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The Boomerang Clue (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 1942

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Readers Are Led On Merry Chase In Light-Hearted Adventure 28 avril 2002
Par Antoinette Klein - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Agatha Christie gives us a pair of her most likeable amateur sleuths in Bobby Jones, the son of a vicar in a small Welsh village, and Lady Frances Derwent, his childhood friend and now companion in crime-solving. The story is frivolous and funny thanks in large part to the wit of Lady Frances, but you will find the usual murder, villains, and high adventure in this melodramatic tale.
While golfing one afternoon, Bobby and the local doctor find a man who has apparently fallen over a cliff. The victim dies, but his last words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?" A verdict of accidental death ensues, but when Bobby is suddenly offered a high-paying job in Argentina and later someone attempts to poison his beer, he begins to suspect that someone wants him out of the way for fear of what he knows. Bobby cannot figure out what he knows, but with the help of Lady Frances he is off on a trail of clues involving a suspicious doctor, a sanitarium for the highly nervous, two beautiful ladies-in-distress, drugs, and murder.
If you like light-hearted mystery with plenty of adventure, you'll enjoy being led on this merry chase with likeable sleuths. It's too bad Agatha Christie chose not to bring Bobby and Frances back in later books. Perhaps, she thought they were too much like Tommy and Tuppence.
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One of my favorite Agatha Christie mystery! 19 septembre 2002
Par Priscilla Stafford - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Though I must say I like and enjoy reading about the stories of Hercule Poirot, probably Agatha Christie's most famous character, I really loved reading about Bobby and Frankie. I read this recently for the first time and now find it one of my favorite Christie stories!
When Bobby Jones discovers the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff, he never dreams how much adventure and danger he will find himself in. For before the man takes his last breathe, he says his last words, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" From then on, Bobby Jones is in terrible danger as more and more strange accidents occur. With the help of a childhood friend, the Lady France Derwent (called Frankie by her friends), they try to uncover the secret and mystery behind the death of the man. But throughout their investigation, they keep coming back to the mysterious question, "Why didn't they ask Evans?"...
Poirot's stories have this general type of flow to it, where you tend to have to use your head more to think out the mystery with the famous 'system of order and method'. The ending will take you completely by surprise and everything comes to place when Poirot 'presents the facts'. In the case of this book, Bobby and Frankie do an large amount of moving about, having adventures one after another, and going undercover. The reader also gets to feel more like he (or she) is participating more since Bobby and Frankie always meet and discuss everything together. Somehow, "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" I actually enjoyed myself a lot in the way Christie changed her style a bit to make it more fun. But I must warn you, there's plenty of surprises throughout the way!
The characters of Bobby and Frankie are also incredibly likable. Bobby seems to be the bit more sensible one of the pair though as the story progresses, we see him coming out more with plenty of ideas and imagination. Frankie seems to be the somewhat opposite of her partner. She is in the beginning your usual 'comes from a rich family' young lady, a bit bored with life and wanting some adventure. But as things get more mysterious and dangerous, she can be very serious while keeping her chin up.
There is also plenty of humor which will keep you smiling throughout the story. Plenty of wit and sarcasm, and of course, plenty of chemistry between the two characters. From the very beginning you know that the two are meant for each so it's fun to see them flirt a bit, yet try to keep their distance. Bobby is so shy and deems himself not in her class, while Frankie just seems to wait for him to say something. The ending is completely satisfactory but I sorely wished there were more books out on Bobby and Frankie. Would have liked to read more about them.
I most guarantee that you'll love this book, check it out if you get a chance! And as I've said, besides Hercule Poirot, there are other Christie characters who are loads of fun and likable! There's Miss Marple, Parker Pyne, Mr. Quin, and others. Also, there is the great duo Tommy and Tuppence. A bit like Bobby and Frankie so I love reading about them in "The Secret Adversary", "Partners in Crime", "N or M?", and "By the Pricking of My Thumbs".
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The 'Accidental' Murders 3 novembre 2000
Par "sipram" - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is one of Christie's delightful books which later came on TV as the popular 'Why didn't they ask Evans?' It features the amateur detectives Bobby and Frankie, the latter known to the world as the most unlikely Lady Francis Derwent. She's the daughter of an earl, and this rather fortunate circumstance gets the lady an entry into houses where the more plebian Bobby can enter only as a chaffeur.
'Why didn't they ask Evans?' A handsome stranger with a photo of a hauntingly beautiful girl in his pocket, falls off a cliffside and dies with these rather mysterious words even as Bobby stands guard over him while his friend goes for help. The woman who turns up as the original of that photo, a heavily made-up, rather coarse woman, makes Bobby wonder at the cruelty of age that can destroy such beauty, till he realises that this is a different woman and that the photo has been changed. Things begin happening soon after that. An attempt on Bobby's life makes the gutsy, thirsting for-excitement Frankie suspicious and together they decide to get to the bottom of this mystery. By staging a mock-accident themselves, Frankie tries to get "a line on" the main culprit only to find herself succumbing to the charm of this young man who soon becomes more of a friend than enemy. When Bobby suddenly comes upon the original of the photograph in the grounds of an asylum, things start getting real warm. Written with the usual Christie elan, The Boomerang Clue has twists and turns on almost every page and keeps you hooked till the perplexing riddle is solved, which is probably not saying very much, since most Christies are unutdownable anyway. A very satisfying read, with more than one murder, and an ambience that threatens many more. Despite the crime and the suspense, the plucky humour of Frankie, though often at Bobby's expense, keeps the novel from getting too dark.
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Excellent surprise 8 avril 2008
Par Karrigan Ambrian - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I picked this book up for 50 cents at a local library sale, simply because it was written by Agatha Christie. Then it sat on the shelf for a few years. I finally decided to read it when I was looking for something short and light...little did I know I'd stumbled into one of those time-traps that runs around disguised as a book.

The characters immediately drew me in. The poor Bobby who still lives at home and is unsure what to do with his life. The rich Lady Frances Derwent, dissatisfied with her privelaged life. The friendship and (extremely) subtle romance between these two characters really appealed to me.

The story itself is well-written, and will certainly leave you guessing until the end. Overall, however, it's not not quite one of those mysteries in which "clues" are scattered throughout the story and the reader can use them to figure out who did it. Instead, we get "clues" in the form of people from the past mentioned off-handedly, whose actions (which of course are impossible for the reader to know) actually played a very important role in the overall "mystery". It would be absolutely impossible for any reader to figure out the meaning behind the phrase, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" before Frankie and Bobby themselves do.

But overall, I thought it was a very entertaining, well-written story. It has its share of red herrings, and it's fun to guess "who did it", even if the only possible way for you to get it right is by chance. I was completely sucked into it.
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An Unlikely But Enjoyable Frolick 4 mai 2002
Par Gary F. Taylor - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Also published under the title THE BOOMERANG CLUE, Agatha Christie's WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? is similar to her Tommy and Tuppence novels, for it offers a "bright young couple" embroiled in an unlikely tale of unexpected murder and constant adventure so smartly paced that one critic subtitled it as "the Merry-Go-Round Mystery."
Bobby Jones and Lady Frances (Frankie to her friends) are not quite as memorable as Tommy and Tuppence, but they make for an engaging pair just the same, and when their suspicions are aroused re a deadly accident the result is a series of masquerades calculated to lead both Bobby and Frankie--as well as the reader--right up the garden path. Although there is less "mystery" more deux ex machina than one normally expects of Christie, the novel is written in high style. Christie was clearly having a great time with this particular novel, and although it cannot be classed with her great classics most readers will find themselves enjoying the ride. Clever, witty, and frolicksome fun. Recommended.
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