Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
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Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

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When Bobby Jones goes to retrieve his wayward golf ball at the bottom of a cliff he little expects that he will find a dying man there. With his last breath the man asks ‚ "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Intrigued by this question Bobby and his vivacious friend Frankie Derwent set out to solve the mystery - putting their own lives in great danger along the way.
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 27, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only Agatha Christie Completists
To put it mildly--not one of Christie's best--and I am a fan who has rated books of hers five stars. I really liked it at first. Bobby Jones is a amiable young man, a vicar's son, who finds a dying man at the foot of a cliff. The man's last cryptic words were, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Soon there's an attempt on Bobby's life and he and his childhood friend, Frankie, aka Lady Frances Derwent, are on the case. There's a great chemistry between them, wit and humor to be had in the tale, a breezy...more
Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors of all time. So you can expect me to be a bit partial to her writing. I love her and the way she weaves magic in every book of hers. Her books are simply marvelous and so is this book ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans’. The protragonists Bobby and Frankie are awesome especially Frankie. She is independent, smart and spunky. She is now right on top with my favorite female fictional characters.

The plot like any Agatha Christie book is brilliant and grasping....more
I really enjoyed the characters and mystery in the first half of the book.

The ending however felt a bit forced. Specifically (without going into spoilers) the bright young protagonist named Frankie does something frighteningly stupid and out of character for someone who has read a lot of mysteries. After that happened, the plot seemed rushed as if Agatha Christie had tired of the whole thing and wanted it over with.

One thing I don't understand is why women in old books often have names that sou...more
If Bobby had a better golf swing, he never would have found the man at the bottom of the cliff, and the tide would have taken care of the body! Whose likeness did Bobby find in the dying man's front pocket? But most suspiciously, why were his last words, WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS?

Agatha Christie must have had great fun imagining this romp through the English countryside from Wales to London and Devon, by motorcycle, car and airplane with Bobby Jones, son of the local Vicar, and Lady Frances (Fra...more
While Agatha Christie is best-known for her sleuths like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, I’ve discovered that some hidden gems among her “standalone” novels. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Is a thoroughly enjoyable read, anchored by the terrific chemistry between the protagonists, lifelong friends Bobby Jones, son of the local vicar, and Lady Frances Derwent. Their relationship, particularly the way they constantly spar and view their case, reminds me of another pair of Christie sleuths – Tommy and...more
Bobby dan koleganya menemukan seorang pria terjatuh dari tebing. Saat ditinggalkan bersama Bobby, pria itu mengucapkan kata terakhirnya, "Mengapa mereka tidak memanggil Evans?"
Sejak itu kasus berkembang ke arah yang aneh dengan lenyapnya foto gadis jelita yang dilihat Bobby di kantung jas korban dan digantikan oleh foto Mrs. Cayman yang mengaku adik korban. Setelah Bobby memebritahu kata-kata terakhir korban pada keluarga Cayman, nyawa Bobby malah terancam. Bobby dan temannya, Lady Frances (Fran...more
بينما كان بوبي جونز يلعب مباراة جولف "غريبة الأطوار"
أطاح بالكرة من فوق حافة الجرف ..اختفت الكرة عن الأنظار ، لكنه وجد - على الصخور أسفل الجرف جثمان رجل يصارع الموت - وبينما كان الرجل يلفظ أنفاسه الأخيرة فتح عينيه وقال " لماذا لم يسألوا ايفانز" ؟
يالها من بداية غريبة ..
يصبح بوبي اسيراً لتلك الكلمات وإن كان في البداية تناساها ..
وينطلق بصحبة صديقته المحبة للمغامرة فرانكي ..لحل ذلك اللغز الذي سيعرض حياتهما لمخاطر رهيبة ..
كل هذا بحثا عن الإجابة لهذا السؤال ..
" لماذا لم يسألوا ايفانز" ؟
ومن هو ايفانز هذ...more
Mark Teixeira
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? is a mystery novel by Agatha Christie, one of the bestselling authors of all time, second only to Shakespeare. In Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, an ordinary man named Bobby Jones finds the body of a man who fell from a steep cliff, and just before he dies, the man utters the mysterious words, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”. With the help of his childhood friend, Lady Frances Derwent, Bobby attempts to find the killer before he himself is killed. The story is very suspensefu...more
Pankaj Goyal
I really liked the beginning of this book. Finding of a dying man by Bobby (the son of a Vicar) at the foot of a cliff and dying man’s last puzzling words – “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”. Then there is an attempt to murder Bobby. And then there is Booby and Frankie’s quest to find out the murderer. This genuinely kept me interested in reading the book. However, the rest of the book (especially the last few chapters) failed to meet my expectations. At most of the time, the book was rather predicta...more
Laurel Young
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I think I expected more from this than the bored socialite looking for adventure. I enjoyed it like I do when watching Monk knowing that I don't have to take the murders too seriously, but it is not usually my favorite type of Agatha Christie. I knew or at least strongly suspected both the murderers pretty early on by the way they reacted to the information revealed by Frankie and Bobby. I didn't trust or like Moira from the moment she appeared just too sobby and "trusting" for someone who is af...more
Oct 10, 2013 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Simon
Shelves: 2013-books
This is a stand alone Agatha Christie and does not contain her series sleuths, Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple or the Tuppences. Bobby Jones, a vicar's son is out golfing when he stumbles upon a body which has fallen (or been pushed) over a cliff. Before the man dies he asks "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Once it is ruled an accident, Bobby and his friend, Lady Frances Derwent or Frankie decide to investigate further. Written in 1935, this mystery uses many of Dame Agatha's favorite devices such as mi...more
لا أدري كيف تستطيع أن تضع القاتل في البقعة العمياء .. يحيط بنا ويصنع الأحداث لكننا لا نراه .. لا نراه!

