Finished audio 2-11-12, rating 4/5, mystery, pub. 1923
Unabridged audio 6 hours. Read by Hugh Fraser.
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are off to France to answer a letter from a man in trouble, but they are too late. Paul Renauld has been murdered and left in a shallow grave. His wife is overwrought and his son is suspect, and what about his supposed mistress and her daughter? There’s no shortage of suspects.
This is Christie’s third book and second with Poirot and narrated by Hastings. Poirot grew on me a bit in this one. I like smart guys and he wasn’t quite the insufferable know-it-all he was in the first (The Mysterious Affair at Styles). This time around he had to outsolve the French Detective Geraud.
Hastings had a love interest and I wasn’t that crazy about his infatuation with the mysterious Cinderella. The only other complaint I will make it about this cover and the title, really. Renauld was found on the border of a golf course, but that is the only connection to golf. Seems a bit misleading to me.
I thought the mystery was good and even though I had my suspicions about certain characters, the truth was so much better! This was a fun audio book with a solid narration.
I read this for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, where I am reading all of her books in order.