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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 September 2017
A medley of delights await in 'The Listerdale Mystery' by Agatha Christie - a book of twelve shorts by the Queen of Crime, first published, as a collection, in 1934. It's a real mixed bag of varying emotions - containing, amongst others, tales of mystery, romance and downright fun - headlined by 'The Listerdale Mystery' itself. Whilst I prefer the depth of the novels, this is ,overall, a very enjoyable read and quite nice to dip into - the Kindle version is well formatted and allows 'jumping into' stories direct from the list of contents, should you wish. A pleasant and, often lighthearted, change of pace.
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on 12 March 2015
Excellent listening. I was amazed at the marvellous reading by Hugh Fraser. It is nearly word for word as the book of the same title and a wonderful companion when alone.
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on 7 September 2017
I'd not read some of these short stories before so really enjoyed this book
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on 21 May 2017
Good listening
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on 16 March 2015
I am a huge Agatha Christie fan so I had to have this book to add to my collection.
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on 20 March 2014
Very enjoyable as always I have been an avid reader listener and viewer of Agatha Christie for many years and enjoyed them all
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This is an entertaining collection of short stories - none of which feature Christie's famous detectives. They are just as well written and intriguing as the novels. I particularly liked the title story which has an unexpected ending and is charming rather than frightening. Philomel Cottage, however, will send shivers down your spine.

In this book Christie shows what a versatile writer she was. There is humour and believable psychological motivations. The characters come to life on the page even though none of these stories are long. They are darker than Christie is generally thought to be. Too many people dismiss her as being a lightweight detective story writer who wrote books featuring either an eccentric and fussy Belgian detective or a prissy spinster.

Such judgements are facile in the extreme and show a lack of knowledge of the breadth and depth of her writing. It also misjudges both Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. This collection of twelve short stories would be a good introduction to Christie's work and shows her at her versatile best. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator in this and other audio editions of Christie's work.
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on 14 August 2017
Not a straight forward set of mysteries - brings out her fun side in several, also her more romantic side. What an interesting woman she was.

A chocolate box of stories
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on 10 December 2011
A more than usual light-hearted blend of thrills and spills from the Queen of Crime written to appease the 1920s magazine market. Several have been filmed, including Philomel Cottage - which was first adapted as a play by Frank Vosper, retitled Love from a Stranger, and later filmed with Joan Hickson and Basil Rathbone. Swan Song is an enjoyable operatic tale of revenge. A reoccuring theme throughout several of the stories is a penniless couple forced to employ their wits to enjoy themselves when their finances don't stretch far enough - rather like the early days of Agatha and her first husband Archie. Enjoy!

Those who can do, those who can't criticize.
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on 9 January 2014
I love Agatha Christie she never fails to surprise. One of the few authors to have been consistantly good and still fresh after all these years.
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