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Author: Charles Osborne; Agatha Christie
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Osborne completes his homage to Christie with this third and final adaptation of an original Christie play, following Black Coffee (1998) and The Unexpected Guest (1999). Though the play was written in 1954, the story suffers little from the passage of time, and aside from the static setting, reads well as a novel. Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while Osborne has the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Osborne; Agatha Christie
ISBN: 0312266502 9780312266509 0312979509 9780312979508
OCLC Number: 44089455
Description: 223 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by Agatha Christie ; adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne.

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Osborne completes his homage to Christie with this third and final adaptation of an original Christie play, following Black Coffee (1998) and The Unexpected Guest (1999). Though the play was written in 1954, the story suffers little from the passage of time, and aside from the static setting, reads well as a novel. Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale. A typical closed cast of characters occupies the temporary country home of Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown: the seemingly scatterbrained Clarissa; her stepdaughter, Pippa; the odious Oliver Costello, who has married Pippa's mother; Sir Rowland Delahaye, Clarissa's godfather and a man of honor; an outspoken gardener; a butler; a cook; and Inspector Lord, the rather diffident policeman. When Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room, she decides that it mustn't be found there. Her plans to dispose of the body are interrupted by the arrival of a rather diffident policeman, Inspector Lord, who has come to check out an anonymous tip that a murder has been committed.

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