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Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie – Book review

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Dumb Witness Book Cover Dumb Witness
Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie
Accidents / Murder mystery
HarperCollins
January 1, 2002
Paperback
411
Bought from flora fountain, Mumbai

An elderly spinster has been poisoned in her country home...Everyone blamed Emily'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...

Introduction:

There would be many mystery writers but none of them come close to Agatha Christe, We have already read and reviewed ‘And then there were none’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ & ‘The ABC Murders’. I wanted to grab this book for a long time as the title and blurb are really intriguing. So, when I find this book at Flora fountain I purchased it in no time. This is the Book 16 of Hercule Poirot series.

Plot summary:

Emily Arundell is an unmarried old lady above the age of 70. She has inherited huge wealth from her ancestors. On the day of Easter, her relatives come to meet her. Miss Arundell who often roams in the night tripped on something and fall from the staircase. Everyone blamed Bob, Emily’s dog who has a habit of leaving his ball on the staircase.

Though they all blamed Bob’s ball for this incident, Emily’s sharp mind gives her a clear picture that someone is trying to kill her. At that time, she wrote two letters; one to her lawyer and other to the private detective Hercule Poirot.

But the pity is that the letter reached to Poirot after the two months and now Miss Arundell is dead. All the property is transferred to Miss Lawson, Emily’s companion. Emily’s place Littlegreen House is now put for the sale. Poirot feels something is fishy in everything and decides to dig further into it.

As usual Captain Hasting is with Poirot, they communicate every member of the family and every possible fact which can give them some hint.

Everyone claim it’s a natural death, but Poirot’s theory suggests it’s a murder. Will they able to find the killer? If yes then who is it? How will they prove it? Read this book to know further.

Writing style:

The story is generally told from the point of view of Captain Hasting. The author has used an easy language and smooth flow of narration making you read this book in pace.

My perception:

This book is amazing; I love the suspense and plot. The Poirot’s way of detecting is something very interesting to read, which you want to read more and more.  Another thing which makes this book worthy to read is the characters and their development. This book is must read as it will show you the different mindset of humans. Though you can speculate the murderer you can’t know it until the end.

Murder mystery lovers, do not miss this book!

Grab a copy of this book from here, 

Until next time, Keep reading 🙂 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

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