The legendary detective saves his best for last as he races to apprehend a five-time killer before the final curtain descends in Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, the last book Agatha Christie published before her death.
The crime-fighting careers of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have come full circle—they are back once again in the rambling country house in which they solved their first murder together.
Both Hercule Poirot and Great Styles have seen better days—but, despite being crippled with arthritis, there is nothing wrong with the great detective and his “little gray cells.” However, when Poirot brands one of the seemingly harmless guests a five-time murderer, some people have their doubts. But Poirot alone knows he must prevent a sixth murder before the curtain falls.
This audio version of Poirot's final case is masterfully narrated by Hugh Fraser, familiar to Christie fans as the actor who played Captain Hastings in the television series, Agatha Christie's Poirot. Now elderly and infirm, the Belgian sleuth and his old friend Captain Hasting find themselves back at Styles Court, the very estate where their great collaboration began many years ago. This time, Poirot must discern the identity of a brilliant serial killer one of the guests at Styles. Fraser provides well-paced, pitch-perfect narration. His Hastings is (obviously) spot-on, and he provides Christie's characters with a range of superb voices: his elderly Poirot is frail and fussy, his Colonel Luttrell is appropriately crusty, and his Mrs. Luttrell is wonderfully sharp and bossy. Fraser offers up enjoyable listening that should not be missed. A Harper paperback.