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on 29 November 2010
I sought this book out because I have never had chance to see the play 'The Mousetrap'(I live overseas and the play is never available here, to my chagrin). I enjoy reading plays because you are immersed in the action and they have an immediacy not available in a novel.
In 'The Mousetrap' guests are gathered at a new guest house run by an endearing but inexperienced couple. Heavy snow means that the guests are trapped, and all lines of communication with the outside world are unavailable. A local murder is announced on the radio station and a policeman is dispatched (on skis, bless him) to question the guests and discover the murderer, who we are informed is amongst them.
'The Mousetrap' is typical Christie, with a collection of characters, more than one of whom has a secret not fully disclosed to the reader/audience. These small mysteries within a overarching mystery add to the enjoyment of the suspense and the final denouement, as with all Christie, is startling. Stage directions (which are fairly extensive) ensure that the reader can picture Christie's overall scheme for her play and mean that a sense of what the stage would look like is clear. This, for me, added to the enjoyment of the play as much as reading description in a novel.
The other plays in the collection are equally enjoyable and this makes the book a necessary addition to an avid Christie fan's collection.