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The Mousetrap

4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0573619236
ISBN-10: 0573619239
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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, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573619239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573619236
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The play 'The Mousetrap' revolves around a couple who set up a guesthouse for the first time and find that their visitors are not what they seem - that every visitor seems to have some connection to the couple, expected or unexpected. This is not made known until much later when a ski-happy policeman Trotter arrives on the scene, and starts connecting the Monkswell manor (the house) to a violent death scene in Paddington a few hours ago, where a notebook was left behind at the crime scene with the words 'Monkswell Manor' written on it. Trotter then gets everyone hyped up over this murderer's identity. This play is good because it showed that everyone could be a suspect, and that element of scariness cannot be missed in this very exciting play, a play that delves back into the histories of its characters. Suspense abounds as the murderer's identity is slowly revealed. A great book - not to be missed.
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The guests of a newly opened bed and breakfast, Monkswell Manor, outside of London, are snowed in. The news on the radio tells of a murder that occurred in Paddington, a few hours away. A notebook dropped on the scene leads investigators to Monkswell Manor. All of the people in the house fit the profile of the murderer, a traveler wearing a dark coat and a beret. Mollie and Giles, the manor's owners, experience marriage turbulence as they begin to suspect each other. An older woman is disturbed by a young man who finds the murder humorous. The inn's occupants become very nervous when Inspector Trotter, a ski-happy investigator, arrives at the abode threatening to unveil the secrets that each character is holding. The investigator suggests that everyone there is not only a suspect but also a possible next victim by presenting evidence of a "Three Blind Mice" theme the murderer has been using. Whose secrets will be unveiled and whose will be silenced for eternity?
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Who would have ever guessed Christie can do plays to outshine her books? "The Mousetrap" excellently portrays its characters in a concise, yet thorough manner. Christie's dry,English wit is as humorous today as it was in the '40s. Mollie and Giles are a young couple who have just started to run a bed and breakfast called Monkswell Manor. Great character development (as usual with Christie) takes place as guest after quirky guest arrives on-scene to stay at the Manor. Things start to move quickly when Trotter, an odd and fierce police sergeant, arrives on the scene to investigate Monskwell Manor and it's inhabitants in conjunction with a murder that just occured that very same day. "Three Blind Mice" is the murderer's theme, Trotter tells them, and one person has already been killed, leaving (insert suspenseful gasp here) 2 people for the murderer to do away with.The victms? Yet to be determined. The killer? At Monkswell Manor, unbeknownst. The play itself? Screaming fun.
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There is such a thing as being too familiar with a writer's tricks. It is all the worse if he or she happens to be a writer of murder mysteries -- a genre heavily relying on a moment of surprise to delight the reader, or as it may be in the case of plays, the theatre-goer.

Agatha Christie's _The Mousetrap_ is an institution in the theatrical world; it is a must for any lover of mysteries to attend the play live when in London. In the *book* format, however, it disappointed me.

Christie herself was caught by surprise by the play's success; she estimated a run of 8 months at most -- instead, the play has been running for 60+ years now (a world record) as of writing this review. It may safely be said that the play is mainly now a *tourist* attraction; just like England is known for its Queen Elizabeth II, so is England known for its Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. You go take a look at the Buckingham Palace, and you go to see _The Mousetrap_, like any well-behaved tourist should do. While countless tourists may enjoy _The Mousetrap_ on stage, it is likely that most of them are not heavy-duty Agatha Christie fans. If they had been, they would likely have guessed the culprit well before the play's climax, depriving them of that satisfying moment of surprise. Winston Churchill is reported to have guessed the culprit in the break between the two Acts; he may have just been clever, or he may have read other Christie yarns before, some of them employing very similar plot mechanisms including the personality of the culprit.

Suffice it to say that as a Christie fan, you are trained to expect the unexpected; but once you *expect* it, it's no longer *un*expected, is it?
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Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) originally dazzled readers with a series of mystery novels and short stories. Several of these were adapted to the stage. Disliking the results, Christie decided to try her own hand, and during the 1940s and 1950s she created one roaring success after another. Three are particularly famous: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (1944), WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1953)--and the single longest running play in theatrical history, THE MOUSETRAP (1952.)

The play began life as a half-hour radio drama, THREE BLIND MICE, created by Christie on the occasion of Queen Mary's 80th birthday. Christie had a gift for recycling her own material, and in 1948 she recast the play as a long short story under the same title, and then again as a two-act mystery for the stage in 1952. It has played continuously on the London stage without break ever since. At present, it has played more than 25,000 performances and shows no sign of decreasing in popularity, as much a London landmark as Buckingham Palace and the Tower.

Giles and Mollie Ralston are recently married and have decided to try their hand at running a guest house, only to find themselves trapped in an unexpected blizzard with five somewhat questionable guests: a neurotic young man; a dour and endlessly complaining widow; a stereotypical retired British major; and a tough-cookie spinster--not to mention a peculiar Italian who claims his car overturned in a snow drift down the road. No sooner is everyone settled, however, than they receive a call from the police. A woman has been murdered in London and the police have tracked the killer to the guest house, where they believe a second will follow. The situation is so urgent that a police detective is dispatched on skis.
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