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The novel is set in Wales and Hampshire. Bobby Jones finds a man dying at his local golf course. A photo he saw in the man's pocket is replaced, as police seek his identity. Bobby and his friend Lady Frances Derwent have adventures as they solve the mystery of the man's last words: "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

Why Didn't They Ask Evans

Bobby Jones is playing golf with Dr Thomas in the Welsh seaside town of Marchbolt. Seeking the golf ball he hit over the cliff edge, he sees a man lying on the rocks below. The doctor says the man is fatally injured and seeks help. Bobby stays with the man, who briefly regains consciousness, says "Why didn't they ask Evans?", and then dies. Bobby finds a photograph of a beautiful woman in the man's coat pocket, but no identification. Roger Bassington-ffrench, a stranger wearing plus fours, offers to stay with the body so Bobby can play the organ at his father's church.

Bobby and Frankie trace the witnesses to the signing of John Savage's will. They are the former cook and gardener of Mr and Mrs Templeton. Mr Templeton is also known as Mr Leo Cayman. The cook says that Gladys, the parlourmaid, was not asked to witness the will, made the night before Savage died. Frankie realises that the cook and gardener did not see Mr Savage before the signing, while the parlourmaid did and would have realised that it was Roger in the "deathbed" who wrote the will and not Mr Savage. The parlourmaid is Gladys Evans, hence the reason for Carstairs' question, "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

Tracing the parlourmaid, they discover she is now the married housekeeper at Bobby's home. Carstairs was trying to find her. Returning to Wales, they find Moira, who claims she is being followed by Roger and has come to them for help. Frankie is not deceived and spoils Moira's attempt to poison their coffee. Moira was Mrs Templeton and is Roger's co-conspirator. Moira then attempts to shoot Frankie and Bobby in the café when she is exposed, but is overpowered and arrested. Several weeks later, Frankie receives a letter from Roger, posted from South America, in which he confesses to murdering Carstairs, murdering his brother, and conspiring in all of Moira's past crimes. Bobby and Frankie realise they are in love and become engaged.

Robert Barnard wrote of the book in 1980 that it was "Lively, with occasional glimpses of a Vile Bodies world, though one short on Waugh's anarchic humour and long on snobbery ('Nobody looks at a chauffeur the way they look at a person')." His critique was that the novel was "Weakened by lack of proper detective: the investigating pair are bumbling amateurs, with more than a touch of Tommy and Tuppence"[9]

Almost a year after The Boomerang Clue appeared in the American magazine Redbook, Collins Crime Club published the complete and unabridged novel as Why didn't they ask Evans? in September 1934. Dodd Mead followed with a US first edition in 1935.

Will Poulter stars as Bobby Jones, a vicar's son and former naval officer who happens upon a dying man at the bottom of a cliff. With his dying breath, the man asks a question - "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Cue a cross-country journey, undercover detective work and a shadowy conspiracy, as Bobby teams up with his old friend Frankie (Lucy Boynton) to discover how the man died and just what his final question alluded to.

If there's one thing this series and Sir Kenneth Branagh's recent Death on the Nile have in common, it's that they both prove where Christie's novels are concerned, the stars will seemingly always come out to play. Here we have a supporting cast of big-name actors including Dame Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse, Conleth Hill and Laurie himself.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? may not be particularly innovative or groundbreaking, but it didn't need to be. Instead it's a well-told story with an all-star cast on top form, gloriously lush costumes, set design and visuals and more than enough twists and turns to keep things engaging. If you're looking for a cosy evening in front of the TV, you could do a lot worse.

I must admit that those re-hashes of all the plot points are one of the things that annoy me about Christie. It's probably a little unfair as she was one of the first to do it and my annoyance is based on the fact lots of other people do it but I can't help but get a bit bugged.I agree though they really did make a mess of this with the recent tele movie.

This is one of my favorite Christies. Oh heck I think they are all my favorites but I really enjoyed this one. I love looking at how the covers have changed over the years. My bookcase is littered mostly with the older editions.

