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Der Ball spielende Hund (Hercule Poirot #16)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,460 Ratings  ·  526 Reviews
Ungekürzte Lesung (6 CDs / 416 Minuten)

Wenn Hercule Poirot auf seinen Freund Hastings gehört hätte, wäre Miss Arundells Brief in den Papierkorb gewandert. Eine Kleinigkeit jedoch fällt Poirot auf, und sofort eilt er zu seiner neuen Klientin. Er findet jedoch nur noch die Hinterbliebenen vor.

Der Hund trauert seiner toten Herrin nach, die Familie der entgangenen Erbschaft ..
Audio CD, Unabridged / Ungekürzt, 7 pages
Published 2003 by Verlag und Studio für Hörbuchproduktionen (first published July 5th 1937)
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Feb 21, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
Αυτό το βιβλίο μου άρεσε πολύ, όχι για την ιδιαίτερη πλοκή του ή για την εξωφρενική φαντασία της συγγραφέως του (όχι ότι δεν τα είχε).
Το λάτρεψα διότι σε αυτό το βιβλίο, ο ήρωας του, Ηρακλής Πουαρώ, λύνει και δένει!!!
Πραγματικά κλέβει την παράσταση, λέει ψέματα, παίζει θέατρο, το καταδιασκεδάζει...σκαρφίζεται χίλιες δύο ιστορίες με υπερκινητικότητα, αλλά πάντα με την φινέτσα που τον χαρακτηρίζει!. Μια πολύ διασκεδαστική ιστορία, που στο μέλλον θα την ξαναδιάβαζα, κι ας ξέρω τώρα πια τον δολοφόνο
Seventy year old Miss Emily Arundell wasn’t looking forward to the Easter weekend when her family would descend on her. She knew they were all interested in a slice of her vast fortune; they had been told in no uncertain terms to wait until she died. But when she left her room in the dead of night unable to sleep, Emily tripped at the head of the stairs and tumbled to the bottom. After being checked over by her niece’s husband who was a doctor, it was found her only injuries were bruises and sho ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really important to me now. But not because of the story. So this review will be drastically biased, and I will explain why in a moment.

If you follow my reviews, it's no surprise to you that I am a super Christie fan, and yes, I'll admit, in my experience reading her books she can do no wrong! Every book I've read has been fantastic or at least worth reading. I love her style, her characters, and her in general. I actually have a poster of her on my wall, no word of a lie.
This book
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"How lightly and easily you put the matter aside! Let me tell you that no matter is finished with until Hercule Poirot ceases to concern himself with it!"

The quite famous detective, Poirot, has just received a letter from a client who fears for her life. She is desperately afraid that someone in her family may attempt to harm her. The only problem is, by the time the letter reaches Poirot...the client is already dead. Now Poirot must work backwards and try to piece together all the conflicting i
Feb 18, 2011 Shireen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011
Agatha Christie, as usual, weaves a good tale. This one is unusual as a dog is one of the characters and even has a speaking part. For a dog lover, it's a great addition to the normal all-human mystery plot.

I had early on in my rereading of Dumb Witness remembered who the murderer was, but I couldn't remember the exact reason. Oh, the obvious one was there; but the underlying motivation, the driving emotion, now that continued to elude me right until the end. Knowing who the murderer was, I look
This book was also published under the title Dumb Witness in 1937 which is when Agatha Christie was in her prime. The story is narrated by Captain Hastings who plays Watson to Poirot's Holmes excellently.

Emily Arundell is an elderly lady living in the small English village of Market Basing with her companion, two servants, and several greedy heirs. The family comes to visit Aunt Emily during the Easter holiday ... and to try and get her to part with some of her money. During the visit Miss Emily
Dec 07, 2011 Pants rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can I not love a book with a passage like this:
There was a parking area in the middle of the big square, though there were only a few cars occupying it. I duly parked the Austin, Poirot divested himself of his superfluous garments, and assured himself that his moustaches were in their proper condition of symmetrical flamboyance, and we were then ready to proceed. (Page 42)

Or a passage like this:
“I don’t know why dogs always go for postmen, I’m sure,” continued our guide.

