Dumb Witness (a.k.a. Poirot Loses a Client) (Hercule Poirot Series)

Dumb Witness (a.k.a. Poirot Loses a Client) (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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In Agatha Christie’s Dumb Witness, Hercule Poirot investigates the very suspicious death of an elderly spinster who, fearing the very worst, had written to the great detective prior to her demise.

Everyone blamed Emily Arundell’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.…

On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously, he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th…by which time Emily was already dead.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073754
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 128,172
Product dimensions: 7.82(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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“Agatha Christie’s ability to devise intricate plots, coupled with her understanding of human nature—at its best and worst—have made her tales timeless.”

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Dumb Witness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dumb Witness is (probably) the first Agatha Christie book I've ever read and certainly one of the best. It taught me a lot about the character Hastings (who is now one of my favorite protagonists of all time) and sucked me into the marvellous world of Poirot and murder mysteries in general. It's brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was outstanding! i couldn't put it down! i love how it unfolds in such an interesting fashion. the dog, bob, plays a big role in this novel! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Agatha Christie novel that I had ever read. As I began to read, I realized that I couldn't put the book down. This novel got me hooked on Agatha Christie's books and on the mystery genre in general. If you ever get the chance, read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A rich old woman writes to Poirot claiming that someone was trying to kill her, the part of the letter that made Poirot intrested was the date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poirot receives a letter from an old, well off lady who says that someone is trying to kill her.One attempt has as already been made but it fails. Unfortunatly the same can not be said for the second attempt and the lady is dead before Poirot can even talk to her. The suspects are members of her family who all needed money but the only witness to this crime is the old lady's dog Bob.He ,of course, can not speak but can he in his own way show Poirot the killer?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly could not put this book down! Itis a little long, but who cares? It lasts longer. The dog,Bob, plays a significant role in this novel.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dumb Witness is vintage Christie. The deceased is an elderly woman whose family is attentive to her not from affection but because of the wealth she controls. Her nieces and nephew all have financial needs that would be greatly eased by their hoped-for inheritance. Her paid companion is overworked and under-appreciated, and might welcome the release from drudgery that would occur with her employer's death. The unusual twist in this case is that Hercule Poirot receives a letter from the woman requesting his services, but the letter arrives several weeks after her apparently natural death. Did one of her relatives or household staff do something to hurry her much-anticipated death? Poirot is on the case.I had read the book before, and this time I listened to the audio version read by Hugh Fraser, who plays Hastings on the British television series. I liked the book when I first read it, and liked it even more hearing Fraser's interpretation. Hastings is the book's first-person narrator, so it seemed right to hear Fraser's voice speaking the words. His pace is perfect, as are the character voices. Especially the dog, Bob, who plays an important role in the book. If you're a mystery fan who loves dogs, this is one to listen to rather than read.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first stories Christie wrote where Poirot solves a murder in restrospect. In this case he receives a letter some two months after Emily Arundell has died, of natural causes. But Poirot is unsatisfied, eventually proving that she was murdered. Wonderful.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hercule Poirot answers a letter from a potential client, only to discover that the woman died two months ago.I know I'm in the minority here, but this is one of my favourite Christies. I found it absolutely delightful. The mystery itself is unconventional; Poirot must determine whether or not a seemingly natural death was, in fact, a murder. The cast is large and diverse; absolutely everyone is interesting. The ending is sensible, yet I didn't see it coming. I got a big kick out of it.I must confess, though, that I wouldn't have liked this book nearly so much had it not been for Bob, the deceased's terrier. Dame Agatha was very much a dog person, and it really shows here. Her portrayal of Bob is spot on; I especially liked the dialogue Hastings attributed to him. I'm sure other dog lovers will find just as entertaining as I did.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a Poirot fan, so I enjoyed this mystery as I expected. The little dog in the story is precious and adds a new element to the plot. I don't remember an animal being featured this way in another Christie book. While I was reading, I kept thinking that the plot reminded me of another Christie book but couldn't remember which one. I thought I had guessed the killer but I was wrong. Which makes me like it more!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In which Poirot investigates the death of a woman when he gets a letter from her after her death. Interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poirot and Hastings ride again! Once again, Christie's understanding of human nature makes for a great mystery. Also, it's good to see the changes in the friendship between Poirot and Hastings; changes, brought about due to time, maturity, and all the other factors that affect a friendship. While still amazed at Poirot's abilities, Hastings is less awestruck, so to speak. Time and maturity now allow him to, respectfully, sometimes tease Poirot re: his methods and his mustaches. Humor, be it subtle, dry, or obvious, is almost always a part of Christie's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one if the best hercule poirot mysterys!
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MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Poirot Agatha Christie does it again. She has completely outwitted me again. Still didn't guess whom the murderer was until it was revealed..
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Agatha Christie is one of the geniuses of the 20th century. Her works are incredible. Not only are they welll-written, but they are so captivating and ingenius! This one started slow and seemed different than most of her works because foul play seemed so ludicrous at first. But, the stor quickly picks up and the possibility of foul play seems more relatiable. Overall, it was a fantastic, quick read that is sure to make you use your "litte gray bran cells," as Hercule Poirot says. The ending will shock you yet you will feel satisfied in its simple reasoning.
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MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book. Ending hits you like a land mine.
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