Narrator: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot #8
Published by HarperAudio on July 3, 2012 (first published 1932)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Length: 5 hrs 46 mins
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Hercule Poirot is vacationing on the Cornish coast when he meets Nick Buckly. Nick is the young and reckless mistress of End House, an imposing structure perched on the rocky cliffs of St. Loo.
Poirot has taken a particular interest in the young woman who has recently narrowly escaped a series of life-threatening accidents. Something tells the Belgian sleuth that these so-called accidents are more than just mere coincidences or a spate of bad luck. It seems all too clear to him that someone is trying to do away with poor Nick, but who? And, what is the motive? In his quest for answers, Poirot must delve into the dark history of End House. The deeper he gets into his investigation, the more certain he is that the killer will soon strike again. And, this time, Nick may not escape with her life.
Peril at End House is classic Poirot. Lovely Nick doesn’t know her life is in danger until Poirot helpfully points out that her near-accidents were probably not coincidence. But why would any of her friends want her dead? She’s not rich, she’s not mean. Poirot is determined to keep her safe, but that’s easier said than done, especially when another woman is killed, mistaken for Nick.
This was a fun little mystery. The denouement was a good one, a bit unusual for a Poirot mystery. I mean, there was the typical gathering of all the players, but the excuse he uses to bring them together is a good one. The killer doesn’t see the trap he has set at all. (S)he thinks (s)he has everyone fooled. (S)he doesn’t, of course, and there are plenty of clues sprinkled through the book – I just missed them.