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Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
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Sparkling Cyanide (1943)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Colonel Race (4)

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It didn't take long to get completely absorbed in this one. And while I ended up being--at least partially--right about who the guilty party was (though completely and totally wrong about motive), Ms. Christie had me doubting myself pretty much right away.

I also didn't realize this was the fourth in the Colonel Race books, but fortunately, this definitely stands alone. ( )
  stellar_raven | Jun 13, 2018 |
A Colonel Race mystery. I enjoyed this Agatha Christie. A lot of misdirection and red herrings in this one. A fun read. Recommended to mystery lovers. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
A suicide that didn't seem likely at a birthday party full of people who had all sorts of reasons to want the person unalive.
Another good Christie mystery. ( )
  electrascaife | Jun 3, 2017 |
A very ingenious plot that starts a bit too slowly and develops into lots of surprises. Highly recommend it for fans of Christie or mystery novels. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
This may have been my first stand alone Agatha Christie so no Miss Jane Marple or Hercule Poirot. A year before, a wealthy and beautiful woman, Rosemary Barton, took a sip of champagne at a party at a hotel and died. The police couldn't prove anything so decided she had killed herself after being ill with influenza. Her younger sister, Iris Marle, inherited the money and lived with Rosemary's husband and an elderly aunt. The husband, George, gets a mysterious letter saying Rosemary didn't kill herself and starts to get suspicious. Iris finds an old letter from Rosemary to her lover but it isn't addressed. George Barton decides to recreate the scene a year after Rosemary's death. Meanwhile, Iris has fallen for Anthony Browne who was present when Rosemary died and who may have been involved with Rosemary. Turns out Rosemary was involved with another man. At the second party, the same thing happens and George takes a sip of champagne and dies but it seems no one could have added poison to the glass. The local officer with help solves the impossible case.
  taurus27 | Oct 4, 2016 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anthony, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bailey, RobinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyquist, GunvorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Six people were thinking of

Rosemary Barton

who had died nearly a year ago...
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Iris Marle was thinking about her sister, Rosemary.
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This book was published as Remembered Death in the US and Sparkling Cyanide in the UK. It is based on a short story Yellow Iris, which featured Hercule Poirot as the detective.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312981295, Mass Market Paperback)

It's been less than a year since beautiful heiress Rosemary Barton took her own life during a birthday dinner in her honor. Her husband George never believed that his fun-loving wife would commit suicide--especially now that he's received two anonymous letters that suggest cold-blooded murder. One implicates even George himself. It's true he long suffered Rosemary's infidelities. But what about her embittered sister who was left out of the family will? Or any of Rosemary's secret lovers, not to mention their betrayed wives? Now one of them has ever forgotten Rosemary. Nor has any one of them ever forgiven her. But only one of them killed her...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:35 -0400)

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Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary, in solemn memory of Rosemary Barton, who died at the same table, exactly one year previously.

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