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Publisher's Summary

Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is summoned to France after receiving a distressing letter with a urgent cry for help. Upon his arrival in Merlinville-sur-Mer, the investigator finds the man who penned the letter, the South American millionaire Monsieur Renauld, stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly dug open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. Meanwhile the millionaire's wife is found bound and gagged in her room. Apparently, it seems that Renauld and his wife were victims of a failed break-in, resulting in Renauld's kidnapping and death.

There's no lack of suspects: his wife, whose dagger served as the weapon; his embittered son, who would have killed for independence; and his mistress, who refused to be ignored - and each felt deserving of the dead man's fortune. The police think they've found the cumprit. But Poirot has his doubts. Why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse....

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Excellent!

This is one of the best audio book presentations that I have experienced. Richard Armitage does a remarkable job.

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Great reading of a Christie/Poirot mystery

The plot of this audiobook is as twisted as any of Christie's mysteries but the capable and entertaining performance by Richard Armitage helps the listener navigate the tale. His lively chameleon voice expertly renders the myriad characters, many of whom are French, and there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, a real bonus.

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For Those Who Like That Kind of Fiction

"Here is a remarkably good detective story,” wrote the New York Times in 1923, when this book first appeared. Of course, that was back when Literature was Literature and detective stories were not, so The Murder on the Links could only be recommended to, "those who like that kind of fiction."

I do, especially this one with its shoals of red herrings, an arrogant Surete detective, an equally arrogant Belgian detective, a spot-on portrayal of male friendship and, ultimately, a logical (if one were paying attention) resolution. Admittedly, I miss Hugh Fraser, but Richard Armitage does a fine job; his caveat at the beginning, professing a difficulty creating a range of different French voices, was belied by his work at the mic.

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Fantastic book

This was incredible. The story is an intriguing one, and I enjoyed it as I enjoy all Agatha Christie mysteries, but the performance really made it for me. Richard Armitage is a brilliant narrator in general, but his ability to capture so many varying French accents in this story was amazing. It really took me into the story. I hope he does more of these Hercule Poirot mysteries. Really enjoyed this one.

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Well Done!

Timeless story with plenty of twists and turns to keep any modern listener/reader waiting for the next shoe to drop. Also brilliantly narrated.

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A Beautiful Performance

Agatha Christie fans will absolutely enjoy this reading of Murder on the Links by Richard Armitage. His nuanced performance and gentle portrayal of the great detective will endear all Hercule Poirot devotees.

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Armitage does a wonderful job!!

I am a die-hard Agatha Christa fan and own most of the audiobooks of her works that exist. I absolutely love John Moffat and David Suchet as Poirot--they embody Poirot for me. So when I saw this new version narrated by Armitage, I have to admit, I only decided to listen to it because it was Richard Armitage and I was curious. I was dreading how much I would hate anyone else trying to imitate Poirot. For the first few minutes all I could picture in my mind was "North and South" (which I love!) when I heard Armitage's voice. But in a very short amount of time, all of that was forgotten as I became thoroughly entrenched in this marvelous story, and all the amazing voices and accents! I truly forgot who was narrating, he did such an incredible job of making up voices for each person. I was truly sorry when this audiobook came to end and I look forward to listening to more often ! Bravo!!

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Poirot Does It Again

The second book in the Poirot series was as entertaining as the first. He is a renowned detective with many eccentricities (and possibly a little OCD), who can solve a case with the smallest clues. A wonderful mystery set in France with twist and turns everywhere. I look forward to more of this series.

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Poirot solves the case... again

The prolific Agatha Christie builds the Poirot canon; this is the second of her books using the little Belgian,
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Richard Armitage gave a great performance

classic Christie story supported by a great performer who brings Poirot and Hastings to life

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