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Publisher's Summary

Sir Claud Amory has discovered the formula for a new powerful explosive, which is stolen by one of the large household of relatives and friends. Locking everyone in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula on the table, no questions asked.
When the lights come on, however, he is dead, and Hercule Poirot, with assistance from Hastings and Inspector Japp, has to unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.
©1998 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved. Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne. Charles Osborne asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
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Critic Reviews

"Christie biographer Osborne's adaptation of the grande dame's 1930 play has been blessed by the Christie estate and heartily endorsed by her grandson Michael Prichard. It's a classic 'someone in this room is the murderer' tale set in 1934." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Symonne on 02-01-18

IMHO Nothing outshines this Poirot audio play

I thoroughly enjoy a good cozy mystery. This particular audio book outshines even my other favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. Quite possibly because it was written as a play; rather than a novel. The performance is excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rev. Kate on 07-09-16

Fabulous!

I only wish those idiot Directors of the David Suchet Christie novels would just produce the real stories, instead of thinking they are better than Agatha, and creating those absurd movies. She is the Queen of crime fiction and Suchet would be so awesome portraying the little detective in the real stories she made internationally famous!
As always, a fabulous story!
Exceptionally written.
Excellently performed by John Moffatt.
Great entertainment!
Enjoy it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 02-25-18

Black Coffee

Really enjoyed this with John Moffat 's narration it bought the text to life. If you like Christie's work then you should hopefully enjoy this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By R S on 01-22-18

Not quite a true Poirot

I could tell this was not written by Agatha Christie, but having never seen the stage show, I cannot tell whether the repeated motifs from other stories were original to the play, or have been introduced by the adapter. John Moffat's usual suave performance as Poirot, which manages to stay just short of parody, but is still true to the eccentricity of the little Belgian with the egg shaped head.

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