There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance. Published in 1945, Sparkling Cyanide is all about remembrance. It begins with six characters recalling the horrific death of Rosemary Barton, a beautiful but shallow young heiress poisoned by a cyanide-spiked glass of champagne whilst celebrating her birthday at a smart London restaurant. Rosemary haunts all six characters, each of them a suspect, throughout the story - and it's not until her killer is found and her ghost laid to rest that the group can move on, though they will never forget. With a distinguished cast including Peter Wight and Amanda Drew, this wonderfully entertaining production retains the thrill of Agatha Christie's clever, compulsive story.
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Good performance/Typical Christie plot
BBC productions always rate highly, especially on sale.
Most interesting is the mathematical possibilities between four couples...
Least interesting is why points of view are limited until the denouement...
Where the poisoning occurs..."Black Coffee" is another example.
My disappointment was not in the performances, but in the plot, which was not predictable due to hidden information...A second listening may prove me wrong...
Still a good buy and proof that troupe performances make for good entertainment!
- Cheryl Waters
- Michele Harmon