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. With his final breath the man opens his eyes and says, 'Why didn't they ask Evans?' Haunted by these words, Bobby and his vivacious companion, Frankie, set out to solve a mystery that will bring them into mortal danger!

I have never tried Murder on the Orient Express though I do love travels by train, its something that upsets me as you cant travel by train in Brazil they dont do passenger train, so maybe tahts one to stop and read soon.

Agatha Christie is best known for her Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series. But she wrote several other books featuring lesser known protagonists who rate right up there with Poirot and Marple. WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? stars two such characters.Bobby Jones is the fourth son of an English vicar and a young man recently released from the British Armed Services. At home in Marchbolt, Wales, Jones is at loose ends while trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One day while playing golf with the local doctor, Jones stumbles upon the body of a man who's apparently fallen off a cliff. Close to death, the man mumbles: "Why didn't they ask Evans?" before breathing his last. The body is later identified as the brother of Mrs Amelia Cayman of London, and the coroner declares the death to have occurred by accident. After the inquest, Bobby is questioned by Amelia's husband, Leo, but he fails to tell Cayman of the dying man's last words. A week later, Bobby receives a letter from someone he doesn't know offering him a job in South America. He turns down the job, having decided to help out his old friend Badger Beaden at Beaden's London garage. Before he can go to London, though, Bobby is poisoned with morphia (morphine) and almost dies. Lady Frances Derwent is an earl's daughter and Bobby's childhood friend. Frankie, as she's called, allies herself with Bobby in an attempt to figure out who poisoned him. Believing the attempt may be related to the death of the man on the cliff, the pair decides to investigate Roger Bassington-ffrench, a man who'd appeared on the path near the cliff soon after the accident occurred. Roger had stayed with the body, waiting for help to arrive, so that Bobby could get home to play the organ for his father's church service. With the help of a doctor friend, Frankie rigs a car accident near the manor home of Henry and Sylvia Bassington-ffrench, Roger's relatives with whom he's staying. Frankie is taken to the manor house where she soon becomes friendly with Sylvia. Asked to stay after her recovery from the accident, Frankie summons Bobby to appear at the house as her chauffeur. Disguised in his chauffeur costume and a moustache, Bobby learns what he can from the staff and the tradesmen in town while Frankie investigates her hosts. It soon becomes apparent that Henry Bassington-ffrench is addicted to drugs. Frankie and Bobby suspect he's being supplied by Dr Nicholson, a married man who seems attracted to Sylvia and who runs a drug addiction recovery program from his walled estate outside of town. Bobby suspects that Nicholson's wife Moira is another of the doctor's victims and he pledges to save her.Another death complicates the case for Bobby and Frankie. They soon find themselves up to their ears in trouble when Frankie follows the directions in a note ostensibly sent to her by Bobby. All looks lost until the pair is saved by a most unlikely person.Christie presents readers with a light-hearted pair of amateur detectives in Bobby Jones and Frankie Derwent. Frankie typifies the attitude of Britain's young upper-crust society during the early days of World War I, viewing the hunt for the killer as a rather glamorous game much like the war itself. She uses her position as an earl's daughter to gain information that a lower class person, like Bobby, could never get, and she does so with little regard for propriety. Bobby, who's actually rather smitten by Frankie, resents having lost his Navy commission due to poor eyesight. Like Frankie, he's taken by the idea of catching a killer, not really comprehending the danger of the game until late in the story. His relationship with Frankie develops over the course of the story, as does his understanding of his father, who he originally views as dull and over-the-hill in his thinking. Despite their naivete, these two young people are likable and grow on the reader with every passing chapter. Christie, as usual, performs her magic with storytelling by giving the reader plenty of clues interspersed with red herrings. Emilia Fox does her part by bringing all the characters to life via an inspired reading. Recommended for Christie fans.

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. The man opens his eyes and with his last breath says, \"Why didn't they ask Evans?\"

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man. The man opens his eyes and with his last breath says, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" 041b061a72


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