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The Unexpected Guest & The Pale Horse: AND The Pale Horse (BBC Audio Crime) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (9 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846070376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846070372
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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‘Like a Martini – crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming – will satisfy all devotees of Christie neat plotting.’ Booklist

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Two BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations from the Queen of Crime.

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Having enormously enjoyed 'Spider's Web', I moved on to this one, another of Charles Osborne's well executed novelisations of an Agatha Christie play. Once again, as you read this you will feel that you are watching the play, you will see it played out before you , so close is it to the stage format. A story full of red herrings, not all is as it seems and with an inevitable twist in the tale. Whilst I enjoyed 'Spider's Web' much more, this is thoroughly enjoyable and best read in one sitting.
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This is not as good as an 'original Christie', because too often it is obvious from the writing that it was written as a play that has been turned into a novel. Some of the sentences are so obviously stage directions. But it is enjoyable for all that. The story starts with a stranger running his car into a ditch on a Welsh road in fog, and going to a nearby house, where he finds a murdered man - and the man's wife standing nearby with a gun in her hand. It seems obvious that she killed him, but that was not Miss Christie's way, and the story turns this way and that, until it seems anyone in the house might have done it. The ending again is so obviously written for the stage, and somewhat contrived, but it is still worth reading this book, even if you do find yourself imagining the characters acting it out in stage as you read it.
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Not yet finished reading this excellent Agatha Christie novel, but well into it and KNOW that it will be another winner... even the opening setting of the first few sentences of the book curl your toes up, and will make your hairs stand on end.
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Just begging to read it and it has your mind thinking what is going to happen
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great read
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This pack consists of two full-cast dramatizations of stories by Ms Christie. In "The Unexpected Guest", a passing house-hunter, Michael Starkwedder, runs his car off the road in a fog. Reaching the nearest house, he finds a woman standing over the dead body of her husband, a gun in her hand. Rather than ring the police, he helps her concoct a story that might exhonerate her.

As you would expect from Miss Christie, this is a story with lots of twists, lots of suspects and red-herrings. The cast are very good, relishing their roles and making each character distinctive. It really is like watching a play in the theatre.

The Pale Horse has always been one of my favourite Christie stories. Its tale of witchcraft, black magic and death wished from afar makes it a unique entry in Christie's work. Mark Easterbrook discovers that people whose name appears on a certain list all died suddenly. The only connection appears to be The Pale Horse, a converted cottage inhabited by three women, who claim to be able to control certain elemental forces. Of course, such an idea is too wild to be credible, and yet those people died.

The air of menace in this story is palpable. The cast really shine, and the denouement is as brilliant as anything in the Christie canon.
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just as it should be
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