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Poirot Loses a Client (Hercule Poirot #16)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  9,401 ratings  ·  420 reviews
Everyone blamed Miss Emily's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn't receive the letter until June 28th, by which time Miss Emily was ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 14th 1991 by Putnam Adult (first published 1937)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"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
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
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
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
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
Duffy Pratt
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
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
Sep 15, 2011 Stven rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Dumb Witness – Agatha Christie
Also published as Poirot Loses a Client and as Silent Witness,
Audio version performed by Hugh Fraser
4 stars

Poirot receives a letter from a distressed, elderly lady. She has reason to be afraid for her life. Unfortunately, she had forgotten to mail the letter. When Poirot seeks to investigate, he finds that the lady has been dead for some time. Although it appears to have been a natural death, Poirot is not convinced. Every member of the victim’s family is a poten
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
Rob Smith
'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
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
Zakariah Johnson
Christie's alacrity in setting up plots shows she would have been a knife fighter in another life--get in, get out, set it up, lunge! Leave nothing to bog down the reader or trip up your footwork as an author. This is a tightly crafted story that's thoroughly grounded in character studies to provide the motivations and story arc. A bit dated in places, but very well done & one to study on how to properly craft a mystery.
Another top-notch Agatha Christie novel. How did she do it? The racist bits I could do without, but the plot was great and Poirot was in good form, mustache and all. Most of the time I related, sadly, to Hastings, who can't reflect long enough to discover the psychology of the criminal. Very enjoyable mystery.
This is a novel that follows most of the conventions of the Hercule Poirot mystery (closed circle, multiple possible motives, some form of temporal manipulation -- evident at the beginning, so this is not a spoiler, interesting suspects) but adds in several unique elements. Specifically, a letter that arrives at Poirot's office far too late, and a dog whose role in the murder provides the novel's title. Indeed, the passages involving Bob (the dog) are refreshingly humorous. Poirot's investigatio ...more
I enjoyed it! It seemed to be less involved than some of Agatha Christie's mysteries, but it still kept me guessing through the whole thing.

I listened to an audiobook version while I crocheted, and (though I had to rewind a few times when I'd been distracted by counting or referring to the pattern) found it a very pleasant combination of interests. I'll need to do this again!

The audiobook version I listened to was read by Hugh Fraser. I thought the name seemed familiar, and when I heard his voic
Ryan G
I feel like I've reviewed so many Agatha Christie books by now that I'm starting to sound like a broken record. There are only so many different ways I can say brilliant and well worth reading. Even her weaker books, which this is not one of, deserves to be read by even the most picky reader. I have yet to read one of her books, even The Big Four or Murder on the Links, that doesn't rise above most of the cozy mysteries being churned out today. So I hope you get the point, that I enjoyed this on ...more
The 16th Poirot mystery felt somewhat lacking and rather lazy to me. I liked the start where my favourite balding moustached detective digs around to determine if there has actually been a murder but after the initial set up has played out, he just moves from one potential suspect to another and we're left with a lot of talking with very little action. Characterisation is as strong as always (damn those foreigners!) but it just isn't that interesting.

Aside from an amusing talking dog (really), t
In which a woman asks Poirot to save her life, and a dog is blamed for murder.

"Dumb Witness" is a book where I worry that my own childhood bias moves it up the list. In retrospect, the eponymous canine – Bob – is overdrawn, and everyone acts like children. The suspects are varied, but none of them are well characterised. Beyond this, the question of who wears a hulking great brooch to bed has always confused me. Still, I’m sticking with my ranking: it may not have much nuance in either the chara
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Jill
Cover Story: What About Bob?
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Sit Up And Pay Attention
Bonus Factors: Cocktails!
Relationship Status: Together Forever

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**3.5 stars**

This is the first book I've been able to finish in more than a month. My apathy towards reading hasn't gone away yet but I can always trust Agatha Christie to deliver. And she definitely did in this book.

The mystery was simple but very well done. I think I read this once (because I knew a clue that I wouldn't have figured out on my own) but didn't remember the murderer. Which was good because it came as a bit of a surprise at the end.

My favorite character in the book was Bob, the d
3.5 *

Actually, I don't really felt the excitement of Poirot's investigation for this particular case. Maybe because the client has already been dead by the time Poirot took on the investigation, so the feel of rush was not there. And no one suspected that is was murder, except for Poirot, of course. All this started because of his curiousity.

But, the study of human nature was at its best. The way that Poirot used to gain information was really an art in itself. Different tack for different kind
Another excellently well-done Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie. The dialogue was enjoyable (I always like it when Christie uses first-person through the point of view of Captain Hastings), and the plot was high-standard (the ending was a surprise as it should be and Christie did an excellent job ensuring that Poirot never let the reader entirely catch up to his deductions but not fall hopelessly behind either.) To sum it up, a Hercule Poirot mystery that was a light but wonderfully brea ...more
This is my 57th Agatha Christie's book and it's awesome how Dame Agatha always saves me from bad readings.

At "Dumb Witness" the most famous belgian detective Hercule Poirot receives a letter from an old lady who lives in Market Basing. Emily Arundell describes her inquietude about recent events and asks Poirot to investigate ASAP but with discretion.

With Captain Hastings by his side, Poirot goes to Market Basing to find out that Emily Arundell... is dead, and apparently by natural causes. Things
Also known as "Poirot Loses a Client".

You know, I just realised that many of Christie's are remarkably the same from book to book, as are the settings & circumstances..... as well as her prejudices. This time it was Greeks, Turks, & Argentines, which was mentioned more than once.... So I knocked off a star.

Aside from my little rant, I enjoyed the story. Aunt Emily is in her 70's and is not so well of health but is still as sharp as a tack and nobody's fool. She is the survivor of 3 siste
I read the novel “Dumb Witness” by Agatha Christine, which was based on the story of a detective trying to solve the mysterious murder of an old lady and he is leaving no stones unturned to find out the truth behind the murder suspecting everyone who could be the culprit. First of all, I liked the novel very much because I love reading mysterious, adventurous and horror books and it was one of then. This book was full of mystery and I was hooked the book till the ending. The way the writer uses ...more
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