The Listerdale Mystery Paperback – 1 Jul 1975
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“They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook.”
Times Literary Supplement
“The acknowledged Queen of Detective fiction”
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Twelve tantalising cases… the curious disappearance of Lord Listerdale; a newlywed’s fear of her ex-fiancé; a strange encounter on the train; a domestic murder investigation; a mild man’s sudden personality change; a retired inspector’s hunt for a murderess; a young woman’s impersonation of a duchess; a necklace hidden in a basket of cherries; a mystery writers arrest for murder; an astonishing marriage proposal; a soprano’s hatred for a baritone; and the case of the Rajah’s emerald.
All have one thing in common: the skilful hand of Agatha Christie.
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.
‘They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook’
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The opening story, "The Listerdale Mystery", is a pleasing little tale of an upper-class widow and her two children who have fallen on hard times. They find a benefactor in the unknown and unseen Lord Listerdale whose whereabouts and motives remain under wraps until the final page. Now, don't get too excited! For all Mrs Christie's heavy-handed hints about the peer having played an active part in some unspeakable tragedy, that he is somewhere in East Africa and may not return for many a year, Lord Listerdale is no 'drop-dead-gorgeous' aristocratic rake pursued by international paparazzi and MI5 alike. He is an altogether gentler, albeit somewhat mundane, member of the peerage, little more than a 'boy who loves to dress up'. There are endless games of dressing up in the stories that follow.
Variations on the theme of identity are an essential element in Agatha Christie's technique as a writer of classic detective fiction. However, the key difference between most of the stories in this collection and the 'Christie Classic' is that, owing to the weak interaction of theme and form, the narratives themselves have to be disguised.Read more ›
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