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Agatha Christie , David Suchet
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1 Jan 2007

Complete and Unabridged Hercule Poirot Mystery
Beautifully re-packaged with stunning new cover illustrations and design that rival some of the best jackets and audio collections out there! The group as a whole stands with an assortment of colours and gorgeous text on every spine. This is true story telling at it's absolute best!

Read by David Suchet.

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt.

Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…

Beware – nobody is quite what they seem!


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191147
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction.’ New York Times

‘The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect.’ Times Literary Supplement

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Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fete, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt.

Despite weeks of meticulous planning , at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…

Beware – nobody is quite what they seem!

"The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction."
'New York Times'

"The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect."
'Times Literary Supplement'

Read by David Suchet


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By David TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Dead Man's Folly was the first Agatha Christe book I read and I havn't look back since. The basic plot without spoilers has Poirot contacted by his old friend Ariadne Oliver, who has been asked to organise a "murder Hunt" at a country mansion. She has a feeling that things are not quite right and it's not long before she is proved right.

The book is typical Agatha Christie ie murder at a country house who an interesting assortment of characters. Poirot is on form too picking out the clues and until all is revealed. The book moves at a nice pace with no foul language are graphic gore or sex which makes a nice change from alot of modern books.

As I said before this is the first Christie book and it's one of my favourites. If you enjoy a classic whodunit from the "Queen of Crime" then this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun interpretation... 16 Mar 2012
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a diehard Agatha Christie fan, I'm always interested in new interpretations of her great novels, so I was immediately intrigued to see how well they would adapt to the graphic novel format.

The book is hardback, approximately A4 size and runs to 46 pages. The illustrator, Marek, has interpreted Christie's slightly caricatured cast of characters well and has also brought out some of the humour and lightness of tone that always make her books a joy.

Dead Man's Folly features Poirot and his novelist friend Ariadne Oliver investigating the death of a young girl murdered during a village fete. The plot is easy to follow in this format, though as to be expected much of the investigation is very abridged. This may act as a good introduction for older children to Christie's books, and I'm sure would also be an interesting curiosity for established fans. Good fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious solution, conventional plot 11 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Living in Devon near the river Dart (the river Helm in the book), and having visited Greenway house, I was obviously attracted by this book, and I enjoyed the setting and the descriptions of the places, because I've been there. However this is a personal reason, and, trying to be impartial, I would rate this as a good, but not extraordinary, book.
The solution to the case is very ingenious indeed, but it is not built clue after clue. Rather, it follows a conventional plot until the solution is exposed at the very end of the book, as if Poirot had a sudden insight, drawing from evidence that was not revealed before. Also, the solution is quite far fetched.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but I think it will lose some appeal for a reader not that interested in Agatha Christie's places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christie scores again! 15 May 2012
Format:Paperback
After a some rather feeble late Poirot offerings, I really enjoyed this. Christie is back to the scenario she is most familiar with: upper middle-class England, living in Devon, landed gentry forced to sell the family home..... The house evokes memories of Christie's own house, Greenway near Dartmouth, Devon; the house is of similar antiquity, has a pictureque boathouse, and is surrounded by woods, even if only half the area of woodland in the novel. Greenway is an NT property and well worth a visit - lovely house, fascinating history, glorious location, and excellent tea and cake!.

In spite of Poirot being invited down to prevent a murder, there are eventually three! A cast of well-drawn characters stage a fete at a country house in Devon, including a murder game devised by the gargantuan detective-story writer Ariadne Oliver. Guess what...? The plot is well-constructed and moves along at a good pace. Christie's racism has moved on from Jews (unacceptable after the Holocaust) to stereotyped Europeans - but you can always chose to interpret it as a feeble attempt at humour. The puzzle is fiendish, I failed to solve more than half of it even with, in retrospect, the most outrageous clues. Fortunately, Poirot is made of sterner stuff, although he doesn't crack it until very late on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent series 11 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
definitely for christie fans, these books are reproduced in their original style: it becomes part of the reading experience! Dead Man's Folly - with the bonus of ariadne oliver- is a good story, told in christie's usual economic style and with believable characters. This edition is well worth the purchase for keeping on the shelf to treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Poirot 14 July 2001
Format:Paperback
This book has got it all- a thrilling murder mystery, hilarious and gripping characters, Ariadne Oliver and, of course, Hercule Poirot. All you need for some hours of sheer entertainment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Age 17 April 2012
By Maggie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great style encouraging a whole new audience of reading. When you open it you are submerged into it. I think there is going to be a huge younger generation of Agatha fans, she is very much on view where we live down in Devon, in the summer you can't go very far without seeing her books. I bought this for one of our sons who was leaving home(early 20's), I was uncertain when purchasing it, but he grew up around the area of her home on the Dart and he absolutely loved it.

The new contempary design is brilliant.

Maggie
South Devon
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book from Dame Christie 16 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh, man, I was impressed by this one! I was completely giving up on Agatha Christie until I ordered this from Amazon and I was just blown away!! I thought I might of had a fix on the killer but she turned me around completely at the end!
I recommend this HIGHLY. You will love this if you like mysteries and even if you don't you will love it,too. There was so much suspense--this is just a work of genius!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely mystery
A special invite from a recurring character pulls Poirot to another country mansion to help perpetrate a murder (murder mystery party, that is). Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars cd book
just as expected a good book which i can listen to anywhere anytime, great for popping me of to sleep of a night time !
Published 3 months ago by Christine Reston
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good story by Agatha christie. Would recommend to lovers of Poirot. Nice book cover too! Good one to add to my collection.
Published 5 months ago by MARIA PAPAIOANNOU
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best but a good read
It;s a bit complicated and unlikely but I enjoyed it and the ending was quite unexpected - I didn't guess the murderer !!!
Published 5 months ago by llanfaredd
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
Of the many books in this collection, this just is not one of my favorites. I found it hard to keep up with the plot, in my opinion because this book cuts out parts of the original... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miguel Fevereiro
5.0 out of 5 stars a good, solid poirot
Any fan of Poirot will love this - a dead body, a missing wife, family secrets and Poirot out to unravel the lot. Devour it in a night!
Published 11 months ago by judy king
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD MAN'S FOLLY
You have invited me to review Agatha Christie books on many occasions.
I cannot add anymore to what i have already said, with the exception of
my being a avid reader of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by gary c atkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat characters
I'm a big Christie and Poirot fan, but this one is far from my favourite. The main problem I think is that the characters are so flat. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by daisyrock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Chritie's Best
A superb piece of story telling, and all the better for Poroit being in it from the beginning.

The best Christie I've read to date.

5 1/2 stars!
Published on 6 April 2012 by Dickie Lad
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