أما عن نسج خيوط الأحداث وخلق المفاجآت تلو المفاجآت، فذاك ما سيجعلني أحزن كثيرًا عندما أُطبِق دفتيّ آخر روايات أجاثا!

كم أعشق الروايات التي لا تستخف بذكاء القارئ!
Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors of all time. She writes in my favourite genre and keeps the twist in the tale in every book she writes. Her books are simply marvellous and so it is with this novel ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans?’. The protragonists Bobby and Frankie are much younger than Christie’s usual heroes. This gives the book a very different feel. The novel was first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club in September 1934.

The plot, like any Agatha Christie b...more
Amena Khan
Classic Agatha Christie. I love her books. I have this particular one in paperback. I wasn't expecting at all who 'Evans' was. It was a wonderful mystery, with just the right amount of romance. It wasn't unnecessarily sappy, and it had a nice, satisfying end, although I would've liked it if she had made a mini-series out of these two heroes. I was especially fond of them. It was a great read, and I couldn't put it down!
أجاثا !!
لا يدهشني إلا عقلك!
من أين لك بهذا!!
ماذا عن حياتك كيف كانت!
أعجب من أنثى رقيقة لطيفة المظهر أن يصدر منها كل هذا!!

كلّ كلمة .. كلّ تصرف.. كلّ نظرة.. (شكّ بها) <<< عندما تقرأ لها

كان اختيار اسم الرواية والبداية به وعدم كشفه إلا بالصفحات الأخيرة .. ذكاءًا رهييبًا .. وحتى عدم ظهور شخصية إيڤاينز إلا لكلمات قليلة ساذجة على لسان أحدهم ! يا لغمووضهااا!!!
ملكته بلا منازع..

قد أبالغ
الدّهشة تهزّك .. وتخبرك أنك ما زلت حيًّا .. تخلع مللك من جذوره .. لتخبرك أنه ( ما زالت الحياة رائعة )..
قد لا تج...more
If you’re going to read a mystery novel, Agatha Christie is one of the great masters (mistresses?) of the genre. I’ve not read a lot of hers, so far only this and the first two Tommy And Tuppence books, both of which I liked. This particular book wasn’t her strongest showing, but it was still a very fun read.

Bobby Jones is playing golf with his friend one misty evening when they hear a startled cry from the cliffs beside the links. Thinking maybe he’s beaned some poor stranger with his ball, Tom...more
Carolyn Chan
Actually I wrote this right after I finished reading the book, but I totally forgot about it until just now.
So... here's my very first review on goodreads. I must admit that I do love this book, but I still don't think it deserves the honour of being the first book I write about. Perhaps the books I read before were all too good to have anything for me to comment on.
Anyways, as I've just said, I love this book and in my opinion, the plot, the characters, and all the other things were all quite w...more
I thought it was a bit amateurish for someone of Christie's skills. It had such a good set up, but wasn't as good as it could have been. If you've read Christie before, it won't be hard to figure out whodunnit. Still, Bobby and Francis are a likable pair and they kept me reading because of their energy.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook. Also have the paperback.

