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Dumb Witness
Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie
Everyone blamed Emily Arundells 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 didnt receive the letter until June 28thby which time Emily was already dead.
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ferskner
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#agathachristieclubR2 friends: I'm so sorry for being so late with this info. My hold for Dumb Witness in May came in super late (like at the end of the month) and I'd hoped to read it quickly to keep us on schedule, but there are too many things going on right now for me to be able to get to it. So I'm hoping y'all are okay with holding off until next month instead. I apologize! I miss having reading time.

Librarybelle No worries from me - I myself am so far behind on reading these! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
ferskner @Librarybelle I'm hoping that me being overwhelmed will help you get caught up ;) 2w
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Librarybelle I think I need many, many months to get caught up 😂 I‘m seriously contemplating starting an Agatha Christie book discussion group at the library so I can catch up with this group! 2w
suvata I have decided to join you guys. A little late but better than never. Dumb Witness coming right up… 2w
ferskner @suvata yay!!!! 2w
bthegood No worries. It's on my list for July - thanks - 🌞 (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks I'm here for the discussion whenever we get to it!! I also really enjoy having a Christie “assignment“ as I've read all of them before so love having some direction for rereads!! 😂 2w
sarahbellum I‘m a few books behind myself. Next up for me is The ABC Murders, so feel free to take all the time you need 🙂 2w
Emu No worries. I‘m way behind anyway. 🙈 2w
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Quiet time at the pool before it gets hot and crowded - perfect for some Sun, exercise, and reading (of course).

EvieBee Looks super inviting! 2w
Soubhiville That seems like the perfect time to be there! 2w
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

It must be challenging to think up so many titles for so many novels. That's the only explanation I can think of for the choice of title for this one as it only barely relates to the story at all. I like the dog, but Hastings kind of gets on my nerves in this one. Poirot seems a little snippy this time, so maybe Hastings is annoying him, too. The whole novel feels a little haphazard, like Christie was feeling weary also. Or I might be projecting.

Avanders This is an outdated term that means you cannot speak… if the witness is the dog, maybe… 🤔 3w
ImperfectCJ @Avanders Yes, I'm familiar with “dumb“ used to mean “mute“, I'm just notorious for giving spoilers that I don't think are spoilers, so I err on the side of cryptic and end up saying nothing of substance. I don't recall the dog witnessing the murder, though, which is why I think the title doesn't make a lot of sense (and which is what I was afraid might be a spoiler). (edited) 3w
Avanders Lol ahhhh sorry - I can understand that! 😁 And interesting re the dog! You‘re so right… I was just trying to come up with *some* reason for that title! 😂 (your review made me lol and stop and think 😜) 3w
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An interesting twist on Poirot's normal murder investigations - he receives a letter from a woman asking for his help but not until after she has died of 'natural causes'. He is not impressed and decides to investigate for murder despite Hastings' confused protests lol
#roaringwolf animal @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
This was also my May #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Roary47 Nice! I‘ll get to this one day. 😊💛 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Another queen‘s mystery completed. It was my April #bookspin choice. I enjoyed this audio narration. Poirot investigates this murder mystery where most of the suspects are family members. But it is not unpredictable. Still it is a good read. I wish Bob ( the dog) should have been included prominently in the story, as it appears in the title. 3.5🌟#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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LeahBergen
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Everyone blamed Bob, the terrier, for leaving his ball on the stairs but … was someone trying to kill her?

#JohnnyBergen, the terrier, chose my next read. And I think he‘s trying to tell me something.

Leftcoastzen 😂🐶 2mo
MaureenMc 😲😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads Make sure Johnny puts away his toys. 🤣 2mo
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CarolynM 😆🐶 2mo
Suet624 How exactly did the selection process take place? Inquiring minds want to know. 2mo
ManyWordsLater I love this one!! 2mo
Ruthiella I approve of Johnny Bergen‘s taste! 😆👍 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraJean No need to read anything into his selection. Yet. Only if he starts leaving his ball lying around in precarious places. 😆 2mo
batsy 😆😆🕵🏾‍♀️ 2mo
Cathythoughts You better be on the ball ! ( 😬sorry for very corny joke 🤣 (edited) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 Oh Johnny! This is a good read though. 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 2mo
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galueth28
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This is another one of my favourite misteries, and my favourite Poirot and Hastings pairing. I really liked how the victims personality shapes Poirot's investigation.

