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Murder is Easy (BBC Audio Crime) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Feb 2013

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445878631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445878638
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" that Agatha Christie s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in "Murder at the Vicarage." In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play "The Mousetrap" (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976."


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AudioGo have got this full cast into the shops very quickly. It was broadcast in February 2013 on BBC radio. This is an interesting one as it is not a Marple of Poirot story. Yes, it has also been the title of a television film. This radio dramatisation of Agatha Christie's novel by Joy Wilkinson sticks to the story and the excellent cast make a most entertaining job of things. I immediately looked to see what character Marcia Warren was playing as she is a favourite and likewise Michael Cochrane and everything was spiffing from then on.

As a huge fan of radio drama I can tell you that this one creates the atmosphere and you could be right in the story with the characters. I am not going to give the game away so you will have to either by the book or radio play to find out who dunnit. These stories are a bit of nostalgia and fun and if you like this then AudioGo have scores more that you will most likely enjoy too. Price wise these are excellent value.
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Murder Is Easy is one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels. I have also enjoyed the two television adaptions - one in the early 80's with Bill Bixby (The Incredable Hulk tv series) and the Miss Marple version with Julia McKenzie. As a result I was keen to listen to this BBC radio adaption, and was pleased to say I was not dissapointed. The cast were top notch and include such actors as Michael Cochran, Patrick Baladi, Marcia Warren and Lydia Leonard.

The basic plot sees Luke Fitzwilliam investigating a series of deaths in a village, after the lady who told him of her suspicions is killed. The dramatization sticks very closely to Agatha Christie's original novel and runs for around an hour and a half. So if you enjoy good quality radio drama then why not give Agatha Christie's Murder Is Easy a go.
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I have so many BBC Agatha Christie audiobooks than I am possibly getting a bit picky. I quite like Agatha Christie's books although there are better writers and better plotters out there but they are curiously comforting for murders and getting to be fabulous period pieces. My favourites are probably Murder in Mesopotamia: BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection) and A Caribbean Mystery: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection) but its hard to say as I have about 8 that I can listen to again and again and I adore John Moffatt and June Whitfield. If you don't know Agatha Christie's second husband was a seriously good archaeologist and AC accompanied him on digs all over the middle east, writing and sometimes acting as expedition photographer, so her archaeological background is good.

Murder is Easy is one of Agatha Christie's one-offs and is splendidly cast, I thought the actors were brilliantly selected and the production - pretty much as always - is great.

I thought the story was a bit hysterical 'he did it!', 'no he did it!' and that might be true to the book but it does make you ask yourself would a policeman really behave like this? I hate asking those questions because it means I haven't sunk into the story as much as I'd like. It is fun though and I enjoyed it and it is a happy way to pass an idle moment.
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This isn't Agatha Christies best by any means but it was quite nice to listen to one of hers that didn't have either Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot as the central character. As a dramatisation it wasn't the best I've listened to but the characters are well delivered by the participants. I've watched this as a TV adaptation and the story seemed a little longer and more drawn out - which seemed to make it better. This audio book is only two CDs long and seemed as if there could have been a lot more padding as everything seemed to happen so quickly and close together. However, all that said this is a good yarn and the twist in the tale at the end as far as whodunnit is concerned is very good. Lots of murders in circumstances that would seem accidental were it not for a retired policeman who believed the seemingly unlikely story from a woman he met on a train. Until she dies ... and so does the chap that she told him she thought was next on the killers list! Would recommend it.
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This is a must for the people who are addicted to audio books ...I loved this story.. And have listened to it over and over again. And each time enjoyed it as much as the last....it was great when ironing or cooking.!
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Yet another great story from Agatha Christie. This one does not have Poirot or Miss Marple solving the case but this does not make this story any less interesting. Once again, you don't know the murderer until the end. This is a must for any fan of this type of media and you will not be disappointed.
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Murder is easy see's a pleasant chap, Luke Fitzwilliam, returning from service as a policeman overseas, being bored by a batty old coot on a rail journey to London.
She waffles on about a series of murders in her sleepy little village & how she is off to Scotland yard to reveal all.
He of course thinks she's mad right up to the point where she gets 'accidentally' run over & killed. His suspicions aroused Fitzwilliam makes his way to the old womans village to investigate.

As others have already stated this is far from being amongst Dame Agatha's best. The thing that I really enjoyed was a feeling of a time gone by, an innocence that in truth probably never really existed.
The village all take Fitzwilliam's word for it that he's the old woman's nephew without any evidence. The inhabitants of the village are dropping like flies and no one bats an eyelid!
All sorts of incongruities that these days would be hunted down via the web and exposed for all to see on some social network site! I have no beef with technology but it is a rather pleasant 90 minutes spent in the company of people living simpler lives at a pace that doesn't require having to be 'in the know' 24 hours a day...just the odd murder or two to liven things up a bit.

As Fitzwilliam Patrick Baladi, (nope no idea) makes for pleasant company. Michael Cochrane goes hell for leather as the blustering, frightful old bore Lord Whitfield. The cast all play well and it's amazing how well a story can be told by drama in just 90 short minutes.

Not a classic then but everyone involved gives their best to make this enjoyable and it makes a refreshing change to see a typical Christie plot without either Marple or Poirot following the scent.
Good fun and a pleasant listen.
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