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The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot)

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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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Fuad Fidah
May 15, 2016 Fuad Fidah rated it it was amazing
আগাথা করিসটি তো আগাথা করিসটিই, তাঁর সাথে পরিচয় করিয়ে দেবার কিছু নেই। তাঁর লেখার সাথেও না। অলপ কিছু বই পড়েছি তাঁর, এখনও পড়ে চলছি। সে অভিজঞতা থেকে বলা যায়, লেখিকার লেখাগুলো কয়েক ধরণের -কযারেকটার বেসড বড় গলপ, কযারেকটার বেসড বড় গলপ, সটযাণড অযালোন বড় গলপ আর ফাইনালি সটযাণড অযালোন বড় গলপ।
মোট এগারোটা গলপ আছে এই বইটিতে। বিভিনন সময় বিভিনন সংকলনে গলপ গুলো ছাপা হয়েছে, আমার কাছে থাকা ই-বুকে গলপের নামানুসারে:
. দয উইটনেস ফর দয পরসিকিউশন: খুনের দায়ে গরেফতার হলো এক যুবক। সাকষয দেবার জনয ডাক পড়ল তার সতরীর। কিনতু
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.
Apr 25, 2015 Traneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصصية ... جميلة ومسلية ومثيرة ! كعادة أجاثا .. تجعل دوما التكهن بالمجرم والنهاية شيئا مستحيلا ..
استمتعت بصحبتها اليومين الماضيين :)
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
Nov 10, 2015 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho volver a leer a Agatha, siempre disfruto mucho leyendo sus libros.
Disfruté mucho las nueve historias, y leí por ahí que Testigo de Cargo, la primera historia, fue o es una obra de teatro, y me gustaría mucho verla.
No creo que tenga una historia favorita, me gustaron mucho todas y se leen muy rápido. Tal vez la última porque aparece mi querido Poirot, pero como dije, todas me gustaron. Algunas parecían sobrenaturales al principio, y hasta llegan a asustar un poco, una en particula
Sanne (thebookdutchess)
I didn't love all the stories, but I liked all of them.
I especially enjoyed how you're always surprised by the ending, even if the surprise is only in the last two lines.
Dec 02, 2013 Zainab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah ~
Jan 23, 2013 Sarah ~ rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2013, fiction, crime
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 ..
Geo MaHa
تاني تجربة ليا مع أجاثا وكانت أفضل من سابقتها
خلصتها في قاعدة واحدة
النهاية حلوة جداً وغير متوقعة
لأ انا اُعجبت بدماغها بجد :D
I've been reading/listening to Christie as much as possible as opportunities come along. I was particularly interesting in this collection for its headliner story, Witness for the Prosecution, which is referenced in one of [J.D. Robb]'s In Death books.

In the In Death book, it is referenced as having been turned into a play, which may be the case, I don't know. However, the play would have definitely expanded on this very short story to flesh out the characters. Because Christie's shorts usually
Noha Srour
Feb 13, 2014 Noha Srour rated it really liked it
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
Bookworm Erica
Aug 30, 2015 Bookworm Erica rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all the stories in this book...only 1 the ending didn't make sense...but that is probably just me lol!
May 28, 2015 Realini rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
Crime story, what else…good enough for a 9 out of 10

Agatha Christie is so well known and acclaimed that she needs no further introduction, except perhaps a mention of her record.
One of her plays- is it the Mouse Trap? - has been running for years and years establishing a world record.
I remember how enchanted and terrified I have been, when I have read Ten Little Indians and learned with horror that one after another, all the guests die but for the Su
Linette S.R
Feb 28, 2015 Linette S.R rated it liked it
Shelves: agatha-christie
For the story "The Witness for the Prosecution":
Yay...! We have a innocent-looking guy named Leo Vole who is accused of murdering a woman, Emily French. But there's another guy who doesn't believe he did it, although everybody else does. So he decides to investigate everything (what a bright mind...). The woman's maid says "YES HE KILLED HER, I'M LIKE 100% SURE ABOUT THAT". She also seems to hate that guy, Leo, very much, which is suspicious. And then, there's Leonard's wife. Leo says "I have an
Kristi Richardson
“Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them."

