Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders
Hercule Poirot takes center stage in this deftly-plotted thriller by the Queen of Crime fiction, Agatha Christie. When the murder of Alice Ascher of Andover is swiftly followed by the murder of Miss Bernard in Bexhill and Mr Clarke in Churston, Poirot immediately spots a pattern. However, this case is about to take on a more personal aspect for the detective, as the killer taunts him with messages just before he is about to strike again. Can Poirot work out the killer’s identity or who his next target will be, before any more blood is spilt?
Poirot is put in the safe hands of Hugh Fraser, who excels in painting the tiny details of each character we meet and creates a living tapestry against which Christie sets the gruesome deeds. What sets this apart from other Poirot mysteries is the way in which our hero decides to pit himself against the mysterious serial killer. Fraser brilliantly conveys the frustration and obsession of a man who refuses to be outwitted – possibly at the expense of his sleuthing abilities.
Fraser may be familiar to listeners, often playing Hastings in other audio adaptations of the Poirot stories. In this, however, he acts as the narrator and is given free reign to lend his impressive vocal talents to a host of characters, including Poirot himself.