The Sittaford Mistery
Silhouetted around the table, tense with anticipation, were seated six shadowy figures. They were involved in a seance.
The table began to rock violently and, gradually, began to form the words: 'CAPTAIN TREVELYAN... DEAD' and then, much more slowly this time, 'MURDER'.
Only a few miles away, Captain Trevelyan knew nothing of the strange seance at...more
And what are the believers' motives for conjuring up those on the other side to predict someone's demise? Is there a wish to eliminate a rival to claim a competition prize?
THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY ma...more
No Marple or Poirot in this one. Instead, Emily Trefusis is our plucky heroine. Christie adores creating a smart, attractive, sharp female character.
Emily is determined to get her fiancée, James Pearson, out of jail. He's accused of murder - but Emily knows there's no way he could have done it. "Jim is a frightful idiot. But he doesn't murder people.”
Once again, Christie's wit and humor blow me away. She is such a funny writer! I would almost classify her books as...more
The Sittaford Mystery is an absolute Agatha Christie classic. It has an interesting mix of characters, young and old, plenty of red herrings, and a clever riddle at its heart. The surprising item here is the youn...more
This novel didn't not have Miss Marple or Poirot but a different, and never again used, Inspector. While he was present in the story, he seemed to do very little in solving the case.
On an aside note, I read thi...more
During a snowstorm Major Barnaby becomes worried about his best friend, Captain Trevelyan, who has just recently relocated to a small cottage about six miles away. They're both quite elderl...more
"Oh! my God," said Jim Pearson. "Can n...more
There were plenty of red herrings, suspects, motives and clues. Emily Trefusis was a great character--high-spirited, determined, intelligent and charming. That she used all of her feminine wiles to coerce men into doing whatever she wanted is not a trait I admire in women, but Emily's tactics certainly net...more
This was an extremely pleasant, if not compelling, book. A classic cozy book. I wasn’t crazy about the seance idea, but it served a purpose in the plot and wasn’t overly emphasized. I fell in love with the characters of Major Burnaby and Emily Trefusis. I didn’t mind the absence of Christie’s famous characters like Poirot or Miss Maple. I also loved how small and isolated the town of Sittaford was. I wish there were additional books with this...more
I get the feeling that I read this story in a short story format, because a lot of the plot seemed very familiar. It's a testament to how interestin...more
And the thing that's amazing about Agatha Christie novels - and this will sound so contrived - but it's seriously the last person you'd suspect. It gets me everytime! And I love that. I'll even try to suspect who I think is an innocent, and I still get it wrong.
I liked this story because it had a plucky heroine who was doing most of the deducing. And the inscription in the front of the book was awesome: "T...more
The book starts off with a party held in a stately manor in the middle of nowhere. There is several feet of snow covering the ground and more is one it's way. The strange mixture of party goers dec...more
I do not think this is one of Agatha Christie's most gripping books although I managed to read it. The mystery is solved in rather a contrived fashion. The book was first pub...more
A blizzard has hit England. In the tiny village of Sittaford, on the fringes of Dartmoor, a party of six is gathered in Sittaford House, home of Captain Trevelyan. He has rented the house out for the winter and is staying in a nearby village. As evening draws in, a séance is proposed. But it reveals more than they had anticipated - TREVELYAN DEAD, spells out the board. Slowly the table begins to rock again, spelling out the word M-U-R-D-E-R. Is it true? And who would kill a man...more
Este é um mistério denso e intrigante, pontuado por um ambiente de espiritismo e magia. Afinal, terá sido um espírito a fazer o prenúncio arrepiante de uma morte? E como é que o assassino terá conseguido escapar com o temporal que bloqueou as estradas? Gostei bastante deste ambiente diferente, repleto de misticismo, em que nada é o que parece.
Sem o contributo de Poirot ou Miss Marple, este é mais um livro com uma investigação amadora. As p...more
In The Sittaford Mystery we have the ingredients of a truly atmospheric old whodunit. A fabulous setting - a wintry Dartmoor just before Christmas. Mysterious characters who are obviously not telling the whole truth, an escaped convict from Princetown, a feisty young woman fightin...more
Most of the BBC dramatisations are brilliant, and this one is of a great quality too. But I guess I'm just that little too partial to Hercule Poirot that I love stories that involve Poirot best! :)
Una giornata d'inverno, un paesino isolato dalla neve, in mazzo alla desolazione della brughiera, vicino a Dartmoor e alla sua famigerata prigione. A Sittaford House la signora Willet, che dal Sud Africa è venuta a passare la stagione invernale in questa remota località del Devon insieme alla figlia Violet, tiene salotto, come sempre. Per passare il pomeriggio, gli ospiti decidono di fare una seduta spiritica. Ma quello che doveva essere un gioco si trasforma in un sinistro incubo: gli spiriti,...more
This is a delightful read. And who doesn't love a séance that turns into a murder investigation.
I thought the character, Emily Trefusus was a wonderful female ...a thoroughly 'Modern Millie'. She is sharp. This mystery has all the elements, victim, clues, and suspects that kept me busy trying to figure out who did it. Plus I always enjoy sage sayings, for example, " It will come to light in due course",...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880...more