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4.4 out of 5 stars


TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 August 2017
Who killed the Argyle matriarch...? Rather disliked by many in her family, she has now been murdered. Poor Jack Argyle (her adopted son) has been charged with her murder, sentenced to life imprisonment and has been languishing in a prison cell. Jack falls ill and dies in prison before the only person who can give him a watertight alibi is able to do so (having been suffering from amnesia Dr Calgary has only just realised that he has been holding the key to Jacks' freedom). So Jack was innocent - then the murderer is still at large. Suspicions abound and a tangled web is weaved - suspect everyone. Very much in the vein of the traditional Christie mystery, this tale twists and turns pulling the reader from pillar to post until the denouement, a surprising though logical one, is reached. Not a personal favourite of mine - I didn't much like the premise of the book - it's still a well constructed mystery that will keep you guessing...perhaps until the very end..?
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on 13 October 2017
I enjoyed this dramatisation very much I've not heard it as a play before I never watched it on TV when it was done with Miss Marple in it ( I make a point of never watching any Christie's produced with her in them if she was never in the original story, in my opinion they are all good stand alone mysteries and don't need her ) I understand that this was a Christie favourite and quite understand why. It was an excellent production and very well acted
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on 28 April 2017
Really enjoyed this one, kept guessing right to the end
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on 31 October 2016
One of Mrs Christie's better ones, as the non-Poirot, non-Marple ones usually are (some of the Poirots are unreadable). A socking great 'hidden' clue rather spoils the surprise, but worth reading.
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on 30 August 2017
A different take on a whodunnit.
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on 11 November 2014
A gripping well contrived story maintaining suspense to the end.
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on 4 November 2013
Keeps you guessing till the end like any good mystery should. By the pricking of my thumbs also a good one
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on 14 August 2017
A great story.
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VINE VOICEon 10 August 2014
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Ordeal by Innocence, written by Agatha Christie, was originally published in 1958 and was a Crime Club Book Choice. It was noted at the time as one of her darker works but also as one of her favourites. It evolves around the perceptions of innocence.

This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation gives it a refreshingly updated feel whilst retaining the original storyline.
Whilst serving a sentence for killing his adoptive mother, (and protesting his innocence,) Jacko Argyle dies in prison.
His alibi for the homicide, Doctor Calgary, is subsequently involved in a road traffic accident and is in a coma, only recovering
consciousness, a little over a year later.

Upon learning of the fate of Jack Argyle, and knowing his innocence, Calgary resolves to put things right and begins an investigation to reveal the true identity of the killer. In so doing he has to persuade a sceptical senior detective, and a family,who both adopt a 'let sleeping dogs lie approach,' for entirely different reasons.

Calgary is nothing but persistent and determined much to the frustration and irritation of the family members, although he does find one ally, who is found murdered. The plot gets thicker. He patiently unravels the pieces of the jigsaw.

This slick BBC production is brilliantly presented, finely acted and richly atmospheric.

This excellent drama is ideal to play in the car, download onto your MP3 player or at home on a CD player in your favourite armchair. Recommended.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 July 2014
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This review is for the 2014 full cast radio dramatization of ‘Ordeal By Innocence’.

Ordeal by innocence, first published in 1958, was Agatha Christie’s 50th (I think) full length novel. It came at a time when she had established her name and reputation enough that she could break free from the confines of her ‘traditional’ stories to do something a little different, but before she reached the stage in her career where she was just churning out the same old stuff. It is probably one of her most interesting stories, and I am told it was a favourite of hers.

This has all the Christie hallmarks, a murder has been committed in a country house, it has to be one of the respectable family living there, the police are baffled and it is left to an amateur sleuth to work it all out. But it is very different to the usual tale. The murder was committed 2 years ago, a man was found guilty and died in prison. But then a witness comes forward who can clear the convicted man’s name. The focus of the book is not so much on the investigation, but on the effect that this revelation has upon the people in house. If the matter is not cleared up they will always be under suspicion, and the innocent will suffer as much as the guilty. If the mystery is solved then one of them will be revealed as a murderer. What follows is a well-drawn character study as the tensions start to explode the family apart.

This 2 hour radio dramatization is well up to the BBC’s usual standards. It provides a good clear story, getting in both the mystery and the study of a family falling to pieces. I did not recognise any of the actors, but in general they provide an array of distinctive voices that allow you to keep track of who is who. There is a decent pacing in the direction, and all in all this made for an enjoyable listen. The story is split across two discs, roughly an hour per disc. The discs come in a fold out jewel case. Liner notes are the only let down, with the same short description of Christie that appears on every BBC Christie audio drama release and a list of cast members and production team. The BBC could take a few notes from NAXOS on how audio book liner notes should be done.

All in all though a fine rendition of a great book. 5 stars.
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