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Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  18,641 ratings  ·  1,038 reviews
Bobby Jones discovers the crumpled body of a dying man who’s last words are Why didn’t they ask Evans? Haunted by these words, Bobby sets out to solve a mystery that brings him into mortal danger.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published 2001 by HarperCollins (first published September 1934)
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willaful If you've read any of her other early books, it's pretty similar. Her style and talent improved over the years, but you can still see flashes of who s…moreIf you've read any of her other early books, it's pretty similar. Her style and talent improved over the years, but you can still see flashes of who she would become. I don't think there's any reason to believe it's not Christie's own work. (less)
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Kylie D
This was a most welcome re-read for me. It's been many years since I last read it and I'd forgotten most of the plot, so it was like a new book!

We have a young man, Bobby, who, while playing golf, comes across a seriously injured man who has fallen from a cliff. As his golfing partner goes for help the injured man briefly regains consciousness and says "Why didn't they ask Evans?" and then dies. Bobby dismisses the comment as nonsense, but sinister things start to happen when he mentions this to
Ahmad Sharabiani
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Agatha Christie

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in September 1934.

Bobby Jones is playing golf with Dr Thomas in the Welsh seaside town of Marchbolt. Seeking the golf ball he hit over the cliff edge, he sees a man lying below.

The doctor says the man is fatally injured and seeks help. Bobby Jones is playing golf with Dr Thomas in the Welsh seaside town of Marchbolt. Seeking the golf ball he hit over the clif
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I always find the Christie thrillers to never really connect with me, that probably explains why I’d initially skipped this one when working through her cannon.

My favourite part of the story was probably the introduction to the mystery itself.
Bobby Jones and his friend Dr Thomas are playing golf in a Welsh seaside resort, only for Bobby to slice his ball over a cliff edge.
Down below he spots a dying man who utters the final words ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’

Whilst surviving an attempt of poisoni
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Agatha Christie. Not her best work, but still a damn good mystery.
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
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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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Simona B
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it


I adore how the villain of this piece is the only one, as far as my knowledge of the Christie corpus goes, who does not get his due in terms of poetic justice. And I do not mean this in a Murder-on-the-Orient-Express way; I mean it in an Arsène-Lupin way. Like he is too cunning and lovable to get caught. I still missed the presence of one of Christie's classic detectives (which doesn't always happens to me when reading her standalone, for want of a better descriptor, novels), bu
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Ratings: 4 stars!!
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Status: satisfied ^^'

It was a good read, absolutely enjoyed it! 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

Every book I read adds up to me.

#11thbookthisyear #10thbookonmareadingchallenge #AgathaChristie
Christine PNW
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was my last Christie and I'm so glad I saved it for the end.
Bobby Jones is playing golf when he finds a man in a chasm on the course, near death. Just before he dies he says "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Bobby and his friend, Lady Frances, take it upon themselves to find out what caused him to fall and who Evans was.

I saw this mystery on TV with the inclusion of Miss Marple. What a mess that production was - though with many famous actors in it. I had to read the book to find out what Agatha Christie actually wrote. And I liked it! Her older novels are my
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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent standalone. I listened to this one while working on the 6000 piece puzzle with my MIL and family.
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a fine offering from a legendary author.

Bobby is playing a round of golf with the village doctor when, while looking for an errant golf ball of Bobby's, they find an unconscious man on the rocks below. While the doctor goes for help (ah those long lost days of no mobile phones), Bobby sits with the man. Suddenly the man opens his eyes and says, very clearly "Why didn't they ask Evans?" it is the last thing he ever says and it plunges Bobby and his childhood friend Lady Francis into an
Nov 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow I read a book and absorbed nothing no matter how hard I tried to focus
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Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical, crime
After reading this, my only conclusion is that Mrs Christie's brain is too much for me to handle.

→3.75 stars
Eustacia Tan
Compared to the previous Christie book I read (which was, I think, The Hollows), this was a disappointment.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans is not a Poirot or Miss Marple book, but instead stars Bobby Jones (fourth son of the vicar) and Frankie (Frankie's the daughter of the earl) as they try to solve the mystery behind the death that Bobby comes across while playing golf. The two friends hatch plots and investigate suspects, with the twists and turns meaning that the truth is always just out of grasp
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.
The Year of Agatha
A real page turner! Full of adventure and fun and keeps you guessing until the very end!
I had a weekend where I read nothing apart from Christie novels I hadn't read and this was one of them. The opening part with two golfers finding a body and then him uttering the words ' why didnt they ask Evans' is soo mysterious! The man guarding the body then asks a passing stranger to stay with the man as he has to go. But there are words whispered and a photo in the pocket....

A cracking premise from the off but the rest gets a little over complex I felt. It was a gripping mystery however ev
Bobby got up and came towards the man. Before he got there the other spoke. His voice was not weak -it came out clear and resonant.
"Why didn't they ask Evans?" he said.
And then a queer little shudder passed over him, the eyelids dropped, the jaw fell...
The man was dead.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I'd forgotten that Agatha Christie wrote a lot of stand-alone novels that had neither Miss Marple nor Hercule Poirot. This mystery was so British 1930s charming that I thoroughly enjoyed it; it's not brilliant but is darned good.
The audiobook narrator got on my nerves which lead me to not enjoy this one as much :\
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