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Agatha Christie; Adapted by Charles Osborne

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Nearly a quarter-century after her death, Agatha Christie remains the most popular mystery writer of all time. Now, in a celebrated publishing event, fans and newcomers alike are treated to another Christie novel. Created in 1930 as a stage play and faithfully adapted by Charles Osborne, Black Coffee brings back beloved detective Hercule Poirot to exercise his "little grey cells" one more deliciously deductive time...

An urgent call from physicist Sir Claud Amory sends famed detective Hercule Poirot rushing from London to a sprawling country estate. Sir Claud fears a member of his own household wants to steal a secret formula destined for the Ministry of Defense. But Poirot arrives too late. The formula is missing. Worse, Sir Claud has been poisoned by his after-dinner coffee. Poirot soon identifies a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the mansion's occupants. Now he must find the formula and the killer...while letting no poison slip 'twix his low lips.

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"Poirot ... is lively and stimulating, like a fine black coffee, in this welcome addition to the Christie canon." -- Publishers Weekly

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Fiction Review: Black Coffee by Agatha Christie / Author, Charles Osborne / Author, Charles Osborne / Adapted by St. Martin's Press $22.95 (221p) ISBN 978-0-312-19241-9
Christie biographer Osborne's adaptation of the grande dame's 1930 play has been blessed by the Christie estate and heartily endorsed by her grandson Michael Prichard. It's a classic someone in this
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Agatha Christie; Adapted by Charles Osborne

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature—Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple—and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre. Christie was born in Torquay, Devon in 1890. She died in 1976 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

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Black Coffee
Agatha Christie; Adapted by Charles Osborne

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Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 1999
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312970079
ISBN10: 0312970072
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 290 pages
$7.99
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