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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Ordeal By Innocence - Hugh Fraser, Agatha Christie

bookshelves: published-1958, play-dramatisation, radio-4, spring-2014, mystery-thriller, families, fraudio, britain-england, classic

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from March 14 to April 02, 2014


Along with Crooked House, Ordeal by Innocence was Agatha Christie's favourite of her own works. It is easy to see why. Eschewing the traditional detective format, it takes an original idea - how the innocent suffer more than the guilty when a crime goes unsolved - and explores it to the full within a family where everyone has a motive and means to have done it.

Episode 1: Doctor Calgary comes to visit the Argyle family with good news, or so he thinks. He tells the family he is there to clear the name of Jacko, who was convicted of the murder of his mother. But his news is not greeted with the enthusiasm he expects.

Episode 2: Dr. Calgary joins forces with Inspector Huish to try to find out the truth about Rachel Argyle's murder. But the family is still resisting his investigation.

Episode 3: Now Philip has been found dead, most of the family members now believe that Dr. Calgary was right when he said that their late mother's killer is still amongst them and everyone is on their guard.

Whoa - adopted children take some demonizing here and wonder what happened to the collective psyche after Dickens urged us all to be kind. That said, this was a fab psychological suspense and I can see that Highsmith must have enjoyed Christie.