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2 Jun 2008 Agatha Christie Signature Edition

A young drifter finds more than he bargained for when he agrees to deliver a parcel to an English country house…

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122585
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the best of Agatha Christie’s early thrillers.’ Charles Osborne

‘A thick fog of mystery, cross purposes, and romance, which leads up to a most unexpected and highly satisfactory ending.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Here’s another capital detective story by Miss Christie, which will keep the reader guessing until the very end, not only as to the identity of the arch villain – the murderer – but also that of the hero, Anthony Cade.’ Literary Review

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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centrepiece of a murderous international conspiracy. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia.

The combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté can do no better than go in circles – until the final murder at Chimneys, the great country estate that yields up an amazing secret.


Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Christie Caper 8 Jun 2010
I hadn't read an Agatha Christie for about 30 years until I picked this up on spec at a station bookstall and I was delighted at how much I enjoyed it.

The Secret of Chimneys is an early (1925) Christie and is much more of a light-hearted romp than her more famous books. The plot is too complex to precis here (besides, I don't want to spoil your fun) although it involves, inter alia, Balkan revolutionaries, daring adventurers, stolen letters, missing diamonds, and, of course, a brace of mysterious murders.

The characters are very Wodehousian - amiable young men about town, flirtatious flappers, vague and woolly-minded peers - although, as usual, not everybody is what they seem and I doubt if even the most astute spotter of red herrings will work out who is really who, let alone whodunnit, before the loose ends are all adroitly tied up in the last couple of chapters.

There is not as much detection as in, say, a Poirot (indeed, her characters make a number of mock disparaging references to detective fiction throughout) and some of the 1920s attitudes may set a few teeth on edge today - foreigners are blithely referred to as dagoes, the Jewish characters have big noses, etc - but that shouldn't detract from an immensely enjoyable caper that brims with period charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Christie 13 Dec 2010
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I love this story! Admittedly it is more light-hearted than the more familiar classic Christie mysteries, but it's so well done. It has a complicated plot, in a good way, with lots of good characters. The pompous patriotic Lomax, thorn in the flesh of the bumbling lacksadaisical Lord Caterham, who in turn is the father of the live wire that is Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent, to name but three, all jump off the page. This unabridged audio version is wonderful, read by the excellent Hugh Fraser with just the right light touch. Only the best narrators can "do" all the voices both distinctly and convincingly, especially the opposite sex. I doubt that you will guess whodunnit, and even if you do, there are still more secrets to be revealed at chimneys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of Chimneys 30 Dec 2012
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First published in 1925, this is the first Christie novel to feature Superintendent Battle (he appeared in a further four novels: The Seven Dials Mystery (Masterpiece Edition), Cards on the Table (Poirot), Murder Is Easy (Agatha Christie Collection) and Towards Zero (Agatha Christie Collection). The novel is in many ways a typical country house farce, involving many aliases, royalty, blackmail, secret assignations, jewel thieves, murder and general confusion. The story begins when Anthony Cade is given a manuscript to deliver to London by his old friend Jimmy McGrath, along with some letters to be returned to a blackmail victim. Along the way Cade is attacked, robbed and becomes involved with some high level meetings at the country house Chimneys involving the royal family of Herzoslovakia. Virtually nobody is who they are supposed to be and the plot is almost too involved to explain. However, the whole thing is great fun and people take the most astounding events with great calm and English reserve, making this a very enjoyable read indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of Chimneys 24 Dec 2012
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An Agatha Christie classic brilliantly read by Hugh Fraser. This version is the best I have heard. Unmissable for Christie enthusiasts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer escapism 15 Mar 2012
By Karen
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Fans of Christie's mature mysteries might be disappointed, as this is more of a comedy spy thriller than a classic who-dunnit. However, as a period piece it is fascinating, and while the writer has clearly been influenced by PG Wodehouse, we can see the seeds of Christie's later skilful characterisation developing in such memorable creations as Virginia Revel. If you can suspend disbelief and think yourself back into the of the British Empire of the 1920s, you are in for an escapist treat.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent work of Agatha Christie! 31 Jan 2001
The Secret of Chimneys is an excellent book for any reader, not just for Agatha Christie's fans! It draws the reader into its story from the very beginning. There are also many interesting characters and, as is Agatha Christie's usual practice, the murderer is someone who you have never suspected, or, if you have, you dropped all suspicions you had quite soon. On the whole, a very interestingly written book which is sure to have you reading it all in one go!
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4.0 out of 5 stars as above 8 Jan 2014
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My sister is a great listener of Agatha Christie audio books and this just adds to her collection. She likes them read by Hugh Frazer only!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 26 Dec 2013
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Very pleased. Agatha Christie fans will be happy and appreciate a slightly different story than the usual Poirots and Miss Marples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book versus film
Great story. If you have seen the film then you will be confused when reading the book as the film is nothing like the book. The book is great and fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex for a Christie
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Wonderful to find a replacement for our old tape that is always snarling up thro' overuse. Good speedy delivery too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Agatha Christie
This is a very early Agatha Christie and seems old-fashioned but still very enjoyable, a bygone era of Country Houses and butlers etc. Read more
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