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Poirot Loses a Client (Hercule Poirot #16)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  13,478 Ratings  ·  663 Reviews
Everyone blamed Emily's accident on the stairs on her dog, but she was convinced someone was trying to kill her. She wrote to Poirot with her suspicions on April 17th, but the letter did not arrive until June 28th, by which time she was dead.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Berkley (first published July 5th 1937)
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Simona Bartolotta
"The Hercule Poirots, my friend, need only to sit back in a chair and think."

If I started listing all the reasons why I can't do without Agatha Christie and her Poirot in my life, you'd probably reach through the screen thumbing your nose at all known laws of physics because, well, I'm sure you could recite them all by heart by now (I am very aware I can be that obnoxious). So I won't. I'll indulge my dark side and simply tell you why I didn't enjoy Dumb Witness (also known with the far more app
Feb 14, 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
Jan 09, 2013 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 12, 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
David Schaafsma
“Hastings, a crime is a pot that boils and seethes and every now and then a significant fact comes to the surface and can be seen. There is something in the depths there—yes, there is something! I swear it by my faith in Hercule Poirot, I swear it!” --Poirot

Poirot Loses a Client is the original title of this mystery, and he does, but Christie decided later to call it Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #16, rolling right along here!) in honor of a dog named Peter, her beloved dog, and another, fictiona
Dec 03, 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
Zainab Shah
Jun 07, 2017 Zainab Shah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a Miss Arundell who had an accident but was convinced that somebody had tried to murder her. After a few days she actually dies but a few days before her death she'd written to a real known detective about how she was in danger but the letter wasn't sent when she was alive.
I've never read any of Agatha Christie's book but have obviously known about her and now I know why her books are so frikin' famous cause this book was absolutely amazing and it literally keeps you h
Mina kh
جز معدود کتاب هایی از پوآرو بود که خیلی جذبم نکرد. صاحبخونه یه سگ داره به اسم باب و نویسنده خیلی جاها از زبون سگ مینویسه. اینجوری که مثلا میگه: باب انگار تو دلش داره میگه فلان چیز و همینجوری یه پاراگراف حرف میزنه. این یکم حوصله سر بر شده بود.
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
Apr 17, 2017 Keisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Sheetal Maurya (Halo of Books)
There would be many mystery writers but none of them come close to Agatha Christe, We have already read and reviewed ‘And then there were none’ , ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ & ‘The ABC Murders’. I wanted to grab this book for a long time as the title and blurb are really intriguing.

Please read the full review on my blog Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie - Book review

This book is amazing; I love the suspense and plot. The Poirot’s way of detecting is something very interesting to read, which
Duffy Pratt
May 10, 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
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May 21, 2016 Kavita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, uk
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
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.
Aug 21, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2016
Loooove this book
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
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
Guilherme Passos
Sep 12, 2016 Guilherme Passos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misterio
É delicioso ler Agatha Christie e apesar de falarem que é um Sherlock Holmes sob a ótica feminina, acho que não é bem isso.

Poirot, que seria o dito Sherlock Holmes, é um investigador mais pé no chão e sem super poderes, que não entende lá grandes coisas de vários campos do conhecimento mas tem uma percepção muito forte. Vive cheio de dúvidas e tira conclusões bem perto do final das histórias. Diria eu que ele está mais para um Scooby Doo com mais seriedade do que um Holmes escrito por uma mulher
Marty :}
Mar 25, 2017 Marty :} rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars
“The dog hunts rabbits. Hercule Poirot hunts murderers.”
Christie's style is something I enjoy a lot, but I think this book wasn't the right one to read after the exceptional 'And Then There Were None'. I stumbled upon this at the library and the order of the series was pretty vague (or absent on the cover, I think), so I figured out I'd just get this book and read it. Now, I think I should have started with the first book in the series or with another one that has a subject that is m
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
Jan 20, 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
The story itself wasn't exactly the most suspenseful, but passed the time okay. Hugh Fraser's (Captain Hastings on the television episodes of Poirot) narration was terrific, especially dialogue of the dog, Bob, whom *I* wanted to adopt, and I'm not a dog person!

A point that drove me nuts concerned a Greek family that was said to be living in "Symrna" (now Izmir), Turkey -- all ethnic Greeks in Asia Minor (outside Istanbul) were expelled in 1923!
“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.
Dregus Ilies
Jan 10, 2017 Dregus Ilies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am mai descoperit o carte citita de care uitasem.
Pai nu mai tin minte exact, dar asta si Craciunul lui poirot si Ucigasul ABC fusesera cartile mele preferate de la Agatha Christie, deci probabil ca e foarte buna!
Aug 15, 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.
Oct 22, 2016 Adrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
working for the dead.....!!!
Jun 09, 2017 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives, reviewed, dogs
Extra star for the dog, Bob, the true star of this book... Agatha Christie surprisingly writes dogs so well, their excitability, friendliness, curiosity. I loved that he was a wire-haired terrier because full disclosure, one of our dogs is a wire-haired terrier. And Bob's intelligence and single-mindedness over play really reminded me of our own dog so, kudos to that, Mrs. Christie.

HOWEVER this is not a dog book, and even Bob the dog cannot save this underwhelming mystery. I heard the audio dram
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