Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

Dumb Witness

Hercule Poirot #16

Agatha Christie

fiction Crime Mystery
mysterious fast-paced

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An elderly spinster has been poisoned in her country home. Everyone blamed Emily’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her. On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously he didn’t receive the letter until June 28th… by which time Emily was already dead.

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mysterious 87%
adventurous 25%
funny 25%
relaxing 25%
tense 25%
dark 12%
emotional 12%
lighthearted 12%


fast 50%
medium 37%
slow 12%

Strong character development?

No: 57% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 14% | Yes: 14%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 12% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | N/A: 12%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

No: 57% | It's complicated: 14% | N/A: 14% | Yes: 14%

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