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Publisher's Summary

Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other house guests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6.30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing, and the prank had backfired with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "seven dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance.
©1929 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Her gift is pure genius." (Observer)
"An amusing, exciting, well-written story." (Outlook)
"All signs indicate that Mrs Christie has been reading P.G. Wodehouse, and she does it very well in spots. This is her gayest thriller and mustn't be missed." (Books)

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  • Miriam
  • VICAustralia
  • 04-21-08

Five stars for Seven Dials

The vivacious and spirited Bundle Brent from 'The Secret of Chimneys' returns in this novel, this time taking the front seat. As much as everyone loves the favourite detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, there seems to be more room for character development in Christie's other (and less well known) novels, such as this. Bundle's adventures - from the secrets of foreign countesses to the seedy Seven Dials club - keeping you riveted from beginning to end. Emilia Fox's narration adds colour and excitement, and her understanding of Christie's humour affords the listener many laughs along the way. An easy five stars for this one - will keep you glued to your iPod.

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  • Sue
  • 06-17-07

Audio perfection

An absolutely excellent reading of an Agatha Christie mystery. Emilia Fox is superb at clear characterisation and the pace is spot on. The audio quality was consistent and clear throughout, with no noticible changes of pace or style.

I had not read this book before so the audio version was a delight, with Christie providing a 'subtle'plot. :-> Plenty of characters, some intersting locations and more red herrings than a Finish dinner party. Audio perfection!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • CB
  • 04-13-13

Another car journey made interesting

I really enjoyed listening to this as I drove to and from my brother's house. It's a light hearted Agatha Christie with a strong female lead. I thought I knew who had done it, changed my mind, and then found out I was right all along. The very end was a bit of a surprise, though. It is read clearly and with expression

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  • Maria2702
  • 08-26-16

Enid Blyton for Adults!

Be ware this is one of Christie's early work and very unlike her more mature offerings.
Very 'boys' own' and Woosteresque with a bit of jolly hockey sticks thrown in.
I was going to give it two stars but the fantastic ending brought it up to three.
I won't be listening to Emelia Fox again, she just played up comedy aspects and it was irritating.

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  • lynda revill
  • 06-28-16

Dreadful narration

Story ok but awful awful narration , probably would've been better done by a male actor

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-13-15

Not Agatha's best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I don't believe it is to Agatha Christie's usual standard and rather point a friend to some of her better mystery novels.

What will your next listen be?

Another of Agatha's novels.

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  • Denise
  • 02-11-11

Emilia Fox was excellent!

I had my doubts as to how well Emilia Fox would read this. But she was excellent.

The story was gripping and fun. She really made the characters come to life and added humour to those characters.

Very good.

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  • Pavarotta
  • 06-20-14

Not a good Christie story, and not well read!

Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

I have listened to nearly all the Agatha Christie books available onAudible, and this one is nothing like as interesting as most of the others - it seems more like a Famous Five mystery than a whodunnit for adults, and Emilia Fox's reading of it only exaggerates the feeling that you're listening to a very dated children's story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emilia Fox’s performances?

I have heard other performances by Emilia Fox which are much better.

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  • Lisa Listener
  • 09-08-16

Classic Christie thrill!

Would you listen to The Seven Dials Mystery again? Why?

Yes definitely, because I think you always miss some details on the first listen, by hearing it again, you get a fuller picture and more enjoyment.

What did you like best about this story?

It keeps you hooked from the beginning, the characters are all interesting and individual, classic characters which add up to a full story, the descriptions of the settings, how the story unfolds and plays out is very cleverly written. I thought for sure I had guessed who dunnit but was surprised with the reveal at the end. It evoked an essence of the period before the age of mobile phones and social media and makes me wish sometimes that life was still that simple. Loved this book and will be getting the next Inspector Battle story.

Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favourite?

All the characters are wonderful and Emilia Fox read them brilliantly. Even the way she pronounced Alarm clocks as Alarum clocks! really good, I loved Jimmy Thessinger but Lady Eileen Brent (Bundle) was a strong woman who feared nothing and took anything on to get to the truth. She was my favourite. An early role model for women of today.

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

The only emotion I felt was one of joy, I loved listening to the story and really didnt want it to end. It made me laugh in places but overall because it is a great story with a fantastic plot, one of Agatha Christies best I think. Really glad I chose this book.

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  • Mrs. Rj Phillips
  • 06-05-16

fab!!!!

loved it, a different Christie, focusing on the young and fresh-faced youth involved in a deadly secret society with humour romance and murder thrown in!

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  • Jane
  • 01-25-16

great

loved it, on the edge of your seat and you never will guess who done it.