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1920s Omnibus (The Agatha Christie Years) [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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2 Jan 2006 Agatha Christie Years

A brand new Agatha Christie omnibus, bringing together all four stand-alone novels she wrote in the 1920s – The Secret Adversary, The Man in the Brown Suit, The Secret of Chimneys and its sequel The Seven Dials Mystery.

Agatha Christie’s imaginative crime novels and thrillers made her a household name from the 1920s right through to her final books in the early 1970s. Best known as the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, her prolific output would bring her publisher William Collins at least one book every year. Twenty of her contemporary crime novels were to feature neither Poirot or Marple, instead a wide range of ingenious plots would be played out by a selection of amateur sleuths, professional detectives, young adventuresses or unwary bystanders caught up in unforeseen events.

This collection of five omnibuses gathers together the twenty stand-alone novels, presenting them chronologically and providing a fascinating window on a changing world though six decades of investigation. Presented in this way, recurring characters – including Superintendent Battle, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Colonel Johnny Race and Ariadne Oliver – rub shoulders with many who would appear only in one book, and the result is a selection of some of the finest mystery writing ever. Here is the answer to the question of what Agatha Christie might have been had she not invented Poirot or Marple – and the answer undoubtedly is still The Queen of Crime!



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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Media Tie-in edition (2 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208623
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


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5.0 out of 5 stars 1920's personnified 14 Jan 2013
By Mitch
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If you like Agatha Christie and period adventure dramas then this is the compendium for you. The style of writing and dialogue personify the 1920's high society sleuthing which make such good TV drama. It's great fun and entertainment but I think you have to be of a certain age to understand all the mannerisms and dialogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Foray into Agatha 16 July 2012
By Gadgie
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First time I had read any Agatha Christie and was most impressed. Very easy reading, but still very captivating. You may think you know where the plot is going, but twists appear and characters are not always what they seem to be. Thoroughly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift 27 Dec 2013
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Great gift for a family member and it arrived quickly and in perfect condition. The gift will be well used, a favourite. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I live in North America and the gift was sent to the UK.An easy and simple way of gift giving.
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