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Monday, January 17, 2011

Appointment with Death - Mystery - Alternate Format, Audiobook

Title: Appointment with Death
Author: Agatha Christie    
Production/Bibliographic Information (will vary by type of medium): OverDrive WMA Audiobook. Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Text copyright 1938; Production copyright 2001 Harper Collins Publishers Limited, London; Length: 5 hours, 53 minutes, 56 seconds.     
Directed/ Performed by: read by Hugh Fraser
Part of a Series: This is part of a series of Agatha Christie novels featuring Hercule Poirot. There are different readers for other books.

Book tie-in: This is not the original format. It was first published as a novel in 1938.

Subject Heading(s):
Dysfunctional families
Holy Land
Hercule Poirot
Murder investigations

Plot Summary: Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective, is on vacation in the Holy Land when a fellow tourist is killed. He investigates the death even though no one is upset to see the woman gone. Many people have motive and Hercule Poirot must use his ‘little grey cells’ to determine the murderer.

Appeal: This has an intricate plot. It is a cozy mystery. It is read by a British actor who played the role of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. It is downloadable to iPods, MP3 players which support DRM-protected WMA content and it is also playable on a PC.  It is separated into 5 parts so it is easier to keep track of where the listener left off.

Features: There are no special features.

Prizes or Awards: none

Similar Works: Any other Agatha Christie novel (some possibilities The ABC Murders, Five Little Pigs, Death on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express or Death in the Clouds) (same style of writing, actors from the tv series reading them (Hugh Fraser-Captain Hastings and David Suchet-Poirot), cozy mysteries)  (recommended by the reviewer)

Reviewer’s Name: Erin Bedford

 Appointment With Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection)

Form adapted from Fiction Annotation Form in Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd.  Chicago: ALA, 1997.

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