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Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 4 September 2017
A murder mystery from Agatha Christie, first published in 1933, which is fun and frothy and never once disturbing! Written in a lighthearted way, 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans' is bordering on farce. No famous detectives here but two amateur sleuths, Bobby and Frances, bumbling their way into murder following the discovery, by Bobby, of man muttering his dying last words :- "Why Didn't They Ask Evans"..after having, seemingly, fallen from a cliff edge - what 'rotten luck' that was!....It's all a 'lark' and 'jolly' good fun, of course, and you cannot help but like the, rather dimwitted, protagonists although it's all quite obvious stuff with little depth. Not a favourite of mine, by any stretch, but an entertaining read nonetheless.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 June 2012
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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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 May 2012
This must be one of Christie's most delightful novels. Bobby Jones is the likeable, if not very intellectual, young man who discovers a dying man on a golf course and hears his cryptic last words, "why didn't they ask Evans?" Events that follow what originally seems an accident, lead Bobby and the plucky Frankie (Lady Frances Derwent) to try to unravel the mystery of who the man really was and who murdered him. What follows is a wonderful, humorous and interesting novel, involving a sinister doctor, his beautiful wife, mysterious accidents, swopped photographs and the riddle of who Evans is - you will never guess!

Christie is at the very top of her game here, with great characters, an enjoyable storyline and a difficult mystery to unravel. Bobby and Frankie are excellent investigators and this is a lovely stand alone novel. If you wanted to try Agatha Christie and not plunge straight into the Poirot or Marple books, this would be a great choice to get a feel for her writing and what a real master of her craft she really was.
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on 25 September 2017
A good whodunnit from a reliable author. If you like Agatha Christie, this is one for you.
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on 18 July 2014
Agatha Christie knew how to get away with the unlikely coincidence! A good lively tale, interesting characters - shame she didn't use Bobby and the lovely Frankie in other books really.
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on 17 July 2017
Not AC's best. Difficult to follow. Worked better on TV as I recall!
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As expected another superb read. Twists and turns in almost every chapter. Nothing but five stars for Agatha . Mystery readers can't fail to get pleasure out of the finest crime writer of all time. Fully recommended to kindle readers.
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on 12 February 2017
Another good present for an Agatha Christie reader.
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on 6 December 2017
as described and fast delivery
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on 4 November 2015
Excellent story and one I haven't read before.
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