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Remembered Death Paperback – 1947

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Original British title - Sparkling Cyanide "Your wife Rosemary didn't kill herself. She was murdered!" George Barton received this strange anonymous note almost a year after Rosemary's death. It had all started at Rosemary's birthday party. The six guests saw her take a glass of champagne. Suddenly she slumped to the floor - dead. The verdict : suicide by poison. But after the mysterious note, people started to remember things : Then somebody remembered one thing too many. So the killer struck again!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books 451; First Edition edition (1947)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000F8GLXW
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,238,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on January 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
After the sad suicide of Rosemary Barton, life went on. Her sister, Iris, got used to her absence. Her husband mourned her, but began to pick up his life again. Suicide is difficult to recover from, but it appeared that recovery was in sight for the family. That is, it was until some mysterious notes make a terrible accusation: Rosemary Barton, they claimed, was murdered. Murder, not suicide.

With that suspicion, everything changes.

Remembered Death (also published as Sparkling Cyanide) is loosely linked to The Man in the Brown Suit through the character of Colonel Race. The plot also has some similarities in terms of the romances between the respective leading ladies and their suspicious men. The Man in the Brown Suit is much earlier and somehow stronger. The rollicking romance of the first book gave way to the claustrophobia and cynicism of the second.

It certainly is not one of the weakest Christie novels, and for the period in which it was released, it stands quite firmly in its shoes. I enjoyed it, as I nearly always do when AC is involved. This was a first time read for me, which was delightful. I had honestly thought that I had read every Christie at one point or another. Nice to discover that I was wrong.

Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an avid fan of Agatha Christie's mysteries, I am always delighted to read the ones that do not feature her famous sleuths. "Remembered Death" (originally published in Britain under the title "Sparkling Cyanide") is an intricately woven mystery that features two murders both made to look like suicides. And in a case where appearances are everything, the detectives and the reader will have a maddening time trying to uncover fact from fiction.

Rosemary Barton was an extremely beatiful, wealthy woman. Married to the older George Barton, she was known to have love affairs, and after a terrible bout of the flu, it wasn't a surprise when she killed herself by drinking cyanide in her champagne at her birthday celebration. Everyone accepted that she killed herself, until her husband received letters stating the contrary. Now, a year later, everyone is forced to confront Rosemary's death a second time, no matter how much they want to put it behind them. Several people had motives for murdering her. Her younger sister, Iris Marle, inherited her fortune if her sister died childless. Her ex-lover, Stephen Farraday, needed her silence to save his political career and his marriage. Farraday's wife, Alexandra, was a coldly passionate woman devoted to her husband and his political prospects. Rosemary knew a secret about young Anthony Browne that he did not want to be made known. And George Barton's efficient secretary, Ruth Lessing, was in love with George and hated his dithering wife. With so many motives, it should be easy to find the murderer, but not until George Barton is killed in the same manner as his wife. The evidence points to none of the above, but it must be one of the five.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "robincbean2" on August 27, 2002
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This novel was fantastic. A thrilling plot, fascinating characters, and a suprise twist at the end combine to make this book a wonderful read for Christie fans and others who like to read a good mystery.
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I love Agatha Christie and this is one I hadn't read, I wasn't disappointed. Remembered Death or Sparkling Cyanide as it is also known as is another thrilling mystery from the late great Dame Agatha.
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