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Destination Unknown (The Christie Collection) [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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8 July 1996 The Christie Collection
When a number of leading scientists disappear without trace, concern grows within the intelligence services. Are they being kidnapped? Blackmailed? One woman appears to hold the key to the mystery. Unfortunately, Olive Betterton now lies dying from injuries sustained in a Moroccan plane crash.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (8 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006169163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006169161
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,297 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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'Nothing should be taken for granted.' Spectator --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With the break up of her marriage and the death of her daughter, Hilary Craven flees England and escapes to Casablanca - with the intention of taking her own life. However, fate intervenes in the shape of Mr Jessop who enlists Hilary's help to find out why some of the world's top scientists, physicists and chemists have disappeared without trace. Taking the place of Olive Betterton, wife of one of the missing scientists, Hilary ventures into areas of unimaginable excitement - and danger! She will need to use all her powers of ingenuity to survive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping plot 11 July 2005
By A Customer
When I started this book, I was a bit disappointed, thinking it would be another murder mystery. However, having recently read several other murder mysteries by AC, I found this story a refreshing change and a wonderful introduction to the world of spy adventures - and this really is some adventure. Don't write it off because it is not what you expect from Christie. I think it has opened up a whole new avenue of reading to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADVENTUROUS FUN 24 Jun 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As usual, when Christie boots Poirot and Mrs. Marple, you're in for an adventurous and fun book. It all starts when a harried detective stops a girl from committing suicide and asks her to step in the place of a dead woman in order to solve a mystery. From then on you have mayhem, danger, and sweeping romance. Trust me, this is a great book--especially if you're a little bored and depressed yourself!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING 23 Jun 1998
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It's nice to take a break from Poirot and Marple. Usually, when Christie gets away from her usual detectives, you get a story that has plenty of adventure and a much more interesting story. A harried detective sends a girl ready to commit suicide on on a hunt for some murderers...dressed up like a dead woman. Needless to say, your heart is racing thru-out the whole thing. Buy it, especially if you feel bored or rather depressed yourself!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric spy mystery 27 Sep 2007
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Not your usual tea, cakes and the vicar Agatha Christie story - but then not many of them are. She liked to use her experiences travelling in the Middle East and around the world. I can imagine her sitting in a hotel looking around at the other guests: suppose that archetypal Englishwoman was really an agent of MI6? And that plump American lady was in the pay of Them? That shrivelled but distinguished old man - perhaps he is so rich that he really runs the world, or thinks he does. Or would like to. Those tweedy young men claiming to be archaeologists: are they really on the trail of Him? Christie knew a lot of tweedy young archaeologists (she married one) in Iran and Syria in the 30s. Perhaps they were really spies too? This story, like They Came to Baghdad, is reminiscent of John Buchan at his best. The chilling atmosphere of the Unit is brilliantly imagined, and the types, briefly sketched in, who flourish in institutions and love to be part of a System. "Ah, Mr. Bond, come in, I have been expecting you ... " The swivel chair swings round to reveal the mastermind - Agatha Christie!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good non-Poirot/Marple story 15 April 2000
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Spies, espionage, double-cross, plenty of mystery but no murder!
More action than a usual Agatha Christie novel, this book keeps you gripped even without Poirot or Marple. A great read
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emilia Fox is a great reader 16 May 2008
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I love this book. It is nothing but gripping and full of unexpected changes. I got the book and also the audiobook read by Emilia Fox. I always liked her as an actress but I was surprised to know she could read so well and make the the reader put a name( and a face) on each voice she is doing for each character in the plot. I truly recommend this audiobook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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One of my all-time favourite of Ms Christie's books. Brilliant escapism. A great heroine, on a great adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 8 Jun 2014
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Absolute better of a read when I got into it. But different to the normal Poor or but certainly well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly different Christie
Not quite typical, but recognisably Agatha Christie. Flaws are there if you look, but just enjoy the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Destination Unknown
Not the best but a read you can put down and pick up later. Just Too easy to work out.
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I have never read any of Agatha Christie novels before other than all the detective novels Miss Marple, Poirot and Tommy and Tuppence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. E. Currey
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite
This book has long been a favourite of mine, have read it many, many times and it never fails to disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's best
Agatha Christie is well established and needs no recommendation from me. However I am happy to say that this is my favourite among all her books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ellie-R
4.0 out of 5 stars good plot
not the expected Agatha Christie plot, surprise ending and interesting characters ( I'm not giving away the ending) it would spoil the end
Published 10 months ago by christine bloor
3.0 out of 5 stars An Agatha Christie without Miss Marple and Hercule.
A readable book but not one of Agatha Christie's best efforts. A good story line and an easy read but a bit corny!
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. Beavers
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Good story, just as I remember it Agatha Rules, I have all the books but now I am collecting the cds
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. C. B. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie
I enjoy Agatha Christiee after all the twerrible blood and thunder and so gory murder stories with their terrible bosses etc so these books for ma always fun to read j
Published 16 months ago by Tay
5.0 out of 5 stars Destination Unknown Review
Excellent book. One of the best Agatha Christies in my view. I have subsequently bought the audio book and also downloaded it to my ereader.
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by B. Dagger
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