The Mousetrap and Other Plays
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The Mousetrap and Other Plays

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This special collection of Agatha Christie's greatest suspense plays includes The Mousetrap (the longest running play in history), Ten Little Indians, Witness for the Prosecution, Appointment with Death, The Hollow, Towards Zero, Go Back to Murder, and The Verdict.
Paperback, 752 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by NAL Trade (first published January 1st 1978)
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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a police officer, out in the snow, the winter chill clouding your mind, the only refuge a sinister abode called the Monkswell Manor. You enter the manor and it is as if you had entered the longest-running play in history... the players are all so familiar, the plot they are acting – so timeless.

You: Dear residents, pray give me some time to explain myself. ‘Tis the winter chill that drives me hither and thither! Be gentle, good sirs and ladies. Do stop freaking...more
Arun Divakar
I have very vague recollections of trying to read a Hercule Poirot book from almost a decade ago and hardly remember a thing from it. This was all the acquaintance I had with Agatha Christie. A colleague once when she received a pay raise went ahead and brought the entire collection of Miss Marple and I remember staring incredulously at her as she explained the different titles in the collection. After a while I come to know of the longest running play in Broadway and also of the 2003 film Ident...more
Praveen
It’s after a long time I am reading plays.

Till date I have only read three plays, frankly speaking I was forced to read during by college days as a part of my syllabus but I never regret of reading them. Shakespeare's The Tempest & Julius Caesar and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Among this three my all time favorite is George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Now with this book four more plays:

1. And then there were none
2. Appointment with Death
3. The Hollow
4. The Mousetrap

I think all fours are...more
MacK
Perhaps the best thing about Christie plays is that they are short and quickly readable. Perhaps the worst thing about Christie plays is that they are almost inevitably the same, exact thing.

Granted, the most popular and prolific crime mystery writer of our time is simply borrowing from the Bard in regurgitating devices over and over and over again. But it's the hackneyed ways in which she does them that gives a reader pause (while an audience might find delight).

This volume contains two lesser...more
Frederick
I read the title play only. I was surprised to find it very funny and sardonic. It's about a married couple who run a small hotel. The husband has a snide outlook and often insults the guests. His wife is constantly getting on him about fixing things. The meals, masquerading as elegant, are dished from a can. There is a doddering old man called The Major, there is a haughty old lady, there is an ever-present fear that one of the guests will flee, leaving the bill unpaid and a suitcase full of br...more
Brendan
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Brandon Burt
Before I write this review, I would like to say I only read The Mousetrap.

Now that I have that out of the say I can say i loved Agatha Christie's work on The Mousetrap, I have only read The Mousetrap by her but I someday would like to read her other works. This book had wonderful aspects of murder , violence and mystery, you think you know who the killer is and BAM! you are knocked off your feet reading the ending. This book had good characters and a devious inconspicuous plot. I only gave this...more
Pvw
Really bad, a plot that doesn't hold together, rounded of by a highly implausible conclusion. I have absolutely no idea why this play has been so successful.
Rosa Jamali
A turning point in the history of crime fiction , a very dramatic setting & a suspense story!
علی
در دوره ی نوجوانی ما، خواندن آثار پلیسی و جنایی بسیار رایج بود. تمام زنگ تفریح های مدرسه به بحث در مورد آخرین آثار پلیسی چاپ شده می گذشت. "مایک هامر"، "جانی دالر"، کاریل چسمان، و...البته آگاتا کریستی. تقریبن تمامی آثار آگاتا کریستی در آن سال ها توسط مترجمین حرفه ای و غیر حرفه ای به فارسی ترجمه می شد، و در کتاب های کیلویی گوتمبرگ (کیلویی ده تومان) به فروش می رسید. در سینماها هم فیلم های هالیوودی از آثار آگاتا کریستی کم نبودند. همه ی ما مشتری داستان های شب رادیو بودیم که اغلب سری داستان های پلیسی...more
Tricia
In this anthology of four plays, I've read two of them as novels. I always find it interesting to see what's been changed when stories are brought into a different format.

