There are many very good crime thriller writers, both past and present, but none of them can remotely challenge Dame Agatha Christie’s work in either popularity or sales. Although she died more than 35 years ago, her stories and main characters live on in the digital age, and none more so than the immaculately dressed Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. Now, these audiobooks on CD and in MP3 downloadable format bring her darkly twisted tales to a whole new generation of fans.
Cards on the Table has a macabre edge to the tale, which features the rather dark and almost satanic figure of Shaitana, a rich foreign collector of art who invites Poirot and seven other guests to a dinner party at his lavish home. During the meal, Shaitana discusses murders where the culprits got away with their crimes and this topic makes some guests behave nervously. This is followed by a seemingly harmless game of bridge where things suddenly come to a head with an unwitnessed murder. Four of the group, including Poirot, are sleuths of one kind or another and they tackle the puzzle together.
First published in book form in 1936 and subsequently adapted for television by ITV, this intriguing BBC Radio 4 CD audiobook has John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot; a role first captured brilliantly by David Suchet on TV. However, Moffatt brings his own unique interpretation to the legendary Belgian sleuth, and the result is a gripping story in a modern format that is a must-have for any audiobook collection.