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All of that said, the short story is very clever with a real twist NOT a spoiler as lot of Christie's books contain twists , which was also in the TV adaptation. Nov 20, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Agatha Christie never disappoints, even in her short stories, as evident from this amazing short tale, The Witness for the Prosecution.
In the murder of a wealthy older lady comes forth a shocking and surprising turn of events, and it's the powerful characters who bring everything to life vividly.
It's difficult to write reviews on short stories without spoilers, but I will say that this story is definitely a compelling mystery and a fast read for anyone who loves short tales of suspense. With b Agatha Christie never disappoints, even in her short stories, as evident from this amazing short tale, The Witness for the Prosecution.
With beautiful language and careful words, Christie takes a strange tale of crime and corruption and gives it an extra splash of eerie charm. Aug 15, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh, that Agatha Christie is one clever, clever girl! Loved it as usual.
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View 2 comments. I have read some of her stories, but had made the decision not to read all of her Poirot short stories in addition to her novels.
I like the novels better. It was also adapted for a film directed by Billy Wilder, starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton, which I have seen a couple times and love and will see again soon. Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy older woman. The wife of the accuses, Romaine, takes the stand in his defense. If I think the novels go on too long, I think this story could have been a bit less reported, more enacted, with a bit more actual dialogue, but when you do get dialogue it is very good.
And then, I, racing Christie, committed, this time, to outsmarting her, fall short of the finish line once again, and again, three or four times outsmarted in this story! Oh, go ahead, smartie! I challenge you to anticipate what she is going to do to twist your brain inside and out.
Oh, I am sure you are [not] smarter than that old stuffy lady mystery writer! Listen to it yourself it will take only 27 minutes here: Oh, and without the goofy Belgian Poirot, the tone is so different here, with Mr. Mayhew as the solicitor of the accused. It was kind of refreshing not to have Poirot in this one. And horror actor Lee as the reader: View all 6 comments. Jan 06, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dang it! I've been duped again!
A man accused of murdering an old woman for her money must rely upon his wife to set him free. Seems simple enough until it's discovered that the wife is not so reliable. This is one of those stories that plays well with modern readers with its twists aplenty. Highly recommended for all, especially mystery lovers looking for a quick fix! Long ago, as this is a very old book, this was made into a Billy Wilder film and remains one of my favorites to this day.
The Witness for the Prosecution: A Short Story by Agatha Christie
It has a jaw-dropping ending, and hopefully no one has spoiled it for any of you who haven't seen it yet. I found this short available as a 52 minute audio book and couldn't resist it. The ending still puts me in awe of Agatha Christie's mind. C Long ago, as this is a very old book, this was made into a Billy Wilder film and remains one of my favorites to this day.
Hitchcock lovers also should love it, as he often has been incorrectly identified as the director. It has a definite Hitchcockian darkness to it. A legal expert could probably find some facts to niggle about, but then that would ruin the fun. The film is available on youtube and probably as a free ebook pdf, but I haven't verified the quality of either. The audio book was excellent. View all 9 comments.
Oct 26, Piyangie rated it really liked it Shelves: The Witness for the Prosecution is an interesting murder-mystery short story written by queen of mystery. Truly her gift of creativity is incredible. This short story unfolds in the manner of a prosecution for murder. The solicitor for the defense is the key figure who collects evidence to prove the innocence of his client.
Amidst the damaging evidence by the victim's made and the wife of the accused, he believes in his innocence. However the end, although favourable to the solicitor, leaves him The Witness for the Prosecution is an interesting murder-mystery short story written by queen of mystery.
However the end, although favourable to the solicitor, leaves him completely stunned and so are the readers! The plot twist of the story left me quite stupefied. Seriously, I never saw that coming and didn't even hazarded a guess as to its probability. The story although short was powerfully written and well executed without betraying the mystery till the end.
A genius piece of work by Agatha Christie. I enjoyed it very much. It is easy to see why this had the makings for the big stage and Hollywood, as it relies heavily on moments of suspense and tension, a slow build up to the resolution as we await the verdict in court. As far as the story, it involves a man, Leonard Vole, who comes to an attorney after being charged with the murder of an elderly woman, Emily French.
As the case seems to build against Vole, the lawyer begins to call in alibis and evidence that will clear his defendant.
The story builds up to the trial, but things get a little off the track when an unexpected witness turns up.
The aforementioned film is also superb. View all 4 comments.
Witness for the Prosecution: A Play in Three Acts
Jan 01, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: I think it's one of my reading resolutions this year that I will be able to brag that I figured out an AC mystery before the big reveal.
However, it won't be today! In this stand alone short story, a young man stands accused of killing an older woman and his lawyer truly believes in his innocence. I won't say anymore except that the score so far is AC 3 versus Me 0. View 1 comment. Oct 01, Sue K H rated it really liked it Shelves: Accidentally read November's classics group short story for Oct. I liked this. I'm surprised this take on a witness hasn't been used more in literature and film.
Feb 26, Paul E. This was my first Agatha Christie story not including television adaptations and I really, really enjoyed it. I've been meaning to read some Christie for years and, now I've finally got around to it, I wish I hadn't waited so long! I'll definitely be reading some more soon. Nov 19, Paula W rated it it was amazing. This was fantastic! I have never read a Christie book, but I might do so now.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. Witness for the Prosecution: A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman.
When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect. The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife.
After the man is freed, it is revealed that mystery woman is actually the wife. She discredited and perjured herself because she felt that direct testimony on her husband's behalf would not have been sufficient to free him.
When he turns his back on his wife and goes off with another woman, we realize that he was the murderer. He does not get away it, for there is one turn of plot remaining. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 29th by Samuel French Trade first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Witness for the Prosecution , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Witness for the Prosecution. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 13, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: Agatha Christie is the queen of crime for a reason and she does not disappoint here, giving her audience her usual twists and multi-layered case.
Witness for the Prosecution is the November short story read in the group catching up on classics. I am not sure if the group is reading this play or a short story of the same name, but my library had the dramatic version. One can tell that a writer is truly gifted when s he can branch out into multiple genres, and Christie is no exception.
Readi Agatha Christie is the queen of crime for a reason and she does not disappoint here, giving her audience her usual twists and multi-layered case. Reading this short crime thriller made me realize how much I enjoy reading Christie's mysteries in between tougher books, and I hope to return to her many times in the upcoming year. View all 4 comments. May 25, Subhojit rated it it was amazing.
And I thought she created predictable storylines. Take a bow m'lady. You are indeed the Queen of Crime! May 08, Priyadarshini rated it it was amazing. Get ready to experience an insurmountable urge to finish the book in one read.