The Mousetrap and Other Plays

The Mousetrap and Other Plays Agatha Christie created magnificent works of suspense for the theater and eight of her riveting stage dramas are collected in The Mousetrap and Other Plays including the title piece the longest runn

  • Title: The Mousetrap and Other Plays
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780062094469
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Agatha Christie created magnificent works of suspense for the theater, and eight of her riveting stage dramas are collected in The Mousetrap and Other Plays including the title piece, the longest running play in history, still a smash hit in London s West End after 60 years On an isolated island, ten people have been brought together to be killed off An evil old woman hasAgatha Christie created magnificent works of suspense for the theater, and eight of her riveting stage dramas are collected in The Mousetrap and Other Plays including the title piece, the longest running play in history, still a smash hit in London s West End after 60 years On an isolated island, ten people have been brought together to be killed off An evil old woman has a rendezvous with death in the desert heat of Jerusalem A scheming wife testifies against her husband in a shocking murder trial And a homicidal maniac terrorizes a group of snowbound guests to the refrain of Three Blind Mice This collection of eight works proves that Agatha Christie s plays are as compulsive as her novels, with their colorful characters and ingenious plots providing yet evidence of her mastery of the detective thriller.Includes And Then There Were None, Appointment with Death, The Hollow, The Mousetrap, Witness for the Prosecution, Towards Zero, Verdict, and Go Back for Murder.

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    1. Agatha Christie

      Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

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    1. The mousetrap and Other Storie, Agatha Christie Three Blind Mice and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1950. The first edition retailed at $2.50.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2001 میلادیعنوان: تله موش و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مریم زکریا؛ تهران، هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه، 1380؛ [...]

    2. Choose Your Own Adventure!You are a police officer, out in the snow, the winter chill clouding your mind, the only refuge a sinister abode called the Monkswell Manor. You enter the manor and it is as if you had entered the longest-running play in history the players are all so familiar, the plot they are acting – so timeless.You: Dear residents, pray give me some time to explain myself. ‘Tis the winter chill that drives me hither and thither! Be gentle, good sirs and ladies. Do stop freaking [...]

    3. What shall I say about an institution which is one of England's tourist attractions, along with Nelson's Column, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace?I read it as a short story and loved it: I read it as a play and loved it, despite knowing the secret: and finally, in 2009A dream come true!

    4. Short but brilliant. This seems so classic. All the suspicious parties ensconced in an old manor on the countryside during a snow storm. And a serial killer on the loose. I was pretty sure about the culprit early on, but nevertheless a very satisfying read.  

    5. I've only read The Mousetrap, so this is really only a partial review, but it's a great play to read. Christie really was a master at her craft; just about everyone since has been a poor imitation. Easy to read and a great little mystery with a fun twist at the end.Full review: jennoklikes/post/109683

    6. At first while reading this I was bored but when Sergeant Trotter comes in I found the story interesting. I read it as a play and a good time killer.

    7. It’s after a long time I am reading plays.Till date I have only read three plays, frankly speaking I was forced to read during by college days as a part of my syllabus but I never regret of reading them. Shakespeare's The Tempest & Julius Caesar and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Among this three my all time favorite is George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.Now with this book four more plays: 1. And then there were none2. Appointment with Death3. The Hollow 4. The Mousetrap I think all fou [...]

    8. I read the title play only. I was surprised to find it very funny and sardonic. It's about a married couple who run a small hotel. The husband has a snide outlook and often insults the guests. His wife is constantly getting on him about fixing things. The meals, masquerading as elegant, are dished from a can. There is a doddering old man called The Major, there is a haughty old lady, there is an ever-present fear that one of the guests will flee, leaving the bill unpaid and a suitcase full of br [...]

    9. Perhaps the best thing about Christie plays is that they are short and quickly readable. Perhaps the worst thing about Christie plays is that they are almost inevitably the same, exact thing.Granted, the most popular and prolific crime mystery writer of our time is simply borrowing from the Bard in regurgitating devices over and over and over again. But it's the hackneyed ways in which she does them that gives a reader pause (while an audience might find delight).This volume contains two lesser [...]

