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Subtitled "A New Hercule Poirot Novel", Black Coffee is actually an Agatha Christie play ... more

recrafted as a book meant to be read rather than
seen on the stage. The story was first  produced
in 1930, and Charles Osborne has done little to it
except string the dialogue and stage  directions
together in paragraph form. Christie loyalists
will welcome and applaud his dedication to the 
original, but it does seem as though he could have
given it a bit more flair. Still, Poirot himself, 
bumbling Captain Hastings, and obsequious George
are all in good form and it is amusing to find
them  engaged in another adventure, with an
interesting assortment of possible murderers,
blackmailers, and  innocent (if suspicious)
bystanders.   The novel opens as Poirot receives a
summons at his breakfast table from England's
premier physicist,  Sir Claud Amory. Busy working
on a new formula necessary for England's defence
in the second world  war, Amory suspects a member
of his household of espionage. Of course, by the
time Poirot and  sidekick Hastings arrive at the
scientist's country house, he is mysteriously
dead. Amory himself turns  out to have been not so
nice, and his family, regardless of his scientific
efforts, is pretty pleased with  the new state of
affairs. Still, Poirot manages both to save the
more amiable members of the household  from
themselves and to protect the secrets of the
British Empire. The novel is warmly evocative of 
another time and place and a welcome reminder of
vintage Christie. --K.A. Crouch

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Black Coffee (Poirot): Novelisation - Agatha Christie

Black Coffee (Poirot): Novelisation - Agatha Christie

Black Coffee Fans of Christie are treated to this 1930 stage play adapted to novel by ... more

Charles Osborne. Beloved detective Hercule Poirot
is summoned by a physicist to prevent the theft of
a secret formula destined for the Ministry of
Defense. By the time he arrives, the formula is
missing and the physicist has been poisoned. Now
he must find the formula and the killer. Martin's
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Black Coffee: Novelisation By Agatha Christie (paperback, 1999)

Black Coffee: Novelisation By Agatha Christie (paperback, 1999)

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Title Black Coffee: Novelisation
Author Agatha Christie
Publisher Harpercollins Publishers
EAN 9780006511373
Release Date 05.07.1999
Type Fiction
Genre Crime
ISBN 0006511376

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