Following an otherwise-enjoyable literary luncheon, the celebrated crime novelist Ariadne Oliver is accosted by a particularly formidable woman who engages her in conversation about one of her many god-daughters, whom Ariadne hasn t seen since she was a child. She lands a bombshell with the question "What I want to know is this: did her mother kill her father, or was it the father who killed the mother?" Affronted and bewildered by the assertiveness of this pushy busybody, Ariadne is nevertheless intrigued. There's only one thing for it. She must contact her old friend Hercule Poirot. Together they set about unraveling the mystery of a tragedy from the distant past provoked in equal measure by hate and love. As always, John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot, while Julia McKenzie stars as Ariadne Oliver whom Agatha Christie based on herself.
2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
About the Author
Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976."