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Book Review: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

dumb witnessTitle: Dumb Witness
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Date: 2002 (1937)
Genre: Crime / Mystery
Summary: 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.


I don’t really have much to say about this one! This review was originally much longer but I realised that I was rambling for no reason whatsoever so I cut a lot of it.

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Dumb Witness is another Hercule Poirot, the 15th I’ve read in the last few years, and I enjoyed it a lot!

The plot of this book was pretty clever as it revolved around a feuding family, terrible people, and a good dog called Bob. Poirot recieves a letter from Emily Arundell who thinks that she has been the victim of attempted murder but by the time Poirot sees the letter, Emily Arundell has already died in an accident. But when her will reveals that it is Miss Minnie Lawson, her companion, rather than her family that will inherit her house and vast fortune, Poirot begins to suspect that not is all as it seems and (somewhat) sneakily investigates her murder. I really thought I had the mystey all figured out, and I suppose I did at one point, but Christie successfully diverted my eyes away from the killer with a series of thoughtful red herrings, tricky twists, and other distracting plot points. 

I really enjoyed the setting because the book moved wonderfully between a village in Berkshire and London – the countryside and the soul-sucking, money-hungry city. I found the contrast between them rather pleasing because it served to highlight the differences between the different branches of the family. Plus, I always enjoy it when Poirot travels.

As always, my favourite characters were the women in the novel. The book revolved around Emily Arundell, Theresa Arundell, Bella Tanios, and Minnie Lawson, although Charles Arundell made himself known too in a rather flamboyant way, and they all wonderfully written. Oh, I did forget to mention the star of the book: Bob the dog! Honestly, Bob is the best character that Christie ever created and I love him.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would! It’s a very fun book with some excellent characters.

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