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Agatha Christie
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

To Christopher Mallock
in memory of Hinds

First Published

Collins, London, Sep. 1934
Dodd Mead, New York, 1935 as "The Boomerang Clue"
Redbook Magazine, Nov. 1933 as 'The Boomerang Clue'


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge od 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.


1. The Accident
2. Concerning Fathers
3. A Railway Journey
4. The Inquest
5. Mr and Mrs Cayman
6. End of a Picnic
7. An Escape from Death
8. Riddle of a Photograph
9. Concerning Mr Bassington-ffrench
10. Preparations for an Accident
11. THe Accident Happens
12. In the Enemy's Camp
13. Alan Carstairs
14. Dr Nicholson
15. A Discovery
16. Bobby Becomes a Solicitor
17. Mrs Rivington Talks
18. The Girl of the Photograph
19. A Council of Three
20. Council of Two
21. Roger Answers a Question
22. Another Victim
23. Moira Disappears
24. On the Track of the Caymans
25. Mr Spragge Talks
26. Nocturnal Adventure
27. 'My Brother was Murdered'
28. At the Eleventh Hour
29. Badger's Story
30. Escape
31. Frankie Asks a Question
32. Evans
33. Sensation in the Orient Café
34. Letter from America
35. News from the Vicarage


Robert "Bobby" Jones, Lady Frances (Frankie) Derwent, Dr. George Arbuthnot, Henry Bassington-ffrench, Roger Bassington-ffrench, Sylvia Bassington-ffrench, Tommy Bassington-ffrench, Badger Beadon, Alan Carstairs, Amelia Cayman, Leo Cayman, Reverend Thomas Jones, Lord Marchington, Dr. Nicholson, Moira Nicholson, Gladys Roberts, Frederick Spragge, Inspector Williams

Movie & TV

Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, 1980 (UK/TV)
director John Howard Davies, Tony Wharmby
writer Pat Sandys
cast Francesca Annis(Lady Frances Derwent), James Warwick(Bobby Jones), John Gielgud(Reverend Jones), James Warwick(Bobby Jones), Leigh Lawson, Joan Hickson
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, 2008
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 4
writer Patrick Barlow
cast Julia McKenzie(MISS MARPLE), Natalie Dormer(Moria Nicholson), Hannah Murray, Sean Biggerstaff(Bobby Attfield), Rik Mayall(Dr. Nicholson), Richard Briers, Mark Williams, Georgia Moffett(Lady Frances Derwent), Samantha Bond, Rafe Spall, Warren Clarke, Helen Lederer
Pourquoi pas Martin?, 2013
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie (Saison 2)
director Marc Angelo
writer Sylvie Simon
cast Samuel Labarthe, Blandine Bellavoir, Élodie Frenck, Dominique Thomas, Éric Beauchamp, Alix Poisson, Charlie Dupont , Didier Vinson , Arly Jover


  1. Official Site: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
  2. Wikipedia: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
  3. IMDb: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980)
  4. IMDb: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2009)

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