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Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection

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Five classics from the Queen of Crime

The Secret Adversary -- United by their love of adventure -- not to mention their romantic attraction -- Tommy Beresford (James Warwick, Lillie) and Tuppence Cowley (Francesca Annis, Madame Bovary) search for a top-secret document lifted from the Lusitania.

The Affair of the Pink Pearl -- In a second romantic mystery set during the Roaring Twenties, Tommy and Tuppence start up their own detective agency and take on their first professional case: the theft of a valuable gem.

The Body in the Library -- Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan, The Magdalene Sisters) investigates the death of a glamorous young woman whose body turns up in the unlikeliest place.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles -- Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) comes to the aid of an old friend, a recovering war veteran who encounters an apparent murder at the remote English estate of Styles St. Mary.

The Pale Horse -- In swinging ’60s England, sculptor Mark Easterbrook (Colin Buchanan, Dalziel and Pascoe) tries to clear himself of a murder that he didn’t commit. With two lovely women as allies (Jayne Ashbourne, New Street Law, and Hermione Norris, Cold Feet), he uncovers a conspiracy that seems to involve black magic.

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David Suchet, is delightful. -- The Washington Times

This collection showcases the full spectrum of Agatha Christie's timeless Mini-talents. -- Lake County News

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Warwick
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CR49HU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2008
No introduction is really needed for Agatha Christie, one of the most popular mystery writers since.... well, since ever. Sorry, Mr. Doyle.

And the "Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection" is a pretty good sampling of Dame Agatha's adapted work over the years -- a Poirot, a Miss Marple, two Tommy and Tuppence stories, and the standalone mystery "The Pale Horse." Although the last one is a rather lackluster affair, the others are all worth the price -- lots of retro glamour, abundant motives, and the occasional rendition of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary."

"The Secret Adversary" reintroduces Tommy (James Warwick) and Tuppence (Francesca Annis) to each other, in a blah period of unemployment after World War II. To drum up some money, they decide to become adventurers. But their lighthearted venture becomes deadly serious when they become enmeshed in an international situation involving a packet of secret documents, a mysterious girl named Jane Finn, an American millionaire and an elusive mastermind called only "Mr. Brown."

"The Affair of the Pink Pearl" takes place several months after that mystery, when Tuppence is bored by hat-buying and lounging around. So Tommy cures the situation with a shady detective agency -- and soon they have their first client -- seems a pink pearl has been stolen from a wealthy American lady, at an impoverished aristocrat's house. And while there's no lack of suspects, Tuppence's "Special 24-hour Service" has put them under a time crunch.

"The Body in the Library" opens with a young maid telling her employers that... well, there's a body in the library -- a platinum blonde in glitzy clothing. Sinc her old friend's husband is suspected, Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) decides to sleuth around St.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on November 2, 2008
"Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection," a box set consisting of four DVD's, and five classic British mysteries from the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, most popular mystery writer of them all, reaches us in time to be a welcome gift for her fans. The set includes a mystery from each of three heavily-watched, bestselling television series, made by Granada for Britain's ITV, independent, privately-owned television stations: "Poirot," "Marple," and "Tommy & Tuppence," as well as a new release of the romantic thriller, "A Pale Horse," based on one of the author's last works. Most have been seen here on PBS stations, or "A & E." All have been sumptuously, carefully filmed, in some of England's prettiest locations, and are truly star-studded; unfortunately, only the most recently made "Marple" has subtitles, and all could use them for the author's many fans this side of the pond. The mysteries are:

1. "The Secret Adversary," (1982). Reunites James Warwick and the beauteous Francesca Annis from the previous TV series Lillie,and he's still providing her admirable support, in more ways than one. The reunited pair, childhood friends, find themselves searching for a top-secret document that was traveling aboard the doomed Lusitania. It's set after World War I; the uniforms, vehicles, interiors and clothes are a treat. Features George Baker as Whittington, and Honor Blackman, (Pussy Galore in Goldfinger) as Rita Vandemeyer. Also Alec McCowan as Sir James Peele Edgerton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Moore on January 13, 2009
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I ordered these movies and received them earlier than expected and as usual, in excellent condition. I know I've read all her books but Body in the Library had a surprise I didn't remember. All the movies are great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Meiter on January 12, 2009
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I love anything by Agatha Christie. These were very well done and if they have another set on DVD, I would purchase them as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ml54 on July 17, 2012
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I enjoyed watching these movies and even came across one that I'd never seen before. Well worth the money spent.
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