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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 letter for help, a death, then the letter turns up 2 months after it was written not knowing she'd died, he goes straight away ,
Poriot smells that something is wrong, so he decides to investigate
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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