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The Mousetrap and Other Plays Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451201140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451201140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...The most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced." -- The New York Times

"A truly entertaining classic thriller." -- Sunday Times

"Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers." -- The Observer

"The cleverest murder mystery of the British theater." -- The Daily Telegraph

"Unfailingly ingenious." -- The London Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 20 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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I will enjoy reading all the plays as I truely enjoy Agatha Christie Mysteries.
Tammi Campbell
True Agatha Christie, this book is full of plot twists and surprises, interesting characters and fun.
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It reads very well, and the stage version is a perfect rendition of the script.
John F. Rooney

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scott E Amundsen on December 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Mousetrap" may be THE classic stage mystery of all time; if you're ever in London, GO SEE IT! Failing that, read it here, along with "Ten Little Indians" (with a different ending from the book that does not upset the pattern of the plot), "Witness for the Prosecution" (with a double whammy shocker at the final curtain), and five other plays, each with its own unique quality. Interestingly, three of the plays - "Appointment With Death," "The Hollow," and "Go Back for Murder," are adapted (by Christe herself) from Poirot novels ("Go Back for Murder" is from the book "Five Little Pigs"), but none of the plays features Poirot, and, guess what: YOU WON'T MISS HIM! "Appointment with Death" has a different murderer in the play than in the book. Read the plays and compare them to the novels; double your pleasure!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kent Braithwaite on September 7, 2001
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As a mystery novelist with my debut book in its initial release (and a one-time drama coach), I enjoy Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP every time I view it. The text itself is a great read, and when it is properly staged, the play is spectacular. For those of you not familiar with THE MOUSETRAP, the plot involves a classic cozy murder mystery--perhaps the classic cozy murder mystery. The characters are well-drawn, and my wife even verbally gasped when she first saw the play's final plot twist. Great work. I hope it survives forever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raaj Tiagi on September 19, 2000
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i didn't care much for the other stories but Mousetrap was real good - I seem to have bought this book long ago- ofcourse the cover was different. What particularly impressed me about Mousetrap was that there were not many people in the cottage who could have "done it" and yet it was impossible to tell "who did it!"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Agatha Christie (1890-1972) made her reputation with a series of mystery novels so widely read that she is often considered the single best selling novelist in the history publishing--but from about the mid-1940s to around the end of the 1950s she had another claim to fame: she was a playwright who created one hit after another.

THE MOUSETRAP AND OTHER PLAYS does not contain all of Christie's plays, but it does contain a good chunk of them: TEN LITTLE INDIANS; APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH; THE HOLLOW; THE MOUSETRAP; WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION; TOWARDS ZERO; VERDICT; and GO BACK FOR MURDER, all of which were staged between 1943 and 1960.

The "monster" hit of Christie's career as a playwright was THE MOUSETRAP, which opened in London in 1952... and continues to play to packed houses more than fifty years later, the longest continual run in theatrical history. Based on a short story which was in turn based on a radio sketch, the play presents us with newly-married Giles and Molly, who have decided to open a guest house in rural England--only to find themselves and their guests snowed in with a killer. The play is classic Christie, presenting us with an isolated group of people and a truly jaw-dropping final twist; it is also remarkably well-written, tightly structured.

Even so, most critics tend to dismiss THE MOUSETRAP in favor Christie's second stunner: the celebrated WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, which opened in London in 1953 and proved a smash both there and in New York. The play is essentially a courtroom drama: Leonard Vole has been accused of the murder of a somewhat elderly woman and only the testimony of his wife can save him from certain conviction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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This book was REALLY good. You have to figure out how to read plays first, but after you get the hang of it, it's really good. The stories are awesome and even if you've already read the book that the play is based on it's really cool to see how the play ended differently. A lot of people have read And Then There Were None already, but Ten Little Indians (in this book) was really different and I think it was better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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As an actor-writer and fan of Agatha Christie for many years now, I have read and re-read this book so many times that I had to buy a new copy. Mousetrap is a classic, but others are as good, if not better. The changes in Appointment with Death make it preferable to the book (Lady Westholme and Higgs are hilarious), but the altered ending in Ten Little Indians is a MAJOR let-down. Read the book version instead. Wish it could have included every one of her plays, such as Spider's Web and Black Coffee. Still, an extremely entertaining collection from a brilliant woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Morton on October 7, 2003
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This was a wonderful book, I belive Agatha Christie to be the best mystery play writer. Her stories are very well written and she intertwines the nursery rymes very well, and still i am surprised at all the endings.I perticuly enjoyed the Moustra,. I was interested that play for an audition for my school production of the Moustrap and was happy to have many other wonderful plays in the book. It was inexpensive and in very good condition. I recommend it for all.
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The Queen of Crime Agatha Christie (1890-1976) the Devon Dame of Crime was a master of the murder mystery novel but was also adept at turning her books into playable and accessible plays. Christie's works have always been popular with London audiences and playgoers and movie fans throughout the world. In this cheap Signet edition you can have the work of Dame Agatha at a very reasonable cost. The plays are fun to read and display all the cleverness and genius of their playwright! Though Poirot and Miss Marple are absent as characters they are so good you will hardly miss their formidable presence!
Among the plays in this collection (there are 8 plays) the standouts are:
The Moustetrap: The longest running play in drama history is still seen each week at a small London theatre. it concerns a snowstorm at a small hotel. Molly and Giles are the young married couple who invite guests into their establishment. One of them is a murderer. Who is it? An intriguing play that will keep you guessing who done it!

Witness for the Prosecution. I enjoyed this play more than any other in the Signet collection. Did Leonard Voles murder Elizabeth French the old lady he was visiting on a regular basis despite the fact he was married to a German immigrant? The excellent movie starred Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power. A classic courtroom drama focused on judicial proceedings at the Old Bailey!

Ten Little Indians-There are more dead bodies than you can count in a Shakespearean foray into mayhem! A grisly play.

While the other plays in the collection are not as well known they are all worth reading. Enjoy this festschrift of Christie drama!
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