Summary

Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.
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©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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"The finest murder story of her career... Mrs Christie has never been more ingenious." ( Daily Mail)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. R. Brompton on 08-01-15

Another cracking story

Agatha Christie again has the listener wondering who has done the deed. The return of a number of characters, such as the wonderful Mrs Oliver and Superintendent Battle to accompany Hercule Poiret on his quest for the truth, plus the usual twists and turns of plot. An enjoyable story, once again brought to life by the narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Carnegie on 08-12-17

Entertaining preposterous tale.

This I enjoyed, unlike the humourless and misanthropic Curtain. Good old fashioned murder mystery, like a game of Cluedo, twists and turns, Ariadne Oliver as comic relief and gentle mockery of the profession of crime novelist, Poirot (and the police) employing dubious methods which eventually reveal the worst villain.
The relationship between the two young women now seems ambiguous, and I wonder what the author’s intentions were - as I did in Cat among the Pigeons, or even the first Styles novel. This was England with a large US market, not France...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pushkaraj on 30-01-18

Intelligent plot, awesome narration

What made the experience of listening to Cards on the Table the most enjoyable?

This was my first Agatha Christie and I am glad I made this choice. I am determined to listen to more of her. The best part of the entire listening experience was the narration. Hercules, Battle, Anne, Doors, Lorrimer, Shaitana, or Mrs. Oliver - all of them came out so live as if it's all happening in real.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cards on the Table?

Cold character Anne

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting between Mrs. Lorrimer and Poirot where she confesses the murder.

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

The witness of the window cleaning agent.

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