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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073754
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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A GREAT STORY WITH SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS AND A COMMON MOTIVE. HERCULE AT HIS BEST!
THE REFERENCE TO THE TITLE IS OBVIOUS FROM THE START BUT THE HOW-IT-WAS-DONE IS CUNNING.
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By StephTHolland on Sept. 27 2013
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I cannot believe this is the first I have read of Agatha Christie; and what a treat! Having grown up with Hercules Poirot on TV, it never occurred to me that her writing would be so un-put-down-able. I loved every word, every sentence, the gripping plot, the great characters (even the dog has his say) and the suspense that is maintained until the last minute. It is really punchy and easy to read. Superb, superb, superb.
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As usual Agatha Christie brings her little Belgian detective to solve a murder that may not be a murder. But take nothing for granted in this one as the crime changes and the characters set a winding trail. A wonderful read
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By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: My 11yo niece introduced me to this series when I visited with her in Edmonton this spring and I'd love to read them all!

This is a typical Agatha Christie story in that the possible suspects is a small group of people. Old Aunt Emily invites her remaining family down for the weekend which include a nephew and two nieces, plus one respective husband. The house also contains two servants and lastly involved is the local doctor's assistant, who happens to be the other niece's fiance. Emily has never given the family any money or even loans always saying that they'll have time enough to spend her money when she's gone, but that of course doesn't stop them from repeatedly asking over the years.On this particular weekend Aunt Emily takes a header down the stairs, blamed on the cursed dog's ball, but all is well and Aunt Emily is taken to bed with nothing more than bumps and bruises. Aunt Emily hasn't been well for years though, often taking spells of jaundice as she has liver problems. Two weeks later she takes another turn and dies, cause diagnosed as liver disease.

Two months later Hercule Poirot receives a letter from Aunt Emily and rushes to her home to find that she has died and her housekeeper has inherited her entire fortune. With a letter in his hand written the day of the tumble down the stairs but not mailed until two months later, Poirot knows that liver disease was not Aunt Emily's fatal nemesis, but rather a murderer is walking loose and he sets out to find the culprit for the sake of old woman's plea for help called out to him unfortunately to late to save her.

A great little Christie story and a fabulous experience to read in graphic format.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Dumb Witness of the title is a dog named Bob. A dog who loves his mistress and possibly is the only witness to her murder. If it was a murder ... Hastings and Poirot work together, trade quips and get on one another's nerves as they work through a neat collection of suspects. This isn't high art, but it is quaint and well crafted. I recommend it.
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By A Customer on June 9 2003
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I've read a few of Agatha Christie's book and I thought that this book was only OK. I was a little intrigued by the title of this book, but it has nothing to do with the story! She is one of my favorite authors, but I felt that this was not one of he best novel.
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By A Customer on July 21 2002
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This a good book, but not that great. An old woman writes to Poirot, informing him that she fears that one of her own family may murder, one attempt had all ready been made. But the lady is delayed, and when Poirot arrives on the scene, the woman is dead. Who did it? This plot wiil keep you reading till the end.
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Neither Poirot Loses A Client nor Dumb Witness was actually a good title for the book. Poirot could not lose a client he never had, nor was there a witness, dumb or otherwise.
Nonetheless, it was an interesting story - Poirot received a letter more than a month after the writer died, written just days before the demise. The writer had not mentioned the problem except her having suspicions after the incident of the dog's ball, and need utmost discretion to protect the family name.
Upon arrival at the Littlegreen House in Market Basing, Poirot and Hastings learned that the late Ms Arundell changed her will right before her passing and left everything (except gifts to servants) to her none-too-brilliant companion Ms Lawson, denying her only relatives, 2 nieces and 1 nephew, even a single penny.
Here, we saw Hastings mortified by Poirot's employment of deceptions in gathering information from various people in Market Basing. A familiar reader would find that odd, wouldn't a long-time companion of Poirot be familiar with his un-Englishness approach to problem solving?
The characters involved were interesting, but not very colourful. One dowdy niece married a charming Greek doctor, practically a scandal in the insular society. Another led a fast life in London, then inexplicably got engaged to a pedantic country doctor who seemed more interested in his research than her. The nephew was generally acknowledged as an incorrigible rascal, charming, but not to be trusted. Last but not least, the suddenly wealthy Ms Lawson who had an unhealthy interest in spiritualism.
The sharp-eyed Poirot immediately deduced the truth of the incident of the dog's ball which prompted Ms Arundell to write the letter.
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