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The hound of death: And other stories (original 1933; edition 1964)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:The hound of death: And other stories
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Fontana (1964), Edition: Reprint, 190 pages
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The Hound of Death and Other Stories by Agatha Christie (1933)



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Points for trying, okay? Anyone who has written 70-odd books in the one genre can’t be faulted for trying their hand at something else. In her earlier years, Dame Agatha sought to experiment with the supernatural and macabre. Many of these short stories are supernatural in nature, and all but one of them are forgettable. Elements of the otherworldly would end up creating some of her finer books in the late period – "Endless Night", "Hallowe’en Party" - but Christie’s writing style simply doesn’t lend itself to the requisite spookiness.

By and large, the ‘standard’ stories fare no better, with one exception: 'Witness for the Prosecution', a clever tale which would subsequently become a famous play, and later a film.

One-and-a-half stars (for 'Witness')

[US readers will find these stories scattered throughout "Double Sin", "The Golden Ball" and "Witness for the Prosecution"] ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
A collection of uncanny tales by Agatha Christie. An enjoyable change from her usual work but I had the feeling I've read most of them before, though the book wasn't in my LT collection. Spooky! ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 5, 2017 |
Although the cover doesn't indicate it, this is actually a book full of short stories. Agatha Christie is often referred to as a master of crime, however this book doesn't focus on crime the way her others do. Most of them are of murder. The short stories in this book mainly focus on mysterious events, usually focusing on the occult. There is quite a mixture. Several feature mediums, while others talk of the exchange of souls. Some have a good explanation, while others leave you wondering exactly what happened.

I have a harder time reading short stories, mainly because in general, I find that there really isn't a plot to be drawn into and their isn't enough of the writing to be drawn to the characters. These weren't too bad though. The focus on the occult and unexplainable kept my focus away from the actual plot and characters. Overall I liked this book. I have yet to find a Christie that I don't. ( )
  Tanya-D | Jan 15, 2016 |
This is a collection of twelve short stories, stories of unexplained phenomena, in most cases tales of the supernatural rather than detective stories.

Of the twelve stories I think The Witness for the Prosecution is the best. Agatha Christie later wrote a play based on this story which has subsequently been adapted for film and television. It’s the story of Leonard Vole, a young man who has been arrested for the murder of an elderly lady, Miss Emily French. He befriended this rich lonely old woman who left him everything in her will. He protests his innocence and is astounded when Romaine (who lives with him as his wife) refuses to back up his story at the trial. It is up to his lawyer Mr Mayherne to get to the truth.

I also liked the more supernatural stories – those with no explanation and those where the supernatural either have natural, scientific explanations or are plain con tricks. The narrator in The Hound of Death is unsure of how to view the events during the First World War where a Belgian nun, Sister Marie Angelique is said to have caused her convent to explode when it was invaded by German soldiers.

There are stories of premonitions, intuition or a sixth sense, stories of seances, haunted houses, nightmares, amnesia and a very strange tale The Call of Wings in which a millionaire hears a tune, played by man with no legs. ( )
  BooksPlease | Aug 20, 2009 |
Interesting but patchy collection of short stories about the unexplained. They are thought provoking but I have read scarier. ( )
  riverwillow | Jul 20, 2008 |
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The Hound of Death
The Red Signal
The Fourth Man
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The Lamp
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The Mystery of the Blue Jar
The Strange Case of Sir Andrew Carmichael
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Twelve unexplained phenomena with no apparent earthly explanation .... twelve chilling mysteries.

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