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The Sittaford Mystery (Agatha Christie Signature Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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A seance in a snowbound Dartmoor house predicts a grisly murder…

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: ‘Captain Trevelyan… dead… murder.’

Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot…


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“The Empress of the crime novel.”
Sunday Express

“An excellent book to take away for a weekend reading.” New York Times

“You can’t go wrong with this one, certainly the best of the always high-grade Christie items in quite some time.” Books

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"The Empress of the crime novel." Sunday Express"An excellent book to take away for a weekend reading." New York Times"You can't go wrong with this one, certainly the best of the always high-grade Christie items in quite some time." Books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046REG94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Vintage Whodunnit 6 April 2006
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I don't personally tend to be very fond of the early Christie novels overall. They usually seem a bit lightweight, a bit too sparse and economical, and too full of Bright Young Things making glib jokes and arch comments all the time. There is a bit of that in 'The Sittaford Mystery', (published in 1931), but on the whole this is a very readable mystery novel. Set in a remote village on Dartmoor, a group of people are holding a seance in a snow-bound house, when a message comes through, seemingly from The Other Side, that one of their neighours, Captain Trevelyan, has been murdered. It turns out to be true, and that the murder happened at exactly the time it was revealed in the seance. When an amiable, but not terribly clever young man, James Pearson, is arrested for the murder, his resourceful fiancee sets out to catch the real culprit. I didn't guess the murderer at all in this one, and it was a genuine surprise. What I also liked was that there was no long-winded and highly complex reason as to why the murderer did it. The explanation when it comes is all too human, and very much par for the course in village life! We are led up plenty of garden paths and blind alleys in this one, but the conclusion is very satisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was glued to my seat for this mystery... 1 Sept. 2012
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Originally broadcast back in 1990 this is a superior Agatha Christie story handled expertly by dramatist Michael Bakewell and regular Agatha Christie radio drama director Enyd Williams.
As someone who has enjoyed BBC radio drama for over 5 decades this is certainly in my top few plays to date. Yes, I did have an idea about who dunnit early on but I still found it a surprise as to why they dunnit!
The play is full of well known voices and Geoffrey Whitehead was excellent as Inspector Narracott. Listen out for that well known actor John Moffatt but not as Poirot this time. Archers fans will also recognise Jack May who was for many years Nelson Gabriel. This was a fast moving 2 hours plus and I will listen to the play again soon. Good value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best 1 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
But it has its moments. The South African Willetts are accused of being typical colonials - their hospitality is too effusive. Mrs W wears a knitted suit that is just a little too dressy for the country. What was her "afternoon frock" like, I wonder? Emily (trying to solve the mystery and get her fiancee off the hook) cries on her landlady's shoulder to get some information out of her. Emily is surprised to find that "letting go" and "breaking down"(something a lady should never do) is actually a relief to the feelings. After the villain is unmasked, she borrows Violet Willett's makeup and powders her face which has begun to "shine". What odd things people used to worry about! How is it that we can do quite well without face powder?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS MYSTERY WELL READ 28 Aug. 2003
By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
True mystery fans may read and reread tales by the doyenne of all mystery writers, Agatha Christie. With the advent of audio books we can now listen and relisten to our favorites. Surely that will be case with "The Sittaford Mystery" superbly read by acclaimed British actor Nathaniel Parker.
In this, the first novel in which Ms. Christie makes use of the supernatural in her plotting, a seance is being held. The six participants enjoy this pastime, they view it as a lark - that is until a spirit spells out m-u-r-d-e-r. The deceased is supposedly Captain Trevelyan. Not only supposedly, but truly as in only a few hours the Captain is found dead.
It was a brutal murder; death was caused by a vicious blow to the head. Jim, Emily Trefusis's fiancé is the prime suspect. It is up to her to clear his name. For help she turns to a retired Inspector, and a very nosy newsman.
Is this trio able to unearth the truth?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowed in with Agatha 6 Nov. 2011
Format:Audio CD
The village of Sittaford is snowed in. The cast of characters are cut off in this hamlet in the middle of Dartmoor. Mrs Willet and her daughter Violet give an afternoon cocktail party where they decide to
divert themselves by "table turning". The table has a message for one of their guests that his friend Major Burnaby has been murdered. What are the Willets doing leaving South Africa to spend a winter in the snows of Dartmoor? There's even an escaped prisoner from a local jail on the loose. Mrs Curtis a local landlady is very concerned.
This is Dame Agatha at her best isolate the principles and move the characters around until - viola a solution and a darn clever one at that. A must for Christie fans. Make a cocoa, turn up the electric blanket and join in the fun. Don Wardell KWXY Radio Palm Springs, California.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious 25 Oct. 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Sittaford Mystery' (originally called 'The Murder at Hazelmoor') was published in 1931 and features Miss Marple.
Mrs Willett and her daughter Violet, the new tenants of Sittaford House, invite four people to tea on Friday afternoon. Major Burnaby is a friend of Captain Trevelyan, who owns Sittaford House; the other three guests are Mr Rycroft, Mr Ronnie Garfield, and Mr Duke. Foolishly, they decide hold a séance and at 5.25 pm, they are told (apparently by a spirit) that Captain Trevelyan has just been murdered. Major Burnaby decides to walk six miles through heavy snow on the ground to find Trevelyan and check on his welfare, since there is no telephone and the conditions are impossible for a car. Just before 8 pm, he arrives at Hazelmoor, Trevelyan's home in Exhampton. No-one answers his knock and thepolice and a doctor enter the house and find Captain Trevelyan's corpse. He died between 5 and 6 pm...
There are, as usual with Agatha Christie, many twists and turns in the plot and a very ingenious ending. Her characters are interesting and she is a shrewd observer of human nature, especially when she is writing about her own upper middle class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My mother in law enjoyed this read on her kindle
Published 2 months ago by STEPHEN JP
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christie puzzle
The Sittaford Mystery is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle. Isolated by a snow storm a small group of people hold a séance in which the death of Captain Trevelyan is... Read more
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Published 7 months ago by Larry Butler
3.0 out of 5 stars Thin plot
Very thin plot. Christie's major failing is often that so many people are implicated that, when the perp is discovered, you have already lost interest. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I am seldom disappointed by Amazon
I am seldom disappointed by Amazon, and this current dispatch is no exception - invariably my family (who are the boffins when it comes to collectibles) advise me and I co-operate... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another easy to read and gripping book from A. Christie :-)
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I have always enjoyed an Agatha Christie tale
I have always enjoyed an Agatha Christie tale, especially all her Poirot ones, but I struggled with this one, it just did not grab my attention. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pennorth
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
Whilst I love everything Agatha has written, certain books I find less memorable than others, and the Sittaford Mistery is one of them. Read more
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