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

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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.

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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, 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.
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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: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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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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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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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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What can one say about Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap?" Arguably I can say it is the true masterpiece of Agatha Christie. However, that is purely a subjective statement. However, if you have never read Agatha Christie, I urge you to pick up "The Mousetrap and Other Plays." Start with "The Mousetrap." By the end of the play you will be thristing for more of the Queen of Mystery. "The Mousetrap" is a true who done it tale, with so many twists and turns the reader is kept guessing right up until the end. Is everyone who they say they are? How many characters will survive? Who among the characters is the true murderer? Also in this book are other great plays: "Ten Little Indians," "The Witness for the Prosecution," and "Go Back for Murder." I am not going to give all the titles away as I don't want ot reveal too much about this masterpiece. I don't really consider myself a fan of Agatha Christie. My introduction to her was through a means of reading people don't typically enjoy: school. However, "The Mousetrap" can turn any casual reader into a person who reads Agatha Chrstie. If you want to read Agatha Christie start with this one. It also happens to be one of the longest running plays in history. In some part of the world, everyday, "The Mousetrap" continues to captivate audiences. Capivate yourself as a reader as well.
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This is a series of plays based on Agatha Christie novels. They are shortened and condensed so that they can easily be performed or read at home or in a classroom setting. It is quite thick because of the amount of plays included within the book. It is an excellent deal for teachers or for the home!
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