Available in North America for the first time, here are nine previously uncollected stories from one of the most popular mystery writer of all time. In the Mystery of the Spanish Chest, Hercule Poirot unravels the psychological conundrums that motivate a killer; in The Edge, a woman must decide whether to follow her heart or her conscience; and in The Harlequin Tea Set, Mr. Harley Quin, another of Christie's famed detectives, helps a man save his loved ones from the greedy hands of murder. Six other stories about the darker side of human nature complete this collection. Simultaneous hardcover release from Putnam. 2 cassettes.
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Dame Agatha Christie is the world’s best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over two billion copies worldwide and have been translated into 44 foreign languages.
During a writing career that spanned more than half a century, she created two of the world’s most famous detectives. Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. The author of 79 novels and short story collections, she was also an accomplished playwright--one of her 14 plays, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. She published six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott and wrote four non-fiction books, including an autobiography. Several of her books, including Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, were made into hugely successful films. She died in 1976.From AudioFile:
Could a new collection of Agatha Christie stories be discovered more than 20 years after the death of the doyenne of mystery writers? It appears to be true, as six in this collection of nine stories have never before been published in the U.S. Even more interesting, several of the stories, including "The Edge" and "The House of Dreams," have a disposition to darker, more psychological suspense than is usual for Christie's work. Although the single Hercule Poirot story, "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest," seems the usual fare of a drawing-room mystery, several others may remind listeners more of Ruth Rendell than Christie. Alexandra Thomas has a light voice with clear English diction and a slight informality that gives listeners a sense of intimacy with the narrator. Most recordings of Christie's work have male narrators, including David Suchet, noted for his success as Poirot on PBS Mystery! Alexandra Thomas's relaxed and confident voice is a welcome change. If the stories were queued individually on a single side or one story per cassette, the stories could be selected at random. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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