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Dumb Witness (Fontana books-no.250) Unknown Binding – 1958

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  • Unknown Binding: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1958)
  • ASIN: B001OHT25M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2013
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When elderly Miss Emily Arundell has her relatives to stay they are all concerned with one thing - her money. During the visit, Miss Arundell has an accident, falling down the stairs after tripping on her dog's toy ball. Luckily, she is not seriously hurt, but the fall makes her think. What happened worries her so much that she contacts Poirot, although by the time he receives her letter and visits, she has died. Although Poirot has no case, as far as the faithful Hastings can see, he feels a responsibility to discover what happened and whether she was, in fact, murdered.

This is a classic Christie mystery. Poirot and Hastings together are always a joy and the plot is wonderful. There are a wonderful cast of suspects, including a couple of 'bright young things', two medical men, a nervous wife and a devoted companion. Nobody writes crime as well as Christie - her books are exceptional and stand the test of time and this is one of her most enjoyable.
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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2012
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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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This has to be one of my favourite Agatha Christie books. The clues flow nicely through the story, but they never let you know the murderer's identity until the end.
Miss Emily Arundell has an accident one night and everyone blames it on the dog's ball, but Miss Arundell knows her terrier Bob too well. She is convinced that her 'accident' was no accident, so she writes a letter to Poirot. By the time Poirot receives this letter two months later, Emily Arundell is already dead. Poirot's curiosity gets the better of him and he undertakes the case on the dead womans' behalf.
This is the classic scenario of the relatives who desperately need money and Miss Christie does not fail the reader in her twisting and turning approach. By the end of the book you will have fallen in love with Bob the terrier.
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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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I enjoyed reading this novel - it was clever that Poirot was called in to investigate a woman's murder by the victim herself before her death. Poirot and Hastings work their way through the possible suspects and it is, again, difficult to work out the identity of the guilty party. I did manage to pick up on the brooch clue but find it much more difficult to check back on a kindle than an actual book, so didn't bother looking for the suspects' initials. If you enjoy Poirot novels this is a good one to read.
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This is actually one of my favourite Christie novels. The main reason for this is that it contains all of the classic ingredients that really make one of her novels; a fabulous array of characters, especially the terrier dog, Bob, an excellent plot that will keep you guessing to the very end, a wonderful setting and, of course, Hercule Poirot with all his foibles to solve the mystery. A must-read for any mystery fan, and as the video starring David Suchet is equally brilliant, I recommend you make sure you own, or have at least seen and read, both.
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