Ariadne Oliver

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991 ratings

Parker Pyne Investigates Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne."

Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Parker Pyne Investigates

    • A Parker Pyne Collection
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne." Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not a detective in sight

    • By ktkat1949 on 11-09-14

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    • Parker Pyne Investigates

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Mrs Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in The Times/i> which read: "ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT, CONSULT MR PARKER PYNE". Equally adept at putting together the pieces of a marriage or the fragments of a murder mystery, Mr Parker Pyne was possibly the world's most unconventional private eye, and certainly its most charming.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant collection, excellent narrator

    • By Diana on 04-10-17

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  • Book 2

    • Cards on the Table

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476

    Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection". Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • this is a great Christie mystery

    • By Calliope on 01-21-14

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    • Cards on the Table

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent plot, awesome narration

    • By Pushkaraj on 01-30-18

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  • Book 3

    • Mrs. McGinty's Dead

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Mrs McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion fell immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes revealed traces of the victim's blood and hair. Yet something was amiss: Bentley just didn't look like a murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best mystery!

    • By Anonymous User on 11-27-17

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    • Mrs. McGinty's Dead

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    Well, it's no wonder. The plot - suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger - is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Hercule Poirot and Ariadne Oliver Mystery

    • By ButterflyRose on 09-06-15

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  • Book 4

    • Dead Man's Folly

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly predictable

    • By Jane Ng on 08-05-10

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    • Dead Man's Folly

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310

    Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from. In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Christie and Suchet - Jolly Well Done

    • By Sandy on 03-11-13

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  • Book 5

    • The Pale Horse

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning? Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman's head? Or was it when the priest's assailant searched him so roughly he tore the clergyman's cassock? Or could it have been the priest's visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her death bed? Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble that Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like an old fashioned 'Who Done It'

    • By Anniebligh on 07-24-12

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    • The Pale Horse

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A tricky one, but very well delivered

    • By rspragg on 07-29-16

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  • Book 6

    • Third Girl

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Three single girls shared the same London flat. The first worked as a secretary; the second was an artist; the third, who came to Poirot for help, disappeared, convinced she was a murderer. Now there were rumours of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it would take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl was guilty, innocent - or insane.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AC gives her Poirot a challenge...

    • By Sigurd R Dahl on 03-29-18

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    • Third Girl

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256

    Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second is an artist. The third interrupts Hercule Poirot's breakfast, confessing that she is a murderer - and then promptly disappears. Slowly, Poirot learns of the rumors surrounding the mysterious third girl, her family, and her disappearance. Yet hard evidence is needed before the great detective can pronounce her guilty, innocent, or insane.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Did she...or didn't she...that IS the question!

    • By TwoBadWolves on 11-16-16

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  • Book 7

    • Hallowe’en Party

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    A classic Christie mystery. Read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hugh Fraser in the popular TV series. At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Å must

    • By Sigurd R Dahl on 04-28-18

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    • Hallowe'en Party

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410

    At a Hallowe'en party, Joyce - a hostile thirteen-year-old - boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the "evil presence". But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double murderer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great Mystery

    • By Gudrun on 10-26-16

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  • Book 8

    • Elephants Can Remember

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. For here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident: the broken body of a woman was discovered on the rocks at the foot of the cliff. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies, a husband and wife, shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Christie's best work

    • By Johanna on 08-27-12

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    • Elephants Can Remember

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    "The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugh Fraser is awesome!

    • By Mandy Cruze on 04-24-15

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