The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
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The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories

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A murder trial takes a diabolical turn when the wife of the accused takes a stand...A woman's sixth--and a loaded revolver--signal premonitions of doom...A stranded motorist seeks refuge in a remote mansion, and is greeted with a dire warning...Detective Hercule Poirot faces his greatest challenge when his services are enlisted--by the victim--in a bizarre locked-room murd
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 17th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1948)
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Probably best known for the 1957 Oscar-winning film it produced, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is fine in its own right, a short story that packs quite a punch. It is easy to see why this had the makings for the big stage and Hollywood, as it relies heavily on moments of suspense and tension, a slow build up to the resolution as we await the verdict in court. There’s also a little misdirection carefully placed by Christie towards the conclusion that, to me, make the mystery and u...more
I just started this, but the first story was great, exactly what I look for in an Agatha Christie book.

Update: I'm finished now, and the rest of the stories were just as great. Definitely one of the best Agatha Christies I've read so far, I think the short story might have been a good form for her.
♥ Sarah ♥
I am really horrible with short stories and this book taught me that! Because there are 11 short stories in this I didn't find the book as enjoyable as if the stories were full novels. I just couldn't be on one story long enough to REALLY get into it. However, when I look at the stories individually, I really enjoyed most of them, I would have just preferred them not to be short stories so I could get into the characters more. Here's what I thought of each individual story:

1.) The Witness for t...more
Ashrakat Deyab
I enjoyed this read so much. It most probably is my favorite collection of mystery short stories to date. Each story was captivating, intriguing, and kept me on the edge of my seat. And almost each one of them ended with a plot twist that made me go:

Here's my ratings for the individual stories contained in this book:

The Witness for the Prosecution 5 stars
The Red Signal 3 stars
The Fourth Man 3 stars
S.O.S. 3 stars
Where There’s A Will 5 stars
The Mystery of the Blue Jar 4 stars
Sing A Song of Sixpen...more
Noha Medhat
احيانا بيكون تقييمي للراوية من حيث نجاحها او فشلها معتمد ع قدرة الكاتب/ة انها تصدمني او تدهشني او ان تكون الرواية لها بعد فلسفي زي مثلا انه يكون فيه نوع من الاسقاط ع الواقع سواءشخيصات او احداث و انه تكون كل شخصية في الرواية رمز لشيئ معين في الواقع ... اذا نجحت الرواية في انها تحقق حاجة من الحاجات دي هيكون تقييمي ليها 4 نجوم بجدارة :) .....
و اجاثا كريستي في الرواية دي فعلا نجحت في انها تصدمني صدمة لم اكن اتخيلها ... مش الحدث هوا الي صدمني قد ما الرواية فعلا صدمتني بالواقع في مرحلة ما من عمري ما ك...more
Carolyn F.
Listened to the audiobook.

I liked the movie more. Marlene Dietrich did a great job, but now I finally get why people felt Tyrone Powers wasn't good as the male lead. The man in the short story is a young man. Tyrone Powers must have been close to 40. The short story is good though and the audiobook was great.
مجموعة من القصص القصيرة أعادت أجاثا كريستي صياغتها بعد سنوات في روايات مطولة بشكل أكثر احكاما وامتاعا وكأنها أرادت تسجيل الأفكار ثم عادت بعد ذلك للعمل عليها. تقييمي للقصص ثلاث نجمات أما الرابعة فلتذكيري بمجموعة من رواياتي المفضلة.
مجموعة قصص متوسطة الطول ..
تكتبها أغاثا كريستي ..
تراوحت بين الممتازة جدا في حبكتها وفكرتها ..
والمبهرة بتفاصيلها ..
وهناك أيضا بعض القصص متوسطة المستوى ..
أعجبتني كثيرا قصة شاهد الإدعاء ..
I enjoyed this overall. A quick read, with a nice little twist at the end. The bits about habit were nice, too, since we all have them.
This was a really quick and enjoyable read. I also recommend watching the movie version with Marlene Dietrich as well.
This is a collection of short stories. Enjoyable little read.
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
Agatha Christie
288 pages

This book is a collection of short stories that mystery novelist Agatha Christie wrote. In this book, there are 11 stories that are about cases. In most of these cases, there are abrupt or confusing endings which may disappoint readers because there are times when the short story could be written as a whole book instead. An example of this is the first story of The Witness for the Prosecution. The story is abo...more
Overall, I enjoyed this collection of Agatha Christie short mysteries. There is a strong theme throughout these stories that there is an explanation for everything; several of the characters believed in the supernatural, but that belief is always exploited. I did feel like her stories ended abruptly. Rated PG for disturbing elements.

The Witness for the Prosecution: A woman testifies at her husband's murder trial with some unexpected twists.

The Red Signal: A group of people attend a seance and a...more
1948, Eleven stories originally published in magazines in the 1920s and early 1930s, only the last story features Poirot. This collection published in US only, and all the stories are available in other Christie collections.

