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An absolute joy to read. Captain Hastings as narrator, as M. Poirot sets about solving the mystery around the demise of an elderly lady who wrote to him prior to her untimely death, the letter only reaching him after the event. We meet a host of suspects and encounter a myriad of red herrings. The little terrier, Bob, is a character in his own right and his 'dialogue' is a wonderful addition to the tale- dog lovers will delight in this, as I did. (Agatha Christie dedicates this book to her own dog).The major clue in the tale is a mystery in itself in that not only is it very evident but the reader, oddly, is given it prior to M. Poirot working it out for himself. That aside, it's a pleasure, as always. You will, most definitely, not be disappointed. Highly recommended.
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This 2006 BBC radio drama production has a great cast bringing to life a real another twister of a plot. I have only recently begun collecting and listening to these productions and so far have found each one a joy. This particular production has the excellent John Moffatt (born 1922 UK) and a very experienced actor in all fields playing Hercule Poirot (as he does in dozens of such productions). He brings through his characterization a clever detective alive from the pages of Agatha Christie's text.
Likewise the appearance of actor Simon Williams (born 1946) as Captain Hastings is for me a big plus. He does play this part in a number of these excellent radio productions.
The Dumb Witness is none other than a wire-haired terrier and hearing Poirot take note of the dog's behaviour is very entertaining. Listen out for that lovely actress Joanna David (born 1947) who plays Miss Lawson.
The production is directed by Enyd Williams and continuity of director has added to my enjoyment as the atmosphere created is just right with sound effects, music and depth of sound that brings the actors into your living room.
Good value, nicely packaged with full cast information.
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on 18 October 2012
Oh what a treat this was and I can tell you without worry of any spoilers there are two stars to emerge from this tale of murder for me, Miss Amelia Peabody and Bob, the faithful terrier. Once again we find ourselves deep in the English countryside at Littlegreen house, home of the sisters Arundell for several generations. Only one remains however and for how long?! This was so engrossing I read it all one afternoon long ago and can still pick it up now, years later and get the same thrill as I did the first time. Another intriguing Christie plot with a whole host of suspicious characters.Poor Ms Lawson the downtrodden companion, the relatives, Charles, Theresa and Bella, all with their tongues hanging out, mysterious Dr Tanios and the delightfully batty "Demoiselles Tripp" the scientology, psychic-medium, veggie eating friends who cant resist in dabbling in the afterlife, spiced up with some seriously hillarious dialogue from the Queen of crime, this has to be a winner. Bob the terrier will steal your heart away but for me the star of this show has to be the razor sharp wit of old Ms Peabody who holds no punches when discussing the revolting relatives of her dear friend Emily. Poirot as usual is sharp as a knife followed devotedly by the bumbling Hastings as he suspects each and every one of the characters in turn, this one is just superb. Ms Christie must have had such fun when writing this and as ever gives the reader another baffling murder to solve. One of her best and one to treasure.
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on 30 June 2017
Review of hard back book.
Good clear print.
The story is typical Christie, plenty of twists and turns but still solvable as you read it.
Features Captain Hastings which is always a good thing.
Only 4 stars because she expresses the dogs thoughts as conversation, strange.
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on 12 August 2017
Another masterpiece by Agatha Christie, once started I couldn't stop until I finished it, I can recommend it to anyone who likes Poirot .
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on 10 August 2017
Even though I knew the story, it was completely different from the TV adaptation. One of her best books.
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on 6 August 2016
Brilliant story - love all Agatha Christie books
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on 10 February 2017
a great CD
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on 18 February 2017
Great service, great bargain...!
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on 4 April 2016
Brilliant
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