The Sittaford Mystery (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 19 Jul 2004
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"An excellent book to take away for a weekend reading."--New York Times
"I cut my mystery teeth on Agatha Christie."--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
I cut my mystery teeth on Agatha Christie. --John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author"
An excellent book to take away for a weekend reading. --New York Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a 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 snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot. . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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?
Based in a very remote part of Devon and near a prison to boot this story sets up many possibilities for a good adventure/mystery and doesn't fail. Plenty of intriguing characters to suspect and the murderer is certainly not the person I initially expected it to be despite having read it before.
Very good read and easy to get stuck into. Would recommend.
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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A pretty good story, very much of its time i. e. the 20's and 30's, but none so bad for all that. A few twists and turns and red herrings, a book to enjoy on a dull wet... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ernie FOSKER
I heard the story on the radio so thought I would get the kindle book, not the same when you know the ending, good story though.Published 6 months ago by christine Harling