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When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so roughly that his already ragged cassock is torn in the process. What was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her deathbed only hours earlier?

Mark Easterbrook and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, are determined to find out. Maybe the three women who run The Pale Horse public house - and who are rumored to practice the "Dark Arts" - can provide some answers....

©1961 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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A tricky one, but very well delivered

One of the less accessible AC's in my opinion. No Marple or Poirot to help you through. And more importantly, no Captain Hastings to have it all explained slowly on your behalf. And unlike Sparkling Cyanide (also done very well in this series) where the characters and setting are quite tight and manageable, this sprawling epic is hard to keep track of in audiobook form. Especially if your attentions are on the cooking or the driving.

Hugh Fraser's performance is as excellent as always. He does women so well. Important for AC obviously.

Enjoy. Worth every penny.

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A bit of the paranormal to muddy the waters

This is not a typical Agatha Christie, not just because it doesn't involve one Poirot, Hastings, or Marple, but because it involves some characters dabbling in the paranormal. Usually Christie is all about very human actions and emotions, but here several of the characters in the small English village believe and are involved in connecting with the other world, through mediums, seances, and animal sacrifices. Not that they really are paranormal, of course, and there's a very human solution to it all, but those characters play a major role (not just for minor amusement).

It was slow to get into, but in the end I enjoyed it very much. Hugh Fraser was, as always, wonderful.

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Good Reading on a Good Book

The Pale Horse has always been one of my favorite Christie novels, partly because it differs a bit from the norm. Although I love Christie's detectives, it made a nice change of pace for her to write this novel with a historian as her "detective". The audio version did not disappoint at all -- I liked Hugh Fraser's deep voice and felt that it matched really nicely with the overall tone of the book. He's a great narrator to listen to at night: soothing enough to relax, but engages the material well enough that you don't drift off to sleep too quickly.

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Really enjoyed

Not Miss Marple or Like it -- quite a departure but very good 👍 and still had the Christie magic!! Hugh Frazer, as always made the characters come alive!
Great addition to my Christie collection!!!

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One of my favorite Agatha Christie books

This was great, a bit different than her other books in several ways. Nice to have a change from her usual detectives.

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Another twisting Christie plot

You think you have it all figured out but the master of suspense is full of surprises. Another great book from Christie and Hugh Fraser is pretty good as well.

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Good Story but not her best

What made the experience of listening to The Pale Horse the most enjoyable?

Finding the meaning of the Pale Horse was probably the most interesting part of the book

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

Not really

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

One cannot blame Hugh Frazier for his performance. He didn't have the best story to work with

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

No

Any additional comments?

Might read it again to see if I missed any redeeming parts of the story

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Wonderful story and surprise

Good story with God suspense, interesting twists and a wonderful resolution. Performance was wrk done with only minor and infrequent voice inconsistencies. For those who only know Christie through Marple and Poirot, this is a great exposure to Christie's stories.

Highly recommended

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awesome ending

Fraser's the best narrator forAgatha Christie books. I try never to buy one he doesn't perform.

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Entertaining to the ear and imagination!

The story draws you in immediately and the sound of Hugh Fraser's voice and his skill with delivery transports you into this tale like a visitor on holiday, eavesdropping on the locals. I loved every moment and didn't want to "go home".