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A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. It contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail and lead to the murder of a stranger who's been shadowing Anthony's every move. Discovering the dead man's identity means retracing his steps to ...
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A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. It contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail and lead to the murder of a stranger who's been shadowing Anthony's every move. Discovering the dead man's identity means retracing his steps to the rambling estate of Chimneys where darker secrets, and deadlier threats, await anyone who dares to enter.
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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.
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“Will keep the reader guessing until the very end.”
Kate Mosse
“Agatha Christie was a revolutionary writer, one of the first to make the detective story accessible, with clean, easy prose.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572703865
  • Publisher: Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 6 cassettes, 8 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.06 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.68 (d)

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Agatha Christie

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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Chimneys Have Never Been Such Fun

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    An Entertaining Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Always a good read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Christie never fails to keep me guessing. Highly entertaining.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    An absolutely supreme book

    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.

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