By Agatha Christie
A full-length Hercule Poirot novel, tailored from Agatha Christie’s level play by way of Charles Osborne
Sir Claud Amory’s progressive new formulation for a strong explosive is stolen. Locking his house-guests within the library, Sir Claud switches off the lighting to permit the thief to switch the formulation, no questions requested. whilst the lighting come on, he's lifeless, and Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings need to get to the bottom of a tangle of relatives feuds, outdated flames and suspicious foreigners to discover the killer and stop an international catastrophe.
BLACK espresso used to be Agatha Christie’s first playscript, initially played in 1930 and made right into a now rarely-seen movie the subsequent 12 months. Combining her often beguiling plot and glowing discussion along with his personal devoted narrative, Charles Osborne’s novelisation is ‘A priceless addition to the Christie canon’ (The Spectator)
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