A good, solid Miss Marple mystery. After listening to lots of Christie mysteries, I'm getting the hang of certain elements. I was able to suss out aheA good, solid Miss Marple mystery. After listening to lots of Christie mysteries, I'm getting the hang of certain elements. I was able to suss out ahead of reveal who was the adult version of one of the twins. I also had a small inkling related to the murderer that I dismissed and shouldn't have, if I'd thought back to an identity element in one of her shorter stories....more
I've been reading/listening to Christie as much as possible as opportunities come along. I was particularly interesting in this collection for its heaI'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 have more deeply fleshed out characters, and the second-hand references talked of nuance, I expected more and was disappointed.
However, overall these are well crafted and enjoyable stories.
Other stories include:
The Red Signal, read by Christopher Lee, which is quite good, though I'd listened to it in a different collection already.
The Fourth Man, read by Christopher Lee, is a quality creepy story about one woman possessing the personality of another.
S.O.S., read by Christopher Lee, is a tale of the right person in the right place at the right moment to avert a crime of cold planning. The type of story that in re-reading other little details make more sense.
Wireless, read by Christopher Lee. Definitely Christie style. With the introduction of the wireless radio, can one hear voices from "the other side"? Also, a morality tale, in that Auntie's opinions of her niece and nephew are based on how well they fawn on her (though she doesn't quite think of it that way) instead of valuing their genuineness.
The Blue Jar, read by Christopher Lee. Again, the push/pull of supernatural and logic. Tragic story.
Sing a Song of Six-Pence, read by Hugh Frazier. Well done story. However it has the weirdest background element of a near 60 year old man's one time seduction of a 18ish ingenue, who 10 years later isn't attractive to him because she isn't a wide-eyed innocence. However he does follow through with his then offer to help her in any way if she ever needed it. Which is the start of the real story - a family where there's been a murder and what they know all points to someone within the household having to have done it.
Mr. Eastwood's Adventure, read by Hugh Frazier. A bit of a meta story about a writer trying to write a mystery based on the title "The Mystery of the Second Cucumber". Then he finds himself sucked into an actual mystery of sorts - that even involves the reference of a cucumber.
Philamel Cottage, read by Hugh Frazier. A woman, who has come into money, begins to wonder about the truth of the man she has married. Is he a criminal or is she seeing what isn't there?
Accident, read by Hugh Frazier. Perhaps the forerunner to the infamous "drink the poison" scene in The Princess Bride.
The Second Gong, read by Hugh Frazier. A Hercule Poirot story. Even ten minutes can make all the difference in life and death....more
The main murder involves a character from Eve's childhood, which provides us with more insight into what Eve's childhood was like and how it formed heThe main murder involves a character from Eve's childhood, which provides us with more insight into what Eve's childhood was like and how it formed her. (And the various ways others coped as well.)...more