    10. I have very vague recollections of trying to read a Hercule Poirot book from almost a decade ago and hardly remember a thing from it. This was all the acquaintance I had with Agatha Christie. A colleague once when she received a pay raise went ahead and brought the entire collection of Miss Marple and I remember staring incredulously at her as she explained the different titles in the collection. After a while I come to know of the longest running play in Broadway and also of the 2003 film Ident [...]

    11. In general I think that these plays are very good as plays, but as text I like Agatha Christie's novels better. I think the novels are usually better-paced than about half of the plays in this collection, at least for reading. My favourites were probably Towards Zero, Go Back for Murder, Appointment with Death, and The Hollow, approximately in that order.I'm not really a connoisseur of mystery, so I can't really speak to how original the plotlines are, but at least there were a few that broke th [...]

    12. I only read the three original plays in this book. The others were adaptations of her books that I have already read elsewhere. I liked The Mousetrap the best though it was relatively easy to guess the murderer's identity. However, I did have fun picturing how similar the plot was to both Sleuth and Noises Off and I wondered if those plays later made into movies were somewhat based on this play. I'm sure if I hadn't seen the marvelous Marlene Dietrich movie version of Witness for the Prosecution [...]

    13. I read this because I was IN a production ( as Christopher Wren!) in maybe 1982 at Calvin College, summer production with mostly Calvin alumni Obviously one of the (is it THE longest?!) longest running productions of a play in history, in London. and it is a great play as so many of hers are

    14. I have only read 'The Mousetrap' and not the 'Other Plays'. This one will always stay close to my heart because it happened to be the first large-scale play that I performed [:

    15. Really bad, a plot that doesn't hold together, rounded of by a highly implausible conclusion. I have absolutely no idea why this play has been so successful.

    16. Overall,I really liked this book. However since it was straight plays it did get a little tiring after awhile. The stories themselves were wonderful Agatha Christie is such a phenomenal writer. Having to keep up with staging and characters can be annoying. I'm also not accustomed to reading straight plays.

    17. Interesting versions of some of Christie's most popular works. I enjoyed a fresh look at the old favorites. There were a few errors in the stage directions that were distracting.

    18. Only play I read was the first one - "And then there were none". I can't tell you how many times I fell asleep, while reading it. So glad I did not have to watch the onstage version. BORING!

    19. The Mousetrap is without question Agatha Christie's best play. It is the world's longest-running play, first performed November 25, 1952.

    20. "Witness for the Prosecution" - A bit boring, and I didn't like the additional ending. But overall an interesting adaptation of the short story.

    21. I was actually surprised to learn that Agatha Christie wrote plays. I was even more surprised to learn that she took a very practical view to them; she never expected or wanted them to be copy+paste versions of her real-life books, and she fully added notes as to how to cut down on the casting of some of the plays if they were unrealistically large.That's something you don't see in authors very much, if at all. So props to her for that.As to the plays themselves, I had hugely varying opinions.Te [...]

    22. Коли мені було 6 чи 7 років у нашій домашній бібліотеці переважали детективи. Саме там, я відшукала, і перечитала безліч інтригуючих та приголомшуючих творів королеви детективів Агата Крісті.Уже не перший рік, намагаюсь знайти ці книжки. Тодішні.У сірих м’яких обкладинках [...]

    23. In this anthology of four plays, I've read two of them as novels. I always find it interesting to see what's been changed when stories are brought into a different format. And Then There Were None is one of the notoriously different stories on stage, since it was assumed that the novel's ending would be too depressing to a theatre audience. It read pretty well except for the odd subplot romance they stuck in. The Hollow had a quite a few things changed around to force the play into a single sett [...]

    24. I truly don't understand how so many Christie novels aren't on my shelves. I started reading them in the mid-1990s and read the last one 15 years ago. So weird.

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