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Summary

Nick Buckley was an unusual name for a pretty young woman. But then she had led an unusual life. First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. Upon discovering a bullet-hole in Nick's sun hat, Hercule Poirot decides the girl needs his protection. At the same time, he begins to unravel the mystery of a murder that hasn't been committed. Yet.
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©1933 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"The actual solution is quite unusually ingenious." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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Fab!!!!

Loved it, so many twists and turns as I did some sewing, my dining room curtains may have wobbles in the hem as I kept stopping to say "oh I never expected that....hmmmm"
Hugh Fraser is as ever perfect, absolutely love his narration , he acts the characters so well, with warmth and humour. Recommend for Agatha fans of old and those just embarking on the intriguing world of Dame Christie, enjoy.

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Classic Agatha Christie mystery

When a young woman recounts a series of apparent mishaps, Hercule Poirot, holidaying in Cornwall, is intrigued. Along with his friend Hastings, he sets out to investigate what he believes to be a threat to the woman’s life. But how do you solve a murder that hasn’t been committed?

I read a great many Agatha Christie novels in my teenage years, but the plots of most of them have vanished from my memory, so it may be that I’ve read this one before. First published in 1932, this is the sixth of the Poirot books and features Captain Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp, who add to the fun.

My memories of Christie’s writing are tarred with the idea that I stopped reading her books due to boredom (with plots, characters etc), so I wasn’t expecting too much with this one. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is generally clever and witty (especially Poirot’s dialogue) and, though I did get a bit confused towards the end, it was an entertaining story that kept me guessing.

The audiobook is read by the lovely Hugh Fraser, who brings out the humour of Christie’s writing (and also played Hastings in 43 episodes the Poirot TV series).

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Great book, fantastic narration

One of Christie's best, superbly read by Hugh Fraser. Easy to listen to multiple times.

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Another Christie Classic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommended! Another Agatha Christie classic with so many twists and turns that even Poirot's baffled! The David Suchet TV adaptation of this book follows the Christie book closely, unlike some others, so if you are a fan of the TV programmes you will love this audiobook! An must for every Christie fan!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hastings as always is my favourite character. The perfect sidekick to Poirot. Made even better when the audiobook is read by Hugh Fraser!

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As always a great performance by Hugh Fraser, he seems to understand Agatha Christie and particularly Poirot so well. This is definitely up there with his best, although "The Big Four" is my personal favourite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tend not to listen to any audiobook in one session, so no it wasn't.

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Murder in St Loo…

Hercule Poirot is making one of his periodic attempts at retirement, and has gone for a little break in St. Loo with his old friend Captain Hastings, home from the Argentine. But wherever that pesky man goes, murder is sure to follow! As he sits on the hotel terrace with Hastings, something whizzes past his head – not a pebble, as he first thinks, but a bullet, apparently having just missed its target, a young woman called Nick Buckley who lives in the End House of the title. Once Poirot has introduced himself to Nick, he discovers this is the latest in a series of what appear to be attempts on her life, and he takes on the task of finding the would-be murderer before he or she succeeds…

This has always been one of my favourite Poirots, which never seems to get quite the love I feel it deserves. I love the solution – one of Christie’s cleverest, I think – and the way that you can see in retrospect that she gave you all the clues and even drew attention to some of them along the way, and yet still left you – well, me, anyway – completely baffled right up to the reveal.

Nick seems to be a popular young woman, without an enemy in the world, and with no worldly wealth to provide a motive. But the attacks on her suggest that it must be someone close to her who is trying to kill her, so her little group of friends and neighbours come under suspicion. Poirot will have to find which of them has a reason to want her dead. But when someone else is killed in mistake for Nick, he feels guilty for having been unable to prevent that murder, and still fears Nick will be the next victim.

Although the story is quite serious and Nick’s friends are a motley and mostly unlikeable crew, there’s a lot of humour in this one in the banter between Poirot and Hastings. Poor old Hastings – Poirot really is extremely rude about his intellectual abilities! Nonetheless it’s often Hastings’ simplistic way of looking at things that puts Poirot on the right track. Sometimes Hastings bites back, but Poirot always gets the last word…

“Do you suppose I’d have made a success of my ranch out in the Argentine if I were the kind of credulous fool you make out?”
“Do not enrage yourself, mon ami. You have made a great success of it—you and your wife.”
“Bella,” I said, “always goes by my judgement.”
“She is as wise as she is charming,” said Poirot.

I listened to it again this time with the wonderful Hugh Fraser narrating – these Agatha Christie audiobooks have become a major source of relaxation to me during the difficult lockdown months, always entertaining even when I know the stories so well. Fortunately I still have many more to go…

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Classic Christie

Genius Narration by Fraser. Deeply enjoyable classic Whodunnit. Surprising plot twists and revelations. Worth every penny.

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A decent yarn

A classic Christie story involving one of literature’s favourite detectives.
A good plot.
Narrated well.
Kept me interested but isn’t as captivating as some of the other Poirot books available.

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Wonderful Poirot

My favourite Poirot story. Added bonus is that it’s read by the dashing Capt Hastings !

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  • 19-06-20

Loved it

Loved this book and the narrator, I didn't want it to end, working my way through them all and loving it

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not the same as a book

I've bought this ebook to help me with my English but unfortunately the ebook is different from the book I have.
( the title and author are the same)

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  • 25-07-12

Very enjoyable listen, Narrator excellent,

Where does Peril at End House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a recent member I was impressed by the quality and versatility of the Narration. The story was a typical Agatha Christie, and I still couldn't guess "who did it"

What other book might you compare Peril at End House to and why?

I have not listened to many stories yet, other than Sherlock Holmes, and they both have been good so it is difficult to compare them.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was caught into all of the scenes, but I think the a scene in the last chapter caught my imagination the most.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really, as Murder Mysteries, don't tend to be that way inclined

Any additional comments?

Just a very good way to occupy ones time when one is busy with hand work, most enjoyable, the work just gets done.!!!!

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  • Vlad-Stefan
  • 12-10-16

Charming characters, wonderfully narrated

What made the experience of listening to Peril at End House the most enjoyable?

Hugh Fraser's narration is so immersive and endearing that it's hard not to be engrossed in the story.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

Freddie Rice!

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  • Judith
  • 19-06-12

A Sting in the Tale!

What other book might you compare Peril at End House to and why?

This is Agatha Christie at her very best! A wonderful mind bender that keeps one guessing!

Which scene was your favorite?

Poirot's final summing up, always surprising, this time he outdid himself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In book full of twists, turns, liars and cheats, I was more manipulated than moved. Great fun. This is a wonderful story, well read by Hugh Fraser.

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  • TheMerryRose
  • 10-02-12

So did not expect that ending

Some times I get who it was that did it, but not this one ... an ending that I didn't expect ... was an interesting book to listen too ... well worth the money.