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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser, Christopher Lee Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780062243836
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Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover?

In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2014

    " These stories are more along the lines of Parker Pyne than Hercule Poirot: although in some of them crimes are committed, and there's a great case of royal misidentification, these aren't the wonderful house/hotel/train murders that Poirot does best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 2/5/2014

    " It's been a while since I read a Christie, and I was sure I'd read them all. I must have missed this one. It's a collection of short stories, some lighthearted and some delving into supernatural. I'd forgotten how much I loved the Dame's use of language. A refreshing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/4/2014

    " I LOVE Agatha Christie's short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 2/2/2014

    " I'm having an Agatha Christie extravaganza, re-reading many old favorites: Halloween Party, Labors of Hercules, and Toward Zero. The Golden Ball particularly has some enchanting characters in some of the short stories. The last story in particular has been one that is very memorable for me, and I had forgotten that Christie wrote it. She was a spiritualist, so some of the stories get pretty far-fetched, but I love the first half of the book and the last story. I would recommend them to anybody, not just mystery-lovers like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 1/28/2014

    " An interesting collection of short stories. Ms. Christie has a very interesting psyche that imagines all sorts of strange ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/28/2014

    " As I began the book of short stories I wondered if they were all going to be unlikely love stories. But near the end, I saw that she can also write ghost stories. Not my favorite of her works, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Osborne | 1/25/2014

    " A very good collection of short stories from the Queen of Mystery. Standout stories are "The Strange Case of Sir Andrew Carmichael" which concerns a murder plot and the ghost of a gray cat and "Next to a Dog", not a mystery story but a simple, well told tale of a girl at her wits end, who has only the love of her dog to keep her going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/17/2014

    " A different side of Agatha Christie but at all unpleasant. Romance and unusual circumstances were entertaining but i do prefer the classic whodunits "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 1/12/2014

    " I really liked the dog story, but the rest of them were generally either crime stories where it turned out that nothing was really seriously wrong after all or paranormal stories where there really wasn't much anybody could do to control what would happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 1/4/2014

    " These short stories were good and easy reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doc-mok | 12/25/2013

    " Another collection of Agatha Christie's short stories -- all stand alone in that they don't feature any certain detective. Generally entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 12/21/2013

    " High recommendation for this new audio packaging of classic Christie. Just fun, fun, fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ravie | 12/15/2013

    " Not a great book. Probably i was expecting too much from since it was an Agatha Christie. There are love stories, supernatural stuff etc. But no great mystery in any one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/15/2013

    " This was the first (and still the only, for some reason) Agatha Christie book I ever read. I never thought I'd like Agatha Christie, but I really loved these stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 robyn | 12/11/2013

    " Incredibly slight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbie | 10/11/2013

    " one of my favorites. Christie is good for short stories and long, but this one has something on the order of 13 very short stories that leave you thinking for a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chavonne | 8/2/2013

    " Oh, Agatha, why?! This is the third-to-last novel by Christie that I will ever read and it was terrible, honestly. I hate just saying that. The stories are predictable and boring. I can't say any more about this because it was just not good at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 danielle | 7/18/2013

    " very classist, not surprising given its early date...but the stories, while pat, are entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/3/2013

    " A collection of short stories, some involving crime, some romance, some adventure. I liked the ones at the beginning better. The ones at the end have more of a supernatural feel, and I don't enjoy those at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sison | 5/27/2013

    " I'm just a few stories into this collection. Short stories are such a drastic change from novels, but Christie is proving to be just as talented in this shortened format. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T | 5/15/2013

    " a collection of really short stories. Not that engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 4/23/2013

    " I was not a fan of mysteries until I read this book. No murders but good mysteries. Agatha Christie remains one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa C | 3/19/2013

    " Some interesting experiments, but nothing particularly memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/15/2012

    " 15 stories--some good, some WEIRD, 2 not mysterious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 9/17/2012

    " It's a nice collection of her short stories and pretty good. Got a nice variety of classic mystery and her more supernatural stuff. "

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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 Narrators

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. 

Christopher Lee is the author and editor of over twenty books and has written more than fifty radio dramas for BBC Radio 4, including The House and Colvil and Soames. Lee was the first Quartercentary Fellow in Contemporary History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. While holding this post he researched the historical origins of post–World War II foreign and military policy making.