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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934)

by Agatha Christie

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A compelling whodunit, with a nice twist at the end - very enjoyable. ( )
  cazfrancis | Mar 29, 2015 |
This Agatha Christie mystery doesn't ahve any of her big-name detectives (Marple, Poirot), just a couple of young people who get caught up in somehting. I really liked what she did with the question of the title (I think that's vague enough not to count as a spoiner). ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Originally published as "The Boomerang Clue", this stand-alone mystery from 1934 had somehow escaped my notice until recently.

I found this a fun cosy mystery although slightly predictable. I suspect that is because so many authors have copied the gist of Christie's plots over the years! In any case, although I did figure out who the bad guys were fairly early, it was still fun to watch Bobby and Frankie figure it out ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 17, 2014 |
Cute story, bumbling Bobby & smart resourceful Frankie.
Lol at their Britishness when they finally show romantic feelings.
I enjoyed reading it :) ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Without Miss Marple or Poirot, sometimes they fall flat but this was nice. Bobby and Frankie are clever enough to get into mischief and it's all a thumping good read. However, Dame Agatha should never write romance, oh my.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Havrevold, GunvorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
"Isn't it odd," she said. "We seem somehow to have got in between the covers of a book. We're in the middle of someone else's story. It's a frightfully queer feeling."
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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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