This is a lovely Hercule Poirot mystery. He is invited to a dinner party held by Mr. Shaitana, a strange old man who informs him that four of his fellow guests are murderers who have pulled off their crime without getting caught. After dinner the criminals assemble to play bridge in a separate room with their host, and Shaitana is promptly killed. It's up to Poirot to ensure that the murderer doesn't get off a second time, which of course he does having gone round the hosues to get there.
I listened to this as an audio book and it zoomed along as book 50 – week 38 – fiction 44 (13 on audio) non fiction 6
A typical Poirot mystery - Light must be shed, indeed, on the fateful dinner party staged by the famous actor Sir Charles Cartwright for thirteen guests. It will be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, whose martini glass, sent for chemical analysis after he chokes on its contents and dies, reveals no trace of poison. Just as there is no apparent motive for his murder. The first scene in a succession of carefully staged killings, but who is the director? Hercule Poirot is then called in to help solve the mystery of this and the subsequent murders.
The plot includes a test murder – make a slight difference when trying to guess who done it, but it is all part of the fun. I listened to this as an audio book, and it made a great way of passing several hours on the motorway. This is book 46 – week 35 – fiction 41 (11 on audio) non fiction 5
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