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The Witness for the Prosecution1920s London A murder brutal and bloodthirsty has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse The victim is the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French All the evidence points to Leonard Vole a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life At least this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet Mackenzie stands by in court Leonard however is adamant that his partner the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine can prove his innocenceAnd Other Stories The Red Signal The Fourth Man SOS Where There's a Will The Mystery of the Blue Jar Sing a Song of Sixpence The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl Philomel Cottage Accident The Second Gong


10 thoughts on “The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories

  1. says:

    The Witness for the Prosecution alone deserves a thousand stars Absolutely brilliant one of the best short stories I've ever read of any genre I also loved The Fourth Man a little atypical and utterly creepy as it is and Philomel Cottage which made me happy with its references to the Bluebeard legend and One Thousand and One Nights But also Wireless and The Red Signal in short I just found two or three stories just below average Christie's average which is not the same as that of the rest of the world but the collection in general is stellar And I said the title story is a little masterpiece


  2. says:

    I picked up this book from my shelves to read only one of the stories Witness for the Prosecution I consider this one of the best of the Christie short stories and it doesn't even contain any of the regulars Poirot Marple Quin et al And it was made into an equally excellent film with some additional characters and a slightly different ending but did not veer from the final solutionA young man is accused of murdering a rich elderly woman with whom he has formed a relationship and the cards are stacked against him But his barrister and the reader has strong feelings that he is innocent and starts digging for clues that will support his alibi There is a lot of information packed into this little story which will take you about 30 minutes to read but it is a masterpiece that may keep you guessing until the famous final line This is a true little gem from the grande dame of mystery writers


  3. says:

    The Witness For The Prosecution 55 Accident 55 The Fourth Man 35 The Mystery of the Blue Jar 45 Mr Eastwood's Adventure 355 Philomel Cottage 55 The Red Signal 455 The Second Dong 35 Sing a Song of Sixpence 35 SOS 45 Wireless 355 Poirot and the Regatta Mystery 45


  4. says:

    Catching up with the classics


  5. says:

    The title story is one of Dame Agatha's best the twist at the end is absolutely breathtaking In the famous play based on this story she added another twist so that she would not have to deceive the viewers about the characters read the story first then read or watch the play You will understand and salute her masteryPhilomel Cottage was one story I really loved I wonder why Hitchcock did not make a movie out of it It's a masterpiece in suspense Accident is also a chilling vignetteWireless is a classic black comedy where the villain gets his comeuppance in a really humorous way and no that's not a spoiler The Mystery of the Blue Jar and Mr Eastwood's Adventure are tales cast in the same mould The astute reader will guess the mystery easily but enjoyable all the sameI don't remember much of the others There were a couple with a touch of the supernatural which I didn't particularly enjoy


  6. says:

    All in all I liked most of the stories in this collection The story starring Poirot was the weakest in my opinion Witness for the Prosecution 5 stars A lawyer is trying to keep his client from the gallows The man says his wife can prove that he was home at the time an elderly women was murdered The wife seems feel of spite for some reason A mysterious witness swears she can prove the man's innocence The ending will knock your socks offThe Red Signal 5 stars A dinner party leaves a man with the horrible feeling that something horrible is about to happen The Fourth Man 4 stars I did like that the story revolved around a man who knew the backstory to a famed woman with multiple personalities I still don't really understand though the how behind some of this No spoilers Still a very good short storySOS 35 stars This one was so confusing I had to read it through twice to just make out what was going on A man stays at a cottage with a family and finds that someone wrote SOS in dust in a nightstand in the bedroom he is staying in Wireless 35 stars A tale about greed that ends on a surprising note I really did like the ending to this one since it reminds me of a type of ending that the show Tales from the Crypt would have doneThe Mystery of the Blue Jar 3 stars I thought the main character in this one was not that smart The ending proved it It felt a bit rushed to me too since once again I thought it was way too much set up for something that may not have worked out in the end So what would have been the back up plan?Sing a Song of Sixpence 4 stars Honestly the ending cracked me up A retired attorney is called upon by a young woman he made love to to help out figuring out who murdered her aunt The lawyer in question spends a good deal of time talking about how she's not as attractive as she was when she was young The reveal to who did the crime was interesting I just laughed at the ending to thisThe Mystery of the Spanish Shawl 3 stars A man receives a phone call telling him he has to go and save a woman's life I once again question the main character's intelligence Even I realized something weird was going on Philomel Cottage 5 stars A newly wed woman is starting to get harbingers of death that revolve around an older love and her new husband I loved the ending to this one I also found an online link to this story if you care to read it Accident 5 stars This one had a really surprising ending I enjoyed it a lot It's about an ex inspector who spies a woman who he believes to be a murderer Everything that connects this woman shows that she seems to know some very unlucky people who keep having accidents By the end of the story you found out the truth The Second Gong 3 stars A locked room mystery starring Hercule Poirot Ehh Sorry I was definitely not feeling this one at all A weak ending which I thought was an above average short story collection


  7. says:

    A group of short stories copyrighted by the Queen of Mystery between 1924 1948 The title story is a classic and the rest are very good If you like short stories and mysteries you will enjoy these


  8. says:

    Nice set of short mysteries by the Mistress of Mysteries Agatha Christie The narration was great especially the ones done by the indomitable Christopher Lee yes that Christopher Lee For the most part I was not able to solve the crimes though in my defense I was driving while listening so my mind was a bit divided The stories were long enough to develop the characters and set up interesting mysteries or twists but no so long as to make me lose the thread of the story They were one and all unique stories with a wide range of crimes motives and types of characters It was also pretty interesting to get a peak into the lifestyle and culture of the early to mid 20th century they really liked mediums and spiritualists it seemed If you are looking for a good set of mysteries for a road trip or commute you could do worse than this collection but I am not sure you could do much better


  9. says:

    Here are twelve short stories some featuring good old Poirot from the dependable Agatha Christie I have read some of them before including Witness For The Prosecution which I still find a very overrated story Many of the tales found in this collection have a nice lightness of touch and feature Christie's usual devilish sense of humour


  10. says:

    Quite a fun collection but not quite at the level I have come to expect from Christie There are some very clever stories though and 'The Witness For The Prosecution' was wonderful