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Endless Night (Queen of Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…including one of her own ten favorite novels, the classic thriller Endless Night.


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"A surpassing mystery...ingenious...dazzling."--The New York Times

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'One of the best things Agatha Christie has ever done' Sunday Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062073516
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (February 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CL8DPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death on Gipsy's Acre August 10, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Critics tend to debate what era can most appropriately be called Agatha Christie's "golden era"--and there is much to be said for her work in the 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1950s. But like her earliest works of the 1920s, her later works of the 1960s are negelected. And in the case of ENDLESS NIGHT this is an oversight indeed.

ENDLESS NIGHT presents us with Mike, a restless young man who has drifted from job to job without seeming to find any true satisfaction--and a young man who is fascinated by "Gipsy's Acre," a plot of land in rural England said to be cursed by the Gipsies who once lived there and who were driven away. While walking the property, which has come up for sale, he meets an attractive young American woman, and a whirlwind courtship ensues. It is not until well into the relationship that the woman, Ellie, discloses that she is rich. And not just rich: she is the heiress to a fabulous fortune.

The two marry and hire a noted architect to construct the perfect home on Gipsy's Acre--but no sooner are they installed then the property's legendary curse begins to unfold. A local gipsy woman warns them of bad luck; rocks are flung through windows; a bird is found pinned to the front door with a dagger. And they are surrounded by Ellie's relatives and business relations, all of whom seem to have hidden agendas and none of whom like the fact that Ellie has been torn from their control.

Many Christie novels can be read in a single sitting, but ENDLESS NIGHT has an unusually slow build--and Christie defies her detractors, who often accused her of purely mechanical construction, by creating an atmosphere that collects into deepest darkness before the novel's startling conclusion.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read these reviews! June 25, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must be very careful with what I say for fear of ruining this book or possibly other Agatha Christie's for you. The reviews that are here have the potential to spoil more than one great mystery of hers. I suggest not reading any of the reviews on this page. Look simply at the average star rating for this book and go off of that.

To give you what you're looking for without comparing this book with others, I found Endless Night to be a fantastic mystery. It is the only Christie that I have read more than once. It's wonderfully creepy, although not a traditional "murder mystery." A few very well placed surprises catch you off your guard and make this one of the most original books she's written. I highly recommend it.

I also recommend that you move on to another web page. You've got to be careful when reading reviews of mysteries. Someone's bound to say too much, which is the case here. I strongly, STRONGLY urge you to read no further in these critiques.

UPDATE: It appears that since I wrote this review, many of the spoiler reviews have disappeared. You may be able to read on without spoilers, but I suggest sticking with the "helpful" reviews.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
One of Christie's later novels (first published in 1967) "Endless Night" was written well before her literary powers began to wane, and ended up being one of her personal favorites.

Initially "Endless Night" reads a little bit like a fairytale. Michael Rogers is a poor but ambitious young man who writes of his fascination for a stretch of wooded land known as Gipsy's Acre, said to be cursed by the gypsies that were turned off it (and is in fact based on a real legend of a similarly named patch of land in Wales). A chance meeting with a beautiful young woman under the fir trees leads to a whirlwind romance, an elopement, and the revelation that she is in fact a very wealthy heiress. Suddenly all of Michael's dreams are within his reach, and together he and Ellie build their dream house on Gipsy's Acre.

But from the very first page of his narrative, Michael makes it clear that disaster is on the horizon. It is impossible to say much more without giving away the entire book, (even the identity of the murder victim should be kept under wraps) but "Endless Night" ends up being one of Christie's most haunting novels, and certainly the best of her late work.

Readers who are ploughing through Christie's books in chronological order (or who are at least familiar with her writing) may recognize some of the techniques she utilizes in order to shape the plot. There is one plot device in particular that she has used to great effect in the past, and some long-time readers may pick up on it as they read. However, even if one does figure it out, the realization does little to sully the enjoyment of the story; if anything, it simply makes the slow build-up even more disturbing.

But the story is unique in other ways.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very clever plot! April 22, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The "Endless Night" is a fine novel written outside the famous Poirot series. Agatha Christie did a marvelous job on the setting and the main theme of the novel. The novel is a two-prong approach to a mystery/thriller and a mystery/horror. The reader remains wondering and awaiting for the murder and in the process attempts many guesses. However interesting is the setting, end is that much disappointing. I say this because as the reader ventures towards the end, the conclusion becomes obvious. But then again it is the case with majority of the novels by Agatha. I, therefore, believe that her novels should be read for variety of interesting ideas and past time reading rather than a nutcracker mystery. I am a fan of Agatha, especially when it comes to early 20th century settings and the adventures Poirot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night
This is a stand -alone novel by Agatha Christie and is one that I had not read before. I have to admit that Christie is undoubtedly my favourite author of all time and, whether... Read more
Published 7 days ago by S Riaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I would recommend this for a light, albeit somewhat transparent mystery. Agatha Christie never disappoints but I wish the revealing of the twist was a bit more suspenseful. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Marina Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Still entertaining
As always Agatha Christie is entertaining and this book is a must for her fans. It's been said thousands of times, Agatha Christie was a master at her craft. Read and ENJOY.
Published 1 month ago by BCB
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book with an excellent ending
i dont' mean to spoil the ending or the book for those who haven't read it yet . as usually , a very enigmatic story , easy to read and very catchy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becky Tomeci
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely enlightening read
Loved the prose. Loved the story development. Loved how it left the reader with a challenge to be introspective. And so the story continues.
Published 1 month ago by Ruth J Refsnider
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC
No Poirot or Marple but who cares when it is this good?! This book is so well written it will keep you up reading.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting.
Wonderful sweet story with a most surprising murderous ending! The reader stays engaged and intrigued from beginning to the end.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising complicated.
The characters are interesting. Very believable. Hard to figure out their motivation, whether he was a good guy or deceitful. The ending was unexpected.
Published 2 months ago by sandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Christie;s Endless Night
Just not one of her better novels, not a lot of character development and the story line was not a real page turner. I have read almost everything she has written.
Published 2 months ago by Evelyn C.Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG, what an ending!!!
"Endless Night" by Agatha Christie further solidifies her as the "Queen of Mysteries," it's magnificent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave H
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