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

Agatha Christie
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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,366 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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26 of 27 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS MYSTERY WELL READ 28 Aug 2003
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was glued to my seat for this mystery... 1 Sep 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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Silk Purse From A Sow's Ear 11 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This Radio 4 dramatisation is much, much better than the original novel, but then the original novel is an awful mess that reads like it is two disorganised novelettes badly sewn together. This play is far more coherent than the novel, the scriptwriter has managed to whip the the plot and characters into shape; but what a strange choice it is for a dramatisation... If they wanted to dramatise an eerie Agatha Christie with a strong whiff of the supernatural, there are so many other, better, books they could have taken. What about doing The Mysterious Mr Quinn? There aren't enough Harlequin/Detectives in English literature, and we should make the most of the ones we have.
Be that as it may, this is an enjoyable play. The Sittaford Mystery centres around the death of an irrascable old landlord whose death is foretold by an ouija board at a party held by his own tenants. Entire communities are snowed in; there are escaped convicts scampering about Dartmoor; desperately needy people inherit large sums of money; mysterious foreigners abound; everybody is under suspicion; and bright young thing Emily Trefusis is looking for a husband. So all the elements for a romp through Agatha-Christie-land are present and a rollicking good time is had by all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radio drama at its best 22 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Sittaford Mystery combines the elements of the cosy life of a village cut off by snow , a murder mystery , love interest and a nod to Conan Doyle. One of Christie's early works I believe, certainly no Poirot or Miss Marple in evidence here. Clear convincing acting, with some famous voices. The story appears edited oddly in parts, so that some of the plot links seem to be missing , but this does not detract from the climax.
The plot and production hold the listener's attention. Violent death there may be, but listening to this product brings comfort and enjoyment !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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
Published 2 months ago by Maitacap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 3 months ago by rosie2
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious
The Sittaford Mystery' (originally called 'The Murder at Hazelmoor') was published in 1931 and features Miss Marple. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie has a very good plot and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in murder mysteries.
Published 4 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Brilliant as all agatha Christie books are nice for a change when it's not Miss Marple or Poirot very good read
Published 7 months ago by HILARY OLDFIELD
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie
Enjoyed the book. No Miss Marple or Poirot so different but fine and worth reading as any Christie book is
Published 8 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
This was purchased as a christmas present. The recipient was very pleased with it.
It was dispatched promptly and received within the estimated time.
Published 9 months ago by Kit
3.0 out of 5 stars Good novel, annoying edition on KIndle
It would be great if Amazon would actually try and ensure that the integrity of the text is not lost when the book goes into Kindle format. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Isabel Noronha
5.0 out of 5 stars dark and mysteious
the characters are familure from other stories great story line well worth listenin to time and time again xx xx
Published 12 months ago by kenton
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