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Publisher's Summary

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.
©1920 Agatha Christie (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Almost too ingenious...very clearly and brightly told. ( Times Literary Supplement

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Enjoyable.

I found this book to be a pleasant way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon, in the garden.

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Agatha you genius

What a great start to the legacy of Poirot. And the skills of a genius like Agatha to bring him to life. Well narrated and enjoy!

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  • david llewellyn
  • 17-08-2017

Fabulous audiobook

Hugh Fraser's excellent characterisation of Poirot's first outing is superb. A very enjoyable story from start to finish!

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  • French in London
  • 28-06-2017

One of the best

Loved the story and the characters. Hugh Fraser is a fantastic reader as usual. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't guess the ending at all!

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  • Bozz
  • 21-04-2018

Excellent

I started reading Christie in the early 70’s and finished up reading all 72 of her crime novels. Over 40 years later I decided to listen to them once again. So glad I did. No one has the whodunnit knack like Christie and the narration by Hugh Fraser was brilliant. Totally enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2018

Loved it

I loved how Hugh Fraser voiced the characters it really added that extra atmosphere that the book needed
I would recommend it to all ages
I give it 5 stars because I love Agatha Christie novels and I love how Hugh Fraser gives it a new perspective

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  • Lorna
  • 09-12-2017

Perfect comfort listening

I have listened to this many times, it's probably my favourite audio book. Just the right tone of gently mocking humour in the narration, and a classic Christie plot. Bliss!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-2017

Christie again

I always enjoy these tales and can recommend
However the narrator brought a good tale
Alive really enjoyed

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-10-2017

A favourite Christie read by wonderful Hugh Fraser

I always favoured this early Agatha Christie. Hugh Fraser does an extraordinary job as the narrator. He had me even buy his relaxation audible CD's!

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  • Scott Thornton
  • 17-03-2016

A brilliant story

As always, Agatha Christie's novels never fail to delight a listener and the use of Hugh Fraser is to be commended when he is narrating the English characters. Unfortunately his portrayal of Poirot's accent is dire, this recording would have been perfect if that had been voiced by a different narrative actor.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 10-03-2016

Mysterious affair at Styles

Poirot has been evacuated from Belgium Hastings is on sick leave from the army a chance meeting brings them together this is Poriot first case in England and starts his new career

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  • Michele
  • 20-07-2015

Mysteriously Brilliant !

I did not know this story and realising it was read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hastings was interested to hear it. He was fantastic! He read with such clarity and used wonderful accents for the other characters. I listened to it whilst on holiday around a pool and it was easy to pick up again if I had been interrupted. Highly Recommended!