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Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison, just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive.
©1934 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Makes uncommonly good reading." (The New York Times)

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  • Jan Rose
  • 11-13-18

Good story and performance, spoilt by editing

As ever, Hugh Fraser’s reading of Christie was excellent, but the effect was spoilt by the poor editing at the end.
I have often been annoyed by the way the ‘Audible hopes you have enjoyed this programme’ is shoved in as soon as the narration ends, allowing no time for reflection on the story, but in this book, it actually cuts across the last word. Surely it’s possible to allow a few seconds gap?

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  • emma
  • 09-14-17

Typical Christie, interesting structure.

A fairly typical Agatha Christie novel in which the characters don't seem terribly surprised or distressed by the sudden death of one of their dinner-party companions. The "theatrical" structure is interesting, but the outcome seems pretty obvious by today's standards. Poirot plays a relatively minor part in the story. Quality narration by Hugh Fraser. Would recommend for Christie fans.

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  • Yatsugashira
  • 09-25-16

Never tired of listening

Surprisingly there is no much of Poirot in the story but still it is work of A. Christie to wich one I like to come back.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 04-07-15

Three act Tragedy

just before shutting down for supper they all had a cocktail, two had not had them before so tried one of them. Less than 5 minutes later one party members is dead.

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