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Lord Edgware Dies 05 September 2021

1992 audio adaptation of Christie's 1933 mystery, in five 30-minute episodes. Lord Edgware has been denying his actress wife a divorce; she's been talking about killing him; and then he's murdered, and his staff say they saw her enter the house. But she has a perfect alibi…

This is a decent story, largely London-bound, and with a succession of suspects, some of whom die before they can be picked up. Indeed, there's something of a paucity of revealed evidence until the last moments, and perhaps a bit too much reliance on things other than Poirot's investigative competence.

Unfortunately modern actors (even thirty years ago) mostly couldn't manage a genuinely upper-class voice, and they come over at worst as deliberate parody; at best, as the sort of businessman who wants to appear upper-class.

Apart from that the production works quite well; perhaps there are a few similar voices too many, and some Christie adaptations reduce the cast, but this series normally tries to be pretty faithful to the published story so that's a fair editorial call.

Disposable, which I suppose one could say the story itself is, but also enjoyable.

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