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I bought this book after just seeing - and thoroughly enjoying - the play in London. I read about how Christie changed the ending for the play version (as well as some other changes). I’m not sure which end I like better. I’d say the end in the play (I won’t tell it) came as more of a surprise, because I had an inkling on my own about the end of the story before that last twist. If you like Agatha Christie, you’ll like this, though it is kind of short. The narrator was fine, but nothing outstanding. Perhaps the story is too short to give him an opportunity to shine.
An intriguing short story from the master, similar in tone to the likes of Endless Night and And Then There Were None, in terms of darker motives undisguised by a kindly Marple or Poirot protagonist: plumbs darker depths, leaving you with a classic Christie twist. Superbly narrated by the 'other' Master!
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The BBC’s 2016 2 part adaptation of this book is better in my opinion. Agatha’s original seems too short and the ending of the book seems unfinished in comparison to the bbc’s version.