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Sad Cypress: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama
     

Sad Cypress: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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by Agatha Christie, June Whitfield (Narrated by), Full Full Cast (Narrated by)
 

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Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy. Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor's, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for

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Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are the model English couple, perfect companions set for a life of ease when they inherit Aunt Laura's considerable fortune. But a poison pen letter begins a chain of events which is to end in tragedy. Convinced that Mary Gerrard, a childhood playmate of Elinor's, is attempting to ingratiate herself with her aunt for financial gain, the pair travel to the family home to investigate. They find no evidence, but Roddy falls desperately in love with the beautiful Mary, little realizing that beneath Elinor's restrained and unemotional exterior lies an almost obsessive passion for him. Elinor obeys her aunt's deathbed wish despite her heartbreak, and gives Mary a large bequest from the estate. But when Mary is found poisoned, the evidence against Elinor is damning. It's up to Hercule Poirot to find out if the case is as simple as it seems.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 15 mins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563524441
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Series:
Hercule Poirot Radio Drama Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Sad Cypress 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. It's a quick read. The solution is nothing short of surprising. However the only bad point was that the final denouement was NOT presented by Poirot himself, but someone else entirely. Poirot still figures out the solution but someone else reveals it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha christie displays her ingenuity yet again.A different sort of book with a totally unexpected ending.The plot is flawless and the ending really baffles you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Sad Cypress' is often referred to as one of the most outstanding of Christie's classic titles. To my mind, that's a bit like trying to say which flawless diamond shines the brightest. Nonetheless, this absorbing story is set in an English country house. As for Hercule Poirot - who else but David Suchet? He is acclaimed by many as the quintessential Poirot. Those who have seen his PBS performances will readily agree. His voice treatment of this tale brings to vivid reality all the nuances and eccentricities of the characters involved. 'Sad Cypress' presents Elinor Carlisle as a woman blessed with beauty and brains reinforced by wealth - she also finds herself on trial for murder. She stands accused of killing her rival, Mary Gerrard, by poison. Poirot is the only one who believes in her innocence. He needs to prove she is not guilty or Elinor will be hung. As with other Christie mysteries clues are liberally sprinkled throughout the tale. What fun to try to find them!
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Swooped down
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Lays down real sad
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glauver More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie set her mystery up quite cleverly. Of course, Hercule Poirot arrived on the scene and came up with a totally implausible solution. If you can accept that someone who had been living in the local village under an alias could just waltz in and claim an inheritance by revealing their true identity, good for you. I can't buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought could trust foxes she whispered went back to the auk slowly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seven watched him go sadly. [Perf timing Mom. Not! T~T]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gawd. o.e
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He listens to her, each word making him feel even more guilty. After she finishes, all he says is, "sorry," before getting to his paws and padding off. He wasn't going back to camp, he was going somewhere else... (Gah. Read Rand's post at BC. Bbt.)
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quidite More than 1 year ago
Elinor Carlisle, recently jilted by her fiancé, is strangely indifferent to the charge of poisoning the new object of his infatuation, Mary Gerrard. Having motive and means, Elinor's considered as good as hung by everyone in the village, with two notable exceptions: local doctor Peter Lord, himself in love with Elinor, and the famous detective Hercule Poirot, solicited by Lord to save her life. Poirot is a delightful character (though he doesn't feature here as much as I would have liked). Christie, not one for elaborate description, is quite good at revealing character through dialogue. Elinor is portrayed as a complicated-and, often, unlikeable-character, and I appreciated that. (I only wish Christie had applied a little more gray to Mary Gerrard, who comes off as very nearly angelic.) Some readers may find the plot a bit too contrived, as I did. I was also annoyed that an important clue is withheld from the reader for too long.