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This novel, written in 1927, is considered the best and most successful of the early mysteries. It met with no small outrage when it appeared, as it uses a plot device many readers thought "unfair." There is a full complement of characters populating the cozy English village of King's Abbot: Major Blunt, Colonel Carter, Miss Gannett, the butler, the housekeeper, the narrator, Dr. Sheppard, and his know-it-all sister (the precursor of Miss Marple, according to Christie), and, of course, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells. There are clues with a capital C to mislead us, and the listener gets so involved with these red herrings (or not) that the very simple truth eludes the puzzler. Venerable reader Robin Bailey keeps the light, almost comic tone alive, although his voices are not particularly differentiated, and often he rushes the reading of dialog. A classic of the genre and essential for any fiction collection. Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
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"The most brilliant of deceptions." - Julian Symons; "Very few (detective stories) provide greater analytical stimulation." - The New York Times; "Original and ingenious." - The Nation and Athaneum; "The truly startling denouement... will restore a thrill to the most jaded reader of detective stories" - New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
One of Christie's best. A genuine page turner if ever there was one. Starting out mildly, the plot built and built and built to a satisfying conclusion.Published 4 days ago by Gail Macmillan
A classic and easy to read. Well written and brings you back to another time with an ending I didn't expect. At all! Wow.Published 12 months ago by J Morton
I never would have guessed the ending. Full of suspense without gore. Truly a classic. Highly, highly, highly, highly recommendPublished 16 months ago by cathy
The author keeps the reader guessing till the very end! Enjoyable read. I am just writing words to fill in the requiredPublished 19 months ago by Ali Almajthoob
This is another good book of Agatha Christie's. I also think, that if you've seen the movie that is out for this book of hers, you won't be TOO disappointed (especially if you... Read morePublished on July 20 2013 by Duchess
This is the very first Agatha Christie book I ever read. I have to admit that I was completely surprised by its ending. Read morePublished on March 3 2008 by Juran Liu
The plot is awesome and it contains a great ending - that I did not see coming. A few things that make Agatha Christie great are: (1) her writing is lean and spare; (2) her... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by E. Clinton