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on 3 August 2017
Excellent storyline. perfect c/ds.
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on 18 July 2017
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie books, but I was not happy with this one. It became tiresome and I couldn't wait to finish it, rather than looking forward to finding "who did it" as usual. Disappointing really.
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on 27 April 2017
A very good read.
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on 26 August 2017
Great read thanks!
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on 19 June 2017
Sparkling cyanide. By agatha christie. A good read in fact a classic. Gives a real flavour of the era. Well thought out plot if predictable at times. But the language used made the book quite charming.
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on 24 April 2012
Typical Agatha Christie without Poirot or Miss Marple, an interesting and enjoyable read. It is well rendered in dramatised form, with a good cast that keeps the action going and makes it a good listen.
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on 12 April 2015
Good old classic
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on 11 February 2017
Too abridged to move the p!of forward successfully. Characters too sketchy. Followed iit due to having read the book and having seen various TV adaptations.
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on 4 October 2014
Isn't she wonderful, the most widely published author in the English language after the Bible and Shakespeare! She isn't called the Queen of Mystery for nothing. Imagine having this fantastic storyteller as your grandmother. Bedtime stories sure would be something else! I haven't read Agatha Chrisite for years and years, and ambling through the library one day recently, waiting for something to pop out at me, this did! Like so many of her stories, this murder involves just a small group of people, intimately linked to the deceased, with more than likely one of the remainings to no longer alive at the end of it all. So as well as pondering over who did it, you are also left pondering who isn't going to make it.

The title refers to the means of death - cyanide in a glass of French champagne. Rosemary Barton is the first deceased, whose death at the dinner table, with previously mentioned small group of people, opens the story. The remaining characters are her older husband George, her younger sister Iris, her husband's personal assistant Ruth, her lover Stephen Farraday, another male 'friend' Anthony Browne and lastly Sandra, the wife of Stephen Farraday. All with their intriguing back stories, and their motives, but do they have the means? And who else won't be left standing by the end?

Brilliant stuff, such insight and understanding into the human condition, what motivates us, and why we behave in certain ways. And she writes so easily, making her novels very readable and compelling. With the last of the Hercule Poirot TV movies starring David Suchet being made this year, hopefully interest will be revived in the marvellous and timeless books written by Agatha Christie.
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A year ago Rosemary dies of cyanide poisoning at a fashionable restaurant. Now George, her widower, wants to stage the party again with the same guests and an empty place for Rosemary. He is advised by an old friend - Colonel Race - not to do it and Race himself refuses to attend the party. George has been prompted to restage it because he has received anonymous letters saying his wife was murdered. Instead of going to the police he wants to frighten the murderer into revealing themselves.

A lot of the book is made up of the back story and what led up to the fatal party a year ago but it makes interesting reading and the reader gets plenty of information on which to form their own judgement of who is the murderer. A little unfortunately the introduction to the e-book edition I read contains an introduction which says who the murderer is so if you read this edition and don't want to know then read the introduction last.

As ever the book is well written and well plotted and the characters are interesting and believable.
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