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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centrepiece of a murderous international conspiracy. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia. The combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Surete can do no better than go in circles - until the final murder at Chimneys, the great country estate that yields up an amazing secret.
©1925 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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Coincidence abound !

What did you love best about The Secret of Chimneys?

It is Agatha Christie - what's not to love ? :D

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really, but it was entertaining and that is what is more important.

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

His voice reminds me of the Poirot episodes he used to do, and it is very cultured and manages to have distinctive personalities for each character. You were never confused in who was speaking at the moment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but haven't managed it yet. I listen to audiobooks just before bed, as I find that relaxing - and I often fall asleep to the readings. And I pick the story back up from where I left off, when I take the bus in the morning.

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After all it is..

...Agatha Christie. My rating is based on its era and genre. Hugh Fraser reads very well, and engages the listener quickly. I liked this story in part because the English Aunt, Miss M, and the Belgian detective, P, are indeed absent. Absent too is is the frenzied killer with bizarre mutilations and graphic descriptions of mutilated and tortured bodies.
Nice clean bullets to the head and brandished knives in scuffles in the night are more the go. Bodies in trunks and country estates are delightfully mixed with daring and, dull young men,
Even though you may guess correctly who the baddies are, the story is an enjoyable light holiday listen. You will not need to check your doors and windows, and likely feel ready to approach the next murder mystery with a lighter heart.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-01-16

"Damned chilly things, pyjamas"

I usually enjoy dramatisations of Agatha Christie's works but the books themselves seem flat and two dimensional so I usually avoid them. But I took a chance with this one and am so glad I did. It has everything - theft, murder, royal personages, bumbling peers, foreigners, black bearded strangers, a helpful policeman, spiffing girls and afternoon tea. All rather P.G.Wodehouse meets the Famous Five.
"How frightfully exciting ... somewhat violent activity".
" What do you think we'd better do now? Go back to bed?"

Oh, the fun! Forget the story and enjoy the ride, perfectly narrated by Hugh Fraser.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 02-29-16

There Secret of Chimneys

A manuscript got to get from Africa to England, sounds simple but you know Agatha Christie It never is.

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  • nxgxl
  • 01-06-16

chimneys

What did you like most about The Secret of Chimneys?

The immersing spiders web

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Chimneys?

The twist as always

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The vision of Chimneys itself

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

Admiration and nostalgia for the christie world

Any additional comments?

Great

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  • JANE ROBERTS
  • 10-27-15

chimneys

fantastic tale which I enjoyed very much .The plot is convoluted and unexpected. Agatha Christie at her best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-15

Amazing

Hugh Fraser was amazing as ever. You could think you were listening to a full cast play.

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  • elly gausden
  • 02-13-15

Agatha Christie at her best

I adore this book, always have. None of the famous characters, just a rip roaring plot of a country house murder with people who aren't what they appear, undecover detectives, a rathet dashing hero, and an imaginary European nation. Glorious

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  • Kevin Viney
  • 01-21-15

Keep guessing?

Agatha Christie at her most mysterious and enigmatic.
Kept me guessing all the way to the end.
Lots of twists and turns along the way but thoroughly enjoyable all the way to the denouement.

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  • Catwat
  • 12-06-14

Brilliant thriller from Dame Agatha

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

Definitely, it's a long one though, perfect for long drives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Caterham, so well played, made me smile...

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

Hugh Fraser never fails to create amazing tension and humour combined, he really brings characters to life,

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

The girl guide part.... Sad.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone on a long drive or really wanting to get their teeth into a great thriller. I decorated my lounge listening to this, it made the job much more palatable!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bridgette
  • 05-16-18

My favourite Agatha Christie

This has to be my favourite Agatha Christie so far. I found it difficult to follow at the beginning but after I was hooked! Amazing storyline and great performance of Hugh Fraser. Highly recommended.

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  • Digseyboy
  • 03-27-18

Great twist

As per usual an excellently reading off Hugh Fraser, and some great characters.
Really enjoyed listening to this, a book I couldn’t put down to capture a phrase.