The Secret of Chimneys : Superintendent Battle

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Hugh Fraser
  • Series: Superintendent Battle
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.
As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret....

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Customer Reviews

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Delightful to listen again and again.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Chimneys to be better than the print version?

Hugh Fraser narrated the story very well, gave each character life and personality.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are many surprises, humours and delightful moments in the story.


Any additional comments?

One of my favourite non-Poirot and non-Marple Agatha Christie mystery novel.

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- Bernard

My favorite Agatha Christie novel

Where does The Secret of Chimneys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's difficult to rank this book among the others that I've listened to as they are all such different types of books. The Secret of Chimneys would definitely be close to the top, though.


What did you like best about this story?

This has always been my favorite novel by Agatha Christie. There's something about Anthony Cade that I've loved from the first time I read the book. His carefree manner vs his secretive nature just draws me in every time.
A very likeable main character, a murder mystery, and all set at an English house-party...it just comes together for me and keeps me entertained from the very first word to the very last.


What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents. Hugh Fraser's ability to use different accents for every character really makes the book come alive in a way you don't get if you just read the book. Not only does he do several different British accents, but he's also great with the American, French, and Baltic area accents. He makes it that much more entertaining to listen vs read.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving too much away about the murder mystery, I'd have to say the scene where they find out who the murderer really is and everyone's reactions. Especially George Lomax - the politician who thinks he knows everything - his reaction is priceless.


Any additional comments?

I highly recommend getting The Secret of Chimneys as an audio book. The story itself is one of Agatha Christie's best, in my opinion. Hugh Fraser's performance is spot on and his voice is very enjoyable listening.

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- G. Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio