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Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (1943)

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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 |
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 |
I loved the structure of the first part of the book, then Christie reverts to a more conventional format. Kind of disapp0inting, but still a solid Christie mystery and worth reading.
  AnnAnderson | Jun 25, 2016 |
Book Description The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to William Morrow Paperbacks. In Sparkling Cyanide, Christie seats six—including a murderer—around a dining table set for seven , one year to the day that a beautiful heiress was poisoned in that very room.

My Review This was a light easy read but very enjoyable. It had a good plot with well-drawn characters and kept me guessing until the very end. I liked the fact that everyone had a motive which made guessing the murderer a lot harder. I had not read a Christie book for a couple of years and it was good to read one again. I look forward to reading more of her books which I haven't read yet. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
? ? ? ? ? Luxembourg of what was known to be the side effects of post-flu depression...

All of Rosemary's inheritance from her family goes to her sister Iris; should anything happen to Iris, the money goes to Aunt Lucilla Drake (whose only son, Victor, is a very bad lot).

George has received anonymous letters to the effect that Rosemary was poisoned and after discussing the matter w/ his old friend, Colonel Race, decides to lay a trap for the murderer at another dinner at the Luxembourg, by the end of the evening George too is dead from poisoning....

At dinner were the same people as the prior year's fatal dinner: Iris (George's sister-in-law & Rosemary's younger sister); Ruth (George's secretary whom both George & Rosemary relied on to take care of all details and who is in love w/ George); Anthony Browne (a shady character now in love w/ Iris); Stephen Farraday (a minor MP & Rosemary's eager to escape lover); and Alexandra Farraday (Stehphen's wife who would do anything to keep her marriage intact).

As a few days pass, it becomes apparent that Iris is also in danger, she is nearly run down by a car, and then she is found in her room w/ the door sealed and her head next to the grate w/ the gas running......

There is no loss for suspects, and most all disliked Rosemary....

I liked the story, I liked the characters and I found the story so intriguing that I read it in one sitting. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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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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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...

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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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