Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
(Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

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Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table -- and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

About Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.
Published September 28, 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics, Self Help, Crime. Fiction

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A brand-new Agatha Christie novel based on material nearly 70 years old.

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Publishers Weekly

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Christie biographer Osborne's adaptation of the grande dame's 1930 play has been blessed by the Christie estate and heartily endorsed by her grandson Michael Prichard. It's a classic someone in this

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The New York Times

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Apart from writing dozens and dozens of first-rate detective stories, Agatha Christie also wrote some of the most entertaining and well constructed plays ever to grace the stage: ''Witness for the Prosecution,'' ''Ten Little Indians'' and the longest continuously running play in the world, ''The ...

Sep 18 1983 | Read Full Review of Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot ...

BC Books

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Like many people I know, I went through an Agatha Christie phase where I read all the Miss Marple series and all that featured Hercule Poirot.

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Christie plots Black Coffee as if it were a written story, not an acted play: In comes Poirot and from then on, the play is an enactment of his detective interviews.

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The Akron Beacon Journal

Coach House Theatre is presenting the 1930 work, which was Christie’s first piece written for the stage, as part of an annual Agatha Christie tradition that has grown for more than 20 years.

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