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1925 01 The Witness for the Prosecution apa Traitor Hands
— sly little story about an actress, her weak husband, and an old lady with money; smoother and somehow more believable than the movie version, with a nice kicker at the end, which...more
Laurel Young
Witness for the Prosecution is an uneven collection--it contains seven stories that are fairly forgettable and might rate a mere 2 stars (especially the two involving people being swindled in overly complicated and unlikely ways), but then there are three absolute stunners that pull the rating up for me and make this collection a must-have. The uneven feeling comes about because the stories were written anywhere between 1924 and 1947 but published together in 1948, their only commonality being t...more
I love the short story anthologies. This was the third one I read this summer. Included are the following:

The Witness for the Prosecution is the story from which the title comes from. This is a story where the crime is what it seems but the people are not.

The Fourth Man was a very unusual story, one I had to give a great deal of thought to. It was not one of the regular mysteries with a cut and dried solution at the end. You are asked to suspend your disbelief and consider if souls can switch bo...more
I always love reading Agatha Christie's short story collections because sometims i'm just not in the mood for a drawn out mystery. It's also more noncommital. I can read a story or two and then put the book down for later. Some may say that the endings are a bit abrupt, but I enjoyed the fact that I was in suspense for roughly 7 pages. I actually really enjoyed the first short story, Witness for the Prosecution, the best. The only reason that I didn't give this 5 stars was because of the last st...more
Jan 10, 2011 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I didn't read all of the stories, since I mainly got the book for "The Witness for the Prosecution." It's an interesting story, questioning truth and law. The lawyer, who needs evidence, is able to find it because he has a conclusion about what has happened, and is therefore easily manipulated.

The other stories were mysteries, but it surprised me how many combined the supernatural and psychology, like they were one and the same. For instance, a woman with multiple personalities strangles herself...more
What a great story! It’s a prime example of why Agatha Christie is so well known for murder and mystery. She kept me guessing – and just when I thought I figured it out, boom! That last sentence! Wow! I loved it. My audio version was read by Christopher Lee – who is completely astounding. I definitely recommend it.
Emily Hale
Great collection of short stories. I really enjoyed the ones in this group, great twists and quite a few unexpected turns. Listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Christopher Lee and Hugh Fraser and they were excellent.
Kunal Sen
If you could only read one agatha christie short story, let it be 'The Fourth Man'. A most unlikely, mousy, quaint sort of short story where almost nothing happens, nothing that's close to 'action' in any case. But this same story, for some reason, still remains downright the best short story she ever wrote. Felicia and Annette's stories are tragic, immolating, fascinatingly complex and profoundly bizarre.

Rest of the collection is also a B+. All the stories have their redeemable features. The pa...more
Daniel Fuertes
Interesante recopilación de relatos de Agatha Christie, donde cada uno de ellos bien podría ser una novela completa.

De hecho, quizás sea éste uno de los puntos débiles, que todo sucede muy rápidamente, con descripciones someras y finales algo bruscos. Pareciera que estuviéramos leyendo el resumen de una pieza más larga.

Afortunadamente, la mayoría de las historias son brillantes, con giros sorprendentes; donde la sabia Agatha Christie apunta a la luna, y el lector mira el dedo.
I did enjoy some of the stories a lot, others not so much. In general, I find that anthologies such as this one are very often like that. Still, it's very nice to be able to pick up a book, read a bit of it, then put it back down for an extended period of time and not feel lost when you finally do pick it up again.

The only thing I'll say that disappointed me about this book was that there were several stories that seemed to overlap as far as their general plot and solutions went. On many occasio...more
Lisa C
As much as I enjoy Christie's novels, I've found time and again that I don't care much for her short stories. I respect that she's using them to try out ideas. Maybe the real blame belongs to the publishers--every collection I've read has a sort of theme or convention carried through each story. Since the stories are often ideas that didn't work very well, and it's the main idea that is used to collect the stories, I end up reading multiple stories with a convention that didn't really work. Most...more
Jessica Weleski
This collection of short mysteries kept reminding me of O. Henry stories with their intriguing plot twists at the end of the story. There were so many plot twists at the end of "The Witness for the Prosecution" that I had forgotten the whole tangle by the time I went to see the stage production only a few months later. That was fortunate for me though because I got to join in the fun of seeing the clever story unfold all over again. One of my favorite stories in the collection that doesn't get a...more
Shatha Al-Ghamdi
قصص قصيرة بعضها عادي لكن بعضها لو كانت كتاب كامل كان ممكن تكون ناجحة جدا، لكن كمان في قصص حلوة بس نهايتها ناقصة او غير واضحة.
Christie's plots are so-so, but her psychological insights into her characters are absolutely the best! She can size up a person with pen like no one else. I happened to listen to the audio book version narrated by the great Christopher Lee, and it was a very good, professional production. His inflections added a bit more of an understanding to some of the subtleties I might have missed (Ms. Christie does on occasion write in a way that only persons from early 20th century Britain can fully unde...more
مجموعة قصص قصيرة رائعة..في كل قصة ظروف وملابسات مختلفة وغامضة..بجد الست اجاثا دي كانت عبقرية :)
Opinion is definitely influenced by seeing the play performed live.
Greg Fanoe
Like a lot of short story collections, there are hits and misses, but unfortunately this one has a lot more misses than hits. I don't think the short story format works well for Agatha. It leaves just enough time for the set up and twist, the two things I care the least about. I love the meandering plot lines, red herrings, random character traits, incidental social commentary, etc. of Christie books and there's no room for any of that here.

"Philomel Cottage" and "Witness for the Prosecution" ar...more
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“Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

[Witness for the Prosecution, also published in The Hound of Death and Other Stories.]”
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