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Agatha Christie
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3 Jan 2007 Poirot

A facsimile first edition hardback of the Poirot book, famously featuring Agatha Christie’s own dog on the cover.

Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.

On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th…by which time Emily was already dead…

To mark the 80th anniversary of Hercule Poirot's first appearance, and to celebrate his renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this title in a collection of facsimile first editions is the perfect way to experience Agatha Christie. Reproducing the original typesetting and format of the first edition from the Christie family's own archive, this book sports the original cover which has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (3 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007234465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007234462
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,573 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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‘One of Poirot’s most brilliant achievements.’
Glasgow Herald

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'DUMB WITNESS' Agatha Christie

Everyone blamed Emily's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.

On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously, he didn't receive the letter until June 28th …by which time Emily was already dead.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

"One of Poirot's most brilliant achievements"

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction"

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Christie readers! 30 April 2002
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This has to be one of my favourite Agatha Christie books. The clues flow nicely through the story, but they never let you know the murderer's identity until the end.
Miss Emily Arundell has an accident one night and everyone blames it on the dog's ball, but Miss Arundell knows her terrier Bob too well. She is convinced that her 'accident' was no accident, so she writes a letter to Poirot. By the time Poirot receives this letter two months later, Emily Arundell is already dead. Poirot's curiosity gets the better of him and he undertakes the case on the dead womans' behalf.
This is the classic scenario of the relatives who desperately need money and Miss Christie does not fail the reader in her twisting and turning approach. By the end of the book you will have fallen in love with Bob the terrier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 20 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
John Moffat and Simon Williams are at their best in an excellent adaptation. The essence of the story is there and it is so nice to hear a full cast recording where it is easy to differentiate between voices as well - rather crucial for enjoyable listening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Witness 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When elderly Miss Emily Arundell has her relatives to stay they are all concerned with one thing - her money. During the visit, Miss Arundell has an accident, falling down the stairs after tripping on her dog's toy ball. Luckily, she is not seriously hurt, but the fall makes her think. What happened worries her so much that she contacts Poirot, although by the time he receives her letter and visits, she has died. Although Poirot has no case, as far as the faithful Hastings can see, he feels a responsibility to discover what happened and whether she was, in fact, murdered.

This is a classic Christie mystery. Poirot and Hastings together are always a joy and the plot is wonderful. There are a wonderful cast of suspects, including a couple of 'bright young things', two medical men, a nervous wife and a devoted companion. Nobody writes crime as well as Christie - her books are exceptional and stand the test of time and this is one of her most enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, never... 5 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2006 BBC radio drama production has a great cast bringing to life a real another twister of a plot. I have only recently begun collecting and listening to these productions and so far have found each one a joy. This particular production has the excellent John Moffatt (born 1922 UK) and a very experienced actor in all fields playing Hercule Poirot (as he does in dozens of such productions). He brings through his characterization a clever detective alive from the pages of Agatha Christie's text.
Likewise the appearance of actor Simon Williams (born 1946) as Captain Hastings is for me a big plus. He does play this part in a number of these excellent radio productions.
The Dumb Witness is none other than a wire-haired terrier and hearing Poirot take note of the dog's behaviour is very entertaining. Listen out for that lovely actress Joanna David (born 1947) who plays Miss Lawson.
The production is directed by Enyd Williams and continuity of director has added to my enjoyment as the atmosphere created is just right with sound effects, music and depth of sound that brings the actors into your living room.
Good value, nicely packaged with full cast information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Agatha Christie mystery! 14 Jan 2001
This is actually one of my favourite Christie novels. The main reason for this is that it contains all of the classic ingredients that really make one of her novels; a fabulous array of characters, especially the terrier dog, Bob, an excellent plot that will keep you guessing to the very end, a wonderful setting and, of course, Hercule Poirot with all his foibles to solve the mystery. A must-read for any mystery fan, and as the video starring David Suchet is equally brilliant, I recommend you make sure you own, or have at least seen and read, both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars passionating and with a little touch of humour 11 May 2013
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as I'm learning english,this is a really usefull audio CD for me,as it's interresting and the quality of the voices is admirable !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classic mysteries 29 Jun 2011
Another fantastic whodunit from Agatha Christie. When Poirot receives a letter from a woman who died months earlier, he sets out to prove she was murdered, and identify who did it.

This is one of my favourite of the Poirot novels I've read. The characters are the typical bunch, but they are all believable and as usual any of them could have done it. The action flows at a good speed and the reader is filled in on every clue as Poirot and Hastings uncover them - exactly as it should be.

I'm pleased to say that I worked it out around the same time as the characters, which was perfect, and feel that this is one of Christie's best. I look forward to more of this calibre of mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Permanent classics 16 Jun 2010
Agatha Christie has become one of my favorite authors as she knew all too very well how to conduct a story. A well told story is too important for the reader. This book in particular was developed from a short story she never published because she considered it good enough to become a novel. Okay then, now the short story was found in her secret Notebooks and published too. I wanted to know how she developed the novel, as I read the shortstory when I translated it into Portuguese in the book "Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks". I've just started reading the novel, and as now I know her "secret ways", I can enjoy reading it better. So you should too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Agatha Christie!
Even though I have seen every tv version ever made of her books, I find that the tv sets the scene of the period but the books get you inside the mind of Hercules Poirot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cazzie432
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I cannot believe this is the first I have read of Agatha Christie; and what a treat! Having grown up with Hercules Poirot on TV, it never occurred to me that her writing would be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by StephTHolland
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but too big
Good new book however own a few agatha books this is a big book not pocket size or small bag
Published 15 months ago by O
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Christie stories
I had already read this story but this did not impair my enjoyment of this CD as the casting was superb. Very well produced and I would recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Eleanor Wye
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiendishly Thrilling
Even though I'm more of a Miss Marple fan, Dumb Witness is one of Christie's most thrilling mysteries. I even understood most of the plot. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Bently
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Witness...A Poirot/Hastings murder/mystery
Oh what a treat this was and I can tell you without worry of any spoilers there are two stars to emerge from this tale of murder for me, Miss Amelia Peabody and Bob, the faithful... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wendy McFarlane
1.0 out of 5 stars never arrived
so much for ordering from the UK - the book I ordered never arrived and there is no tracking info. Stick with Amazon.com USA where you receive excellent service and quick shipping
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by wscracer
4.0 out of 5 stars agatha christie's plot is perfection!
agatha christie does it again! the book is in her usual style, giving nothing away until the very end. no one could guess the ending to a brill book like this! Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Sophie I
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