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1940s Omnibus (The Agatha Christie Years) [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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6 Mar 2006 Agatha Christie Years

A brand new Agatha Christie omnibus, bringing together all four stand-alone novels she wrote in the 1940s – N or M?, Towards Zero, Sparkling Cyanide and Crooked House.

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: 704 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (6 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,917 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection. 10 Sep 2008
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This is a great collection of four Agatha Christie novels from the 1940's. Although the Miss marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries are wonderful, they're beginning to become a little familiar, so its great to see these new collections of Agatha Christie stand-alone novels. I've read three of them so far(1920's, 1940's and 1950's)and this is my favourite. The Crooked House and Towards zero mysteries are well crafted and keep you guessing the identity of the killer until the very end. However the star of the collection is Sparkling cyanide. I just love everything about it, particularly the way you get to learn about the murder almost in flashback, and there lots of plot twists! N or M is a Tommy and Tuppence spy story dealing with fifth columnists. I tend to find these espionage thrillers the least satisfying of Agatha Christies work. However, in this case the mystery is pretty good, and the fact it was written during the war when fifth columnists were a real threat makes it more interesting from an histirical point of view. Overall this is a great set of mysteries and really good value for money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1940s Omnibus ( The Agatha Christie Years) 31 Mar 2014
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I chose this rating because it is a good product. There is nothing I didn't like about it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries, and who doesn't mind the fact that it was written in a setting in which there were no mobile phones or computers.
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