The Witness for the Prosecution

May 14, 2017 - Comment

When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered

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When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls on Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood.

During the trial, Ms. French’s housekeeper, Janet, gives damning evidence against Vole, and, as Romaine’s cross-examination begins, her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains, will justice prevail?

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Laura Shea says:

Agatha Christie Classic This is an Agatha Christie classic. I’ve seen the movie before and had read dozens of Agatha Christie books when I was a kid, but I’d never had the opportunity to read this story. It’s clever and entertaining, and if you’re not familiar with the movie, I think you’d enjoy it all the more. It’s a quick read, can be finished in one sitting, and is a stand-alone story that doesn’t feature Christie’s most famous detectives, so you need not be familiar with any of the characters. For the price,…

Stephanie De Pue says:

Illuminating, Worth a Read if You’re Curious, Not a Necessity The Witness for the Prosecution Kindle Edition,1920, by Agatha Christie. This is the original classic 1920 short story that is the basis of several of the most famous mysteries/thrillers attributed to Agatha Christie, British mystery author, bestselling novelist worldwide of all time. The iconic short story is only 20 pages long; then it was fleshed out as a clever theatrical play penned by Christie herself that enjoyed long runs on both sides of the Atlantic; then it was further a hit…

S.G. Mitchell says:

LESS is BEST with WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION This is not really a book. It is a short story. That makes it very fast. It finishes so it’s “developed”–the basic turn is there. It is both predictable and suspenseful depending on whether you have ever heard the story or book or several versions of The Witness for the Prosecution. I bought the “book” to see if I could find the first time the idea was published. I disliked the most recent version on TV. “Disliked” is probably mild. I thought it was pretty terrible,…

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