Friday, November 4, 2011

The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

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The Seven Dials Mystery
by Agatha Christie

ISBN: 0-553-35051-X
Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Released: 1929, 1986

Source: Borrowed from the library.

Book Description from Back Cover:
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--a 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...

My Review:
The Seven Dials Mystery is a historical mystery set in England. (It was, of course, a contemporary mystery at the time it was written.) The detectives were Bundle and Superintendent Battle.

The mystery was a clever one that kept me guessing to the end. Despite all the clues, the only way a reader could correctly guess whodunit is if they realized Christie didn't follow the "mystery rules" in this one. The characters were engaging and the tone lighthearted. The suspense was created by physical danger to Bundle and friends and by curiosity about whodunit.

There was some explicit bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this entertaining, clever mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read Chapter One using Google Preview.

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