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The Unexpected Guest

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Summary

When a stranger runs his car into a ditch in dense fog near the South Wales coast, and makes his way to an isolated house, he discovers a woman standing over the dead body of her wheelchair-bound husband, a gun in her hand. She readily admits to murder, and the unexpected guest offers to help her concoct a cover story.

But is it possible Laura Warwick did not commit the crime after all? If so, who is she shielding? As the gallant unexpected guest, Michael Starkwedder, looks for other enemies of the dead man, he certainly isn't disappointed by a lack of possible suspects - all with very potent motives.

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Critic reviews

"Like a Martini - crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming....will satisfy all devotees of Christie's neat plotting." ( Booklist)

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Wonderful

Another brilliant story by Agatha Christie. Keeps you guessing right to the very end as to who the murderer is. Wonderfully read by Hugh Fraser.

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Gripping, entertaining - classic Agatha Christie

Enjoyed every twist and turn. I guessed it was everyone then another surprise. Wish I was just starting it! Great listen.

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  • M
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 09-03-14

Great listening

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

Hugh Fraser's adaptations of Agatha Christie novels are always spot on.

Any additional comments?

A good Agatha Christie novel.

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Remarkable!

Another amazing story, skilfully narrated by Hugh Fraser.. Remarkable how Agatha Christie can keep your full attention all the way to the end!

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Disappointing, true AC Fans will guess the plot...

Having downloaded this title because of the reviews, I was very much looking forward to it. However, despite Hugh Fraser’s fantastic performance (as ever,) the plot was predictable & underwhelming. I guessed the murderer within the opening chapter and even the random twists during the novel were obvious. Definitely not one of Dame Agatha’s better works.

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  • NHP
  • Gairloch, Ross-shire
  • 24-06-18

Fantastic

You think you have it sussed, but the twist at the end is something you don't see coming

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Excellent

Excellent as always. Christie writes with her usual aplomb. Interesting writing that is unexpected and never lets up!

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fantastic twist as always from Agatha <br />

Great story and read by Captain Hastings the best voice for Agatha Christie novels .

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brilliant storyline to unexpected guest

loved it and recommend that other people read this too! another great book from Agatha Christie.

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The Unexpected Guest

I have listened to all those Agatha Christie books narrated by Joan Hickson and am now going to work my way through the Hugh Fraser ones. This was a good book that kept you guessing to the last. Twists and turns and red herrings galore. The children in the car with us also enjoyed the pace of it.

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  • Sigurd R Dahl
  • 29-05-18

Nest plot

Christie and Fraser are a team - plot fontene and performance in excellence!
can't wait for the next one!
must reconsidder ny subscription with Audible....