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Why didn't they ask Evans? (1934)

by Agatha Christie

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Dame Agatha Christie. Creator of Hercule Poirot, best selling author of over 80 million books. And writer of Why Didn't They ask Evans?. 1/5 rating from yours truly. Take that, b-! What a horrible book. Such an irrevocably nonsensical, immature, and puerile book. I didn't suspect that so many of Christie's non Poirot/Marple books were so short on anything that bears a resemblance to quality. Slowly, after attempting to read several books, including that Haley Quin one, a dreary and patchy picture emerges. I'll be avoiding these obscure blunders from now on. ( )
  Jiraiya | Mar 5, 2014 |
I regularly watch Le Journal de Radio-Canada on TV5 Monde, which is anchored 4 days a week by a woman named Celine Galipeau: every time I see her, I'm reminded of a line from this book when Bobby says to Frankie: "You look just like a sick monkey".
  pizzadaddy | Feb 9, 2014 |
Paper-thin pastiche of frolicsome young things sleuthing. It hasn't worn well. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 30, 2013 |
My favorite of the bright young things books, this book is so impressive in its plotting. The Boomerang Clue (its alternative name) does it credit as well, weaving a wonderful plot that turns back on itself repeatedly. ( )
  JeffreyMarks | Jul 11, 2013 |
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is vintage 1934 Christie, and so much fun. I recalled the story vaguely from my early days of reading Agatha Christie. I'd binge on four or five of her novels over a weekend and emerge rather confusedly, with various machinations and motives all mixed up in my head. That reading habit didn't make for great plot retention, but despite the fuzziness I remembered this title as being a particularly good one. I listened to the audiobook version read by Emilia Fox and thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Why didn't they ask Evans?" These are the last words of a dying man, who fell from a cliff near Bobby Jones's home. Bobby, a young ex-Naval officer, attaches no importance to the words until an attempt is made on his own life. By that time, Lady Frances Derwent—or, as we shall call her, Frankie—has decided that the man called Alex Pritchard didn't fall from the cliff. He was pushed. But why? And who is the mysterious Evans?

Yes, there are several farfetched plot devices (multiple impersonations, the hero's astonishing recovery after being poisoned, the deus ex machina also known as Badger Beadon, etc.). But the ride is so much fun, you just don't care. Frankie and Bobby are utterly appealing protagonists whose relationships and characters are drawn sparingly and believably. And the dialogue is splendidly amusing. I suspect Emilia Fox's reading gave it an extra edge.

Fox's narration is excellent, though I did have to get used to the slightly gravelly quality of her voice. She does wonderful character voices and I especially enjoyed the way she portrays Frankie.

Christie is generally one of my favorite mystery authors, having introduced me to the genre, and I'm finding her stories are even more enjoyable on audiobook. Good stuff. ( )
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Havrevold, GunvorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Christopher Mallock in memory of Hinds
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Bobby Jones teed up his ball, gave a short preliminary waggle, took the club back slowly, then brought it down and through with the rapidity of lightning.
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Why Didn't They Ask Evans is another title for The Boomerang Clue
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It started when a false step from a misty footpath sent a mysterious stranger plummenting to his death.
How was bobby Jones to know htat witnessing the dying man's last word s- "Why didn't they ask Evans?" - would send him on a death-defying chase?

Bobby and his unlikely partner in detection, Lady Frances Derwent, end up in pursuit of a hauntingly beautiful woman - and a cunning killer who is out to do them in! 

Bobby studied him more closely. An attractive face, humours, determined, resourceful. The eyes, he thought were probably blue. Just as he reached that point in his thoughts, the eyes suddenly opened.

They were a clear deep blue. They looked straight at Bobby. there was nothing uncertain or hazy about them. they seemed completely conscious. They were watchful and at the same time they seemed to be asking a question.

Bobby got up quickly and came towards the man. Before he got there the other spoke. His voice was not weak - it came out clear and resonant.

"Why didn't they ask Evans?" he said.

And then a queer little shudder passed over him, the eyelids drooped , the jaw fell ...

The man was dead.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312981597, Mass Market Paperback)

Was it a misstep that sent a handsome stranger plummeting to his death from a cliff? Or something more sinister? Fun-loving adventurers Bobby Jones and Frances Derwent's suspicions are certainly roused--espeically since the man's dying words were so peculiar: Why didn't the ask Evans? Bobby and Frances would love to know. Unfortunately, asking the wrong people has sent the amateur sleuths running for their lives--on a wild and deadly pursuit tod discover who Evans is, what it was he wasn't asked, and why the mysterious inquiry has put their own lives in mortal danger...

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Bobby Jones witnesses the last words of a dying man--"Why didn't they ask Evans?"--and begins a death-defying chase. Bobby and his partner in detection, Lady Derwent, end up in pursuit of a beautiful woman and a cunning killer.

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