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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062233806
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In this thrilling mystery a priest’s murder raises many questions—another classic from Agatha Christie

When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so roughly that his already ragged cassock is torn in the process. What was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her death bed only hours earlier?

Mark Easterbrook and his sidekick Ginger Corrigan are determined to find out. Maybe the three women who run The Pale Horse public house, and who are rumored to practice the “Dark Arts,” can provide some answers?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wholesale murder by black magic…highly ingenious, wholly enjoyable.”

    Evening Standard (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Onur | 2/14/2014

    " It makes you think about whether there is a spell or not "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme(the ghost reader) | 2/12/2014

    " This book was okay. It was not one of Agatha Christie's best. I didn't see where the murders came in because it was sup[posed to be a murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natacha | 2/12/2014

    " I have always been a big fan of this writer, so I had to read this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/23/2014

    " It's not a very popular Agatha Chrsite novel, but it's definitley worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joevarian | 1/20/2014

    " Saya sendiri sudah cukup lupa mengenai keseluruhan isi novel ini. Novel ini menceritakan mengenai kasus yang tidak biasa karena berhubungan dengan ilmu hitam. Namun demikian, ilmu hitam itu diketahui hanyalah tipuan menggunakan teknologi canggih. Saya tidak terlalu menyukai novel ini, entah mengapa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tali | 12/30/2013

    " Having seen the adaptation of this on TV several times and not liked it, I was a bit unsure of whether I would enjoy the original novel or not. I ended up neither particularly liking it nor hating it, which I think is one of the worst things that can happen when reading a book. You want there to be at least one element that grabs you and shakes you hard. Unfortunately, this was a pleasant read but nothing beyond that. All of the actual storyline and plot happens in the second half of the book, while the first half is a bit bogged down in exposition. It's not all doom and gloom though. Ariadne Oliver makes a welcome appearance in the novel, as do the Calthrops and those three recurring characters are so well established that they liven up any chapter that they're in. The twist on the ending as well was nice as I hadn't seen it coming at all. Whilst The Pale Horse ends up being a satisfactory Christie novel, I can't help wishing I'd read something that truly grabbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/23/2013

    " This book was tedious in the beginning and I will admit that I struggled through it. The ending was such a surprise though that it made the book worth it a lot of the stuff I found to be unnecessary was actually necessary. An enjoyable read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/21/2013

    " I liked it! The plot was solid & I liked the characters. The twists & turns of a good AC are there & you need to pay attention if you want to correctly figure out who dunnit! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vasundhara | 12/20/2013

    " Not one of AC's best, I'm afraid. Not too many characters, a little slow but good enough. I have to say I DID guess who the murderer really was, no surprises there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/17/2013

    " I think this was my favorite A.C. book so far. It was different in that it revolved around the occult, but as usual, AC pulled the rug out from under me and then provided an ending with an extra twist. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oanh | 12/9/2013

    " A lot of fun. It's been ages since I've read AC, and I have always rather enjoyed her non-Poirot and non-Marple mysteries (though I also rather enjoyed the Poirot and the Marple ones, too). Great to read of country England, again, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priyam | 12/5/2013

    " Oh my gosh. This book was absolutely AMAZING! The whole idea of getting killed by black magic is enough to make anyone hooked. And the solution is absolutely mind blowing. This is a serious good read. It got me hooked on Agatha Christie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Alderson | 12/1/2013

    " Interesting premise of the supernatural at work and how thoughts can affect a person's beliefs. Quite an interesting twist at the end. However, not as good as many of her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Asarnow | 11/16/2013

    " V. good. Started audio around midnight in preparation for the Miss Marple Pale Horse on Sunday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nazly & Aoi | 3/25/2013

    " The first English edition Agatha's I read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 1/23/2013

    " Another good read. Agatha Christie never disappoints her readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 11/12/2012

    " Another ride on the Agatha Christie crazy train. As per usual she delights and catches you unawares. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebru | 9/15/2012

    " 11 - 15 Ekim 2009 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Night Fury | 2/5/2012

    " Full of unexpected unexpectedness... and some expected ones too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/4/2012

    " One of Agatha Christie's better stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 11/29/2011

    " a quick page turner-- just right for certain times when that's what you need. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 miaaa | 11/1/2011

    " LOL ketiga penyihir Pale Horse mengingatkanku pada ketiga Enyieres di kisah Percy. Kalau yang terakhir emang punya kekuatan magis, nah ketiga yang pertama entahlah kecuali mungkin pakar pertunjukan kelas wahid hehe "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 9/23/2011

    " I thought I was pretty clever by figuring out one aspect of the mystery right off the bat, but I was totally surprised by the ending!! A little slow to start, but totally worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sareene | 8/15/2011

    " I'm surprised by how much I enjoy the non-Poirot and non-Marple mysteries. PBS did a version of this novel, but with Miss Marple. I'm glad that this version was different enough to have me guessing who the killer was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 7/6/2011

    " Not one of her best but just as gripping as ever. Sometimes hard to accept our contextual scientific knowledge juxtaposed with ms Christie's and that of Jane maples influence with the police. However any Christie novel is always always compelling and entertaining :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 5/19/2011

    " Clever as always. Not a story that I fell in love with but it was good and I got suckered at the end... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 3/26/2011

    " An interesting mystery involving a bit of witchcraft. I loved the ending, it was a surprise to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 3/18/2011

    " Sometimes I don't like Christie's solutions, but she got this one right. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 3/2/2011

    " Fun read. I can't help but assume Mrs. Oliver was Agatha herself, which made the book even more fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 2/8/2011

    " A very difficult mystery to figure out. I was completely blown away by the ending, though I grasped a few of the smaller clues. Very well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2011

    " This was an interesting mystery. It is my first Agatha Christie book. It made me want to read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/5/2010

    " One of Agatha Christie's better stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruchita | 10/4/2010

    " This is just another Agatha Christie whodunit-- well-written, enjoyable, and keeps you guessing. I'll always recommend Christie's books for anyone who wants a quick, easy, and fun read. "

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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.