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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,456 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: 9780062229984
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When a Halloween party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirot to unmask a murderer.

Joyce, a hostile thirteen-year-old, boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the “evil presence.” But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double murderer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thundering success…a triumph for Hercule Poirot.”

    Daily Mirror (London)

  • “Clever…engaging.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Agatha Christie needed to create an exceptional detective to outthink every reader, and Hercule Poirot is the result.”

    Peter Lovesey, Anthony Award–winning author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/10/2014

    " The crime centered on a 13 year old girl being drowned and was kind of intense in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tali | 2/8/2014

    " Another Christie novel that starts out promisingly only to have a really rubbish ending. Kind of struggled to get through this one - there's definitely better Poirot novels out there so I would suggest reading those instead of this one. It's one saving grace is that the book is much better than the recent TV adaptation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Sherman | 2/2/2014

    " My grandma was a big Agatha Christie fan so I picked one of her books up at random in Barnes & Noble and decided to give it a shot. It was a good story, but Christie was the Stephen King of her day. Good story, but very detailed and wordy. The book could have been cut down to 100 pages. But, I did enjoy the story since it was a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Craig | 2/1/2014

    " Good book. It's sad when a child character ies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gertie | 1/25/2014

    " Spence, Poirot, and Mrs. Oliver together again! I love these 3 together but I guessed the murderer immediately. I hate when I figure it out at the beginning. I don't enjoy the story as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JackieB | 1/24/2014

    " This was quite intruiging. I really liked the characters and I liked the fact that Agatha Christie lets her characters speak for themselves, so you get an idea of the character from what they say and how they say it rather than because she's told you what they are like. Some of their comments were very similar though which was a bit odd, but overall this was an enjoyable book to read and has made me think about dusting off my other Christies and doing a spot of re-reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 1/21/2014

    " I know. Wrong time of year. But I'm like that, inappropriate and all, my timing all out of whack, humming Christmas carols in July. Irritating, I'm told. And so it should be no surprise that I liked this book and give it 2.5* when most of Canada and the U.S. are in the middle of a sweltering heatwave. While this isn't Christie's best book, I find I need one of her books now and then, like an old friend ( Wodehouse is in that category as well). There should be a separate rating system for authors like Christie - their books don't have to be amazing to be satisfying, they just have to be characteristic. Those who like Agatha Christie will appreciate this book, those who have never read her before might want to start off with a different one - "And Then There Were None", maybe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/20/2014

    " What is it about an Agatha Christie that is so refreshing? This isn't one of her best, but I've certainly read (and enjoyed) worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Fessenden | 1/19/2014

    " A good old-fashioned murder mystery, but perhaps a bit too convoluted and with an ending that felt a bit silly. The murderer's motivation was oddly frivolous. But still fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave M. | 1/15/2014

    " [Relevant to AC's other mystery novels.] "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ofer | 12/27/2013

    " A re-write of "A Caribbean Mystery" with a number of plot holes and Christie's usual misunderstanding of basic human nature. Yet oh so enjoyable. Pulp at its best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/19/2013

    " Reading for October Book Club. It was ok. I usually love her books, but this one was kind of boring. The last fourth of the book picked up a bit and the ending was a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kei | 12/11/2013

    " Another semi-guilty pleasure set of books. Quick reads, connection to a family member I loved much and miss quite a lot... and I do like Christie's characters. The "answer" is usually pretty easy to figure out long before you get to the end, but I still find them fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peyton | 12/7/2013

    " Not Christie's best, with a little too much talk and not enough clues. The solution is satisfying--and heartbreaking--enough, and Christie does a fairly decent examination of "modern" crime, but this is a denser, more serious tale than the title suggests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 11/20/2013

    " Not my favorite of Agatha Christie, the story seemed contrived and repetitive, without any true engagement with the characters or development of the plot. The action resided in the past, and left the present investigation dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/14/2013

    " Nothing much of the Halloween feel I was hoping of getting. Nonetheless, I felt the ending a little weird... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Palash Shastri | 11/5/2013

    " Can be read one time. Initially the talks may seem to bore you, but the suspense at the end declares that the time was all worthwhile!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 6/12/2013

    " Poirot up to his usual tricks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 5/16/2013

    " The mysteries with Ariadne Oliver aren't my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonna Hardy | 5/6/2013

    " Lots of talking. for sure. ;p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/22/2013

    " When a thirteen year old girl is murdered at a Halloween party, mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver calls on her old friend Hercule Poirot to help solve the crime. Not much to do with Halloween but a fast and interesting mystery that kept me guessing till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dellitt | 3/19/2013

    " read this as a kid. it's so much scarier that way. I must've been about 13. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/12/2012

    " Fun book for the season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawnie | 9/3/2012

    " Agatha Christie books are always a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter D. Sieruta | 7/12/2012

    " Perhaps not one of her best, but fun to re-read at this time of year. "

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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.