- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (October 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0573618003
- ISBN-13: 978-0573618000
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witness for the Prosecution Paperback – October 29, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Agatha Christie wrote these nine stories in the 1930s and 1940s. They are entertaining as long as you don't question their assumptions. They show the culture from over seventy years ago. I found the best story was "Philomel Cottage". They are mostly about murders. Does this meet the reader's concerns?
"Witness for the Prosecution" tells about the murder of an elderly lady who befriended a young man and named him as the sole heir to her fortune. Does he have an alibi for the time of murder? Can this witness be impeached? [This assumes no background investigation of those letters and witness.]
"The Red Signal" is about the validity of a premonition. Uncle Arlington warns his nephew against his love interest. Can he be framed for a murder? Does this involve insanity? Can you trust your instincts?
"The Fourth Man" tells about four men in a train carriage who discuss a woman with multiple personalities. She has a friend who went into show business and died young. Was this story believable? The fourth man comments.
"S.O.S." is about a family living in an isolated house; its raining. A traveler arrives seeking shelter, and is given a bedroom for the night. Who wrote letters in the dust? Will one of the daughters inherit a large fortune? Is the other girl in danger?
"Where There's a Will" starts when Mrs. Harter is warned against worry and excitement. Her nephew suggests a radio set. One day she hears a strange voice from the radio! Is it a message from the spirit world? Who will inherit her fortune?
"The Mystery of the Blue Jar" tells how a young man hears a cry for help. A young woman near by did not hear it. It repeats. What is it? There is a meeting with this blue jar in a cottage. Will this turn out to be a scam to steal valuable property?
"Philomel Cottage" is the home of Mrs. Alix Martin and her new husband. Gerald (a perfect stranger). Alix put up the money to buy this house. She hears disturbing news from the old man that tends the flower beds. Then old newspaper clippings told of an accused murderer. What will happen that night?
"Accident" starts with the retirement of Inspector Evans of the CID. A neighbor was acquitted of poisoning her husband. Mr. Merrowdene took out life insurance recently. Evans joins them for tea. Will he make a misstep? [Believable?]
"The Second Gong" tells how people are summoned for dinner. They hear a noise like a shot. The master of the house did not show up. He is found dead in a locked room, a small pistol in his hand! Hercule Poirot was called to investigate a swindle. Poirot questions the other guests. Then he offers a solution. Was it the obvious suspect?