The Secret of Chimneys

The Secret of Chimneys

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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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

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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. What is The Secret of Chimneys? A young drifter finds out when a favor for a friend pulls him into the heart of a deadly conspiracy in this captivating classic from Agatha Christie.

Editorial Reviews

Kate Mosse
“Agatha Christie was a revolutionary writer, one of the first to make the detective story accessible, with clean, easy prose.”
Literary Review
“Will keep the reader guessing until the very end.”
Library Journal
The Secret of Chimneys (1925), Christie's third novel, comes from the period when romance was almost as important to her as crime. Each of the guests at Chimneys, a country estate, is suspected of the murder of a foreign nobleman. Two of the accused, a young widowed aristocrat and a young man of seemingly dubious background, find themselves falling in love as they join forces to solve the case. Blackmail, a politician's memoirs, and a notorious thief, are mixed expertly into the highly entertaining plot. A French detective and a no-nonsense English cop seem to be prototypes for Hercule Poirot and Inspector Japp, who look into the puzzling death of Hercule's dentist in One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, from 1940. Hercule must solve the crime while preventing further deaths, with prominent financier Alistair Blunt a much-threatened target. As wonderful as Hugh Fraser is as Captain Hastings in the television adaptations of the Poirot tales, he is even better as the reader of both novels. Highly recommended for popular collections.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062074157
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
97,378
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Kate Mosse
“Agatha Christie was a revolutionary writer, one of the first to make the detective story accessible, with clean, easy prose.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Secret of Chimneys 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Nuronfire More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. The first time I read it I found it on my grandmother's shelf. It was a nice change from the usual characters I had been reading and I enjoyed the twists. A fun read.
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This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. The digital version is pretty good. There are a couple of times where the word or punctuation didn't transfer over correctly. But, on the whole, it was pretty well done.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
Well I finished my latest book in the challenge last night and I'm still loving what I read. The Secret of Chimneys is now among my favorite Agatha Christie books. There is a new super couple in the Christie world for me. The characters of Anthony Cade and Virginia Revel are so great together. The chemistry they have is amazing and makes me think that Agatha was very much in love at one point in her life. Anthony is that rugged, good looking adventurer we all wish we could meet. Virginia is that witty, fearless woman that you can't help but admire and adore. Together they are perfection and I really hope (though won't hold my breath for) another appearance from them. The basic storyline, actually there is not basic storyline, this is one of the most convoluted story lines to date and I loved every moment of it. You take everything you want in a mystery story and throw it all together into one beautiful mix. Royals in disguise, murder, memoirs, jewel thief's, secret identities, humongous mansions with secret rooms, codes, and I could go on and on but this book has it all. And it works together. From a lesser author this would not have worked, but under Agatha Christie's skill is all blends perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've inly caught the Agatha Christie bug quite recently. Ive been reading her novels, and short stories, in order of date published. I find her writing fresh & entertaining. Highly recommend her books. She doesn't dissapoint.
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I think it is excellent, I loved the plot and the many unexpected turns the mystery took. I found myself suspecting all the wrong people and then suspecting more wrong people. and a really interesting and surprising ending. Well written and fun. Any fans of Agatha Christie will certainly enjoy it.