The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories

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Overview

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to audio.Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories is a collection of eleven tantalizing tales of murder and other criminal pursuits—including the classic title story, basis for the 1957 Oscar-nominated Billy Wilder film starring Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, and Charles Laughton.In the title story, a murder trial takes a diabolical turn when the wife of the accused takes the stand. A woman’s sixth sense—and a loaded revolver—signal premonitions of doom … A stranded motorist seeks refuge in a remote mansion and is greeted with a dire warning … Detective Hercule Poirot faces his greatest challenge when his services are enlisted—by the victim—in a bizarre locked-room murder. From the stunning title story to the rarest gems in detective fiction, these eleven tales of baffling crime and brilliant deduction showcase Agatha Christie at her dazzling best.Included in this collection are:The Witness for the ProsecutionThe Red SignalThe Fourth ManS.O.S.WirelessThe Mystery of the Blue jarSing a Song of SixpenceMr. Eastwood’s AdventurePhilomel CottageAccidentThe Second Gong

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504765572
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

Hugh Fraser is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare.

Christopher Lee is the author and editor of over twenty books and has written more than fifty radio dramas for BBC Radio 4, including The
House and Colvil and Soames. Lee was the first Quartercentary Fellow in Contemporary History at
Emmanuel College, Cambridge. While holding this post he researched the historical origins of post–World War II foreign and military policy making.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

What People are Saying About This

Mary Jane Clark

“From the unforgettable Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, two crime solvers who rival the near-peerless Sherlock Holmes, to the post-climactic jolts of And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie is in a class by herself.”

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The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am always a bit disappointed when Christie puts a supernatural element in her short stories. I prefer the mystery to be explained by human cunning or cleverness. Several of these stories have a hint of the supernatural. Most of them do not. What a writer she is, though - all of them were very compelling reading!
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful discovery of a volume of short mysteries, only one of which was familiar to me¿the title story which was the basis for a famous play. Except for the last story, featuring Hercule Poirot, these were tales about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and were nicel surprises for me.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
if you read a lot of Christie beware as this is essentially the stories from "The Hound of Death" repacked...
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the short story anthologies. This was the third one I read this summer. Included are the following:The Witness for the Prosecution, the story from which the title comes from. This is a story where the crime is what it seems but the people are not.The Fourth Man was a very unusual story, one I had to give a great deal of thought to. It was not one of the regular mysteries with a cut and dried solution at the end. You are asked to suspend your disbelief and consider if souls can switch bodies.S.O.S. is another one of the people switching mysteries Christie is so good at.Where There's a Will is a very clever story of a nephew who attempts to speed up the receiving of his inheritance through some wicked means and of course gets exactly what he deserves.The Mystery of the Blue jar was a favorite. In this story super natural elements are used to set up a con job.Sing a Song of sixpence was one of the "closed door" type of mysteries where one of the people present has to be the murderer. The man who was brought in to solve the mystery was an acquaintance of one of the suspects. They had a May December type romance. I don't know if it was acceptable in Christie's time but not too many people today would be down with a seventeen year old having sexual relations with an old man. It came off very strange when he was waxing on how attractive he found teenagers. The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl was another con type mystery evocative of The Blue Jar. Philomel Cottage was another favorite. In it a woman may end up a victim of her new husband or is it the other way around.Accident was another story that didn't play out the way you thought it would. You think the victim is going to be one person and it ends up being someone else.The final story is a Hercule Poirot one, The Second Gong. Poirot is called to an estate to do an investigation and if you know Poirot he always gets his man.This was enjoyable collection of short stories from the master of mystery. This is a highly recommended read.
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This is a good book that keeps you in suspence throughout the whole thing. The ending is especailly intersting, the whole book leads you to believe something that is not. If you like to be suprised, this is the book for you.