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Nigel Hawthorne is only the reader for the first story ("Murder in the Mews") and it is a good thing. His Poirot is horrible and there were several times during the story that I thought about returning the book because of the reader.
Luckily, Hugh Fraser reads the other three stories in the book and is, as usual, awesome!
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I am sad to say I didn't enjoy these 4 novellas as much as I usually enjoy Christie, but that was partly because of the narration. Off the bat that disappointed me in Murder in the Mews. And that crime had me fooled for a while, but I was on the right track by the time Poirot explained all. The other stories were a bit better in narration. I half solved the theft of the papers, and the had figured out the method of covering up the murder with the broken mirror, though I didn't peg down the full picture. The final case I did not care for at all, and while I knew at the time it was committed who the poisoner was, I did not at all grasp the grander scheme. They made an easy little diversion from my reading of late though, I think I just prefer Christie's longer mysteries. And I prefer the usual narrators to Mr. Hawthorne.