“It’s a matter of rea
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May 30, 2016 Kavita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Poirot receives a rambling letter from a woman, which tells him absolutely nothing at all. But there is one curious feature to this letter. It was written two months ago. This arouses Poirot's curiosity and he pays the woman a visit, only to discover that she died a while after writing the letter, apparently of natural causes. Murder? No, says Hastings. Yes, says Poirot. And we know which of them we would believe!

I really enjoyed this book, though the solution was obvious once Poirot begins his
Duffy Pratt
May 23, 2014 Duffy Pratt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Diverting and enjoyable. This was probably the most straightforward of the Christie books I've read, and it worked very nicely for most of the way through. And the solution wasn't ridiculously stupid, like with Murder on the Orient Express, or And Then There Were None. Basically, the setup is that a woman has an accident where she falls down the stairs. She suspects the accident was more than an accident and does what anyone would do under the circumstances: she disinherits her whole family and ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Madonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful read! I'd forgotten how good Christie's books are. I've been reading too many modern detective stories. I'm planning to go back and read and reread Christie's titles once in a while, just to remember.
This was a good read. The title could refer to Bob the dog, but as I finished the book I realized it could also refer to Poirot's client--a dead woman. Poirot receives a letter months after it is written and the writer has died in the meantime. Was it deliberately mailed late or me
Dec 04, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a non-review review. Poirot Loses a Client is a good novel (4/5 stars) but not Christie at the top of her game. We are treated to more of the arrogant as always Poirot and, for this installment, his sometimes sidekick - Hastings.

Instead of spending time analyzing Poirot's methods in solving this mystery, I'd rather talk about BOOKS and how much I love them.

Sometimes you have to accept certain facts about yourself. I love to collect books. So that I don't become a true hoarder, I regula
Bu yorumu Kitap Esintisi adresinde bulabilirsiniz.

Kitabı bitirmeye yakın, yani Poirot insanları etrafına toplayıp neler olduğunu anlatırken "yuh, bunu nasıl düşünemedim" dedim. Aslında bütün herkesi tek tek katil olarak ele aldım ama asıl katilin yaptığı o büyük oyunu hiç anlayamadım. Her zaman Agatha kitaplarından sonra acaba ben mi dikkatsiz okudum, yoksa okurken bunun anlaşılması mümkün değil miydi diye düşünürüm. Sanki okurken o ipuçlarını yakalamam gerektiğini hissederim. Bunda da yakaladı
Feb 12, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have very high hopes for this book, but it really surprised me. A nice little mystery! I'm still in awe how cleverly Dame Agatha managed to twist the plot in her books with such mastery. This time an elderly woman, whose relations are hungry for her money, has an accident that she fortunately survives with minor scrapes. Worried that her fall down the stairs was arranged by a family member she implores Poirot for help, but forgets to send out the letter to him. A few weeks later she is ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Stven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans and Brit fans
Wonderful! This has everything I ask from an Agatha Christie novel. Poirot comes onstage after just two chapters of background in the case -- he's always the most interesting character in the book -- and the light shone upon the conventions of English family life and a bygone era of English society in miniature is deliciously illuminating. The psychology of Bob the dog is laid out without straying into the ridiculous, and the psychologies of a dozen types of people are portrayed amusingly and ac ...more
“The dog hunts rabbits. Hercule Poirot hunts murderers.”
― Agatha Christie, Dumb Witness

Uhm I don't know if this is one of her best or her worst books, I think it was too long, 400 pages for a novel of Agatha Christie, well, that is too much. The plot was great but you know it wasn't so interesting like other books that she has written.
Aug 29, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this Agatha Christie! Poirot was at his best in his investigating talents.
Well I now have a Hercule Poirot book I liked less than The Big Four and Mystery of the Blue Train.

The beginning of the book was actually very good. Agatha Christie sets the stage by allowing readers into the home of Emily Arundell. Miss Arundell has never married. She has three relations left in the world, two nieces (Theresa and Bella), and one nephew (Charles). Though Emily is fond of her family (in her way) she has no intention of helping any of them out when their finances are in dire stra
It a pleasure reading Agatha Christie. Really, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle she must be the greatest crime writer! And her Hercule Poirot series is simply outstanding!

