• Murder in the Mews

  • Four Cases of Hercule Poirot
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Nigel Hawthorne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the title work in this collection of novellas, Poirot and Inspector Japp collaborate on the investigation of a suspicious suicide. The supernatural is said to play in the disappearance of top secret military plans in The Incredible Theft—an incredible claim, indeed, as Poirot will prove. The bullet that kills Gervase Chevenix-Gore shatters a mirror in Dead Man's Mirror—just the clue Poirot needs to solve the crime. And, while basking on white Mediterranean sands, Poirot stares trouble in the face—the beautiful face of Valentine Chantry, now celebrating her fifth marriage—in Triangle at Rhodes.

This title was previously published as Dead Man's Mirror.

©1936 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1992 EMI Records trading as music for pleasure ltd

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Keep with it

Nigel Hawthorne is only the reader for the first story ("Murder in the Mews") and it is a good thing. His Poirot is horrible and there were several times during the story that I thought about returning the book because of the reader.

Luckily, Hugh Fraser reads the other three stories in the book and is, as usual, awesome!

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Don't fret over the narration of Nigel Hawthorne!

Hugh Fraser is to the rescue!
For some reason, the description of this title only includes Nigel Hawthorne as the narrator (who would have received one star as a narrator, mainly due to his poor reading of Poirot), but Hawthorne is only the narrator of the first story in this compilation. The wonderfully talented Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings to the fans of the television series) narrates the other three stories. Hoorah for Hastings!

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Four short mysteries from Christie

The first short story in this audio book, Murder in the Mews, is narrated poorly by Nigel Hawthorne. The rest of the stories are wonderfully narrated by Hugh Fraser. Overall, I found them to be enjoyable quick listens.

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Narration is Terrible

I could only listen for 10 minutes and gave up. the narrator couldn't make Inspector Japp- an Englishman- and Hercule Poirot- a Belgian- sound appreciably different. I couldn't tell who was saying what unless the text had "Japp said" or "Poirot said". Stick with Hugh Fraser, he's great.

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Horribly Narated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book is a great book but it is narrated horrible.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Agatha Christie books are classics and timeless.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It ruined the whole book. The narrator only have three voices he can do with very little difference between the three.

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Hawthorne's narration is not a big deal.

Three really engaging mysteries and one OK mystery. Don't let reviews fool you! Highly recommend!

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Awful

The narrator is horrible. Awful in comparison to Hugh Fraser. As for the story, I cannot say. I’m sure it’s good but I could not get through 2 chapters. I really wish I could get a refund, the narrator is that bad

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Forever fan

loved this- so well done and in keeping with the original story! Will listen over and over and always hear something new..

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Fine diversion, but not as good as usual

I am sad to say I didn't enjoy these 4 novellas as much as I usually enjoy Christie, but that was partly because of the narration. Off the bat that disappointed me in Murder in the Mews. And that crime had me fooled for a while, but I was on the right track by the time Poirot explained all. The other stories were a bit better in narration. I half solved the theft of the papers, and the had figured out the method of covering up the murder with the broken mirror, though I didn't peg down the full picture. The final case I did not care for at all, and while I knew at the time it was committed who the poisoner was, I did not at all grasp the grander scheme. They made an easy little diversion from my reading of late though, I think I just prefer Christie's longer mysteries. And I prefer the usual narrators to Mr. Hawthorne.

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another adventure

Where does Murder in the Mews rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one the best due to pace the of the narrative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poiret of course because of the simple way he solves the murder

Which scene was your favorite?

All the stories.

If you could rename Murder in the Mews, what would you call it?

Simply Poiret