The Seven Dials Mystery

The Seven Dials Mystery

Large Print - 1984
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Reclusive tycoon Sir Oswald Coote and his melancholy wife, Lady Coote, have hit upon the ideal plan to spice up their quiet lives. They'll host a lavish weekend party at Chimneys. their isolated estate, and invite only "bright young things." But the festive mood is clouded by doom. A practical joke involving seven clocks and a sleeping guest has ended in accidental death--and cause for alarm. For the guests may not be all that they appear. And as whispers of a strange club called Seven Dials echo through the halls of Chimneys, all hands will be pointing to murder...
Publisher: Leicestershire : F.A. Thorpe, 1984.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780708910979
0708910971
Branch Call Number: LPLB84100
Characteristics: 378 p. ;,22 cm.

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pattypi
Jul 02, 2016

Even though this isn't my favorite Agatha Christie, she still surprised with who the killer turned out to be.

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DorisWaggoner
Feb 03, 2016

A "thriller" without Christie's usual detectives, set between the wars, quite satirical. A lavish weekend country house party falls apart when the rich young things play a joke on one of their number. It falls very flat when the wrong number of alarm clocks fail to wake him, and he ends up dead. Bundle, a very bright young woman, plays sleuth, misunderstand why a second friend is murdered. She and a third friend infiltrate a secret international criminal gang, that of the Seven Dials. They almost keep Superintendent Battle from protecting her life and solving the murders. Great fun, in spite of the mayhem.

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janwishart
Jul 08, 2015

Good story - not the best in this series, but still good

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newfieshawn
Oct 22, 2014

Very much enjoyed this book what an excellent twist at the end sure fooled me. Agatha Christie is my all time fav and cant wait to read more of her excellent books.

EuSei Aug 02, 2014

This is a 1929 book by Mrs. Christie that has been adapted into an excellent movie—with John Guielgud perfectly incarnated in the skin of the Marquis of Caterhan, and James Warwick from “Tommy & Tuppence” playing the bad guy. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a quite surprising end that I defy you to guess! It’s a young Agatha Christie at her best. It reintroduces superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen (aka Bundle), who had their first appearances at Chimney’s; they are back to solve a entangled net of international espionage. Now, brace yourselves for the Introduction by Val McDermid… He warns readers of Christie’s lack of political correctness—I kid you not!—as if we were a bunch of little kids who need guidance. He then lectures readers on the shortcomings of “hidebound” Conservatism (to which he, at least admits, Mrs. Christie was a partisan); Conservatives, it seems, are a bunch of bigots, intolerant, narrow-minded creatures… I don’t know about others, but I enjoy reading authors such as Christie, Buchan, Sapper or Mason not only because of their literary capacities, but also BECAUSE of their lack of PC, so I’d appreciate the absence of this kind of “introduction”!

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darrylhahn
Aug 28, 2012

This is one of the very rare times that I can say that this book could be used for " milk of amnesia " ( Robin Williams )., It did not have either Mis Jane Marple or Hucule Poiroit as the main slueth of the book

Was a let down

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