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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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6 Nov 1972

When a man plunges down a cliff, two adventurous young friends decide to find his killer…

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. With his final breath the man opens his eyes and says, ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans?’

Haunted by these words, Bobby and his vivacious companion, Frankie, set out to solve a mystery that will bring them into mortal danger…

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana; New impression edition (6 Nov 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006130763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006130765
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,501,526 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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‘A story that tickles and tantalizes but never exhausts the readers’ patience or ingenuity.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Thoroughly entertaining in a not too solemn way.’ Books

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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When Bobby Jones goes to retrieve his wayward golf ball at the bottom of a cliff he little expects that he will find a dying man there. With his last breath the man gasps, 'Why didn't they ask Evans?' Looking for a handkerchief in the man's pocket, Bobby pulls out a photograph of an attractive young woman. Intrigued by the question and the photograph Bobby and his vivacious friend Frankie Derwent set out to solve the mystery - putting their own lives in great danger. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Christie's best 19 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Christie wrote many books and so, as you read through them, you notice that understanably some are masterpieces (And Then There Were None, Orient Express etc.) and some were obviously hard work to write. This is one of Christie's best, and thankfully a breath of fresh air away from a certain correct little Belgian detective...
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a fantastic yarn just wandering around 1930s upper class England, full of buffoons and jolly ripping fellows! Frankie and Bobby are the best ever heroes I've come across in an Agatha Christie - they are shamelessly melodramatic and self confident. Frankie loves all of her wonderful plans and schemes and fancies herself and Bobby as being rather wonderful amateur sleuths! And Bobby's hasn't fallen for Moira at all! No...
You've got to read Evans to appreciate the wonders of Bobby and Frankie's adventure, trotting from Wales to London to Hampshire and back to Oxford Street! And all in order to find out about that "blighter fell off a cliff. Tragic really."
Love it! Prove me wrong! It's a hell of a lot of jolly good, clean fun!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted Christie. 7 April 2006
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
This is one of Dame Agatha's more light-hearted romps. No Poirot, no Jane Marple, or Inspector Japp, or even Tommy and Tuppence. Instead a very likeable pair of Bright Young Things (and I don't normally like them in the early Christie works!), called Lady Frances (Frankie to her friends) Derwent, and Bobby Jones. Bobby is the sort of handsome, amiable, but not exactly intellectual young man that the author clearly enjoyed writing about, and Frankie is another of the strong, spirited and resourceful young women who are often a staple of the classic Christie novel. The title "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" (and if you don't know the story, I guarantee you'll never guess who Evans turns out to be!), are the suitably cryptic words of a dying man who has fallen off a cliff. Add to the mix a spooky sanatorium, a gang of international drug-dealers (Christie-style), a Terry-Thomas style bounder, and plenty of madcap adventures, and you have a very fast-paced enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't She Make This A Series? 19 May 2010
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I specifically chose `Why Didn't They Ask Evans?' as my latest Christie read, and I have a fair few, because it was one I know I have never seen on the telly (though I have heard that it became a Marple TV show despite her not being in the book at all?!?) and so as I opened the book I genuinely had no idea what I was going to be greeted by. When I started reading about golf I thought `oh no Agatha' but four pages later, or a chapter in Christie terms, Bobby the golfer in question has discovered a body at the bottom of the cliff when his ball goes AWOL. As he waits with the body, his friend having gone to get the police, the man who is not quite dead mutters `Why didn't they ask Evans?' before taking his last breath.

This is dismissed as a tragic accident however after Bobby's friend Lady Frances Derwent (or `Frankie') reminds him of the words he lets the deceased's family know. Soon after strange things start to happen such as mysterious job offers in Buenos Aires and even Bobby being poisoned and so Frankie and Bobby decide to play sleuths leading them into a dark mystery involving the 1930's upper classes, dark Granges and sinister nursing homes. It's absolutely brilliant stuff; I could barely put it down.

Some people have said this is a `light hearted romp' in Christie's career and there is a feeling of an adult `Famous Five adventure' about it, well more a slightly hapless duo in this case. Don't let that stop you reading it though because the characters are superb (especially the wonderful head strong Frankie who calls someone a b*tch within seconds of being gracing a page with her presence) the plot has lots of twists and there are more red herrings that you could find at a fishmongers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 12 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This must be one of Christie's most delightful novels. Bobby Jones is the likeable, if not very intellectual, young man who discovers a dying man on a golf course and hears his cryptic last words, "why didn't they ask Evans?" Events that follow what originally seems an accident, lead Bobby and the plucky Frankie (Lady Frances Derwent) to try to unravel the mystery of who the man really was and who murdered him. What follows is a wonderful, humorous and interesting novel, involving a sinister doctor, his beautiful wife, mysterious accidents, swopped photographs and the riddle of who Evans is - you will never guess!

Christie is at the very top of her game here, with great characters, an enjoyable storyline and a difficult mystery to unravel. Bobby and Frankie are excellent investigators and this is a lovely stand alone novel. If you wanted to try Agatha Christie and not plunge straight into the Poirot or Marple books, this would be a great choice to get a feel for her writing and what a real master of her craft she really was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 3 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The title itself is enough to grab your interest in wondering who Evans is and what the person has to do with solving the crime.

I really enjoyed listening to plot developing and the un usual twist to plot at the end.
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Published 16 days ago by Maureen Rayfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie is a Christie book that does not have any of her characters such as Poirot. Nevertheless, it is a very good book.
Published 1 month ago by Keith
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Published 1 month ago by neil moray urquhart phelps
1.0 out of 5 stars Evans
A poorly put together plot, much better presented on the TV adaption and as Miss Marple. This book is not a Miss Marple story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gordio
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the plot holes, it's fun!
Agatha Christie knew how to get away with the unlikely coincidence! A good lively tale, interesting characters - shame she didn't use Bobby and the lovely Frankie in other books... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shesings
4.0 out of 5 stars very happy with purchase of audio dvd
Very good purchase, friend was very happy with her present for christmas. will purchase more in future thanks again. k
Published 8 months ago by Kay McSweeney
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, shame about the reading
This book - an adventure-mystery featuring two young people - is as good as other reviewers say. (Though isn't it a bit odd that Frankie is able to billet herself on the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. R. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars this book is an easy read
Miss Marple not in story - saw tv film and wanted to read book
couldnt remember story line
easy read
Published 13 months ago by akelaanne@hotmail.com
3.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Crime writing
No-one does it like Agatha Christie and probably never will. The tv adaptations that write either Miss Marple or Hercule into stories that didn't have them in the book mean that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Malcolm Sproat
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school Christie
In contrast to The Seven Dials mystery which I couldn't get my head around, I found this amusing and good light reading.
Published 15 months ago by mel1
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