• The Secret of Chimneys

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. Little did Anthony suspect that a simple errand to deliver the manuscript on behalf of his friend would drop him right in the middle of an international conspiracy, and he begins to realize that it has placed him in serious danger. Why were Count Stylptich's memoirs so important? And what was "King Victor" really after? The parcel holds ore than scandalous royal secrets - because it contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia. 

Wherever ravishing Virginia Revel went, death seemed sure to follow. First her husband died. The next to perish was a foreign prince whose ruthless power was matched by his scandalous passions. Then a bungling blackmailer followed them into the grave. Murder, blackmail, stolen letters, and a fabulous missing jewel: all under the not always co-operative eyes of Scotland Yard and the Surete. All threads lead to Chimneys, one of England's historic country house estates, where a master murderer mingled with the aristocratic guests. Virginia could turn to only one person to prove her innocence and end her nightmare, and she could only pray that she had not put her life into the hands of the man who was out to take it....

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Christie Pulls a Caper

What fun it was to get a mystery dressed in comedic garb. I highly recommend this book to anyone at all but especially to those of us who have slogged through 18 months of pandemic malaise.

The heart of darkness does not lurk here. Yes, the characters are one dimensional but they are quirky, likable, and fun.

Give yourself a time-out and enjoy a Christie caper.

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excellent

This is in top 3 of my favorite Agatha Christie novels, and it's superb delivery only enhances and influences my choice. No Hercule or Miss Marple in this intricately plotted story...it's Inspector Battle who reflects the psychological prowess of the Grand Author

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My new favorite

Funnier, more entertaining, and more perfectly narrated than any other Christie work on Audible. Wonderful stuff, should be better known!

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A Great Whodunit

With a mild comic undertone, Agatha Christie has created a fast paced, humorous story that will have you chuckling all the way to the surprise ending. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Simon Jones' narration was lovely.

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How fun!

I have read all of the Agatha Christie books. It's been a while. This is my first audio of one of her books. The narration was excellent! The timing of the narrator was impeccable. I often laughed out loud while listening causing people to look at me strangely. Too bad. It was fantastic.

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Most stimulating mystery

Although this wasn’t my first AC story without Ms Marple or Hercule Perot, I found it just exciting with multiple twists and surprises. The vocal performance was great and aided my imagination of the characters and situations. Definitely worth a listen.

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Narrator ruined the book

I have been enjoying Agatha Christie books on Audible, but couldn't get past about Chapter 3 of this one because the narrator was DREADFUL. His American accent was nothing but distracting, and the opening three or four characters made one want to rip off the headphones and go screaming down the walk. Fortunately, this book was in the Audible Plus catalog, so I didn't pay anything, and I'll read the book in hardcopy rather than listening, as I'm sure it's winsome. But never will I listen to Simon Jones read an Audible book.

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Excellent!!!

The BEST mystery I've heard for a long time! Pure Agatha Christie at her best!

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Christie meets Wodehouse with a bit of the Merry Widow thrown in

A dated mystery that defies expectations but reflects (and occasionally transcends) social judgments of a century ago. Intentionally funny, with quirky plot twists. Would make a great audio play, or even a comic film.

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Inspector Battle

I am familiar with Miss Marple, Hercule Poitou, Tommy and Tuppence but this is the first Inspector Battle novel I’ve read. As usual, Agatha Christie keeps you guessing who the real culprit is. Most of the action is around Anthony while Inspector Battle is less central to the story. I enjoyed the story but not the reader so much. Men, especially English, should never try to do a woman’s voice in an audible book.

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