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BLACK COFFEE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, the country-house atmosphere is suitably genteel, and the story holds its own with Christie's undistinguished contemporaneous novels—The Mystery of the Blue Train, The Seven Dials Mystery, and The Murder at the Vicarage."
A brand-new Agatha Christie novel based on material nearly 70 years old. Read full book review >

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SPIES AMONG US by Agatha Christie
Released: July 22, 1968

"The latter is a work of involuted art and all three are a cliff-hanger-on's delight."
A tantalizing triptych by the master mystress reissued here: They Came to Baghdad introduces charming Victoria Jones who unwittingly prevaricates her way into a nest of would-be monarchs planning to rise like phoenixes on the ashes of a dead world; N or M? features a husband and wife team trying to ferret out a Nazi "Fifth Column" of British traitors during World War II. . . and finally Murder in Mesopotamia finds Hercules Poirot continuing an auspicious career by solving the murder of a woman who had been receiving threatened letters from a dead (?) husband. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 1985

"And if none of these puzzles offers the most dazzling Christie short-story craft or the most memorable Marple portraiture, all of them feature solid plotting, crisp narration, and regular dollops of English-village charm (starkly shaded by Miss M.'s no-nonsense view of human nature)."
Don't look for any unfamiliar gems or juicy rediscoveries in this gathering of 20 stories featuring Christie's #2 star, Miss Marple of St. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 1963

"Long life to her."
Jane Marple was growing old and frail but her mind- and her curiosity — were as keen as ever and she hated the impositions put upon her. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THREE ACTS by Agatha Christie
Released: Sept. 27, 1934

"Setting England."
A retired actor has a hand in three poisonings, and brings Hercule Poirot into the picture to help reach a solution. Read full book review >

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THIRTEEN AT DINNER by Agatha Christie
Released: Sept. 22, 1933

Another Hercule Poirot story, and one of the best, with a pleasant murderer, beautiful and dumb, with a dinner party, an impersonator, and plenty of gore. Read full book review >

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PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1970

"The action is spotty but then Agatha Christie is enough of a grande dame to get away with her grand design in the form of a morality rather than mystery play."
A geopolitical fantasia which radiates (divagates?) in all directions and begins with the use of agreeable Sir Stafford Nye, a diplomat, by a young woman on a plane and later his hijacking onto an investigating committee of the upheaval to come. Read full book review >

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THE REGATTA MYSTERY by Agatha Christie
Released: June 20, 1939

"But don't recommend it."
Without doubt this is the worst collection of second rate mysteries in short story from ever perpetrated — and published — by a writer whose standard is usually as dependably high as Agatha Christie's. Read full book review >

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AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Agatha Christie
Released: Nov. 14, 1977

"And the many fans who've hoped for the best from this last legacy will not be disappointed: they, along with readers who've never cared for whodunits, will find this year's Christie for Christmas an irresistible forget-me-not from a 'tradesman in a good honest trade' who made the most of her talent and her time."
Just to be alive is a grand thing," and Agatha Miller Christie Mallowan was alive for 85 years, the first 75 of which are recalled in this candid (to a point), devourable (utterly), and cheering autobiography—a memory book so buoyantly free of either artistic pretense or commercial imperative that the reading becomes, like the writing, "an indulgence." Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"The local murder ties in with Lamb's international case and provides him with romance— all the Christie ingredients in a master mix."
Agatha Christie always plays fair. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1976

"Dual Literary Guild selection for December in a two-in-one volume with The Murder at the Vicarage (which took place some time ago)."
Miss Marple, almost as if she knew she wouldn't be around much longer, is her most self-effacing while she watches and warns quietly that "murder in retrospect" is the equivalent of sleeping murder which like those dogs should be let lie. Read full book review >