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Black Coffee

(Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback))

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Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

3.4
(51)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 290 | Format: Mass Market Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Italian , German , French , Turkish

Isbn-10: 0312970072 | Isbn-13: 9780312970079 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Paperback , Hardcover , Audio Cassette , eBook , Others , Audio CD

Category: Fiction & Literature , Mystery & Thrillers

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Book Description
Hercule Poirotsat at breakfast in his small but agreeably cosy flat in Whitehall Mansions. He had enjoyed his brioche and his cup of hot chocolate. Unusually, for he was a creature of habit and rarely varied his breakfast routine, he had asked his valet, George, to make him a second cup of chocolate. While he was awaiting it, he glanced again at the morning's post which lay on his breakfast table.Meticulously tidy as always, he had placed the discarded envelopes in one neat pile. They had been opened very carefully, with the paper-knife in the form of a miniature sword which his old friend Hastings had given him for a birthday many years ago. A second pile contained those communications he found of no interest--circulars, mostly--which in a moment he would ask George to dispose of. The third pile consisted of those letters which would require an answer of some kind, or at least an acknowledgement. These would be dealt with after breakfast, and in any case not before ten o'clock. Poirot thought it not quite professional to begin a routine working day before ten. When he was on a case--ah, well, of course that was different. He remembered that once he and Hastings had set out well before dawn in order to--But, no, Poirot did not want his thoughts to dwell on the past. The happy past. Their last case, involving an international crime organization known as The Big Four, had been brought to a satisfactory conclusion, and Hastings had returned to the Argentine, his wife and his ranch. Though his old friend was temporarily back in London on business connected with the ranch, it was highly unlikely that Poirot and he would find themselves working together again to solve a crime. Was that why Hercule Poirot was feeling restless on this fine spring morning in May 1934? Ostensibly retired, he had been lured out of that retirement more than once when an especially interesting problem had been presented to him. He had enjoyed being on the scent again, with Hastings by his side to act as a kind of sounding board for his ideas and theories. But nothing of professional interest had presented itself to Poirot for several months. Were there no imaginative crimes and criminals any more? Was it all violence and brutality, the kind of sordid murder or robbery which was beneath his, Poirot's, dignity to investigate?His thoughts were interrupted by the arrival, silently at his elbow, of George with that second and welcome cup of chocolate. Welcome not only because Poirot would enjoy the rich, sweet taste, but also because it would enable him to postpone, for a few more minutes, the realization that the day, a fine sunny morning, stretched before him with nothing more exciting in prospect than a constitutional in the park and a walk through Mayfair to his favourite restaurant in Soho, where he would lunch alone on--what, now?--perhaps a little pate to begin, and then the sole bonne femme, followed by--He became aware that George, having placed the chocolate on the table, was addressing him. The impeccable and imperturbable George, an intensely English, rather wooden-faced individual, had been with Poirot for some time now, and was all that he wished in the way of a valet. Completely incurious, and extraordinarily reluctant to express a personal opinion on any subject, George was a mine of information about the English aristocracy, and as fanatically neat as the great detective himself. Poirot had more than once said to him,
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  • 5

    wonderful agatha as always!

    This book, novelised by Charles Osborne, is quite intriguing and organizes narrative in a peculiar way, that could be easily performed in theatre, as it was some years after the publication in England.
    It combines many aspects of the famous Christie's style, that is the familiar and middle class ...continue

    This book, novelised by Charles Osborne, is quite intriguing and organizes narrative in a peculiar way, that could be easily performed in theatre, as it was some years after the publication in England. It combines many aspects of the famous Christie's style, that is the familiar and middle class setting, the couple of detectives, I mean Poirot and his earnest friend Hastings, and furthermore a sort of political/scientific mistery, linked to the theft of an important scientific formula that is supposed to be linked to the murder of his discoverer. This book mixes aspects of the traditional thriller narrative of Agatha and some more modern features, such as the political characteristics, that are quite connected to the writer's interest (or fear we could better say) in nuclear bombs and so on. The familiar drama, here, is very clear: lies and secrets are useful for people to protect whom they care for. But who is actually lying for some other purpose, that is hiding the murder he committed? The end is quite surprising, as always with Agatha Christie. We can find a good and rapid rhythm in the story, and a particular attention to the description of the internal environments, especially the study of the scientist who has been murdered. Great reading, thanks Agatha!

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  • 3

    Agatha Christie alla fine è una garanzia. Sai cosa devi aspettarti e approfitto di un cervello vuoto e poca volontà di impegno per completare la lettura delle sue opere. Ho scoperto che mi mancava ancora qualcosa.

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  • 3

    Al solito quando si va su Agatha non si sbaglia mai, pero' devo dire che questa volta il risultato non e' eccelso! Non so se e' perché era una commedia ed in altro autore l'ha trasformata x lei in romanzo o per altri motivi, ma sono arrivata infondo ed ho fatto fatica a capire il movente..cmq la ...continue

    Al solito quando si va su Agatha non si sbaglia mai, pero' devo dire che questa volta il risultato non e' eccelso! Non so se e' perché era una commedia ed in altro autore l'ha trasformata x lei in romanzo o per altri motivi, ma sono arrivata infondo ed ho fatto fatica a capire il movente..cmq la lettura e' risultata piacevole!

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  • 3

    A novelization of Agatha Christie's play "Black Coffee"

    This book is a novelization of the play "Black Coffee" written by Agatha Chrisite. It does not read exactly like books actually written by Agatha Christie, and it is not the best Christie you could find out here but it's a worthwhile read.

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