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The novel opens as Poirot receives a summons at his breakfast table from England's premier physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Busy working on a new formula necessary for England's defense in the Second World War, Amory suspects a member of his household of espionage. Of course, by the time Poirot and sidekick Hastings arrive at the scientist's country house, he is suddenly and mysteriously dead. Amory himself turns out to have been not quite nice, and his family, regardless of his scientific efforts, is pretty pleased with the new state of affairs. Still, Poirot manages both to save the more amiable members of the household from themselves and to protect the secrets of the British Empire. The novel is warmly evocative of another time and place and a welcome reminder of vintage Christie. --K.A. Crouch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Charles Osborne writes the novel "Black Coffee" as an adaptation of Agatha Christie's original play. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Karen Potts
This book failed in many areas. There was no plot, no suprise ending, no engaging characters. But to explain subsquent terms, the book lacks developement. Read morePublished on March 13 2002
Well, Osborne broke the fundamental, essential rule of mystery writing. Never give away the murderer, at least so early into the story.
It's astounding. Read more
The mystery was excellent, a classic Agatha Christie plot. A mystery where even the least likely person is suspicious and you really don't have ANY idea whom to suspect. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by "magnet83n"
Many of the other reviews already said it, what a waste. They should have kept it a play. After all, I've read "The Mousetrap" and "Witness for the Prosecution"... Read morePublished on May 17 2001 by CMBohn
...This is a novelization of play by Agatha Christie. And like many novelizations of both plays and screenplays it reads too much like the author took the stage directions and just... Read morePublished on April 2 2001 by Old Fisherman
This book wasn't bad at all but it has a lot of dialogue and is set in one room. The plot is very interesting and the murderer is very clever but not as clever as poirot. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2000
For those diehard Christie fans who read her novels for their interesting plots and well written prose, this one will be somewhat of a disappointment. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2000 by tokyowalker