Elephants Can Remember features Christie's best-known detective, the Belgian Hercule Poirot, a somewhat comic figure with his mustache, patent leather shoes and his frankly un-British sensibilities, such as preferring hot chocolate to tea and sweet liqueurs to whiskey and soda. Unlike other well-known detectives in fiction, Poirot never runs around examining the scene of the crime; he prefers to get into the minds of all the people concerned. In Elephants Can Remember, he is called upon to solve a crime that took place many years ago and assisted by his well-meaning but scatterbrained friend, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver--Christie's spoof of herself.
The decade old crime is raked up because Mrs. Oliver's god-daughter, Celia, is thinking about getting married. Before she does this, she wants to understand what really happened when she was 13 years old. Her parents went walking out near their house in the countryside and were both found shot to death. Was it a suicide pact or was it murder? Mrs. Oliver embarks on a trip to interview elephants, or people who may remember the deceased couple. With her help, Poirot reveals what really happened.
Elephants Can Remember is an extremely well-crafted mystery where there are several possibilities, all equally likely. Plus, certain other crimes, besides murder, are inevitably brought to light. Christie is always the romantic, bringing young people together and enabling them to start a new life by revealing the truth about past events.
The daughter of an American father and an English mother, Christie was very shy as a child but extremely precocious, teaching herself to read by the age of five. She had a tempestuous married life because her first husband left her for another woman but her second marriage was happy and long-lived. She wrote a few romances but mostly, she is known for her mysteries, starring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and other detectives. Her books have sold over 4 billion copies and her play The Mousetrap is the longest running play ever. It started being performed in London in 1952 and is still playing.
Download Agatha Christie’s Elephants Can Remember audiobook and prepare to lose yourself in England in the 60’s and 70’s. The book has a wonderful nostalgic feel and with Christie’s skillful handling, this past time period comes alive.
The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid... And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.
Poirot is now a very old man, but his mind is as nimble and as sharp as ever and can still penetrate deep into the shadows. But as Poirot and Mrs. Oliver and Superintendent Spence reopen the long-closed case, a startling discovery awaits them. And if memory serves Poirot (and it does!), crime - like history - has a tendency to repeat itself. Download and start listening now!