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The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie Facsimile Edtn) Hardcover – Facsimile, 5 Nov 2007
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‘One of the best of Agatha Christie’s early thrillers.’ Charles Osborne
‘A thick fog of mystery, cross purposes, and romance, which leads up to a most unexpected and highly satisfactory ending.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Here’s another capital detective story by Miss Christie, which will keep the reader guessing until the very end, not only as to the identity of the arch villain – the murderer – but also that of the hero, Anthony Cade.’ Literary Review--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.
As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Surete gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret. . . . " --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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The Secret of Chimneys is an early (1925) Christie and is much more of a light-hearted romp than her more famous books. The plot is too complex to precis here (besides, I don't want to spoil your fun) although it involves, inter alia, Balkan revolutionaries, daring adventurers, stolen letters, missing diamonds, and, of course, a brace of mysterious murders.
The characters are very Wodehousian - amiable young men about town, flirtatious flappers, vague and woolly-minded peers - although, as usual, not everybody is what they seem and I doubt if even the most astute spotter of red herrings will work out who is really who, let alone whodunnit, before the loose ends are all adroitly tied up in the last couple of chapters.
There is not as much detection as in, say, a Poirot (indeed, her characters make a number of mock disparaging references to detective fiction throughout) and some of the 1920s attitudes may set a few teeth on edge today - foreigners are blithely referred to as dagoes, the Jewish characters have big noses, etc - but that shouldn't detract from an immensely enjoyable caper that brims with period charm.
Easy book to read. Would recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good and attention grabbing as I expect and enjoy from Agatha Christie.Published 5 months ago by Nthom
Really enjoyed this CD and I love Hugh Fraser reading the story. A must for Agatha Christie fans.Published 6 months ago by tigger
Great story, delivered on time and in first class condition. Thanks!Published 9 months ago by Helen Lakin
Actually I am finding this a difficult one to read. Must put mind to it and start againPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator and brings all of the characters to life very well.
Would recommend it to anyone.
Another Agatha Christie classic. Great fun and an interesting twist. I'm never disappointedPublished 12 months ago by John