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Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  15,705 ratings  ·  838 reviews
Was it a misstep that sent a handsome stranger plummeting to his death from a cliff? Or something more sinister? Fun-loving adventurers Bobby Jones and Frances Derwent's suspicions are certainly roused--espeically since the man's dying words were so peculiar: Why didn't they ask Evans? Bobby and Frances would love to know. Unfortunately, asking the wrong people has sent th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 18th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1934)
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
Probably not one of Agatha Christie's best books but I enjoyed it just the same. Frankie and Bobbie are a delightful pair and I loved their ending. The story is fun and I didn't actually guess one of the guilty parties.
I believe this was one of her earlier books and it was not as polished as her work usually is. I also had to suspend belief more often than usual. In the first few chapters when the doctor and Bobbie find a dying man on a cliff - the doctor goes for help leaving the unqualified yo
Richard Derus
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

Annoying. Just plain annoying. Frankie and Bobby are bumbling amateurs! Lady Frances Derwent, daughter of the Earl of Marchington, knows Bobby, the son of the Vicar of Marchbolt, from little on up. They meet again when Bobby's found a dying man under the cliffs near his home. He and Frankie decide that they'll look into the matter because there are some loose and flapping ends that Bobby knows but had no chance to say at the inquest.

Hijinks quite predictably ensue.

It was 80 y
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha, want-to-buy
C'est l'un du roman que je ne l'oublie plus.
من روايات التي لا تنسى قراتها منذ سنتان و اتذكر كل حبكة .خاصة انها جريمة خاصة ليس هناك لا محقق هيريكول و لا انسة ماربل.
zahra haji
لماذا لم يسألوا إيفانز ؟
تلك الجملة التي قالها القتيل قبل وفاته أمام بوبي كانت البداية في رحلة البحث عن القاتل
..من هو إيفانز وما علاقته بالرجل القتيل
رحلة مثيرة وشيقة مع الصديقين بوبي و فرانكي للوصول للقاتل والذي طوال قراءتي تغير
عشرات المرات حتى الشك بالجميع ... هل سيعرف إيفانز هذا ؟ وعلاقته بالقتل .. وهل سينبت
الحب وسط الخوف والرعب والقتل ؟
يبدو أن السيدة صاحبة المقام الرفيع ستنتصر عليَّ إذ بدأت في إحراز نقاط فوزها ببراعة شديدة بهذا العقل الإجرامي الذي تحمله فوق كتفيها
فقامت بتغفيلي بإقتدار للمرة الثانية على التوالي
بل أقول أنها فعلتها في هذه الرواية أكثر من مرة 😣

ما إن أضع يدي على خيط حتى تأتي بإنجليزيتها الباردة لتقول لي :
هل تسمح لي السيدة بسحب هذا الخيط من يدها حيث يبدو لي أن السيدة أخطأت هذه المرة أيضًا 😌

لماذا لم يسألوا إيفانز ؟؟
ربما مفتاح اللغز عنده، بداية الطريق تبدأ من ملعب الجولف وجريمة غامضة بدت كحادثة سير أخرى
ولكن هيهات
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a fun look at a standalone Christie. "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" is definitely full of twists and turns. I also didn't realize the guilty party until the end of the book. The characters of Bobby Jones and Frankie Derwent (Lady Frances) are delightful and some parts of this book remind me of "The Seven Dials Mystery" which is not a bad thing.

"Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" begins with Bobby Jones and the local doctor playing golf when they realize that a man has fallen off a nearby cliff and i
Afaf Ammar
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Afaf by: zahra haji
أحيانًا ضربة واحدة، من أي نوع، قد تكلف الكثير، حتى ولو كانت ضربة لكرة جولف!
ليلة مقمرة، وغيمة من الضباب تكسو كل شيء، وبوبي ورفيقه الدكتور توماس، وضربات متتالية بالتناوب بينهما لكرة الجولف، وعندما حان الدور على بوبي وضرب ضربته الأخيرة للكرة عند تلك الحفرة اللعينة، وتدحرجت الكرة بسرعة البرق إلى الأمام ثم اختفت عند وصولها إلى حافة الجرف الخطير بزواياه شديدة الانحدار، الذي تلمع من أسفله مياه البحر في ضوء القمر، لم يكن يعلم أن ضربته تلك، وبعدها تتبعه لآثار الكرة بحثًا عنها ستكلفه مغامرة خطيرة. قاده بح
Nadin Adel
رواية رائعة بحق،
دائما ما تتفوق أجاثا كريستي بأن تبقيني ساهرة كي أنهي روايتها في جلسة واحدة دون عن باقي الروائيين

Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Amusing, mostly light (if you ignore the perfectly nice people who get murdered along the way) mystery featuring for once no actual detective. Not even amateur sleuths like Christie's Tommy and Tuppence -- here we have a bored Bright Young Thing and her reluctant pal investigating what everyone else says was an accidental death.

