- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Comic Strip edition edition (1 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007275315
- ISBN-13: 978-0007275311
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.1 x 29.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ordeal By Innocence (Agatha Christie Comic Strip) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2008
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‘Family tensions and suspicions are adroitly handled, and the solution is characteristically surprising’
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‘Has the particular distinction of presenting a new temporary detective in place of Poirot or Miss Marple.’
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A brand new Agatha Christie radio drama, which complements an extensive list of over 50 bestselling radio dramas from the BBC. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation gives it a refreshingly updated feel whilst retaining the original storyline.
Whilst serving a sentence for killing his adoptive mother, (and protesting his innocence,) Jacko Argyle dies in prison.
His alibi for the homicide, Doctor Calgary, is subsequently involved in a road traffic accident and is in a coma, only recovering
consciousness, a little over a year later.
Upon learning of the fate of Jack Argyle, and knowing his innocence, Calgary resolves to put things right and begins an investigation to reveal the true identity of the killer. In so doing he has to persuade a sceptical senior detective, and a family,who both adopt a 'let sleeping dogs lie approach,' for entirely different reasons.
Calgary is nothing but persistent and determined much to the frustration and irritation of the family members, although he does find one ally, who is found murdered. The plot gets thicker. He patiently unravels the pieces of the jigsaw.
This slick BBC production is brilliantly presented, finely acted and richly atmospheric.
This excellent drama is ideal to play in the car, download onto your MP3 player or at home on a CD player in your favourite armchair. Recommended.
Ordeal by innocence, first published in 1958, was Agatha Christie’s 50th (I think) full length novel. It came at a time when she had established her name and reputation enough that she could break free from the confines of her ‘traditional’ stories to do something a little different, but before she reached the stage in her career where she was just churning out the same old stuff. It is probably one of her most interesting stories, and I am told it was a favourite of hers.
This has all the Christie hallmarks, a murder has been committed in a country house, it has to be one of the respectable family living there, the police are baffled and it is left to an amateur sleuth to work it all out. But it is very different to the usual tale. The murder was committed 2 years ago, a man was found guilty and died in prison. But then a witness comes forward who can clear the convicted man’s name. The focus of the book is not so much on the investigation, but on the effect that this revelation has upon the people in house. If the matter is not cleared up they will always be under suspicion, and the innocent will suffer as much as the guilty. If the mystery is solved then one of them will be revealed as a murderer. What follows is a well-drawn character study as the tensions start to explode the family apart.
This 2 hour radio dramatization is well up to the BBC’s usual standards. It provides a good clear story, getting in both the mystery and the study of a family falling to pieces. I did not recognise any of the actors, but in general they provide an array of distinctive voices that allow you to keep track of who is who.Read more ›
ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE is most notable for the remarkable strength of all the characterizations, the dark, menacing atmosphere, and the fascinating themes of guilt and innocence that Christie brings up. The plot is not as intricate or complex as her masterpieces, but the clues are laid with absolutely impeccable skill, and the solution is both clever and surprising. One of her best late books.
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The characterisation is brilliant and gripping, even though you feel you want to smack the main character !!!!Published 10 days ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie Elizabeth. T. Currie
Great read and it was handy listening to the audio version too. Would very much recommend it to anyone interested in crime novels.Published 13 days ago by POS
I liked this book because it kept you wondering, thinking, who the murderer could be. Anyone who likes AC will love this.Published 2 months ago by Ann Dean
Just what you expected to read. a really good book by Agatha Christie.Published 3 months ago by Shirley R Paterson
I enjoyed the book but it was not one of Agatha Christies bestPublished 4 months ago by Mr Robert Ballard