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Cat Among the Pigeons

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 34
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress, shot through the heart from point blank range.

The school is thrown into chaos when the "cat" strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim.

©1959 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Critic Reviews

"Immensely enjoyable." ( Daily Express)
"To read Agatha Christie at her best is to experience the rarefied pleasure of watching a faultless technician at work, and she is in top form in Cat Among the Pigeons." ( New York Times)

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unbeatable! a great story very well performed. worth every bit of 5 stars all round

unbeatable! a greAt story well performed. well worth five stars all round . would that there were more readers of this calibre.

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  • Matthew
  • 23-01-2019

A bit different from the usual AC

Really enjoyed this one. It was more of a novella-like than most Hercule books I've read in the past, and extremely well written and narrated.

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  • Anne
  • 21-08-2012

Kept me guessing and I still was in for a surprise

Where does Cat Among the Pigeons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites

What did you like best about this story?

It never got dull and the characters were well portrayed. You always thought you could predict the story, and then it did a "twist"!!!

Which scene was your favorite?

The school with all the descriptions of the beginning of the 1st term and new people.

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

No, I was just kept enthralled, which could be called extreme when you still have a busy life rushing around you all day.

Any additional comments?

Agatha Christie, has an amazing ability of making her characters "real"

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  • Margaret
  • 19-05-2012

Good Reader as Usual and Intriguing

If you could sum up Cat Among the Pigeons in three words, what would they be?

Always enjoy a Agatha Christie and this story interesting

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

Hugh Fraser is a great reader and sounds very plausible with acting women parts in book....Has good variation for different people

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  • Francesca
  • 13-04-2013

Perfect Comfort Listening

Hugh Fraser narrates this tale brilliantly: within minutes, the multitude of characters have each gained their own separate identity thanks to his ability to portray their mannerisms. The story itself is classic Christie; and knowing what to expect - the unexpected twist! - makes for the ultimate in comfort listening. Curl up with a hot drink and get stuck in!

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  • Mrs M McKenzie
  • 24-07-2008

Classic Christie

Unusual plot, with the standard cast of characters. First class entertainment, beautifully read by Hugh Fraser

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  • Jaye what if
  • 17-05-2015

Cat Among the Pigeons

Well narrated by Hugh Fraser with an intriguing storyline.
Agatha Christie did her fantastic job of keeping you busy trying to work out who did what a throughly good audio book cannot wait for the next one

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  • The i-MC
  • 23-01-2015

Brilliant

Brilliant story line, kept you guessing and very well narrated by Hugh Frazer. One you can listen to again and again.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 05-12-2017

A polemic against the English education system.

I regard the novels of Agatha Christie as an indictment of the ridiculous class system which still has a certain power in the Southern parts of this island. The headmistress of this establishment troubled by unexpected murders has some ethical values, albeit limited, and nourishes intellectual growth and encourages more than superficial development of her pupils in preparation for a “good marriage”, but they are still taught how to behave at lunch with the Queen and how to exit gracefully from a Rolls Royce!!!
These are not useful skills on the whole: I cannot think they’ll ever be incorporated in the National Curriculum, or count towards university entrance, even in St Andrews!
I do think Christie must have had tongue in cheek, and so now I’m beginning to appreciate her more, as a crypto revolutionary, having for so long despised her work as stuff you read at 12 or 13, and avoid like the plague on TV. “retro nostalgie”. Candy floss..
Nonetheless there’s none of that noir of ultraviolence that pervades so many detective stories of today, and keeps you awake and troubles dreams. It’s all good clean snobbish fun, and the murders are less shocking than the ambience in which they occur.

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  • Mrs P. Clarke
  • 20-08-2019

A beautiful reading by Hugh Fraser, yet again!

I also prefer the way Poirot is brought into the story in the original, to how its done on the televised version. My quest to complete my library of Hugh Fraser reading Agatha Christie books continues!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-2019

Another triumph for Hugh Fraser <br />

superb narration as always . Great characterisation, Wether as a male or female character. Brilliantly paced.

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  • Martin Smith
  • 11-07-2018

Cat amongst the pidgeons.

Really enjoyed, good story line ,excellent narration, have listened to it three times, and will again,

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  • MR HAROLD
  • 11-06-2018

A clever story

An improbable but entertaining Poirot plot in an unusual setting Clever twist at the end

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  • Aitch
  • 21-03-2017

Most enjoyable

I listen to a lot of Christie novels and have to say that this was one of my favourites. The setting, a boarding school, is a bit different from her usual, and the two-set structure of the story also adds interest. Hugh Fraser's narration fantastic as always. Most enjoyable.