June 25, 2009

Sparkling Cyanide

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie


Rosemary was planing a birthday dinner for her younger sister, Iris. The Guest list was set; it was a small intimate party of seven friends. They charged their glasses in a toast to Iris; it would be a toast they would never forget, and for one of them, they would never survive. Rosemary took a sip of her champagne, turned blue, and collapsed, dead. Suicide they said, caused by post-flu depression. But not everyone was convinced.

An anonymous letter presents doubts. Rosemary did not commit suicide. It was murder. But no one seems to believe this, or wants to. For if it was murder then it could only have been one of the dinner guests that murdered Rosemary. But who? Everyone had a motive, even George, Rosemary's husband. A trap is set for the killer. But things don't go as planed.

Although intriguing and stumping, it was also a little lacking in clues, and somewhat disappointing that the killer is someone who seems to come out of no where. How could anyone guess it was ... I challenge anyone to correctly guess the murder without cheating and reading the last page.

I am a great fan of mystery novels and, despite its shortcomings; this was one of the better who-done-its I have read for a long time. It's easy to see why the woman is rated one of the best writers of her genre.

If you’ve never read anything by Agatha Christie I strongly suggest you go out and beg, borrow, and well, maybe its best if you spend a little money.
On sale: 1955
Recommended age: 18+
In a word: Murder
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: yes
Star rating: three out of five

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