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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007211201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007211203
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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‘A story that tickles and tantalizes but never exhausts the readers’ patience or ingenuity.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Thoroughly entertaining in a not too solemn way.’ Books

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Who is the mysterious Evans and what does he have to do with a photograph and a dead body? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2012
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While you are reading this book you will be continually wondering - just as the main characters are - exactly who is Evans and what someone should have asked him or her. The words are uttered by a dying man who has fallen/been pushed over a cliff. Bobby Jones - Vicar's son - discovers the dying man during a round of golf and is the sole witness to his dying words. He would have thought no more of it if it hadn't been for the fact that someone seems to want to get him out of the way by fair means or foul.

Bobby enlists the help of Lady Frances Derwent, a childhood friend, to try and find out exactly what is going on and why the question that forms the title of this book is so important. This is a very well plotted and complex story with many touches of humour. The amateur detectives are times cack-handed but at others quite brilliant in their efforts to uncover the truth of what is going on.

All the characters are well drawn and their motivations are totally believable. I enjoyed the 1930s background to this novel and it has stood the test of time very well. If you want to read one of the very best crime novels by one of the masters of the genre then try this one.
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Vintage Christie !
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One of Christie's best!
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By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
Christie wrote many books and so, as you read through them, you notice that understanably some are masterpieces (And Then There Were None, Orient Express etc.) and some were obviously hard work to write. This is one of Christie's best, and thankfully a breath of fresh air away from a certain correct little Belgian detective...
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a fantastic yarn just wandering around 1930s upper class England, full of buffoons and jolly ripping fellows! Frankie and Bobby are the best ever heroes I've come across in an Agatha Christie - they are shamelessly melodramatic and self confident. Frankie loves all of her wonderful plans and schemes and fancies herself and Bobby as being rather wonderful amateur sleuths! And Bobby's hasn't fallen for Moira at all! No...
You've got to read Evans to appreciate the wonders of Bobby and Frankie's adventure, trotting from Wales to London to Hampshire and back to Oxford Street! And all in order to find out about that "blighter fell off a cliff. Tragic really."
Love it! Prove me wrong! It's a hell of a lot of jolly good, clean fun!
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I specifically chose `Why Didn't They Ask Evans?' as my latest Christie read, and I have a fair few, because it was one I know I have never seen on the telly (though I have heard that it became a Marple TV show despite her not being in the book at all?!?) and so as I opened the book I genuinely had no idea what I was going to be greeted by. When I started reading about golf I thought `oh no Agatha' but four pages later, or a chapter in Christie terms, Bobby the golfer in question has discovered a body at the bottom of the cliff when his ball goes AWOL. As he waits with the body, his friend having gone to get the police, the man who is not quite dead mutters `Why didn't they ask Evans?' before taking his last breath.

This is dismissed as a tragic accident however after Bobby's friend Lady Frances Derwent (or `Frankie') reminds him of the words he lets the deceased's family know. Soon after strange things start to happen such as mysterious job offers in Buenos Aires and even Bobby being poisoned and so Frankie and Bobby decide to play sleuths leading them into a dark mystery involving the 1930's upper classes, dark Granges and sinister nursing homes. It's absolutely brilliant stuff; I could barely put it down.

Some people have said this is a `light hearted romp' in Christie's career and there is a feeling of an adult `Famous Five adventure' about it, well more a slightly hapless duo in this case. Don't let that stop you reading it though because the characters are superb (especially the wonderful head strong Frankie who calls someone a b*tch within seconds of being gracing a page with her presence) the plot has lots of twists and there are more red herrings that you could find at a fishmongers.
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This is my first Agatha Christie and I have to say as a complete novice to this wonderful authors work ,i am more than impressed.

Agatha Christie is in a differnet league to those other crime writers of today.What struck me with almost immediate affect was her ability to be most descriptive of places , people or situations in such short paragraphs .The creative writing was second to none that of pure and absolute class.

I absolutely felt transported back in time to the 1930's within the first few pages and i adored the narration and its terribly "english" upper crust language.

We begin the story with the vicars son and his friend the Dr having a round of golf high above sea level near some clift tops .During a terrible shot (played by the son) a cry is thought to have been heard.Whilst looking for his ball Bobby is at the edge glancing down and happends to see a body lying at the bottom of the cliffs sprawled out on the stones.

He stays with the body while his golf partner the Dr, goes for help and whilst waiting the man managed to utter some dying words "why didnt they ask evans"

I defy anybody to work out what this means early on in the book, needless to say it is a few chapters in before everything starts to take off.The introduction of Lady Francis Dewent comes along and the duo embark on a murder mystery together.

Its a good page turner , i found myself having to go backwards and forwards a few times to remind myself of who was who but this isnt any fault of writers and not because it is complicated , this has more to do with the fact that i couldnt put this book down . At every opportunity i was picking it up and reading a few pages (This is no mean feet when you have a demanding 3 1/2 year old i can tell you)..
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