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Publisher's Summary

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time in digital audio, performed by Christopher Lee.

When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls to Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood.

During the trial, Ms French's housekeeper, Janet, gives damning evidence against Vole, but as Romaine's cross-examination begins, her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains: will justice out?

©1933 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full length thriller." ( Daily Mirror)

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Good story - the version without the extra twist

I bought this book after just seeing - and thoroughly enjoying - the play in London. I read about how Christie changed the ending for the play version (as well as some other changes). I’m not sure which end I like better. I’d say the end in the play (I won’t tell it) came as more of a surprise, because I had an inkling on my own about the end of the story before that last twist. If you like Agatha Christie, you’ll like this, though it is kind of short. The narrator was fine, but nothing outstanding. Perhaps the story is too short to give him an opportunity to shine.

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  • Claire
  • 01-04-17

Lee-ly good narration

An intriguing short story from the master, similar in tone to the likes of Endless Night and And Then There Were None, in terms of darker motives undisguised by a kindly Marple or Poirot protagonist: plumbs darker depths, leaving you with a classic Christie twist. Superbly narrated by the 'other' Master!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

short story by Agatha Christie.

Christopher Lee brought to life the characters created in Agatha Christie imagination. brilliantly read. atmospheric.

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  • SST
  • 04-14-18

BBC adaptation is better

The BBC’s 2016 2 part adaptation of this book is better in my opinion. Agatha’s original seems too short and the ending of the book seems unfinished in comparison to the bbc’s version.

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  • Miss E Stacey
  • 01-08-18

Marvellous

The story is entertaining; a gentle puzzle for the listener with enough intrigue to keep the plot moving at a suitable pace.
Christopher Lee is amazing. He brings gravitas and style to an already successful piece.

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  • sams247
  • 04-27-17

Fine Christie, setting well described

Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness for the Prosecution: An Agatha Christie Short Story to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the characters, so I would say yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness for the Prosecution: An Agatha Christie Short Story?

I loved any scene with the lawyer in conversation, Lee's voice is a gem

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lee – was your favourite?

The lawyer, by far

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

no tag line

Any additional comments?

Although the ending was guessed at it in no way spoilt the story. I think listening to Christopher Lee talking about shopping in Tesco would be fascinating, and in this book he excels at character and scence setting. Much fun

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  • Mary Wehner
  • 04-07-17

Entertaining story with brilliant narration.

What made the experience of listening to The Witness for the Prosecution: An Agatha Christie Short Story the most enjoyable?

The narrator, Christopher Lee, with his distinctive voice and pace made this very enjoyable.

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

It's a short mystery and as such, should be enjoyed in one sitting (or dog walk in my case)