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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 2 May 2017
Firstly, let me say that I am a die hard Agatha Christie fan. I love her books and re-read my favourites with regularity. I've made my way through the majority of her books and plays - both with Poirot and Marple and without. This book is a standalone in as a much as it concerns, not her famous detectives, but a retired policeman who stumbles upon a mystery and sets about getting to the bottom of it. This one simply did not grip for me. It begins well, the whole atmosphere of the 'golden age' is set and the premise is good. However, it became simply interminable about half way through. The idea is doubtless a good one as is the plotting to see this through but it just seemed to become endless reiteration.
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on 17 October 2017
I love Agatha Christie's books. They are so well written and plotted. Don't be put off reading the books if you've seen the television adaptations, particularly the Miss Marple cases, as often the only resemblance is in the title. In fact, this book was adapted for a Miss Marple television film and she's not even in it! (Why they do this is beyond me. Just adapt the books as they stand!) I enjoyed this story although I thought the plot was quite weak in one part (unusually for Agatha Christie). The attitudes of some of the characters are very dated but no less enjoyable for that - just suspend your twenty-first century viewpoint.
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on 6 March 2017
One of Agatha Christie's not Miss Marple and not Hercule Poirot detective stories.Based on a series of crimes nobody is really sure have really been committed,this story features a retired English policeman who decides to set himself on a course of investigation into the not so tranquil life of an English village only on the strenght of an encounter with an old English lady on a train.Maybe not the best story Agatha christie has ever written,but definitely not the worst either!
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on 16 February 2016
The hero of this crime novel is a charismatic former policeman from the colonies, the type known as 'an empire builder,' and his name is Luke Fitzwilliam. Younger than Poirot, I'm sad that Dame Agatha didn't persevere with him as her detective of choice in other books. The setting of the story is akin to the Little Old Lady Land of Miss Marple, and the Miss Marple-like figure in the opening pages gets run over in Whitehall. All in all, it's a good yarn, and nicely free of the plot blunders occasionally encountered in Dame Agatha's other works.
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on 7 May 2012
I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and I never tire of reading her books. Bought this in fascimilie edition for nostalgic reasons. Started reading it on Friday and finished it today with much enjoyment.

The characters are certainly varied and there are alot of twists and turns in this book that keeps you guessing (incorrectly) right up until the end. The description is this book is just right. Not too much and not too thin either.

A very easy read that can be picked up and put down whenever you feel like a nice bit of escapism from our yesteryears.

Good book. Will certainly recommend.
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on 28 August 2017
If you like listening to a good murder mystery then I recommend this novel
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on 3 May 2017
always liked achristie this is one of my favourits stories and i still like reading crime books!
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on 19 August 2015
One of the Marpleless, Poirotless Christie books, this is a clever well structured puzzle with subtle clues and a range of suspects who include a 1930s media mogul - think a cross between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. I like it!
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on 8 September 2013
Yet another great story from Agatha Christie. This one does not have Poirot or Miss Marple solving the case but this does not make this story any less interesting. Once again, you don't know the murderer until the end. This is a must for any fan of this type of media and you will not be disappointed.
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on 23 July 2015
Interesting to read an Agatha Christie book that doesn't involve either Miss Marple or Hercules Poirot. But I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to other fans of Agatha Christie.
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