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Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) (edition 1998)

by Agatha Christie, Charles Osborne (Adapter)

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Title:Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Other authors:Charles Osborne (Adapter)
Info:St. Martin's Minotaur (1998), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 240 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:contemporary mystery, 1990-2009, bookmooch, 96-100

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No one should ever attempt to write as Dame Christie. It's a crime that the cover of this book will lead many to think this is Christie writing. It is not Christie and it's not good. ( )
  agdbk | Apr 4, 2013 |
Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot and his friend and detecting partner Captain Arthur Hastings receive an urgent call for help from renowned physicist Sir Claud Amory. Sir Claud is absolutely convinced that a member of his own household is attempting to steal a secret formula created by Sir Claud, and destined for use by the Ministry of Defense. Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings travel to Sir Claud's sprawling mansion, only to discover that the famed physicist has been poisoned by his after-dinner coffee. The formula is also missing.

Now, the renowned private detective must discover who among the mansion's occupants has become desperate enough to kill Sir Claud. Hercule Poirot uncovers a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception as he tries to identify the murderer and locate the missing formula. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie was very good and I give it an A+! However, for the first time in reading an Agatha Christie mystery, I knew who the murderer was before I had finished reading the book. :) ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Nov 8, 2012 |
A locked room mystery with Poirot in charge. Written after Christie's death based on a play she wrote. Luckily the author read Christie and did her detective justice. ( )
  tricia013101 | Mar 11, 2012 |
Another great Christie mystery. Poirot is called to the house of a scientist friend who needs the impeccable detective to solve the mystery of a theft - and then murder.

This was originally a play and was novelized well after Christie's death. The play had a good run but wasn't as successful as some of her other plays. Although the novelization wasn't strictly penned by her, it still fits very well within the Poirot cannon. ( )
  lizzybeans11 | Jan 1, 2012 |
Not really an original Christie, this, and it shows in the writing. Originally a play, Black Coffee has been adapted as a novel here (with permission of Christie's family) by Charles Osborne. It's a good locked room mystery, and would be great fun as a stage performance, but as a novel it isn't quite up to Christie's usual standard. Also, the font size is large, for some reason, for a paperback (it isn't meant to be a large print edition) which kept throwing me off. ( )
  DoskoiPanda | Sep 3, 2011 |
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Hercule Poirot sat at breakfast in his small but agreeably cosy flat in Whitehall Mansions.
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Black Coffee was originally a play by Agatha Christie published in 1934 by A. Ashley and son. It was adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne, published 1998 by St. Martin Press. Please do not merge the two records.
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Black Coffee is an adaptation of an Agatha Christie play. It was written into novel form posthumously by Charles Osborne.

In the book, Sir Claud Amory, who has been working on an important scientific formula, suspects that one of his family members is trying to steal his formula. Poirot is called in to discover the suspected thief and instead finds himself investigating not only a theft but a murder...
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Subtitled A Hercule Poirot Novel, Black Coffee is actually an Agatha Christie play recrafted as a book meant to be read rather than seen on the stage. The story was first produced in 1930, and Charles Osborne has done little to it except string the dialogue and stage directions together in paragraph form. Christie loyalists will welcome and applaud his dedication to the original, but it does seem as though he could have given it a bit more flair. Still, Poirot himself, bumbling Captain Hastings, and obsequious George are all in good form and it is amusing to find them engaged in another adventure, with an interesting assortment of possible murderers, blackmailers, and innocent (if suspicious) bystanders.

The novel opens as Poirot receives a summons at his breakfast table from England's premier physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Busy working on a new formula necessary for England's defense in the Second World War, Amory suspects a member of his household of espionage. Of course, by the time Poirot and sidekick Hastings arrive at the scientist's country house, he is suddenly and mysteriously dead. Amory himself turns out to have been not quite nice, and his family, regardless of his scientific efforts, is pretty pleased with the new state of affairs. Still, Poirot manages both to save the more amiable members of the household from themselves and to protect the secrets of the British Empire. The novel is warmly evocative of another time and place and a welcome reminder of vintage Christie. --K.A. Crouch

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An urgent call from physicist Sir Claud Amory sends famed detective Hercule Poirot rushing from London to a sprawling country estate. Sir Claud fears a member of his own household wants to steal a secret formula destined for the Ministry of Defense. But Poirot arrives too late. The formula is missing. Worse, Sir Claud has been poisoned by his after-dinner coffee. Poirot soon identifies a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the mansion's occupants. Now he must find the formula and the killer...while letting no poison slip 'twix his low lips.… (more)

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