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Three Act Tragedy – a book review

I am a fan of Agatha Christie’s writing and love her Poirot stories. However, this particular one felt missing the usual mark of her fantastic crime fiction writing. I am not able to put my finger on a thing which is missing, but there’s something which is not quite right about this book.

I read it in a form of Audio book. So for this particular book, the narration done by Hugh Fraser was the thing which kept me going till the end.


Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor’s house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison, just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive.

About the book

Title: Three Act Tragedy
Author: Agatha Christie, Narrator: Hugh Fraser
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Where to Buy

My rating

Story: 2.5/5
Narration: 3.5/5

Overall rating: 3/5

Should you read it?

It’s not bad that you should steer clear from this one. Do read it.

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