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Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot) (original 1937; edition 1986)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Berkley (1986), Edition: Open market ed, Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (1937)

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Very satisfactory! (in the words of Nero Wolfe) I enjoy Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser is a wonderful reader. He has very recognizable voices for all of the characters. He does a great Poirot! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Really enjoyable but transcribing a dog's thoughts was incredibly far-fetched and I had trouble suspending disbelief. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
a/k/a Poirot Loses a Client
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
value 2013, $78.64
  binker57 | Sep 4, 2013 |
A disappointing book with the murderer being identified very early on. I chose a different person as my murderer, and stayed with it. The book, apart from what it tries to be, is a puzzlement in itself. There is no danger of being sidetracked. There are no meandering threads chock a block with false clues.

For once Hastings didn't have an adverse effect on the flow of the telling. Usually Hastings shines in his stupidity. But here, not so. What's more, his Belgian mentor too is not his usual self. There are many accounts of the suspects and never have suspects spoken so truthfully in a mystery book. If they hide something...hey presto! Poirot duly eavesdrop on the naughty ninnies.

Hercule Poirot is not as fun as Jane Marple. I pictured Miss Arundell like I pictured Miss Marple. Poirot is too noticeable. Marple's rich personality adorns her books with a flourish of confidentiality. I could imagine Marple young. Barely. But Poirot, not so much. Even here, with fewer foibles, he appears fake. And less fun. That is important. ( )
  Jiraiya | Jun 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425098540, Mass Market Paperback)

Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid--and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery--or add to it.

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As Hercule Poirot sifts through his post one particular morning, he alights upon a letter from an elderly and (as it transpires) exceedingly rich spinster--Miss Emily Arundell. She is clearly in great distress and seeking his help, but doesn't say why. Her only specific mention is "the incident of the dog's ball." However, what intrigues Poirot is the date of the communication--it was written two months ago. He persuades Captain Hastings that they must visit the lady with all haste. On arrival, they discover that she has died, apparently of natural causes. But Bob, Miss Arundell's devoted wire-haired terrier, knows better. And so, soon, does Poirot.… (more)

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