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Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!
©1956 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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Critic Reviews

"The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect." (Times Literary Supplement)
"The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction." (New York Times)
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By Jane Ng on 08-05-10

Surprisingly predictable

There was supposed to be a fake murder, it becomes real. How much more predictable does it need to get? Throw in also the murder mystery writer. With such cliched premises, it is hard to save the plot after that, no matter what twists there are.

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By Diana on 06-23-09

Masterful Suchet

Even if you know the story and have seen the televised version, this book is a must just to hear David Suchet's masterful rendition of every single character. Sometimes you have to remind yourself you are not listening to a dramatized radio play, his variations and subtleties of character are so brilliant. A must-have just to marvel at a great actor on top of his form.

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By Claire on 07-16-09

Fantastic

The fact that it has been years since I read this book and couldn't remember who the killer definitely added to my enjoyment however this was just an added bonus as David Suchet had me hooked from the very beginning and I shall be listening to it again very soon no doubt.

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