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Black coffee

by Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR6005.H66 B6 2014x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PR6005.H66 B6 2014x
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The appearance of a new Agatha Christie novel 20 years after her death? Yes and no. Black Coffee was originally written in 1930 as a three-act play featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Successfully produced on the West End, it became a favorite of repertory companies. One of the amateur players was Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie. Osborne was given permission by Christie's literary executors to turn the play into a novel. For the most part, he has succeeded rather well. Christie fans will delight in seeing Poirot back at the height of his little-gray-celled powers and will enjoy revisiting one of Christie's classic English country houses, occupied by a host of suspects, all content to sit quietly while Poirot's mind works. Every once in a while--mostly when stage directions have clearly been turned into narrative--the book seems to shout, "Hey, I used to be a play!" Although jarring, these lapses don't spoil the special pleasures of once more settling down with an Agatha Christie mystery. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Christie biographer Osborne's adaptation of the grande dame's 1930 play has been blessed by the Christie estate and heartily endorsed by her grandson Michael Prichard. It's a classic "someone in this room is the murderer" tale set in 1934. Scientist Sir Claud Amory invites Hercule Poirot to his estate to collect a formula for a new atomic explosive. Prior to Poirot's arrival, Sir Claud discovers the formula is missing from his safe. He offers the thief one minute of darkness to return it but, when the lights come on again, Sir Claud is dead. That's when Poirot arrives on the scene and takes matters in hand. An empty vial of sleeping pills is discovered, and someone in the room at the time of Sir Claud's death was seen with the tablets. Was Sir Claud murdered by his son Richard, who is in deep debt? Or was it espionage involving Lucia, Richard's Italian wife with a mysterious past and a connection to guest Dr. Carelli? Perhaps Sir Claud's secretary, Edward Raynor, or the spinster sister Caroline is guilty. Poirot, with "methods very much his own," aided by Captain Hastings, is lively and stimulating, like a fine black coffee, in this welcome addition to the Christie canon. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Hercule Poirot mysteries
Books 36-39 written by Sophie Hannah
#1 - The Mysterious affair at Styles
#2 - The Murder on the links
#3 - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
#4 - The Big four
#5 - The Mystery of the blue train
#6 - Peril at End House
#7 - Lord Edgware dies
#8 - Murder on the Orient Express
#9 - Three act tragedy
#10 - Death in the clouds
#11 - The A. B. C murders
#12 - Murder in Mesopotamia
#13 - Cards on the table
#14 - Dumb witness
#15 - Death on the Nile
#16 - Appointment with death
#17 - Hercule Poirot's Christmas
#18 - One, two, buckle my shoe
#19 - Sad Cypress
#20 - Evil under the sun
#21 - Five little pigs
#22 - The Hollow
#23 - Taken at the flood
#24 - Mrs. McGinty's dead
#25 - After the funeral
#26 - Hickory dickory dock
#27 - Dead man's folly
#28 - Cat among the pigeons
#29 - The Clocks
#30 - Third girl
#31 - Hallowe'en party
#32 - Elephants can remember
#33 - Curtain
#34 - Black coffee
#35 - Problem at Pollensa Bay (collection)
#36 - The Monogram murders
#37 - Closed casket
#38 - The Mystery of three quarters
#39 - The Killings at Kingfisher Hill
Subjects Poirot, Hercule -- (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Private investigators -- England -- Drama.
Murder -- Drama.
Mystery plays.
Publisher [New York, New York?] :2014
Language English
Notes Play.
"A Samuel French acting edition."
"Mystery / 10m, 3f / interior set"--Page 4 of cover.
Description 103 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780573702341
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