Summary

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion - until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.
Suspicion naturally falls on the old man's young widow, 50 years his junior. But the murderer hasn't reckoned on the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire's granddaughter.
©2007 Agatha Christie (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"Knock-out!" ( Saturday Review of Literature)
"[Christie's] sleight of hand is impeccable." ( New Statesman)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 21-06-16

Excellent story

I loved this story the whole time I was trying to work out who committed the crime. Highly recommend this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LJ on 26-03-16

Jolly good!

Any additional comments?

Firstly, the actual story is a good one. This is one of the few Christie novels to have never recieved any adaptation and (don't worry, no spoilers) I can see why, the ending is a little strange. It has a slightly different scope to the other Christie novels I've read, seeming in my opinion, much more self contained. But it kept me gripped and listening intently!

Hugh Fraser reads it brilliantly and has a lovely tone of voice. At times he reminded me of Stephen Fry.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 24-04-18

a chilling mystery

This was probably one of the more disturbing of Christie's mysteries. It deals with the darker side of family love. It would have been nice if it had one of the popular sleuths Poirot or Marple because this Charles fellow is really wet.

Hugh Fraser is lovely to listen to as always.

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