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So Many Steps to Death Mass Market Paperback – May 1992


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061003816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061003813
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,172,658 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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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2005
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1998
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Swayne on 16 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Hated the book more than 20 years ago, but was surprised how much I enjoyed re-reading it. It is not a typical Christie, yet it contains elements that are familiar from other Christie novels: enigmatic nursery rhymes, ambiguous words uttered by someone on their death-bed, the boldest of impersonation plots, the familiar becoming startlingly unfamiliar and menacing. The story unfolds with the topsy-turvy logic of dreams, has a courageous attractive heroine at its centre and is actually quite suspenseful. It also paints an entertaining picture of the English abroad as well as of various 'foreign types'. (The book was written in 1954).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of Agatha Christie's later works, published in 1954. At this period, she was trying to adjust to the modern world and find relevant plots - though with mixed success.
The novel begins in a very intriguing manner when Hilary Craven, deserted and bereaved, is planning suicide. In Morocco, she is challenged to undertake a top secret and possibly suicidal mission, impersonating the wife of Thomas Betterton, a scientist who may have defected to the Russians. She does so and uncovers a dastardly plot involving a leper colony, the world's best young scientists, a rather improbable method of removing people's resistance to abuse and rather a lot of money. In the process, Hilary finds love...
Agatha Christie [in my opinion] was at her best when writing about the world she knew, the upper-crust world of country houses and rather posh villages, or the then sometimes exotic world of archaeology. Her characters in those books are authentic and believable and her psychological insight is acute. When she tried to write about international intrigue, however, her plots could verge on the ludicrous. As is always the case in her books, the plot of this novel is very ingenious and has many twists and turns and her denouements seldom disappoint. This is a very readable book with many pleasures, if more than a bit unlikely
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
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This is one of Agatha Christie's later works, published in 1954. At this period, she was trying to adjust to the modern world and find relevant plots - though with mixed success.
The novel begins in a very intriguing manner when Hilary Craven, deserted and bereaved, is planning suicide. In Morocco, she is challenged to undertake a top secret and possibly suicidal mission, impersonating the wife of Thomas Betterton, a scientist who may have defected to the Russians. She does so and uncovers a dastardly plot involving a leper colony, the world's best young scientists, a rather improbable method of removing people's resistance to abuse and rather a lot of money. In the process, Hilary finds love...
Agatha Christie [in my opinion] was at her best when writing about the world she knew, the upper-crust world of country houses and rather posh villages, or the then sometimes exotic world of archaeology. Her characters in those books are authentic and believable and her psychological insight is acute. When she tried to write about international intrigue, however, her plots could verge on the ludicrous. As is always the case in her books, the plot of this novel is very ingenious and has many twists and turns and her denouements seldom disappoint. This is a very readable book with many pleasures, if more than a bit unlikely
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Fisher on 27 Sept. 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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