Today, I'll be discussing Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness (previously published as Poirot Loses a Client.)
Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #16) by Agatha Christie
A wealthy, elderly spinster has fallen ill in her country home, and weeks earlier, she'd had a nasty fall down the stairs. Everyone blamed the accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her beloved terrier. But the more Mrs. Arundell thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th, she wrote a letter to Hercule Poirot with her suspicions. Mysteriously, he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th, by which time, his client was already dead.
Dumb Witness, the 16th book in the Hercule Poirot series, is an enjoyable and delightful classic, detective mystery. Once again, Christie manages to create and develop an enticing storyline, a fascinating set of characters, and an ending that's thrilling and difficult to uncover.
This novel features Christie's absorbing literary skills, superb word choice, and a common yet intriguing plot.
In addition to the bewitching premise, Dumb Witness' cast is striking. Highlighting a family motivated by wealth and greed while revealing the unique and admired skills of Poirot and Hastings, it's easy to understand why this Christie mystery is adored. Although there are other Poirot novels that are sure to be more suspense-filled and captivating, this novel is a good read nonetheless.
Dumb Witness is a story of deception, family betrayal, and the lengths people go to get what they want.
If you're a fan of character-based novels and are looking to read a classic mystery, Dumb Witness may be a great pick for you.
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