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3.00020477116822 out of 53.00020477116822 out of 53.00020477116822 out of 53.00020477116822 out of 53.00020477116822 out of 5 3.00 (9,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062229557
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Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana’s “private collection.” Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge will turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When you think it’s Colonel Mustard in the basement with the crescent wrench, you owe the fun to Dame Christie.”

    William Dietrich, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The finest murder story of her career…Mrs. Christie has never been more ingenious.”

    Daily Mail (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rac | 7/25/2017

    " I would've been overly critical of this audio book if Hugh Fraser had not been absolutely perfect. I have read the book, and it is one of my favorite Christie novels. This is also the first appearance of Ariadne Oliver, who appears to be Dame Agatha parodying herself. The characters are varied, as are their crimes. Fraser, who played Hastings on the "Poirot" TV series, is a top notch narrator, deftly portraying all the characters in the book. He really is the best Ariadne Oliver, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 1/26/2014

    " It's been a while since I read any Christies but I enjoyed picking this one up. Poirot attends a dinner party given by the mysterious Mr Shaitana who has said he collects murderers. During an evening of bridge Poirot and three others play in an adjoining room, whilst Mr S. falls asleep by the fire in the room with another four players, getting himself stabbed during the evening. It's up to the sleuths to work together and investigate just who has what in their past, why they'd been invited, and who could have committed the murder. With more twists and turns than a maze, this kept me guessing to the end, changing my mind almost on every page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgie | 1/11/2014

    " This book started off really intriguing but I got a little bored through most of it. The last 100 pages ended up having me unable to put it down as Poirot was close to telling us who did it........ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 12/5/2013

    " I am a HUGE fan of both Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. This book is no exception. It was a great book, well written and the mystery, as usual, kept me puzzled until the end. My reason for the low stars really has nothing to do with the book and more to do with the fact that I know less than nothing about the game of Bridge, for which this story is loosely based around, considering the murder was committed during such a game. After researching the game on Wikipedia, I am interested in going back and reading the book again to see if the star rating can be increased. I'll update once I have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moath Haj Mohammed | 12/1/2013

    " thiz iz amazing novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 February Four | 11/21/2013

    " Fantastic. I love the pure psychological murder mystery here, and I only wish I actually knew bridge--I might have figured it out earlier! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 11/20/2013

    " This book was okay, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I were a bridge player. I was surprised by the ending though. Just when you think you know who the murderer is she pulls a fast one! Christie was one tricky broad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/3/2013

    " I heart Agatha Christie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Beaumont | 10/6/2013

    " This was a reread of an old favorite. I especially like this one because Agatha Christie's alter ego, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver, is in it, and she has some very amusing dialogue. Also, I'd forgotten whodunit, so I was able to enjoy the suspense too. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Bury | 7/22/2013

    " I was amazed to find an Agatha Christie book that I'd not read before! A novel premise for a murder mystery, I really enjoyed it. Granted I'm not the best person to give an objective view of Christie novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann Madigan | 5/15/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Such a great author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea Alden | 4/16/2013

    " Four expert sleuths are invited to dinner to meet four guests who had each gotten away with murder . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariam Kaviladze | 12/16/2012

    " That was my firstest book by her! and definitely paved the long silky ways forward detective reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/16/2012

    " I don't play Bridge, so i think i missed a lot of the subtleties in this book, but oh well. It more than made up for it with plenty of arrogant and adorable Poirot. And the characters were well done, and on occasion hilarious. The set up was simple, and the reveal full of twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 9/18/2012

    " An interesting premise and a good read. Four detectives and four "murderers" invited to a night of bridge. My favorite character was Mrs. Oliver, the famous mystery write, an obvious and hilarious goof on Mrs. Christie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 7/24/2012

    " The book focused on the game of bridge which I knew nothing about. Aside from that I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Feodora | 1/22/2012

    " A marvellous audio presentation of this great piece of an Hercule story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura E | 10/13/2011

    " I started reading the Hercule Poirot mysteries after I had finished most of the others and I think that this is my favourite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Terrana mayer | 8/16/2011

    " Hard to follow if you don't know how to play Bridge. Still not a bad story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 7/28/2011

    " This book stumped me until the very literal last page. I loved that about this book. Loved, loved, loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 6/8/2011

    " I may be a traitor to my own nationality but there is something increasingly frustrating about the britishness of these books its almost like me brits are incabable in the 1930s of expressing gennuine emotion it is shocking really darling!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornelia's | 5/24/2011

    " I had read this when in my teenage time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 5/22/2011

    " A little overly twisty... but fun indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/15/2011

    " Double, double, triple plot loops! Whodunit? You'll have to read to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/10/2011

    " This was a very good mystery. It really kept me guessing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yoana | 5/3/2011

    " I liked the original red herring - having Mrs. Oliver guess the murderer right away and then discredit her throughout the book by making her a sort of a cartoonish character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/27/2011

    " A mental puzzle if I've ever read one, but palatable enough to be entertaining. Vintage Christie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Portia | 4/18/2011

    " Wonderful and ingenious. One of Christie's cleverest and best. Classic locked room mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/10/2011

    " Only 4 potential murderers and I was still at a loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 3/22/2011

    " This book stumped me until the very literal last page. I loved that about this book. Loved, loved, loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 3/18/2011

    " I love Agatha Christie. She rocks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ezra | 3/15/2011

    " Keeps you guessing; Christie is able to make all of the characters plausible murderers, so that it is impossible to tell whodunnit until the very end. Very crafty writing. "

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About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Hugh Fraser is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.