The Unexpected Guest Author:Agatha Christie Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is regarded by generations of fans as the greatest mystery writer of all time, and her novels are read and cherished the world over. In 1998, the novelization of Agatha Christie's Black Coffee took the country ... more »by storm. A New York Times bestseller, it was hailed by critics and Christie's legion of fans alike. Now, for all those whose appetites were only sharpened by a taste of Christie comes The Unexpected Guest. In the middle of the night in rural Scotland, Michael Starkwedder has run his car into a ditch and must go to the nearest house to seek help. But downstairs in this house, he discovers a murdered man in a wheelchair and a woman holding a recently fired gun. But what seems obvious isn't and the story that unfolds is classic Christie - a tangled web of lies and cover-ups, where nothing can be taken at face value, and the murderer and motive is the greatest mystery of all. Originally written by Agatha Christie as a play in 1958, The Unexpected Guest, now adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne, has returned to spellbind and delight newcomers and longtime devotees alike.« less
I really liked this book. It was the first one I read based on an Agatha Christie play. Osborne did a great job making it sound like one of Christie's books. The ending was unexpected (ha-ha!) and a book I've enjoyed reading again and again.
Adaptation by Charles Osborne of her play of the same title. Richard Warwick is dead. Who shot him in the head? His wife? Her lover? The distraught litigant? The gardner? His valet? The nurse? His mother? His loony half-brother? Suspicion shifts among them scene by scene. So does the motive for whacking him. See if you can outwit Auntie Agatha.