Tag: Agatha Christie

The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Collins Crime Club, 1930); audiobook read by Joan Hickson (Lamplight Audiobooks, 2015) The first Miss Marple novel is inventive enough, though for much of the book Marple herself is sidelined and the detection takes place via committee. Joan Hickson is a curious choice of audiobook narrator, given that Reverend Clement is the…

Poirot Investigates

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (The Bodley Head, 1924); audiobook read by David Suchet (HarperAudio, 2012) Poirot is well suited to the short story form—a less faceted character than Holmes but more endearing and also more inclined to solve cases from the evidence at hand. Hastings, however, narrates like Bertie Wooster and makes a poor Watson substitute.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (John Lane, 1920); audiobook read by Hugh Fraser (Harper Collins, 2006) An agreeable debut for both Christie and Poirot; yet for all the ingenious conception and deft foreshadowing, its mystery nevertheless comes across more as an intellectual puzzle for the author to have pieced together than as a whodunnit to engage the…