Peril at End House (BBC Radio Collection) (Compact Disc)
Hercule Poirot and his good friend Captain Hastings are enjoying a well-deserved break on the Cornish Riviera. Wandering along the terrace of the Hotel Majestic on the first morning of their stay, Poirot literally falls at the feet of a pretty, dark-haired girl and, much to Hastings' delight, insists that she join them for a cocktail. The girl is Nick Buckley, last in a long line of Buckleys to live at End House, an isolated old place perched on the end of a rocky outcrop. As she chats to them, Poirot's ears prick up Nick mentions that she has had several near-fatal accidents in the past few days. First the brakes on her car failed, then as she was going down to the beach to bathe, a boulder came crashing downhill, just missing her. To Poirot, that is more than coincidence. And when Nick jerks away from a passing bee that turns out to be a bullet, he knows there is work ahead for his little brain cells. The perpetrator of these "accidents" may well be endlessly inventive and diabolically clever, but is he or she a match for the meticulous M. Poirot? This full-cast dramatization of Agatha Christie's absorbing mystery stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, with Simon Williams, Gemma Saunders, and Suzanna Hamilton.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 15 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."