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Summary

A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune.

Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law, who claims she has been warned by "spirits" that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman's true motive for approaching him.

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Critic reviews

"Told briskly, vivaciously, and with ever-fertile imagination." ( Manchester Evening News)
"One of the best...her gift for blending the cosy with the macabre has seldom been more in evidence than it is here." ( Tatler)

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Really Good Mystery Very Well Told

Hugh Fraser was a fantastic story teller as always and Agatha's story was intruiging and thrilling. Very enjoyable.

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christie classic

If you are a fan of Agatha Christie and the Poirot tv adaptations this is a great way to introduce you to one of the books.

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Twists and turns

I thought I had read all the Poirot cases and was pleased to find this one. It did not disappoint.

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Taken at the Flood

If you like Christie generally then you'll enjoy this. It doesn't quite have you on the edge of your seat but Hercule is as charming as ever and the plot is not too taxing. Quite a twist at the end, worth the wait.

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good reading

This is a fun christie and hugh fraser reads it well. The story is everything you would expect from christie. Poirot is on form.

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So brilliant

My favourite agatha Christie. Honestly it's actually quite noir in its plot and unfolding

Great characters

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Very well plotted, but difficult to stomach

Clever plot and memorable characters, but some pretty nasty ideas about abuse that aged badly.

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Unredeemable

Some good twists in the story but the ending is just terrible and morally flawed (in a way that doesn’t suit the genre). In this case the tv adaptation is a million times better, more dramatically-logical and more believable.

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Another classic

Liked it, good twists and turns, handsome 'maybe vilans' and fun characters - had to wait a while for HC to turn up in the story, but was worth it

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One of the best Agatha Christie's books!!!

If your a Agatha Christie lover this is a must read! It truly left you guessing until the last minute.

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A great story and great performance

A perfect example of Agatha Christie's genius of her craft of story telling and fiction. Very well narrated