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When a stranger runs his car into a ditch in dense fog near the South Wales coast, and makes his way to an isolated house, he discovers a woman standing over the dead body of her wheelchair-bound husband, a gun in her hand. She readily admits to murder, and the unexpected guest offers to help her concoct a cover story.

But is it possible Laura Warwick did not commit the crime after all? If so, who is she shielding? As the gallant unexpected guest, Michael Starkwedder, looks for other enemies of the dead man, he certainly isn't disappointed by a lack of possible suspects - all with very potent motives.

©1997 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Like a Martini - crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming....will satisfy all devotees of Christie's neat plotting." (Booklist)

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  • Denise
  • 03-14-10

Wonderful

Another brilliant story by Agatha Christie. Keeps you guessing right to the very end as to who the murderer is. Wonderfully read by Hugh Fraser.

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  • Susan Mansell
  • 01-17-16

Gripping, entertaining - classic Agatha Christie

Enjoyed every twist and turn. I guessed it was everyone then another surprise. Wish I was just starting it! Great listen.

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  • M
  • 03-09-14

Great listening

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

Hugh Fraser's adaptations of Agatha Christie novels are always spot on.

Any additional comments?

A good Agatha Christie novel.

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  • Lisa Jane
  • 12-27-17

fantastic twist as always from Agatha <br />

Great story and read by Captain Hastings the best voice for Agatha Christie novels .

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  • Ann Marie Shepherd
  • 11-27-17

brilliant storyline to unexpected guest

loved it and recommend that other people read this too! another great book from Agatha Christie.

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  • H W Giddens
  • 09-19-17

The Unexpected Guest

I have listened to all those Agatha Christie books narrated by Joan Hickson and am now going to work my way through the Hugh Fraser ones. This was a good book that kept you guessing to the last. Twists and turns and red herrings galore. The children in the car with us also enjoyed the pace of it.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 02-18-16

The unexpected guest

Agatha Christie has done some brilliant storylinest
This is another one of her original books listened to it in one go

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