Books by Charles Osborne

SPIDER’S WEB by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"If this adaptation repeats the sales of those two, expect an Osborne version of Verdict, Christie's last original mystery play, in time for next Christmas."
Osborne's third novelization of a Christie play—this one based on a 1954 original that ran for two years alongside the West End perennials Witness for the Prosecution and The Mousetrap—takes place in still another country house that, except for the impending hush-hush visit of the Prime Minister and the Soviet premier, could be frozen back in the '20s. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Here, though, Osborne, working with much less creaky material than Black Coffee, manages a few surprises worthy of his master."
Christie biographer Osborne's second novelization of a Christie play (Black Coffee, 1998) opens with a wonderfully arresting scene: engineer Michael Starkwedder, having run his car into a ditch while poking around the Welsh countryside looking at houses, enters Richard Warwick's house looking for help, only to find the man himself, a big-game hunter now confined to a wheelchair, shot to death. Read full book review >