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So this Agatha Christie book is based on a play she wrote. It has all the standard ingredients--country house, wealthy people and their servants and a perplexing murder to be solved. What is missing--is any of the usual detectives we expect (Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy & Tuppence, etc).
However, this is still a very good book. The detectives she employs in this play/book (a local man and his constable) have much the flavor of the more well-known characters she created, so nothing at all suffered from that. What possibly did (in a very tiny way) was that this has been written in a style that suggests some things I do not believe Agatha would have said (she didn't say "sucks" nor hint at sexual things--one small reference that seemed uncharacteristic of her). The story did not suffer at all because of those things.In fact, since all of it takes place in one room--it was easy to visualize it being acted on stage--something I rather enjoyed.
Here is what is really great about this book: Hugh Fraser, who always reads her books very well, is exceptionally good with the voices and the reading of this one. I have heard several by him that I thought were just "so-so," but he outdid himself narrating this one! If you love Christie, this is a very good listen.
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This review was mistakenly posted elsewhere (for The Clocks), but it correctly applies to Spider's Web: "This is a particularly lightweight mystery, pleasant but not really interesting or compelling. Hugh Fraser narrated it well, however, and I won't hesitate to download another book with him as a reader."
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