Lord Edgeware Dies by Agatha Christie

mh928ersux3v51tuvfygwnoyigwgSynopsis: “When Lord Edgware Dies a most unnatural death, detective Hercule Poirot must solve a most confounding conundrum: if the obvious killer, the slain peer’s spiteful wife, didn’t do it, who did? A classic from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was seen visiting him just before his death and Hercule Poirot himself heard her brag of her plan to “get rid” of him.But how could she have stabbed Lord Edgware in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? It’s a case that almost proves to be too much for the great Poirot.”

My Review

I loved this and I think it’s one of my favourite Poirot stories, and I’ve listened to quite a few. I didn’t know this story at all, so had no clue really as it what it was all about. It’s book 9 in the Poirot mysteries and was told by Captain Hastings, Poirot’s friend. The mystery was superb! I guessed part of the plot early on, but of course was distracted by all the brilliant red herrings, so was pleasantly surprised by the big reveal. Once again I loved Hugh Fraser’s performance, he really is the perfect narrator for these books. 

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The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie

41frA80o6ZL._SL500_Synopsis: “One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?

Marinaโ€™s frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation โ€“ into human nature.”

 My Review

I knew this story having watched the TV dramatisation with Julia Mackenzie as Miss Marple and Caroline Quentin as the unfortunate Heather Badcock. I also think I may have seen the film version with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis and Angela Landsbury! Anyway I was convinced I knew who the murderer was until I started listening and then I wasn’t so sure because of all those dogdey characters and red herrings! Agatha Christie certainly knew how to make me doubt myself and put me of the scent. When the big reveal came I was right, phew! A very good mystery read perfectly by Emilia Fox!

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4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie

41+BG+iPlLL._SL500_Synopsis:”In Agatha Christieโ€™s classic mystery 4:50 From Paddington, a woman in one train witnesses a murder occurring in another passing oneโ€ฆand only Miss Marple believes her story. For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy’s friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there are no other witnesses, no suspects, and no case — for there is no corpse, and no one is missing. Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.”

My Review

This was another Miss Marple story that I’d watched a while ago, but couldn’t remember whodunnit. It was good fun, full of unlikeable characters who were all highly suspicious. I really liked the way Miss Marple was involved, and how she got her young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to be her eyes and ears whilst she stayed in a house nearby. When the big reveal came at the end I was pleasantly surprised as I to who the murderer was, as I hadn’t really considered them as a viable suspect. Another brilliant mystery read perfectly by Emilia Fox.