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Agatha Christie
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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Fontana (1954)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,473,476 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best 25 Jun 2004
By Paul
This one is devoid of Miss Marple and dear Hercule but is infested with bright young things from the 1930's. Agatha Christie did seem to enjoy writing this sort of thing but her characterisations of the flappers seem very strained and it is now terribly dated. The story is not remotely credible. Have a rake around Amazon for other Agatha Christie's - she has written better than this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her better novels 12 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book both as a great depiction of England between the wars as well as a mystery. Unlike some of Dame Agatha's other works, here I genuinely was kept in suspense till the end as to the identity of the criminal. But even more interesting was the characters who make their second appearance after "The Secret of Chimneys" which was also entertaining, but less suspenseful. I loved reading about the adventures of Lord Caterham and Bundle again, both of whom are as funny and sharp as ever. I would definitely recommend the book to even those Christie fans who only prefer Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries - it's good enough to stand on its own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Dials Mystery 8 Jan 2006
There are some Agatha Christie books when the plot idea is so farcical and unbelievable that you can't quite believe that you're reading it.
The Seven Dials Mystery is such a book but somehow it comes over as one of the most entertaining and readable of all her books.
As I say the plot here is slightly ludicrous, a mixture of upper class English life and international crime rings should make for uncomfortable partners and yet Christie manages to mix them in perfect amounts. During a visit to the ancestral home of Lady Eileen Brent, tragedy strikes Jimmy Thesiger and his group of friends when one of them is killed in the night after being poisoned. The only clue to the mystery is the 7 alarm clocks left on the victims bedstead and when days later another one of the group of friends is shot dead his final words whispered to Lady Eileen of "Seven Dials" seems to take on new significance.
Lady Eileen, or Bundle as she's more commonly known and Jimmy take on the task to track down the secret society the meets in the run down east end of London and guided by Superintendant Battle of Scotland Yard they're soon running into various close shaves and scrapes.
As silly as the plot sometimes seems the characters are so entertaining that you easily forgive the jumps of logic. Bundle is a joy to read about and the verbal fencing between her and her father Lord Caterham is fabulous. All in all a great Agatha Christie novel that should delight fans of hers and readers in general.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story ruined by the reader 3 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
A good story for those who enjoy flappers, old country houses and murder.
Regrettably the narration was awful, while Emilia Fox is a delightful actress
her ability to convey the male characters on this CD was quite dreadful.
I listen to many Audio books read by a huge range of actors and actresses
The ability of some readers ie Martin Jarvis, Joan Hickson and Hugh Fraser
make one forget completely their own gender as they have a wonderful
way of taking on the sex of the character they are portraying making it
seem that you have a full cast acting out the story.
Perhaps as she ages Emilia Fox will take on this wonderful ability
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book!!!!!!! 25 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book. Sometimes some of Agatha Christie's novels get a bit boring, but this one is Agatha Christie at her best! I found this book really good. The suspense is unbearable at times, but thats what makes this book really good. I really like Agatha Christie's books, but this has got to be one of the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie 9 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can you say apart from genius, this is one great mystery writer, the best at keeping you turning the page, well worth a try if you have never read any of her other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't disappoint 14 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another brilliant story from the queen of crime. A fully deserved five stars and recommended to all Kindle readers. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly run of the mill 10 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read many of Christie's books many years ago and am periodically working my way through them again. I have to read them in order - that's just my preference. This one is okay without being anything special.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars agatha christie
Not listened to by myself,as this was a present,but I am told it was very good and worth listening to.
Published 2 months ago by ADRIAN MAUND
4.0 out of 5 stars seven dials
This is the first time I have read this book after all the years and thoroughly enjoyed it and would also recomend it .
Published 7 months ago by Theresa
2.0 out of 5 stars Back in time
Too far back in my humble opinion. Found it very difficult to relate to the characters who are stereotyped. The plot is confusing to say the least and not very probable.
Published 10 months ago by mel1
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is the sequel to The Secret of Chimneys although the main characters from that story don't feature you do have Bundle, Billy and George as well as Superintendent Battle. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Suzanne Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic Christie. If you are a fan (as I am) all of her stories are fabulous. Many people say her storylines are predictable but maybe that is part of the charm although I do... Read more
Published 13 months ago by craftyangel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good early mystery
Although preposterous in places, this story moves at a good pace and is a real page turner. Christie revisits the setting and characters she introduced in 'The Secret of Chimneys'. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Karen
1.0 out of 5 stars What did Agatha Christie ever do to Emilia Fox?
Not the title of an unpublished short story, but a cry of despair from a Christie fan at hearing another fine book ruined by this most regrettable of readers. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by P. Rothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A good-hearted murder/mystery
An exciting read from start to finish, with some wonderful humourous banter in it along the way. In particular the conversations between Bundle and her father Lord Caterham. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2006 by Camilla
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