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 fixtures to permit the thief to exchange the formulation, no questions requested. whilst the lighting come on, he's lifeless, and Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings need to resolve a tangle of kin feuds, outdated flames and suspicious foreigners to discover the killer and stop a world catastrophe.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 in general beguiling plot and glowing discussion together with his personal trustworthy narrative, Charles Osborne’s novelisation is ‘A beneficial addition to the Christie canon’ (The Spectator)
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She might have screamed before the butler was out of earshot. He had just had to chance it. ” He came and sat in the opposite corner of the sofa, after which he put out his hand and said in a pleasant conversational voice, “Well, Linnet, I thought it would be you, but I had to make sure. ” As she continued to gaze at him in frozen horror he took her by the hand. “My dear girl, pull yourself together! ” Perhaps it was the warm, virile clasp and the dancing light in the dark eyes, perhaps it was the memories which these evoked.
Standing like that, she felt the warmth of the fire beat against the cold of her body. No, it wasn’t just her body that was cold. It was something no fire could ever warm again. There was a chintz-covered chair drawn up to the hearth. She sank down on it and buried her face in her hands. In the study Gregory Porlock was pouring out drinks. “Glad you were able to make it early. ” Geoffrey Masterman resembled his sister rather strongly. No one seeing them together could be in any doubt as to their relationship.
As she continued to gaze at him in frozen horror he took her by the hand. “My dear girl, pull yourself together! ” Perhaps it was the warm, virile clasp and the dancing light in the dark eyes, perhaps it was the memories which these evoked. Her gaze wavered. ” Gregory Porlock nodded. “I don’t look dead—do I? ” He had both of her hands by now, and he could feel them quivering and jerking like two little frightened wild things. He kept his hold of them and said, “Come along, wake up! There’s nothing for you to get into a state about.