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Taken at the Flood

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 28
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune.

Shortly afterwards, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law, who claims she has been warned by "spirits" that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world. Yet what mystifies Poirot most is the woman's true motive for approaching him.

©1948 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Told briskly, vivaciously, and with ever-fertile imagination." ( Manchester Evening News)
"One of the best...her gift for blending the cosy with the macabre has seldom been more in evidence than it is here." ( Tatler)

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  • AmySharpe2003
  • 09-10-2015

Really Good Mystery Very Well Told

Hugh Fraser was a fantastic story teller as always and Agatha's story was intruiging and thrilling. Very enjoyable.

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  • laura
  • 09-04-2015

christie classic

If you are a fan of Agatha Christie and the Poirot tv adaptations this is a great way to introduce you to one of the books.

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  • S R WARREN
  • 06-06-2015

Twists and turns

I thought I had read all the Poirot cases and was pleased to find this one. It did not disappoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2011

Taken at the Flood

If you like Christie generally then you'll enjoy this. It doesn't quite have you on the edge of your seat but Hercule is as charming as ever and the plot is not too taxing. Quite a twist at the end, worth the wait.

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  • Fialka
  • 10-09-2020

Unredeemable

Some good twists in the story but the ending is just terrible and morally flawed (in a way that doesn’t suit the genre). In this case the tv adaptation is a million times better, more dramatically-logical and more believable.

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  • B
  • 17-08-2020

Another classic

Liked it, good twists and turns, handsome 'maybe vilans' and fun characters - had to wait a while for HC to turn up in the story, but was worth it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2020

So brilliant

My favourite agatha Christie. Honestly it's actually quite noir in its plot and unfolding Great characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2020

One of the best Agatha Christie's books!!!

If your a Agatha Christie lover this is a must read! It truly left you guessing until the last minute.

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  • The Cats Mother
  • 04-02-2018

Gripping story brilliantly told!

The fabulous Hugh Fraser reads this book so well. I think this is now one of my favourite Poirot stories because of the way it all unfolds, twisting and turning, the mixture of characters and surprises,and Poirot' clever way at uncovering the answers,kept me guessing to the end!

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-12-2017

Escapism with violence

Hugh Fraser’s Irish accent doesn’t seem as good as his usual representations of characters from different backgrounds.
It’s a change for Christie to be so precise about time: just after WWII.
The story is improbable of course- the idea of a man without even a ration card to identify him stretches credulity! Even I, born in 1952, had a ration card!!
I suspect Christie had a degree of irony in regard to the characters she portrays. Or at least I hope so!
The social milieu that she describes is the best argument for revolution (or at least the Atlee government) that could be made!🌹
Even with the natural bias of an outsider in respect of a more numerous and richer people who live next door, I cannot actually believe the English were quite so obnoxious- at least not all of them!!