The title seems like a spoiler but (view spoiler)

My cover, excitingly, is even cheesier than the one display
Vikas Singh
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting plot full of twists and turns and some interesting coincidences. The lovable pair of amateur detectives Bobby and Frankie end up solving a gruesome death using their wits and some nice deductions. And of course you have a great end when it is revealed all in a grand fashion. Must read.
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this mystery thriller classic by Agatha Christie. It's one of her stand alone novels with amateur sleuths Bobby Jones and Frankie Derwent on the case. A man is found dead at the bottom of a cliff and his last words are "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" Bobby is the person who hears the words, and after the inquest, and after an attempt on his life, he and Frankie decide to do a little sleuthing to get to the bottom of it. Fun with the usual red herrings Agatha loves to put in her sto ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only Agatha Christie Completists
To put it mildly--not one of Christie's best--and I am a fan who has rated books of hers five stars. I really liked it at first. Bobby Jones is a amiable young man, a vicar's son, who finds a dying man at the foot of a cliff. The man's last cryptic words were, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Soon there's an attempt on Bobby's life and he and his childhood friend, Frankie, aka Lady Frances Derwent, are on the case. There's a great chemistry between them, wit and humor to be had in the tale, a breezy ...more
Sarah ~
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
بينما كان بوبي جونز يلعب مباراة جولف "غريبة الأطوار"
أطاح بالكرة من فوق حافة الجرف ..اختفت الكرة عن الأنظار ، لكنه وجد - على الصخور أسفل الجرف جثمان رجل يصارع الموت - وبينما كان الرجل يلفظ أنفاسه الأخيرة فتح عينيه وقال " لماذا لم يسألوا ايفانز" ؟
يالها من بداية غريبة ..
يصبح بوبي اسيراً لتلك الكلمات وإن كان في البداية تناساها ..
وينطلق بصحبة صديقته المحبة للمغامرة فرانكي ..لحل ذلك اللغز الذي سيعرض حياتهما لمخاطر رهيبة ..
كل هذا بحثا عن الإجابة لهذا السؤال ..
" لماذا لم يسألوا ايفانز" ؟
ومن هو ايفانز هذ
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Dame Agatha Christie. Creator of Hercule Poirot, best selling author of over 80 million books. And writer of Why Didn't They ask Evans?. 1/5 rating from yours truly. Take that, b-! What a horrible book. Such an irrevocably nonsensical, immature, and puerile book. I didn't suspect that so many of Christie's non Poirot/Marple books were so short on anything that bears a resemblance to quality. Slowly, after attempting to read several books, including that Haley Quin one, a dreary and patchy pictur ...more
Quirky Omega
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018-reads
There is something extraordinarily comforting about Agatha Christie’s books. They’re like comfort food.
Why didn’t they ask Evans is a decent mystery novel. There are plenty of twists and turns and megalomaniac villains to keep the reader hooked.
Moonlight Reader

This was my last Christie and I'm so glad I saved it for the end.
Wafae -강 철-
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ratings: 4 stars!!
Shelved as: none oop'sS
Status: satisfied ^^'

**It was a good read, absolutely enjoyed it!!

**However, it wasn't to the point where i ought to necessarily give it 5 stars!!

**It should be noted that, I loved the characters.. Robert "Bobby" Jones + Lady Frances "Frankie" Derwent = these two were such a good match hehe x

**Anyways, every book i read adds up to me <3

#11thbookthisyear #10thbookonmareadingchallenge #AgathaChristie
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cerita pembunuhannya sendiri kurang menarik,yang membuat menarik,sangat menarik malahan latar belakangnya dan kata kata terakhir korban "mengapa mereka tidak memanggil evans? yang membuat penasaran dan memulai petualangan bobby dan frankie. yang pada akhirnya membawa mereka kembali ke wisma pendeta.good!

