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Summary

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…

©2008 Agatha Christie (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"A thundering success… a triumph for Hercule Poirot" ( Daily Mirror)

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  • JR
  • 04-04-20

Dull and repetitive dialogs

This is the first Agatha Christie’s book that I am going to return, I am afraid. I have listened to about 20 of her books so far, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and this one is a crushing disappointment for me. I can’t get rid of an impression that it was padded out throughout with unnecessarily long pointless dialogs in order to get to the required amount of words for the publication. Two particularly endless meaningless dialogues were, first, the “summary” of what happened by Mrs Oliver to Poirot “omg I am so flustered” and the endless “you don’t believe me” speech by the Russian girl (forgot her name). I found this book so dull and uninteresting, full of side-lined reminiscences, that I found myself really annoyed and no longer caring who killed whom, and just hoping they will all die and I would not have to listen to it any longer. I am frankly surprised that this was written by Agatha Christie and furthermore, that it was actually published! Overall - a really boring book with wholly uninteresting lot of characters and a dull story line.

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Another good who-done-it

I am a big fan of Agatha Christie's novels. Hugh Fraser does a really good job of bringing the characters to life and telling this story with easy expertise.

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Excellent as expected

Great story as expected from the worlds greatest murder mystery writer. Well narrated too! I binged the whole thing in about a day! I will be running out of credits at this rate, but so worth it! Onto the next Agatha Christie!

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Another Gem From Christie.

Sadly, another fabulous story ends.
Loved every second of it. Narration was as always perfect, just perfect.
Highly recommend as usual, you just cannot go wrong with an Agatha Christie!
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Not the best Poirot story.

Sadly repetitive - misses Hastings. For once the TV version was actually better than the original.

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Good Listen.

Hugh Fraser brings all of Agatha Christie's characters to life very well. Very well indeed.

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One of my favourites.

Well narrated with great layers of moral questioning outside the basic plot. one of Christie's best.

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Outstanding!

Hugh Fraser demonstrates great vocal talents and brings the characters to life in this version - without the full cast recording.

My first listen to this particular mystery and a great treat it was.

I thoroughly recommend it if you are looking for a relaxing afternoon/ evening with familiar characters you look forward to meeting again.

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Dull

Very slow and repetitive, too much irrelevant stuff. First time I've been bored by an Agatha Christie!

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  • Mr
  • 25-03-17

Good, but slightly predicatable

Unfortunately, while I love the Poirot books, I do feel as Christie got older her creative imagination did falter a little, and I was able to half guess the solution about half way through which is a cardinal sin for a detective novel; the reader should never feel more intelligent than Poirot! However, you may have noticed I said half guessed as there was still a little twist, and therefore I still rate this reasonably.

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  • Sigurd R Dahl
  • 28-04-18

Å must

Hugh Fraser måkes ut all! Å fullfillment og listening to AC story performed to perfection!
Listen and enjoy!

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  • Raye
  • 02-06-16

Excellent!

Hugh Fraser was magical as the narrator! And of course Agatha Christie is the greatest female murder mystery writer of our time!

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