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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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Gripping story brilliantly told!

The fabulous Hugh Fraser reads this book so well. I think this is now one of my favourite Poirot stories because of the way it all unfolds, twisting and turning, the mixture of characters and surprises,and Poirot' clever way at uncovering the answers,kept me guessing to the end!

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Escapism with violence

Hugh Fraser’s Irish accent doesn’t seem as good as his usual representations of characters from different backgrounds.
It’s a change for Christie to be so precise about time: just after WWII.
The story is improbable of course- the idea of a man without even a ration card to identify him stretches credulity! Even I, born in 1952, had a ration card!!
I suspect Christie had a degree of irony in regard to the characters she portrays. Or at least I hope so!
The social milieu that she describes is the best argument for revolution (or at least the Atlee government) that could be made!🌹
Even with the natural bias of an outsider in respect of a more numerous and richer people who live next door, I cannot actually believe the English were quite so obnoxious- at least not all of them!!

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I really enjoy Agatha Christie books but I found this one hard to get into I'm going to try and listen to it again at a later date

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I'm not sure if I could be a good day to the gym

The fact I can get it right away with the new version is better to be the first half of the day before I get a follow back on my way home from work to be the first half of the year of high quality of life

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