It also features the best sidekick, Bob, the dog 😍💖

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TheAromaofBooks
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Finished this Christie last night. It's not my favorite, but it's a solid mystery. I love the premise of Poirot taking on a case from someone who has already died. Christie is a comfort author for me, so I really enjoyed the mental break of reading one of hers!!

4thhouseontheleft Christie is a comfort read for me too. 5mo
Nessavamusic Nice job! 5mo
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Cinfhen I just read a re-imagined book about the disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 @TheAromaofBooks It was good 5mo
Lizpixie Dame Agatha is my go-to comfort read as well #christiecrimeclub (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - I saw your review for that one!! It looks interesting! Have you ever read Christie's autobiography? She doesn't talk about that disappearance, but she just ramble on about her life and such and it's great fun. 5mo
shanaqui I totally reach for Golden Age crime fic for comfort reading too -- Christie's one of the best, but most of the stuff in the British Library Crime Classics series works for me. 5mo
Cinfhen never read her bio, I bet it‘s great!! There was a fictionalized story that I read about her, which was also GREAT 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Well I didn't achieve my goals for #JoyousJanuary, but we did get the tile set around the bathtub alcove, so I am still counting this weekend as a win!! And since I picked out the tile, unwrapped the packages, and helped clean up the mortar, I'm labeling this a “we“ did it project, even if my husband did all the complicated bits 😂

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 - I did finish The Eight & get halfway through the tagged book!!

TheAromaofBooks WAIT A MINUTE! I just realized this is the week-long readathon instead of the weekend! I'm still going! I'm going to hit those goals AND have a tiled bathroom! LOL 😂 5mo
5feet.of.fury There‘s still time! The tiling looks great! 5mo
Laughterhp Oo looks good! I love the floor and tiling! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks great!! 5mo
wanderinglynn Your bathroom looks great! 😍 5mo
JenReadsAlot That looks great! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! Tile work is intense. 5mo
BookishBelle Wow! 😍 5mo
eeclayton Beautiful! BTW whenever my husband does something around the house and I stand next to him watching, I later refer to that as a "we" activity ? 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @5feet.of.fury @Laughterhp @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @wanderinglynn @JenReadsAlot @Leftcoastze @BookishBelle @eeclayton - Thank you!!! We've been working on a complete renovation of the bathroom/laundry/main closet for a year, which is a challenge when you only have one bathroom & have to keep everything in it functioning even while working on all the new stuff!!! Things are finally starting to come together, though!!! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton - SAME 😂 We've been doing projects on this house since we moved in, and even though I've done my share of, like, painting, Tom has done all the heavy lifting. But whenever I'm showing someone around, my use of “we“ is QUITE generous! 😆 5mo
marleed It‘s beautiful! 5mo
Andrew65 Looking great 😍 5mo
UwannaPublishme Looking great! And I‘m sure you earned a lot of credit to say “we” did it! 😆 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I forgot to post my #weeklyforecast yesterday!! Books on the right are the chapter-a-day reads, all of which I am enjoying. I started the tagged book yesterday. I'm planning to read The Fire next. Hopefully I won't be working as much this week and it will not take me as long to read as the first book did!! Not pictured in my windowsill of January "assignments" are two backlog Kindle books I want to read for 22Booksin22 - one of those may be next⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) after The Fire. The good news is that I'm still really excited about all of these books - I just can't read fast enough!!!

