on 17 March 2009
Hastings meets his future wife and Poirot is challenged on his sleuthing skills. Is Bella Duveen the murderer or is she innocent? Hastings is in love and hopes for the latter.
Hugh Fraser is the best reader I have heard, and I listen to over hundred books a year.
Christie never failes to prove why she is the best.
on 20 July 2013
Summoned to France by an urgent plea for help, Poirot arrives to find the man requesting his help dead, and must unravel a complex case to discover the true murderer. A fierce rivalry with the obnoxious Inspector Giraud and Hastings falling in love with one of the main suspects only make things more difficult.
This is an intriguing and entertaining story; Hugh Fraser performs his usual faultless job as the narrator, supplying a variety of different voices for the characters. And as someone with a soft spot for Captain Hastings, I was glad to see him finally meeting someone who appreciates his good qualities!
If half scores were allowed, I'd mark it at four and a half stars simply because I don't rate it quite as highly as a couple of the other Poirot audio books such as Peril at End House or Dumb Witness. That said, it's still a gripping and enjoyable listen.
on 29 August 2013
Golf was a new and "cool" sport in the 20s, with its own social life, equipment and clothes. Unfortunately it barely figures in this book. A dead man in pyjamas is found in a bunker, but then the story sinks under a spider's web of a plot which has Poirot and Hastings shuttling back and forth between northern France and England. Instead of the usual beady-eyed critique of British mores, we get a lot of tedious French "types" and characters who fail to engage. There's a boring French detective obsessed with picking up cigarette ends. He is usually found prone on the floor or grass (a parody of Holmes?) examining footprints. Hastings' girlfriend is about the only interesting character. But of course Hugh Fraser reads impeccably as usual.
on 16 July 2005
I am a great Christie fan, and have all the DVDs and have read all the books over the years.
However this reading shows what a dull writer Christie can be, however I have had great fun listening to the BBC radio drama versions of the Christie novels, and I think that the BBC have improved the story for listening in the car - so go for that one.