A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place... The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?! / A new series of Agatha Christie mass market editions, stylishly repackaged based on new market research, and designed to bring the books to a wider readership. / Market research shows that two out of three of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie book, and more than half want to read her again / Major marketing campaign behind these new Agatha Christie editions.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
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This audio version of Poirot's final case is masterfully narrated by Hugh Fraser, familiar to Christie fans as the actor who played Captain Hastings in the television series, Agatha Christie's Poirot. Now elderly and infirm, the Belgian sleuth and his old friend Captain Hasting find themselves back at Styles Court, the very estate where their great collaboration began many years ago. This time, Poirot must discern the identity of a brilliant serial killer-one of the guests at Styles. Fraser provides well-paced, pitch-perfect narration. His Hastings is (obviously) spot-on, and he provides Christie's characters with a range of superb voices: his elderly Poirot is frail and fussy, his Colonel Luttrell is appropriately crusty, and his Mrs. Luttrell is wonderfully sharp and bossy. Fraser offers up enjoyable listening that should not be missed. A Harper paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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