Black Coffee

Black Coffee

Book - 1999 | St. Martin's Paperbacks ed.
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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 Defense. 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 deception amid the mansion's occupants. Now he must find the formula and the killer...while letting no poison slip 'twix his own lips.
Publisher: New York : St. Martins Paperbacks, 1999, c1997.
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9780312970079
0312970072
Branch Call Number: FIC OSBORNE
Characteristics: 290 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha 1890-1976. Black coffee.

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EuSei Dec 18, 2014

This is a book adaptation of Agatha Christie’s homonymous play. Actually, reading the book one can easily imagine a sate. Unfortunately Mr. Osborne is never able to emulate Mrs. Christie’s style. He sometimes gets really close, but falls back into descriptions she would have easily inserted in or in-between character speeches. There are many awkward moments, such as this: “Richard moved to the phone, lifted the receiver and asked for the number.” Mrs. Christie, I believe, never describes unimportant actions in minutia. One thing surprised me though: her use of a ruse devised by the killer in her first Poirot book… A good read, nevertheless. I will probably read the play.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 16, 2014

This story was first written as a screenplay, later adapted into novel form by Charles Osborne, and it’s still easy to see the original format. There’s much more attention given to where the characters are standing, gestures and facial expressions, exits and entrances, and their actions while they’re “on stage” than is usual in a novel. I think it’s a successful transfer from screen to book, however. The story is pure Christie as Poirot once again proves his mettle.

EuSei Nov 13, 2013

This is a book adaptation of Agatha Christie’s homonymous play. Actually, reading the book one can easily imagine a sate. Unfortunately Mr. Osborne is never able to emulate Mrs. Christie’s style. He sometimes gets really close, but falls back into descriptions she would have easily inserted in or in-between character speeches. There are many awkward moments, such as this: “Richard moved to the phone, lifted the receiver and asked for the number.” Mrs. Christie, I believe, never describes unimportant actions in minutia. One thing surprised me though: her use of a ruse devised by the killer in her first Poirot book… A good read, nevertheless. I will probably read the play.

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