We also got about 5“ of snow last night!!! It's so pretty and I don't have to go anywhere today!!! ❄

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Cinfhen Yay!! A snow day ☃️enjoy 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Yes!! And it's still coming down!!! I love it!! 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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#WeekendReading - I finally finished The Eight!! Now I'm going to read a faster-paced Christie before picking up the sequel. My chapter-a-day reads are still tooling along quite well. Should finish Pinocchio soon. My husband is way inspired to work on our neverending bathroom remodel this weekend, so not sure how much reading I will get done today!! However, we're supposed to get a small pile of snow this evening, so tomorrow should be a cozy day.

Andrew65 Can‘t go wrong with Agatha! 5mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘ve been doing a lot of Halloween and scary reading and I just needed a break. Already used up all my Hoopla October borrows. Reading Agatha Christie is like drinking a warm cup of tea, so comforting. I know it doesn‘t get me a ton of points for #Scarathlon2021, oh well.

Now I‘m all caught up on reviews!

#TeamHendrix +6pts
#Screamathon
#LittensListen
#OctoberBookBingo
#LittensDressedinBlood
#SpookoweenReadathon
#Wickedathon

Ruthiella Bob the dog! My favorite character from that particular title. 8mo
Laughterhp @Ruthiella Yes! Loved Bob the dog! 8mo
Laughterhp *** I did say out loud to myself “ugh Hastings” as I started listening to this one. He wasn‘t too bad in this one. 8mo
TheSpineView Love Bob! ❤🐕🧡📖🖤🎃🧡 8mo
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Jaimelire
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Pickpick

Love all Agatha Christie books, so it‘s no surprise I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Poirot solves another mystery and keeps me amused once again! Now I will watch this episode of the tv show.

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Scochrane26
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Positives about this one—I loved the dog, Bob. I always find Hastings funny, so it‘s good that he‘s in this one. The mystery was interesting, & all the suspects had some unlikeable qualities.
Negatives—Christie sets up the prejudice against Greeks early on amongst the characters, & they‘re annoying in the frequency of their prejudiced statements. Obv, it‘s of the time but part of their unlikeable qualities.

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Mehso-so

I love Poirot novels but this one, for me, was not Chirstie‘s best work. I found the pace too steady and there were too few twists and turns. There are much better Poirot tales out there.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Dumb Witness (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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Such a good one - and this may have been a first read for me. I really enjoyed it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean I really loved the dog in this one. 😊 2y
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Magslhalliday
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Straightforward Poirot. Last book grabbed from the library in the days leading up to the lockdown. I like Christie for the ease of style.

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rwmg
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After falling downstairs, an elderly woman writes to Poirot requesting his help. By the time he gets the letter, she has died having disinherited her family and leaving everything to her companion. Was it murder?

OK mystery, but I could have done without the thoughts of Bob the dog.

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We passed a very pleasant evening, though I made the slight mistake of taking Poirot to a crook play. ... Poirot never ceased to complain of faulty psychology, and the hero detective‘s lack of order and method nearly drove him demented. We parted that night with Poirot still explaining how the whole business might have been laid bare in the first half of the first act.

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Rahagan
Dumb Witness (Poirot) | Agatha Christie

A dog is a great promoter of friendly intercourse

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Rachbb3
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Pickpick

Another great Poirot mystery. 😊

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Tamatha
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Weekend reading! ❤️😊

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MeganAnnabell
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Slowly working my way through all the Poirot books. I didn‘t enjoy this one as much as the others but I was not expecting the ending! #agathachristie

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bobregina
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My cute and cozy cat 🐱 Tarly, I just love watching her sleep! About the cozy book... not Christie‘s best mystery, but entertaining still, just love her fast writing 👑🐶

Sehdcce So cozy and adorable!😊 5y
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🕵️👵🐩🇬🇧

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emtobiasz
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Next on my Agatha Christie binge read, this one features a dog who may or may not have caused a tragic accident by leaving his ball out at the top of the stairs 🎾 Gosh, I can't think of anyone else who might do that, can you?

