I don’t need an excuse to read or listen to Agatha; she’s one of my favs!
Stats: Audio book is 5 discs, 6′ 4″, print book is 196 pages. First published in 1955, audio book done in 2006
Normally, a mere outbreak of petty thefts in a youth hostel wouldn’t be enough to interest the great detective Hercule Poirot. However, the warden of the hostel is sister to Poirot’s secretary Miss Lemon, and concern for her sister is interfering with Miss Lemon’s typing abilities. Poirot finds himself with an intriguing puzzle on his hands, and before long, murder increases the mystery. The fastidious Belgian sleuth is brought to life by the voice of veteran British actor Hugh Fraser.
What I liked: I like the ending. It wasn’t typical. Leave it to Agatha to turn the “normal” mystery ending on it’s head. I won’t tell you how she did it and spoil it. Besides not being able to figure out who-done-it, it had some interesting characters – particularly the owner of the hostel. The narrator, Hugh Fraser, does a bang up job with all the characters and makes them seem very real and very distinct as people. It also plays into my dream of owning such an establishment.
What I didn’t like: The only thing I can say is, listening to it, it was hard to keep all the students – thus all the potential murders – straight, but it was a minor annoyance.