Book Review: Dumb Witness

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

Original Copyright Date: 1937

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: B

Dumb Witness starts out like many other classic novels. It’s set in a small village, in one of the old family houses. The story is concerned with the last remaining family member, Emily Arundell, a wealthy woman in her seventies, and her nephew, nieces and a paid companion.

Another key character in the story is Bob, the dog. He’s Emily Arundell’s cute little terrier. He loves to play run-and-catch outdoors, but he also has a favorite indoor game. He takes his ball to the top of the stairs and carefully nudges it till it rolls down the stairs. Then he likes to run down and try to catch it.

Miss Arundell isn’t too fond of her nephew and nieces as she knows they are just interested in her money. Nevertheless, she invites them to her home for the Easter holiday. One night Miss Arundell fell down the stairs in the middle of the night after supposedly stumbling over Bob’s ball. The only problem is, Bob was outdoors all night.

The fall didn’t kill her, but it prompted her to write a letter to Hercule Poirot. Somehow the letter was never posted until a few months later. By that time Emily Arundell was dead. What did she die from? Was it really natural causes?

At this point in the story I was hollering to Agatha Christie: “Don’t bother Hercule Poirot. I can handle this one on my own. But, of course, she brought in Poirot and Hastings anyway. They did serve as good “leg-men” for me. They ferreted out some of the missing facts. However, it took them way too long to suit my taste. Poirot felt like he had to talk at length to every single person who ever knew Emily Arundell.

This is book number 27 of 87 in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.

Check your local library or your local bookstore for copies of this book. Dumb Witness is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

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7 Responses to Book Review: Dumb Witness

  1. Beth F says:

    Well they all can’t be winners, I guess. I wonder if the mystery was easy to solve or if you’ve just gotten to be such a Christie expert.

  2. How funny that you’re now interacting with Agatha! LOL

  3. Beth F says:

    I’m back to welcome you to What’s in a Name 5. So happy to have you join in again.

  4. I love that you were hollering at the author! I probably won’t look for this book.

  5. kaye says:

    Some books just reach out and grab us. You are really working your way through the Agatha Christie books.

  6. Staci says:

    I can see you letting Agatha know that you can solve this crime!!! Stellar review!

  7. Too funny — I am picturing you yelling “don’t bother, I can handle this one….”

    Sometimes Ms C does go a little overboard with interviewing every person who ever knew the victim. This particular book sounds a little sadder than my favorite Christie books, because Emily sounds like an OK person. I always like it best when the person who gets killed deserves it ;>)

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