Book Review: Dumb Witness
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
Original Copyright Date: 1937
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.
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