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Book Review: Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

This time I listened to Dead Man’s Folly as an Audible audio book and read by David Suchet himself in Poirot’s voice that he does so wonderfully.
I have yet to meet a person who dislikes Agatha Christie’s work or who wouldn’t have enjoyed David Suchet’s long career as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

I mean, what can you say about how you write your books? What I mean is, first you’ve got to think of something, and then when you’ve thought of it you’ve got to force yourself to sit down and write it. That’s all.

Quote by Ariadne Oliver. As someone who loves and struggles with writing, gotta love that quote in this story. 🙂

I’m so happy that there are so many more Poirot stories available as audio books, narrated by David Suchet, as the format works really well.

Before the comments about the book, some overall praise for Dame Agatha Christie and David Suchet as Poirot himself. ❤ For someone like me who has read many of the Poirot books over the years, and re-watches all of the tv series regularly, there is a very relaxed feeling to listening to the same stories as audio books. David Suchet as Poirot is something that is familiar to me ever since early childhood, and you could always be certain that you are in for an interesting mystery without too much suspense or violence described or shown. Dame Agatha Christie certainly knew what was good for the little grey cells and David Suchet is the Poirot for me forever.

One of the great things about Poirot stories is that they don’t really get old. Sometimes you remember everything of the plot, sometimes you don’t remember all the details and it doesn’t really matter. It’s familiar, it’s cozy and the magic of Christie’s plot twists works well whether in a classic setting of an English countryside manor or in the middle of London. The themes of love, jealousy, greed, hate etc. are timeless and relatable decade after decade even when the world changes. You can trust the quality that Christie brings as the queen of the genre.

Dead Man’s Folly is one of the many Poirot novels. The setting takes us to Nasse House in Devon where Poirot and Ariadne Oliver get mixed up with a real murder that happens in a murder hunt event. It has very familiar, classic things happening such as the English countryside house as setting and a very significant switching of identities, but I must say that the Dead Man’s Folly has never been one of my favorite Poirot stories even though it has Ariadne as a returning character and I’ve always rather enjoyed her teaming up with Poirot. I’m not sure what it is that didn’t take this story to the heights of my favorites (e.g. Death on the Nile), but I’m inclined to think that Dead Man’s Folly lacks the impact of truly memorable supporting characters, unfortunately. Poirot and Ariadne are always brilliant but the victims/suspects/others also need to have enough character to help lift the story to great heights.

Dead Man’s Folly is good but not excellent and I think that’s why I chose to re-visit this story in an audio book format to give it another chance. But as said, with Dame Agatha Christie even the “just good” stories are still very enjoyable, especially combined with David Suchet, So all in all it was still very enjoyable to listen this book.

Dead Man’s Folly fills the Reading Challenge prompt of:

33. You have seen a movie based on the book

This was one of the last adaptations of Poirot stories for the tv series Agatha Christie’s Poirot with David Suchet and I’ve seen all the episodes countless times. It’s really nice that David Suchet has read Poirot stories as audio books because now I can take Poirot’s voice with me even when I’m commuting or doing house chores. Works splendidly.

What Reading Challenge, check out my post here.


I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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