Passenger to Frankfurt Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1992
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‘Marvellously entertaining’ OBSERVER
‘It is not an impossible story – it is only a fantastic one.’ AGATHA CHRISTIE
From the Back Cover
When a bored diplomat is approached in a black airport by a woman whose life is in danger, his interest is aroused. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport and boarding ticket.
Suddenly, Stafford Nye’s own life is on the line. For he has unwittingly entered a web of international intrigue, from which the only escape is to outwit the Countess von Waldsausen – a power-crazed spider, hell-bent on world domination.
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.
‘It is not an impossible story – it is only a fantastic one’
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot sounds interesting enough at first sight but the book never really gets going, the storyline is fairly boring and I was relieved when I finally reached the end.
Not one of her best!
Unfortunately, it's not the most memorable of Christie's novels, and while I've read worse, I haven't read much worse from her. Passenger to Frankfurt is mediocre at best, worth a read if you can't get enough of Christie but otherwise now really worth your time.
Instead, I suggest investigating some of her better books - Poirot in particular appears in most of her greatest works. I recommend Death On the Nile or And Then There Were None. I've got nothing against it as a rule, I was just disappointed after reading it, and I'm not one to be disappointed easily.
If you do decide to proceed, proceed with caution - this is Christie as you might not have seen her before, so set your expectations accordingly.
The novel begins well - Sir Stafford Nye, a bored diplomat, is approached at an airport by a stranger and asked to "loan" his passport and clothes so that the stranger (who claims to be in danger) may travel undetected. The action switches to London, there are some nice scenes which flesh out the character of Nye, a surprise attempt on his life and then..the novel just slips into repetition, banging on about "a new world order", "the power of youth" and general paranoia about Fascists and Socialists and, oddly, students. What plot there is (and there is one; it's rather fun, if a little sensationalist) is lost in heavy, meandering prose which any editor worth their salt should have cut down, tidied up, and clarified. I maintain that, had this been done, Passenger to Frankfurt could have been a satisfying (if slightly bonkers) thriller in the mould of Christie's other similar novels, such as The Secret Adversary or Destination Unknown.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book didn't do it for me I'm afraid. I love an Agatha Christie book but she is much better at murder than spy novels.Published 20 days ago by Mum
I love reading Agatha Christie novels but am afraid this isn't one of her best. Much prefer a whodunit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stuart Bone
Unusually, for me, I have had to give up on this as I have no idea what is going on - nor do I care! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sue K
Did not enjoy this book. Found it quite boring and ended abruptly and not satisfactorily.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very different Christie novel with spies abounding and the usual twists and turns in the plot that one has come to expect. A very enjoyable, light hearted read.Published 9 months ago by Mrs S J McKinlay
I was disappointed that it was not a murder mystery as I am not too keen on espionage/spy storiesPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Agatha Read this years ago and tried it again but gave up before the end not sure where she was going with this one !Published 13 months ago by Jean Thorbes