Aku sangat suka dengan karakter Lady Frances Derwent aka Frankie yang di gambarkan tante Agatha Christie yang menurut saya agak sempurna,lucu,pemberani,dari keluarga kaya.aku mau lah kalau ada la
Excellent standalone. I listened to this one while working on the 6000 piece puzzle with my MIL and family.
Laura Verret
It really was jolly rotten luck that a man should decide to topple off the cliff at the golf course the very night Bobby Jones had promised to play organ at his father’s evening service. But as the man’s not quite dead, there’s nothing for it but for Bobby to stand guard while his partner of the course rushes off for help. It is then that the man utters five words before quietly dying. The words “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”

It is that question and subsequent odd occurrences that set Bobby and his
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

Mano numylėtinė Agatha Christie. Kiek jos knygų beskaityčiau - man negana. Man tikra mįslė, kaip ji galėjo prigalvoti tiek siužetų, tiek paslapčių, tiek loginių kelių ir tiek klystkelių klaidinančių skaitytojus. Tiek knygų, tiek istorijų ir nė vienos nuobodžios, pasikartojančios. Esu perskaičiusi 32 jos knygas, ir su kiekvienos paskutiniu puslapiu apima dvejopi jausmai. Kartu ir džiaugiuosi savo vidinį skaitytoją praturtinusi nuostabia istorija, ir kar
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا أدري كيف تستطيع أن تضع القاتل في البقعة العمياء .. يحيط بنا ويصنع الأحداث لكننا لا نراه .. لا نراه!

أما عن نسج خيوط الأحداث وخلق المفاجآت تلو المفاجآت، فذاك ما سيجعلني أحزن كثيرًا عندما أُطبِق دفتيّ آخر روايات أجاثا!

كم أعشق الروايات التي لا تستخف بذكاء القارئ!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
De los mejores libros de Agatha. Muy recomendado! 💕
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
2,5*. Reread. Saya agak-agak lupa ceritanya. Dapat separuh buku, rasanya kok males mau lanjut. Tapi sudah punya bukunya, sayang mau di dnf. Eh, ternyata pas baca pertama kali dulu, perasaannya masih sama. Dulu hampir di dnf juga :'(
Hampir DNF-in buku ini. Ide ceritanya oke dan karakternya menarik, terutama Frankie yg lucu. Setelah separuh buku, rasanya membosankan. Tapi pelaku sebenarnya dalam kasus Kabut benar benar diluar dugaan.
Osman Ali

ببساطة لأنهم لا يعرفون من يكون / تكون إفنز :D
تنقلك اجاثا من خيط لآخر ومن مشتبه لآخر حتى إذا ما وصلت للنهاية إكتشفت ان كل افتراضاتك او معظمها خاطئة وهذا ما يسمى بالإبداع.
The Year of Agatha
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner! Full of adventure and fun and keeps you guessing until the very end!
Sara S
يمكنني القول أنه الآن يعد من أفضل ١٠ كتب قرأتها لأجاثا كريستي. كما أنني معجبه جدا بأسولب المترجم في ترجمه رواياتها و أشكره جدا على ذلك. كما يمكنني القول بأنني صرت أعجب من طريقة تفكيري و أنا أقرأ كتبها حتى أصبحت لدي القدرة في معرفة من إقرف الفعل حتى و لو لم كن بكل التفاصيل الممكنة. كم هو ممتع أن تأقرأ كتاب و تبدأ خلايا مخك الرمادية ( كما يقول دوما بوارو ) بالتفكير بالمسحيل ، كما أنه مطلوب منك حل اللغز بدلا عنهم.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
Realno 3.5 ali!
Prijali su mi zapleti i tvistovi al nakraju ispade sve skupa malo prehaoticno i neorganizovano.

Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previously published as "The Boomerang Clue", this stand-alone mystery from 1934 had somehow escaped my notice until recently.

I found this a fun cosy mystery although slightly predictable. I suspect that is because so many authors have copied the gist of Christie's plots over the years! In any case, although I did figure out who the bad guys were fairly early, it was still fun to watch Bobby and Frankie figure it out.
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