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The Seven Dials Mystery

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Series: Superintendent Battle, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other house guests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6.30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing, and the prank had backfired with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "seven dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance.
©1929 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Her gift is pure genius." ( Observer)
"An amusing, exciting, well-written story." ( Outlook)
"All signs indicate that Mrs Christie has been reading P.G. Wodehouse, and she does it very well in spots. This is her gayest thriller and mustn't be missed." ( Books)

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  • Miriam
  • 21-04-2008

Five stars for Seven Dials

The vivacious and spirited Bundle Brent from 'The Secret of Chimneys' returns in this novel, this time taking the front seat. As much as everyone loves the favourite detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, there seems to be more room for character development in Christie's other (and less well known) novels, such as this. Bundle's adventures - from the secrets of foreign countesses to the seedy Seven Dials club - keeping you riveted from beginning to end. Emilia Fox's narration adds colour and excitement, and her understanding of Christie's humour affords the listener many laughs along the way. An easy five stars for this one - will keep you glued to your iPod.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 14-08-2018

very weak

I am a massive fan of Agatha Christie and love many of her books. But the seven Dials mystery is a very poorly written story which I would not bother with at all. It is written in a very young voice with lot of such and such said or such a such did this or that. I think it was used as filler in an attempt to turn a short story into a full length novel. It did not work.

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  • Maria2702
  • 26-08-2016

Enid Blyton for Adults!

Be ware this is one of Christie's early work and very unlike her more mature offerings.
Very 'boys' own' and Woosteresque with a bit of jolly hockey sticks thrown in.
I was going to give it two stars but the fantastic ending brought it up to three.
I won't be listening to Emelia Fox again, she just played up comedy aspects and it was irritating.

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  • Sue
  • 17-06-2007

Audio perfection

An absolutely excellent reading of an Agatha Christie mystery. Emilia Fox is superb at clear characterisation and the pace is spot on. The audio quality was consistent and clear throughout, with no noticible changes of pace or style.

I had not read this book before so the audio version was a delight, with Christie providing a 'subtle'plot. :-> Plenty of characters, some intersting locations and more red herrings than a Finish dinner party. Audio perfection!

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  • lynda revill
  • 28-06-2016

Dreadful narration

Story ok but awful awful narration , probably would've been better done by a male actor

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  • CB
  • 13-04-2013

Another car journey made interesting

I really enjoyed listening to this as I drove to and from my brother's house. It's a light hearted Agatha Christie with a strong female lead. I thought I knew who had done it, changed my mind, and then found out I was right all along. The very end was a bit of a surprise, though. It is read clearly and with expression

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  • Pavarotta
  • 20-06-2014

Not a good Christie story, and not well read!

Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

I have listened to nearly all the Agatha Christie books available onAudible, and this one is nothing like as interesting as most of the others - it seems more like a Famous Five mystery than a whodunnit for adults, and Emilia Fox's reading of it only exaggerates the feeling that you're listening to a very dated children's story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emilia Fox’s performances?

I have heard other performances by Emilia Fox which are much better.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 11-02-2018

Potboiler for the US market

Mildly entertaining story of intrigue amongst the idle class of Home Counties England just before the Depression, intended to appeal to US readers (Americanisms like “sidewalk”, “wire” would have been esoteric before broadcast media.) I don’t find it in me to identify with anyone but Superintendent Battle- even he’s not at his best- perhaps I’m not meant to - I cannot understand a world in which it’s shameful to work, to be intelligent, to read, to drive safely, to earn a living, to have attended the “wrong school” or originate from anywhere outside those few English counties. The best thing about Agatha Christie is that there’s no forensic detail to disturb sleep, no need to identify with characters all that much, it’s like playing “Cluedo”. Sometimes she wrote reasonable novels- this isn’t one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-01-2015

Not Agatha's best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I don't believe it is to Agatha Christie's usual standard and rather point a friend to some of her better mystery novels.

What will your next listen be?

Another of Agatha's novels.

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  • Denise
  • 11-02-2011

Emilia Fox was excellent!

I had my doubts as to how well Emilia Fox would read this. But she was excellent.

The story was gripping and fun. She really made the characters come to life and added humour to those characters.

Very good.

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  • Karen Hall
  • 18-02-2020

No Characters in this Story Were Hurt due to Repeatedly being Knocked Out

This book lacks a cohesive plot. Instead the characters, including those whose only mention is to have their non de plume repeated, bobble along occasionally colliding with each other. Fortunately a sufficient series of ‘coincidences’, occur to allow the plot to jolt back. Emilia Fox does her best with: Alarum clocks, the girls whose names are not important (even Socks), sudden lurches from love story - to - mystery and, discrete but sage like suggestions and head nodding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-2019

another Battle

Inspector Battle is back working out the mystery from behind the scenes. Not the best Christie but worth a listen.