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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154913
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Champollion VINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2014
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Ordeal by Innocence, written by Agatha Christie, was originally published in 1958 and was a Crime Club Book Choice. It was noted at the time as one of her darker works but also as one of her favourites. It evolves around the perceptions of innocence.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 July 2014
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This review is for the 2014 full cast radio dramatization of ‘Ordeal By Innocence’.

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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1998
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Jack Argyle is acquitted, two years after his death, of murdering his mother, and the revelation of his innocence casts new doubt upon everyone in the Argyle household. Thus begins this Agatha Christie whodunit. Though it cannot compare to her earlier, better works, ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE does hold its own.
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gloria turner on 16 May 2013
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i loved it because it was a story i wasn't familiar with and its always a real treat to read an agatha christie
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Krajewski on 4 April 2013
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Great read - read the last half of the book in a day. Great ending - you'll never guess. Read read read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Moore VINE VOICE on 22 July 2014
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This was a great version of a little known stand alone Agatha Christie book, no Marple or Poirot feature. It's an interesting viewpoint on a murder.
Arthur wakes from a year long coma to discover that he was a man's alibi for murder and because he was unconscious he was unable to come forward. feeling guilty he goes to the family to tell them that their brother/son, was really innocent but instead of getting gratitude or angry they are annoyed that he is innocent. Finally it becomes clear that they are annoyed because if he wasn't guilty then one of them really is and the likelihood is that the police will not solve it. Hence the title ordeal by innocence.
I loved this version of it, have to read the book again, I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice in one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JATW on 29 Nov. 2011
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The book is good, not the best Christie, despite it reportedly being her favourite. It's very different to the usual rhythm of her classic murder mysteries, but the characters are engaging and complicated. Pet hate of mine, but this edition has US spelling.
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