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Title:The Mousetrap
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Dell (1977), Paperback
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Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie (1952)



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I can see why this play enjoyed such a long run! Great take on the country home mystery, a new guest house (sort of like a bed & breakfast but serving all meals) opens one winter day, coincidentally when a blizzard is occurring. On the radio as the play opens is the news of a murder in London...

I am a Christie fan but for some reason have never read this play before. It is very well done and she manages to make the audience suspect each person in turn and yet the guilty person is still a surprise! Sadly, it might not appeal to today's young people as the plot does depend on the murderer cutting the telephone wire to isolate the house even more -- the prevalence today of cell phones has made this whole subgenre of mysteries obsolete (or at least dependent on exotic circumstances).

Note: I read this in the omnibus "The Mousetrap and Other Plays" ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 4, 2015 |
This story is the basis for the West End play The Mouse Trap which had its first performance in 1952.
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The play began life as a short radio play broadcast on 30 May 1947 called Three Blind Mice in honour of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. The play had its origins in the real-life case of the death of a boy, Dennis O'Neill, who died while in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945.

The play is based on a short story, itself based on the radio play, but Christie asked that the story not be published as long as it ran as a play in the West End of London. The short story has still not been published within the United Kingdom but it has appeared in the United States in the 1950 collection Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

When she wrote the play, Christie gave the rights to her grandson Matthew Prichard as a birthday present. In the United Kingdom, only one production of the play in addition to the West End production can be performed annually,[2] and under the contract terms of the play, no film adaptation can be produced until the West End production has been closed for at least six months.

The story Three Blind Mice was written in 1947, and published in the US in 1950.

The story is really a novella and the action slips past very quickly. Once the guest house becomes cut off by a snow storm, the tension builds and a murder takes place. There is a dramatic quality to the events, or is it just that I know that it is the basis of The Mouse Trap? One can imagine these events being played out on a stage.

Following the tradition with The Mouse Trap there will be no revealing of how the plot works out here. For the record, I did work out who the murderer was.
I am glad I read it. ( )
  smik | Jul 21, 2015 |
Yeah, I finally got back Poriot and Miss Marple and the novelization of Moustrap. The short stories are never quite as enjoyable as the full length novels but good nonetheless.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
This is my second book of short stories for the Cool Down with AC read a long this summer. So far I am really liking the short stories and stand alone novels best. This book was one of my favorites in the reading challenge so far. This book includes the play, The Mouse Trap that has been transformed into the short story Three Blind Mice in this book. The Mouse Trap is the longest running play in England. The story uses one of Christie's most famous plot devices, strangers trapped in isolation with a killer as one by one people die. I could not figure out the killer for the life of me. I always get it wrong and Christie's cleverness amazes me every time. In addition to Three Blind mice there are several other short stories included.

Other stories include:

Strange Jest feature a cameo by Jane Helier last seen in The Tuesday Club Murders. In this story Miss Marple is recruited to help in a quest for treasure. The outcome of the treasure was just like in the Audrey Hepburn movie, Charade.

The Tape Measure Murder is also a Miss Marple story. In this story a woman is found murdered and naturally the husband is the obvious suspect. Of course nothing is ever as it seems in a Christie story.

The next Miss Marple story, The Case of the Perfect Maid uses a plot device seen in Tuesday Club Murders and the Clocks in which a person impersonates another in order to commit a crime.

The final Miss Marple entry, The Case of the Caretaker is shortened version of an idea that was developed into the full length novel, Endless Night which is my all time favorite Christie.

The Third Floor flat is a Hercule Poirot story in which he must solve the murder of a woman in her flat. It's an especially clever tale.

The Adventure of Johnny Waverly is also a Hercule Poirot mystery reminiscent of the Lindberg kidnapping though of course with a Christie twist. This story is rare in that there is a happy ending to the crime.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a Hercule Poirot short using the impersonation plot device earlier seen in the Marple story.

The final short story is The Love Detectives which has Mr. Satterthwaite who was seen in Three Act Tragedy. The story is very much like the full length novel Murder at the Vicarage, the first book to feature Miss Marple. This is a story where the people who committed the murder are the obvious suspects, the mystery lies in why they would confess to the crime.

For anyone who might be uninitiated with Agatha Christie novels as I was at the start of the summer should start with the short stories. I think they are like a sampler platter of Poirot and Marple guaranteed to whet the appetite for more of the Queen of Crime. ( )
  arielfl | Jul 22, 2011 |
I didn't realize that this was a re-read (way way back in high school when I swiped one of my grandmother's Agatha Christies off her shelf). This is collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Harley Quinn (only one story though but I never much liked him). Again relived some of my favorites: The Third Floor Flat, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly and Four and Twenty Blackbirds. ( )
  screamingbanshee | Oct 1, 2009 |
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Three Blind Mice
Three Blind Mice

See how they run
See how they run

They all ran after the farmer's wife
She cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three blind mice
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It was very cold. (Three Blind Mice)
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Originally published as The Mousetrap. Do not combine with the short story Three blind mice
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Three blind mice
Miss Jane Marple
The Case of the caretaker
The Case of the perfect maid
Strange Jest
Tape-measure Murder
M. Hercule Poirot
The Third-floor Flat
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Mr. Quin & Mr. Satterthwaite
The Love Detectives

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A building snowstorm was not an auspicious beginning, but Molly and Giles Davis were determined to make a go of tier new guest house.  How could they know that among their first guests at snowbound Monkswell Manor was a murderer - a fiend who had already killed one "blind mouse" and was now waiting to pounce on numbers 2 & 3.

"Three Blind Mice" is the basis for the famous play "The Mousetrap", which opened in London in 1952, and is not the longest-running play in the English language.

It was very cold. THe sky was dark and heavy with unshed snow.
a man in a dark overcoat, with his muffler pulled up round his face, and his hat pulled down over his eyes, came along Culver St and went up the steps of number 74. He put his finger on the bell and heard it shrilling in the basement below.
Wheezing a little, Mrs. Casey toiled up the basement stairs and opened the door.
The man asked in a whisper "Mrs. Lyon?"
"Second Floor," said Mrs. Casey. "Go on up and knock."
When the man got round the bend of the staircase he began to whistle softly. The time he whistled was "Three Blind Mice." ....
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425068064, Mass Market Paperback)

Nine short mysteries feature sleuths Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, in a collection whose title story finds the guests of Monkswell Manor trapped inside by a snowstorm while a killer is on the loose. Reissue.

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Ablinding snowstorm--and a homicidal maniac--traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The MousetrapNew York Times).… (more)

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