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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her better novels
I enjoyed this book both as a great depiction of England between the wars as well as a mystery. Unlike some of Dame Agatha's other works, here I genuinely was kept in suspense till the end as to the identity of the criminal. But even more interesting was the characters who make their second appearance after "The Secret of Chimneys" which was also...
Published on 12 May 1999

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
This one is devoid of Miss Marple and dear Hercule but is infested with bright young things from the 1930's. Agatha Christie did seem to enjoy writing this sort of thing but her characterisations of the flappers seem very strained and it is now terribly dated. The story is not remotely credible. Have a rake around Amazon for other Agatha Christie's - she has written...
Published on 25 Jun 2004 by Paul


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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 3 May 2013
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Suzanne Moore "Suzanne" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is the sequel to The Secret of Chimneys although the main characters from that story don't feature you do have Bundle, Billy and George as well as Superintendent Battle.
This story starts with a practical joke that turns tragic when the intended victim is found dead, things don't add and then another member from the weekend ends up dead in another accident. Bundle takes action and starts looking into things, this leads to another weekend party and more intriguing incidents that lead up to another weekend party where then is a twist in the tale!
No Poirot or Marple but still a good story. Well read by Emilia Fox
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 27 Feb 2013
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A classic Christie. If you are a fan (as I am) all of her stories are fabulous. Many people say her storylines are predictable but maybe that is part of the charm although I do only narrow it down to two or three people and there is often a nice little twist at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good early mystery, 15 Mar 2012
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Although preposterous in places, this story moves at a good pace and is a real page turner. Christie revisits the setting and characters she introduced in 'The Secret of Chimneys'. It has the slight larkiness of her early novels, before she seemed to be able to take herself seriously as a mystery writer in her great classics like 'And then There Were None'. This edition is attractively produced with a clear typeface which makes reading a pleasure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What did Agatha Christie ever do to Emilia Fox?, 1 Nov 2011
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P. Rothwell (Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Not the title of an unpublished short story, but a cry of despair from a Christie fan at hearing another fine book ruined by this most regrettable of readers.

I'd suffered Emilia Fox's reading of 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans?' some years ago but allowed myself to be hoodwinked into buying this on the strength of reader reviews which praised Ms Fox's efforts in contrast to her other contributions. I should have trusted my instincts.

Compared to Stephanie Cole, the splendid Joan Hickson and the masterly Hugh Fraser (whose reading of the bulk of the Christie canon is a joy) this is a travesty, pure and simple. All of the aforementioned have a lightness of touch which whisks you through the narrative and handles the complexities of multiple character voices without your once being aware of them navigating a text. Indeed, you could almost believe the tales were being spun by the reader out of thin air.

In contrast Emilia Fox is clumsy and hesitant, and often seems unsure of the text. Add to this her apparent inability to distinguish between character and caricature (her regional accents are especially offensive) and you are left with a listening experience not unlike fingernails on a blackboard.

In short and with apologies for being unable to resist the joke; Why didn't they ask Fraser??
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good-hearted murder/mystery, 9 Aug 2006
An exciting read from start to finish, with some wonderful humourous banter in it along the way. In particular the conversations between Bundle and her father Lord Caterham."You really are perfectly impossible, Father. You don't seem to have the brains of a rabbit". Their relationship is a constant source of enjoyment. Christie is particularly good when portraying grown-up child and parent relationships.

The drama and the humour is very well-maintained throughout the whole book and the main characters feel very real.

The twist at the end of the plot is maybe a little implausible -but it would be churlish to dwell on that when Bundle finds true love at last and Inspector Battle puts the villains behind bars.

A very satisfying read, one of Christie's best.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS MYSTERY, 1 Aug 2003
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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Arguably the most famous mystery writer in the world and, most likely, the most beloved, Agatha Christie's English language books have sold over a billion copies. Her total sales in numerous foreign languages also reach that enviable number.
Also an accomplished playwright, Ms. Christie's iconic drama "The Mousetrap" is one of the longest running plays in the history of the theatre. Her imagination knew no bounds nor did her energies.
Time has not diminished the unique quality of her work as is evident in "The Seven Dials Mystery" expertly read by Jenny Funnell.
With this story rather than Miss Marple or the eccentric Hercule Poirot our heroine is Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent. An intended practical joke on Gerry Wade turned out not to be funny at all but murder. "Bundle" and her cohort Jimmy Thesiger are put to the test in trying to discover the meaning of seven clocks found at the murder scene. Their detective work leads them to a nightclub, the Seven Dials Club, which is a cover for a secret society.
What is "Bundle" to do now?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining, 21 Dec 2000
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The Seven Dials Mystery is a highly entertaining book by Agatha Christie. There is never a dull moment in this book. A man called Gerry Wade could sleep forever, his house guests decide to play a practical joke on him to make him wake up. They get 8 alarm clocks and make them go off continually from 6:30am onwards. When the morning comes there is only 7 clocks, one is missing and it has awful consequences. The detectives have to get to the bottom of this crime or else there will be a guilty person walking free...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars agatha christie, 11 Feb 2014
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Not listened to by myself,as this was a present,but I am told it was very good and worth listening to.
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