

the suspense always moves me.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Padraig
  • 04-17-11

Excellent

Listening to 'Sad Cypress' on audio made me feel like I was there in the story seeing what was happening.

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  • Annemiek
  • 08-21-17

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A full cast performance, very entertaining. I bought this audiobook because audible doesn't have one read by Hugh Fraser who in my opinion is the best Christie reader. This is a good second choise, although I much prefer the whole book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-16

Great drama

Great play , very much enjoyed , well acted , Agatha Christie at its best. Love John Moffat