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Publisher's Summary

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.
©1920 Agatha Christie (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Almost too ingenious...very clearly and brightly told. ( Times Literary Supplement

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A story typical…

Well written. Very nicely narrated. Doing the accent Belgian can be a slippery slope to caricature. The narrator managed it with aplomb. An enjoyable listen.

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what a great book an absolute masterpiece

this book is on of the best Poirot mysteries and the chemistry of Hastings and poirot is at its finest.

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  • Joanna7584
  • 14-06-19

one of my favourite books

one of my favourite books I love to read time and time again . and I love listening to the audio . Hugh Fraser is brilliant at telling the story . only wished he did all the books . can't get on with listening to any of the others .

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  • david llewellyn
  • 17-08-17

Fabulous audiobook

Hugh Fraser's excellent characterisation of Poirot's first outing is superb. A very enjoyable story from start to finish!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-19

lovely reading voice, great story!

Such a good listen! and read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hastings in the television series of Poirot! what a lovely voice to listen to.

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  • French in London
  • 28-06-17

One of the best

Loved the story and the characters. Hugh Fraser is a fantastic reader as usual. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't guess the ending at all!

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  • 09-11-20

I never guessed it

Still amazing even today. The clues are there and you feel a fool when you realise you ignored them. Read superbly.

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  • Saveroflives
  • 05-11-19

Good opener

This must be one of the few Agatha Christie books I'm not overly familiar with. Story was fine, introduced the reader/listener to Poirot and Hastings and how they knew each other. Did like it was narrated by the same actor who played Hastings; Hugh Fraser, that made it sound like a proper Poirot story.

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  • Bangalorebabe
  • 01-11-19

Not to be missed

Exceeded all expectations ! Superb reading by Hugh Fraser. No Agatha fan will be disappointed

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  • Gordon Davis-Day
  • 08-07-19

I loved it

A delight to listen especially being read by Hugh Fraser, has become a favourite already.

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  • Botty
  • 16-02-22

Slow start, but worth the introduction!

Indeed it was possible to figure out most of the case from the evidence.

Very well twisted plot!

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  • Mr Smee
  • 11-01-22

Exceptional

The story is so well told by Hugh Fraser, the actor who plays Hastings in the ITV Poirot show. The pace and rhythm of the storytelling is wonderful, so easy to keep up with what is transpiring.
This audible has kept me sane as I potter about the house - on to the next Poirot adventure!

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  • Tina
  • 17-05-17

Enjoyable.

I found this book to be a pleasant way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon, in the garden.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-20

Hugh Fraser - amazing

Hugh Fraser's 'Papa Poirot' never fails to crack me up :) I promise you won't regret getting stuck into this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-18

Agatha you genius

What a great start to the legacy of Poirot. And the skills of a genius like Agatha to bring him to life. Well narrated and enjoy!