LeahBergen I think I detect a bit of murderous intent in those eyes. 😂😂 5y
GondorGirl @LeahBergen Yes, quite murderous. 😂😂 5y
emtobiasz @GondorGirl @LeahBergen To be fair, this yellow ball is one of those food-dispensing ones, and beagles are known to be, um, "food-motivated" ? 5y
blondie I wouldn't have even been mad. 😂 That face 💚 5y
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bobregina
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Cozy mystery next 🕵️🐾 #herculepoirot #agathachristie

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skyeharmony
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Enjoyable, lots of possible suspects, and Bob the dog was an adorable part of the story.

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DarcysBookBlog
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This is one of my favorite Christie books, especially as it features Bob the Dog 🐶 I think my favorite thing about it is that Poirot has to solve a murder after receiving a letter from the victim, and having to prove that it was murder.

#maidensofmurder

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"The dog hunts rabbits. Hercule Poirot hunts murderers."

#maidensofmurder

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DarcysBookBlog
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Found a vintage copy I already owned of Dumb Witness. Poirot Loses a Client was its original title.

#vintageagathas #maidensofmurder

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elkeOriginal
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The last of my crazy Christie buying spree in June arrived. The 2 that are larger trim sizes slightly annoy me (I clearly made assumptions. 😣) but these all sound good. Need more time to read ALL the books!
#christiecrimeclub #agathachristieclub #agathachristie #murdermostfoul

MayJasper Why would they print two larger? Annoying 5y
brennahawleycraig They're all so good!! 5y
emilyhaldi Love these covers! 5y
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Kalalalatja Why is it so difficult for publishers to keep books the same size?? 🙄 5y
Jess_Read_This 🙌🏼😍❤️❤️❤️Love these!!! Every cover is so pretty. 5y
HKGirl 😍😍😍 The nice thing about Christie is that they're fast reads! 5y
Jaimelire 😍 I'm jealous. 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Love the covers, but oh, annoying sizes! 5y
LeahBergen Oooo!! 5y
Sarah83 I'm still wondering, that some covers are the same in English and German edition and some are so different 🤔 5y
emmaturi All fantastic covers! 5y
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jhod
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Was a bit worried when i got "book with a dog on the cover" this week on #chutesandladderdreadingchallenge. Luckily Agatha came up trumps!

CocoReads I've not heard of this challenge! 5y
jhod @CocoReads From @JenP 's blog - they've just kicked off a new one #marchmadness2017 It was my first ever challenge and now i'm in for life! 5y
CocoReads @jhod I love challenges! I'd been away from them for awhile but I'm back on them this year--it's hard to not do all of them though! 5y
JenP That would have been a tough category for me too! 5y
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Lizpixie
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Another marvelous Dame Agatha book, though the parts where it's the dog speaking are a bit strange. I'm slowly working my way through her entire catalogue and on the whole, I'm enjoying reading favourites again & finally getting to some others I've never read before. When Emily Arundell falls down the stairs, people assume it was the dog leaving his ball for her to trip over. But Emily is not so sure & calls in Poirot to investigate her family.

Lizpixie Litsy peeps, meet Mr Darcy, snowhunk. 6y
minkyb That is the BEST name! 6y
Lizpixie @minkyb with such gorgeous eyes, he couldn't be anything else👀 6y
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minkyb @Lizpixie 👁👀😜 6y
EvieBee This is one of my favorite of her novels. The other is... 6y
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LauraBrook
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Finished this one last night after I crawled into bed. Different from the TV adaptation, and I think I liked it better. In this story, Ms Emily Arundell does under what seem to be normal circumstances. But when Poirot receives a letter from the deceased two months after she died, & he investigates anyway, just like his client wanted. Crazy family and multiple plot points ensue. Plus, Bob the dog is such a charmer, who couldn't love him?

LiteraryinLawrence I remember this one! Definitely a good one! 6y
rabbitprincess Yes, Bob was adorable! 6y
LauraBrook @LiteraryinLititz @rabbitprincess It was a good one. Bob is so cute! 6y
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Exia
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Love it when people make snarky comebacks when someone compares their love to R&J.