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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Book Review: Poirot Investigates Vol 1 by Agatha ChristieCassette

This is a two cassette audio book I recently picked up and added to the Friday Pick list. I do try to listen to the audios to make sure they work before I list them, which I had forgotten to do on these last two. But I wanted to listen to this for fun anyway and I am glad I did.

Poirot Investigates - Volume 1 by Agatha Christie.
Genre: Mystery
My Rating: 4.5

Review: If you love mysteries you can’t go wrong with Agatha Christie.
This was a very enjoyable audio consisting of four short mysteries told by Hastings, a good friend of Hercule Poirot, the sharp Belgian detective.
The stories are:
The Kidnapped Prime Minister - After a failed assassination attempt the Prime Minister is kidnapped. Poirot is called in with a 24 hour deadline to find the Prime Minister to get him to important peace talks.
The Case of the Missing Will - Poirot is engaged by an heir to locate a Will that was hidden purposefully by the lady’s uncle. The niece shows she is more clever than her deceased uncle because she hires Poirot to find the hidden will.
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - Poirot is visiting when an associate turns up murdered at his dinner table. Did he eat something that didn’t agree with him?
The Adventure of the Western Star - Poirot’s services are sought to protect two rare diamonds. Hastings thinks Poirot has failed when the diamonds are stolen until Poirot explains the caper.

The clues are there. Can you pit your brain cells against Poirot and solve the cases before he does? The narrator did the accents so well that you could hear the touch of arrogance in Poirot’s voice making this fun listening. I was rather surprised when I realized that these stories were originally copyrighted from 1923 - 1925. Only goes to show - a good story is timeless!

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