Enjoyed the audiobook. The narrator made one slip with the voice of the hero Bobby. He's pretending to have another voice while disguised as a chauffeur and one time she has him talk to the bartender in his "normal" voice.

P S Karr
The Boomerang Clue is one of those Agatha Christie books that does not feature any of her known characters like Poirot, Miss Marple or Tommy and Tuppence. And I love it all the more for that. Although the protagonists here are lesser known, the book and its plot is pure genius and thoroughly enjoyable.

The Boomerang Clue is also known as Why Didn’t They Ask Evans which seems a most fitting title. That is because the story hinges on these very words spoken by a dead man. Bobby Jones has been disp...more
One of my favorite Christies -- because it's an excellent mystery in its own right, without a special detective (Poirot, Marple or whoever).
Jumanah Sa
I am always amazed by her books... waw... ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
Luffy Monkey D.
Dame Agatha Christie. Creator of Hercule Poirot, best selling author of over 80 million books. And writer of Why Didn't They ask Evans?. 1/5 rating from yours truly. Take that, b-! What a horrible book. Such an irrevocably nonsensical, immature, and puerile book. I didn't suspect that so many of Christie's non Poirot/Marple books were so short on anything that bears a resemblance to quality. Slowly, after attempting to read several books, including that Haley Quin one, a dreary and patchy pictur...more
Book three in Agatha Christie: Five Complete Murder Mysteries. Another book I hadn't read before with a spunky female and her childhood friend as detective. Like The Secret Adversary - but with different(ish) characters. This one was quite surprising at the end and I really didn't see it coming. Not that I spend a long time trying to figure out the mysteries myself. I'm usually so engaged in the books that I read right to the end without evening stopping to think. I think I can see why they chan...more
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Agatha Christie
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Why Didn't They Ask Evans is another mystery book about a murder that could have been caused by anyone. The book begins with the main character named Bobby discovering a dying person while playing golf. While Bobby and his golf mate, a doctor examines the body, the dying person asks "Why didn't they ask Evans?" For the majority of the book, we do not know who Evans is, but the reader may have a feeling already of who the murderer was...more
Mar 27, 2010 Batsap rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks the 1930's way of speaking is too cute
Recommended to Batsap by: Simon Vickery
Shelves: crime, favorites
This was my first Agatha Christie book and I don't think it will be my last (mainly because I borrowed three Christie's from my friend).

Having always had a mental image of Christie novels as somewhat soft and cozy, I was pleasantly surprised to find that 'WDTAE' bristled with acerbic wit and had a tightly woven plot. Being written in the 30s, it very much felt like a product of its time in terms of dialogue, but that only made it more enjoyable for me. Their way of speaking is just too adorable....more
Although not one of her greatest "young adventurous couples," vicar's son Bobby and Lady "Frankie" Derwent have an unsual depth and spark to overcome their lack in detective skills (as well as their incredible luck). These are always fun breezy novels but I thought this plot was a bit thinner and more unlikely than most. Partners in Crime fans will like this one as I was reminded of Tommy and Tuppence several times throughout.

While playing a game of golf, Bobby discovers a body at the bottom of...more
Clarissa Draper
Genre: Agatha Christie Mystery
How I read it: I own the book.

What attracted me to the book: It's an Agatha Christie and I've read all her books. Doesn't the title just make you want to find out what it means?
Who should read this book: Everyone!

Summary (from amazon): Was it a misstep that sent the handsome stranger plummeting to his death from a cliff? Or something more sinister? Fun-loving adventurers Bobby Jones and Francis Derwit's suspicions are certainly aroused-especially since the man's dyi...more
У Агаты Кристи всегда был талант к зарисовке провинциальных пейзажей Британии, в безмятежности которых преступление смотрится чужеродным элементом, тем не менее не становясь от этого безобиднее. Такой же талант у Кристи к изображению центральных женских персонажей-молодых леди с сильным характером, ввязывающихся из-за своего авантюрного характера в "сомнительные дела" и не тушующихся перед лицом опасности. Подобный типаж не раз встречается в ее произведениях, и в этот раз он выпал на долю юной с...more
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