Hercule Poirot has saved the day again, just barley avoiding anything in his coffee. Mystery, murder, what is not to like?
From: "The Agatha Christie Companion - The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie's Life and Work"
Given Agatha Christie's love for the theatre, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at stage writing. Eventually "Black Coffee" was pulled together and in 1930 opened in the West End and had a modest run. Poirot was protraid by Francis L. Sullivan.
Over a quarter of a century after her death, Christie remains the most popular mystery writer of all times. With the adaptation of "Black Coffee" by Charles Osborne, fans and newcomers alike were treated to another Christie novel. "Black Coffee" brings back the 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 Defence. 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 decetpion amid the mansion's occupants. Now he must find the formula and the killer...while letting no poison slip 'twix his own lips.
You can never go wrong with an Agatha Christie and with the little gray cells of Hercule Poirot the killer will be ensnared without the tiniest details missed.
First penned as a stage production, Black Coffee has been rewritten by her grandson Michal Pritchard.
Set in the early 1930's, Sir Claud Amory, an atomic scientist, has invited Poirot to his estate to personally transport a formula back to London. Sir Claud realizes that the formula is missing and offers his family and guests one minute in total darkness to return the formula with no questions asked. Well, one minute is all it takes to murder Sir Claud. Upon his arrival, Hercule Poirot is enlisted into finding both the formula and the killer.
Of course Agatha gives us a whole room full of likely suspects, each with their own secrets and story, but with Captain Hastings at his side, Poirot makes quick work of this very captivating who-done-it.
This is a wonderful book...I got it Friday and had finished it 3 days later, just reading in my spare time!
This is one of many books I have of Christie's, all of them keep you thinking