Towards Zero: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

Towards Zero: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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Lady Tresselian invites several guests to stay at her seaside house at Gull’s Point. Against her better judgment, she has allowed her late husband’s ward, handsome tennis ace Neville Strange, and his wife Kay to come at the same time as Neville’s ex-wife Audrey. Other guests include Mary, Lady Tresselian’s companion; Ted, Kay’s ever-present friend; Thomas, a family friend who has just returned from spending the war in Africa; and Lady Tresselian’s old friend Lord Justice Treves. When death visits Gull’s Point the house party is thrown into turmoil. It is left to Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Leach and Mr. MacWhirter, an ex-detective who is also house guest, to solve the case.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408410325
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Towards Zero 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This was a fantastic book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes I agree with the 13 year old reviewer above. How can anyone not like this book? No doubt the title is too pessimistic and I was avoiding this book all these years because to me it seemed to be some nuclear science bore.I mean the title was such But it has an unusual Agatha Christie plot because this time the killer is shown breifly at the beginning of the story.(Of course the identity and even sex being kept secret). I find this as the most eerie and baffling of all A.C. plots may be because of the absence of any detective. It even has many loose ends that are joint and logically linked up as the plot progresses. In short it is about a retired solicitor, a tennis star his new goodlooking wife, his first unhappy wife, first wife's faithful lover, an old an infirm lady,the tennis star's friend who wooes his new wife, some seemingly insignifacant persons and a care-taker of a house where a strange coincidence brings all the characters together which is nothing but a part of a fool-proof plan to murder. I have never enjoyed any other book of Christie before to be frank it even surpasses her detective plots. In any case this is not to be missed.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is an unusual story due to it's layout. Right at the start, one of the characters states his theory on murder. He stresses the importance of the preamble to murder. The murder, itself, is merely a culmination of many bits and pieces. And that, is how Christie lays out this story. We are shown an array of people and events over a period of several months; essentially, all the bits and pieces. They culminate at a house party. It's there the reader starts to really feel the tension Christie has been building. You know the blow is coming, but, as per usual with Christie, things are not always obvious.
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Forensic213 More than 1 year ago
There are few books as consistantly satisfying as Agatha Christie novels (with the less said about her "suspense" books, the better,) and "Towards Zero" is no exception. With a stated theme of "what comes before the murder is infinitely more important than the act itself," the book details the small group of acquaintances, most related in some familial way, who talk with, argue with, love, and hate each other--until one of them dies. This is one of the few Superintendent Battle books, the police officer who is one of the lesser-known of Christie's detectives. There is a reason for this--while he shows himself to be a very capable, no-nonsense detective, he lacks the larger personality of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. This does not really detract for the story at all; it simply makes it less of a candidate for popularity as the others. My only real complaint about the book is that the foreshadowing about one character is not subtly done at all, and becomes quite obtrusive. What the foreshadowing means, of course I will not say--it's the technique itself that is annoying. I do recommend this book, especially if you've already read most of the rest of Christie's corpus and yearn for more. It's a good, solid read, with much of the packaging and style that makes Agatha Christie the Queen of Mystery.
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glauver More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie assembled the elements of a very good suspense mystery. Then she was unable to tie them together. Her hero, Superintendent Battle, was cut from gray cardboard and her upper crust suspects were straight from Central Casting. Even Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would have been a ray of sunshine in this dreary menagerie. The victims were lucky; they didn't have to read this book. Finally, the implausible conclusion ambled in from left field and fell headlong over second base Everyone but the killer lived happily ever after. There must be a reason for Dame Agatha's success, but I confess it eludes me.
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