Classic stories from Agatha Christie read to you by Christopher Lee and Hugh Fraser. How could this not be wonderful?

Most people are familiar with the movie "The Witness for the Prosecution" and the original story is just as good if not better than that. Why does this man trust his wife when she seems hell bent on destroying him?

There are 11 short stories in this collection written in the 1930's and 1940's when Ms. Christie w
Sean Homrig
Jul 12, 2016 Sean Homrig rated it it was amazing
"The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories" is the best collection of Agatha Christie's stories that I've read, which is ironic because only one of the eleven stories in it is a traditional Christie whodunit. Released in the United States only (although many, if not all, of the stories had been released in the United Kingdom in other previous collections) this is a sampling of Christie penning stories in the style of O. Henry, often with diabolical twists at the end.

Although almost all o
Apr 23, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, 2015
I'm primarily a Poirot fan but it's nice to dip into some of Christie's other works. I read this while heading out to see the Mousetrap in London (which I enjoyed despite the abrupt ending and some leaps of knowledge). It's an enjoyable albeit mixed bag.

Compared to the confounded difficulty of working out most Poirot endings/twists, many of these were fairly obvious though there's still a lot of fun to be had regardless. I particularly liked Where there's a Will and the Mystery of the Blue Jar
Feb 01, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
Review: The Witness For The Prosecution by Agatha Christie.

It 19s always enjoyable reading one of Agatha Christie 19s books. This is one of her books that have short mystery stories. Christie relates her stories in a taut, fast paced and satisfying manner and more than once brings her stories to quite an unexpected climax. Most short story books have one or two that don 19t meet the reader 19s high expectations. I appreciated the great unique writing style and the development of the characters.
Jun 23, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dec 10, 2015 Yibbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Looking for an short mystery? There's an interesting group of them all marshaled nicely for your enjoyment.
The choice and arrangement of the stories actually adds a bit of mystery. Mixed in with your everyday mystery is a ghost story, so you never really know if the story you're reading will have a perfectly logical solution or a chilling supernatural one. I'm not fond of ghost stories (for Biblical reasons) so I didn't enjoy those as much as I did the more humdrum stories. Not all of the sto
Labeba Salameh
مجموعه قصصية فريدة تتعمق في النفس الانسانية والا شعور تتكون من 10 قصص ذات جو من الغموض اقرب للرعب منه الى الجريمة .
Feb 06, 2012 Malinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really quick and enjoyable read. I also recommend watching the movie version with Marlene Dietrich as well.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook. This one contains the short stories.

Not my favorite anthology. Averaged 2.375 stars.

Witness for the Prosecution. I think this is the same audiobook version that I previously listened to. Good. ***1/2

The Blue Jar. I remembered this book so the ending wasn't a surprise at all. ***

The Strange Case of Arthur Carmichael. Very strange, the cat, the drowning. Too far fetched even for me. **

The Last Seance. From looking at other reviews I don't think this was part of other reviewers books, li
Dec 06, 2014 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصص قصيرة رائعة..في كل قصة ظروف وملابسات مختلفة وغامضة..بجد الست اجاثا دي كانت عبقرية :)
May 19, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A collection of unrelated short stories, mostly featuring non-recurring characters (although Hercule Poirot stars in one).

The Witness for the Prosecution is definitely one of Christie's best. If you haven't see the old movie, or read the story, you are really missing out! (The 1957 movie is much-expanded from the story, but excellent.) Several other stories are also good, with many dabbling in the "is it or isn't it" spiritualist/thriller stuff that Christie often wrote into her short stories.
Jan 16, 2011 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short stories. Enjoyable little read.
John Bonilla
May 27, 2015 John Bonilla rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Tardé más de lo esperado en terminar el libro. Lamentablemente la mayoría de los cuentos que venian no estaban concentrados en el género fuerte de Agatha. Sólo 3 de los 9 cuentos me atraparon en realidad ya que si era leer a la verdadera Agatha pero fueron solo cuentos, les falto más historia y desarrollo, en 10 páginas no abarca la intriga que generalmente hay en sus demás libros.
Fue un poco lento en el sentido de que al momento de terminar un cuento se perdía continuidad y era como empezar un
May 14, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
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
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

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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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