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©1937 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
This is an excellent Agatha Christie novel, with Hercule Poirot as the investigator of a possible murder. The story flows so well that it illustrates why the author was so successful. It is a story set in the late 1920's or early 1930’s ( I think) with all of the sensibilities of that era. There were many red herrings, so I did not predict the solution, but the explanation made sense and was therefore completely satisfying. The narration, by High Fraser, was good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the novel.
A fragile lady has her family down for Easter, while they were there she fell down the stairs or did she? Poor Bob the dog gets the blame.
The shock comes after a couple of weeks when she dies and the will is read and then Poriot received a letter two months after she'd died begging for his help
Perfect for a long journey on a winter's day, Dumb Witness makes the time fly. Bob, the 'dumb witness' of the title, made a far better detective than I did and I needed Hercule's elegant expose at the end to let me into the secret of 'who dunnit'! Most enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this audio book. As ever, Hugh Fraser provides an outstanding performance and acts out all the parts with incredible skill and versatility. Rather spooky at times and I loved Bob.
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Dame Agatha takes us on a fantastic journey with such ease, I wanted to listen to it in one go but would have meant a few "duvet days"!
Outstanding thriller, exceptionally delivered.
Disappointing plot, very thin and contrived, with none of the usual twists and turns for which Christie is so famous.
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