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A Hercule Poirot Novel

Book - 1998 | 1st ed
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A novel based on a 1930s play in which detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a British scientist and the theft of his formula for an atomic explosive. Suspects range from his son, heavily in debt, to an Italian lady spy.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312192419
031219241X
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976 Black coffee

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DuchessA2017
Jun 15, 2017

This may be a Hercule Poirot story and have been adapted by a screenplay written by Agatha Christie, unfortunately the writer simply doesn't capture Ms. Christie's ability. I couldn't get past Chapter 4.

EuSei Dec 18, 2014

This is a book adaptation of Agatha Christie’s homonymous play. Actually, reading the book one can easily imagine a sate. Unfortunately Mr. Osborne is never able to emulate Mrs. Christie’s style. He sometimes gets really close, but falls back into descriptions she would have easily inserted in or in-between character speeches. There are many awkward moments, such as this: “Richard moved to the phone, lifted the receiver and asked for the number.” Mrs. Christie, I believe, never describes unimportant actions in minutia. One thing surprised me though: her use of a ruse devised by the killer in her first Poirot book… A good read, nevertheless. I will probably read the play.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 16, 2014

This story was first written as a screenplay, later adapted into novel form by Charles Osborne, and it’s still easy to see the original format. There’s much more attention given to where the characters are standing, gestures and facial expressions, exits and entrances, and their actions while they’re “on stage” than is usual in a novel. I think it’s a successful transfer from screen to book, however. The story is pure Christie as Poirot once again proves his mettle.

EuSei Nov 13, 2013

This is a book adaptation of Agatha Christie’s homonymous play. Actually, reading the book one can easily imagine a sate. Unfortunately Mr. Osborne is never able to emulate Mrs. Christie’s style. He sometimes gets really close, but falls back into descriptions she would have easily inserted in or in-between character speeches. There are many awkward moments, such as this: “Richard moved to the phone, lifted the receiver and asked for the number.” Mrs. Christie, I believe, never describes unimportant actions in minutia. One thing surprised me though: her use of a ruse devised by the killer in her first Poirot book… A good read, nevertheless. I will probably read the play.

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