Agatha Christie: The Capture of Cerberus and The Incident of the Dog’s Ball
If you’re unfamiliar with the above titles, that’s probably because they are a recent addition to the formidable Christie canon. The Capture of Cerberus and The Incident of the Dog’s Ball were only discovered in 2004, buried amongst the 73 notebooks that Christie kept at her family home in Devon. They were subsequently published in archivist John Curran’s book about the Queen of Crime.
The honors are given to David Suchet to present this audio adaptation. His masterly skills at narration and fleshing out incidental characters play second fiddle only to his definitive rendition of Poirot himself. Written just before the Second World War, The Capture of Cerberus is prime historical stuff, conveying Poirot’s sense of dread as war approaches. Trying to take his mind off the gathering storm in Europe he holidays in Geneva, only to get involved in an investigation that leads him to a Nazi dictator and an enormous dog…
Christie’s other ‘lost tale’ features a terrier as one of the central characters. Poirot receives a letter two months late and discovers that the sender has died. When he finds that the will has been altered, he suspects foul play and the key to the mystery may lie with the deceased’s beloved dog.
Both tales are classic Christie, and a must for fans new and old.