The Sittaford Mistery
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It was a fearful night...
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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1994 by Harper Collins (first published 1931)
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Cheryl
Just the idea of a seance in the twilight of a winter's snow storm puts the reader on watch. With five or six people sitting around a table asking questions of spirits from the other world, well, isn't that atmospheric enough? Do we really want to know the answer to who will face death within the hour?

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
Laurel Young
Just for maximum confusion, many of Christie's novels have different titles in the British vs. American editions. What I actually read was entitled Murder at Hazelmoor, but it is aka The Sittaford Mystery. Whatever one calls it, this novel typifies why Dame Agatha is the Mystery Goddess to me. I love many of her contemporaries--Sayers, Marsh, Tay, Wentworth, and esp. Rinehart--but it is rare for them to stump me. I've just been at this game too long; I usually have the solution figured out by th...more
Uncle
During a freak snowstorm, guests at a country house amuse themselves by conducting an impromptu seance. What starts as an innocent game of table-turning, turns genuinely sinister when the spirits spell out that the house's absent owner, Captain Trevelyan, is not only dead, but that he has just been murdered. Hours later the Captain's body is discovered in a neighboring village, slain just as the "spirits" predicted. So begins Agatha Christie's novel The Sittaford Mystery (published 1931), but pe...more
Carmen
Mar 08, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Agatha Christie does it again.

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
Yngvild
There is something very appealing about murder mysteries set in remote English villages under heavy snow. It is more than the Christmas card prettiness and the excuse for roaring fires. There is an expectation that something interesting will happen, like the murder of a rich old Scrooge.

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
Susan
Vintage Christie. However, I found it hard to keep all the characters straight in my head and I'm not sure I completely understood who a few of them were, and next I found the reason for the murder pretty lame. Also, the whole murder episode had a pretty unbelievable element in there, too.

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
Abbey
1931, apa MURDER AT HAZELMOOR; Miss Emily Trefussis, Charles Enderby, reporter, and Inspector Narracott, the little town of Sittaford, near Dartmoor Prison. Cranky (but wealthy) Captain Trevelyan is murdered during a snowstorm and while many suspects have motive, they didn't have the opportunity... Four stars.

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
Uche
I've read enough books that I should have been able to figure out the murderer. But I'm glad I switched off my brain a little and enjoyed the suprise when it came. My favourite thing about this book - like most Agatha Christie books I adore - wasn't themystery, though. It was the characters. Or more specifically the character if Emily Trefusis who is now second only to Anne Beddingford of the Man in the Brown Suit fame, as my favourite Agatha Christie hero.

"Oh! my God," said Jim Pearson. "Can n...more
Mmyoung
The Sittaford Mystery, like The Murder at the Vicarage seems to reflect Christie looking for, if a not a new pattern for writing her books, at least the introduction of a new variation within the mix. Once again, as in several earlier books, the most proactive of the characters is a young woman although the point of view is not hers. The mystery itself is less ornately planned than many of the earlier Christies and is a rare example of a believeable “aha” moment of detection. All the information...more
Cheryl Landmark
Another fine example of Agatha Christie's clever, imaginative mind. Her portrayal of the insular life and intriguing characters of a small, remote English village was, as usual, very well done.

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
J
Re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication ...

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
Lori
This mystery from the great Christie is full of so much detail, I don't know where to begin. First, there's Miss Emily Fortescu, the "sleuth" of the story. She's the fiancee of Jim Pearson, who has been inprisoned for killing his rich uncle, a crime he did not commit. It's up to her to find out who really did kill the old man. She gets help from a news reporter, Charles, who falls for her, but is supposed to be her cousin. Of course, Emily uses her charm and his affections to her advantage to so...more
Mary
Nov 26, 2007 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: crime
Agatha Christie books are like delicious little snacks. Most of them aren't particularly long, they're incredibly easy to read, and they always leave you feeling satisfied. I think that might be why I love her writing so much. The stories are just convoluted enough that you're surprised by the ending, but not enough that it's completely unbelievable.

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
Elisha Condie
Is there anything better than Agatha Christie for summer reading? No. No there is not.

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
Ruthiella
At a house party during a game of table rapping (similar to using an Ouija board), a murder is announced. Only the victim is living in a village over 6 miles away and the roads are impassable due to a winter storm. Unless you believe messages from beyond, it is dollars to donuts that one of the attendees knew of the murder beforehand, but which one and why? Since this title was mentioned in another book I am reading and I am already woefully behind in the reading quota I set for myself for 2014,...more
Alice
One of the most delightful Agatha Christie's I've read. It's fresh and peppy with all of the intriguing Christie twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. And a girl detective a la Nancy Drew!
Kirsti
A snowstorm, a seance, a murder. Jolly fun!

Also published under the title Murder at Hazelmoor.
Ryan G
This was what I needed to get out of my reading slump, a well written Agatha Christie mystery. She never totally disappoints and I'm mentally better off after I read one of her novels, even if I wouldn't put it on my favorites list. Thankfully this one is in the running for my top 10 list of her books.

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
Gabby
The title of this book changed at some point. The title I read is Murder At Hazelmoor but it is the same book as the title listed here. I've discovered that has happened with other Agatha Christie books; I have no idea why. I don't really care what any book of Agatha Christie's is called, though, I've read any I can find over the years and they're all wonderful representations for the mystery genre. I find Hercule Poirot to be a huge pain on the page, but the writing and plotting is so good, I c...more
Jean
I've had this book in my collection for years, but this is the first time I got round to reading it. The book does not feature one of Agatha Christie's regular detectives. Instead, a lively young woman by the name of Emily Trefusis, tries to solve the crime as her fiancé has been arrested for the murder of Captain Trevalyan.

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
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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
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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
Ali
I usually like the Poirot and Marple books the best, but this one with neither of the great Christie detectives on duty - is a marvelous read. I was happily curled up under a blanket most of the afternoon with this one.
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
Jeanine
I loved the story. I love the old English way of speaking, and I didn't figure out who-dunit.
Muphyn
Not Agatha Christie's best but certainly enjoyable. A little more predictable than others (normally I'm quite clueless) but still a good, solid murder mystery. I especially liked the young(ish) girl's role, Emily Trefusis, in solving the crime.

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! :)
Matteo Pellegrini

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,

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Pushpa
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Karmakosmik
Un giallo ben costruito, e che prende spunto dai noti interessi della Christie per il soprannaturale, ma in determinati punti rischi di risultare troppo macchinoso. La tanta carne al fuoco (dicasi sospettati) messa dall'autrice con l'intenzione di confondere il lettore, crea spesso un senso di pesantezza alla lettura, ed il finale, ottenuto grazie alla classica botta di culo nel trovare l'indizio definitivo, rende un po' tutto inutile il lavoro di ricostruzione del delitto fatto con le varie sup...more
Susan
Copyright 1931, that date alone caught my eye ,plus the fact I adore Agatha Christie novels.
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
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