So in this book we are first introduced to the victims and suspects rather than Hercule Poirot. Miss Emily Arundell is an old rich frugal spinster who is disappointed with her heirs. Charles Arundell is her immoral though charming nephew who is always in need of many and has had many run-ins with the law. He has already threatened
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
The first english Agatha Christie book I read (I don't why this one was not published by RBA) and I enjoy greatly. I think that reading in portuguese are not as good as english. Or I am mistaken and this one is very good book and there's nothing with RBA translations.

This book begins with a third person view of a house with a rich lady and a dog and her spoilt nephews that want her aunts money.

I was interesting to read about Emily Arundell. She was a great strong female character. It's unfortun
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 01, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Agatha Christie and particularly her little mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot. He is delightfully vain, conceited, flamboyant and a little pompous, but remarkably shrewd, brilliant and intelligent, too.

This was another enjoyable read from a long line of clever mysteries by this author. Poirot and Hastings set out to discover if a dead woman's death was indeed natural as proclaimed by her doctor, or if a mysterious letter from the deceased received by Poirot long after her death would
From the outset Poirot and Hastings are that jolly humerus twosome, with Hastings playing Watson To Poirot's Sherlock.Poirot has received a rather incoherent letter from the late Miss Emily Arundell, requesting he investigate an accident she had falling down the stairs, after slipping over her dog's (Bob) ball. Emily indicates that she believes her so called accident may have been intentional. The letter arrives through Poirot's letter box two months after it was written. By then Emily has passe ...more
Greg Z
Dec 13, 2015 Greg Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the 25th book I've read by the legendary Agatha Christie, and represents the most books I've read by any one author. Poirot is true to form and the murderer is difficult to identify until Poirot gathers everyone into a cozy drawing room. He stands by a mantelpiece and "reveals all". This is classic Christie and in the world of country house cozies, no one does it better.
Khaoula  Dahia
نجمتان و نصف.
مع أن المجرم كان خارج توقعاتي، بما أن أجاثا في سردها
لم تركز عليه - و هذا ذكاء منها - لكن القصة بدت كأن
شيء ما ينقصها. كأنها مبتورة، خاصة أن حادثة الكلب و الشاهد
الأخرس ليست هي أهم ما في القصة عكس ما يوحي به العنوان.

كانت الرواية أقل من باقي ما قرأته لها،
إذ لم أقرأ في الأدب البوليسي لسواها.
Jul 03, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Dugaan saya meleset. Pelakunya ternyata orang yg paling tidak saya sangka.
Mar 11, 2016 Utopia-Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not the best book of Agatha Christie but the ending is unexpected.
Benjamin Thomas
It’s been many years since I read an Agatha Christie novel. I’ve had this one on my shelf for years languishing away and it wasn’t until my wife and I began watching the excellent television production of the Hercule Poirot series starring David Suchet, that my interest grew once again.

This is absolutely classic Agatha Christie. It has two titles, as many of her books seem to have, allowing for political correctness as that target changes over the decades. I read "Dumb Witness" but the more rece
Brent Soderstrum
Oct 26, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Hercule Poirot novel by Christie, the master of the mystery, Emily Arundell, a rich spinster dies. No big deal you think but weeks before hand she had sent a letter to Poirot asking him to come and investigate because she thought someone was trying to kill her. For some reason Poirot didn't receive the letter till after Emily was dead.

Before writing the letter to Poirot, Emily had fallen over what appeared to be her dog, Bob's ball down the stairs. She was injured and bedridden but suspe
Rob Smith
Feb 20, 2015 Rob Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
'Poirot Loses a Client' lost me a bit in viewing Christie as a great author. The formula is mostly the same. Someone is dead. Group of people are suspects. Everyone is overly talkative about what they think is going on. Suspects gathered. Resolution. After reading Edmund Crispin, I wish Christie thought of fleshing out a plot, characters, setting and writing.

This story has Poirot, and pal, enter the story with little explanation as to who they are and why they would be involved in the plot. For
Andrea Ika
Jun 02, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old Emily Arundell has an accident on the stairs,everyone blames the rubber ball which was left by her pet dog on the stairs. Soon after the accident Emily Arundell writes a letter to Hercule Poirot. This letter was written in month of April and meant to be posted. But Poirot recieves the letter in the month of which Emily Arundell is dead. Everyone said that Emily's cause of death was natural. She was suffering from a long illness. Was this a death by natural cause or a MURDER ?
This w
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