And Then There Were None is one of the notoriously different stories on stage, since it was assumed that the novel's ending would be too depressing to a theatre audience. It read pretty well except for the odd subplot romance they stuck in.

The Hollow had a quite a few things changed around to force the play into a single sett...more
Kimberly
Technically I read this before, as "Three Blind Mice and Other Stories". To get really technical I've read it twice since I own the actual play version also with the "Three Blind Mice" title. But since I picked up the version with this particular title I just decided to count it again. One of Agatha Christie's short story collections, I enjoy it because it has Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Harley Quinn, and miscellaneous short stories which are all pretty entertaining.
Cindy
The four plays included in the edition I read are: And Then There were None, Appointment with Death, The Hollow, and The Mousetrap. I’m almost certain that I’ve read the first three plays as novels and I’ve seen The Mousetrap performed on stage, twice. The first time was for a friend’s 13th birthday – at this time, I was really big into mysteries and puzzles (and I guess I still am). I loved those lateral thinking books, Usborne Puzzle Adventures, the Clue series...yes, yes, based on the board g...more
Amy
May 08, 2011 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I really just got this from the library in order to read The Mousetrap. I worked on a production of it in high school and had pretty much forgotten all about it until a friend mentioned he had gone to see the play in London. It's apparently quite a thing that the ending has more or less remained a secret for so long, even though Wikipedia totally spoils it for people who don't like reading or watching plays. I won't reveal the ending here. I will say that it seemed way too rushed. Perhaps if it...more
Jo Ellen
The title story of this collection of short stories takes place in a snowed in guest house -- snowed in with a killer who has an affinity for the song "Three Blind Mice." There is the young couple just starting on owning an inn and a cast of eccentric characters -- and neither a Miss Marple nor a Hercule Poirot to rescue the situation. The core of the story is the mistreatment of two children evacuated from London during the blitz and revenge so very long after. Agatha Christie continues to be a...more
VJ
"The Mousetrap" had long intrigued me, it being the longest-said running play, and I've made no hesitations to purchase a copy upon finding one. Well, it is worth every penny! It is truly a well-crafted stage play of a whodunnit! The story is set on a wintry night, when a newly-wed couple runs a guesthouse for the first time and welcomes their guests only to find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery. Agatha Christie truly knows how to convince you you've got the culprit red-handed, only t...more
Sara
Aug 10, 2007 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: drama
I think Agatha Christie is difficult to put onstage in a meaningful way. It's sort of kitschy and fluffy, which is not my opinion of her mystery novels at all. I think it is just a rough translation, and am left unimpressed by dramatic versions of her work on the stage. The Moustrap has some interesting twists and turns, (all Agatha Christie's brilliant mind), but the dialogue is dated and stereotypical british, with a lot of "what what", etc. The characters seem for the most part to be one dime...more
Eliana
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
My all time favorite mystery writer. Plots so clever, you can re-read novels and still not remember who ended up being the culprit. I've tried to read them all. These are all PLAYS.
Soumya Prasad
One of the best ever books on plays. You can live each scene. The descriptions are perfect and you can see the scene unfold in front of your eyes.
First Second Books
Reading a great play is like reading a great graphic novel script.
anne
M'a little disappointed, Dame Agatha. A little disappointed. Also, what's with the Mary Higgins Clark feeling? (I fully realise that my chronological order is wrong. And yet.)
To begin with, i don't see the point of Ten Little Indians - especially if you're going to change the ending. The Mousetrap was too messy and a little too "oh look! what an incredible coincidence." for me - but as someone said, maybe it's for the watching, not the reading.
However, Witness for the Prosecution is awesome. An...more
Kira Budge
Aug 03, 2014 Kira Budge marked it as to-read
*Will read for school sophomore college*
Margaret H.
This book, which I presume contains Witness for the Prosecution as well as The Mousetrap, therefore contains two of my absolute favorite Christie mysteries. The Mousetrap, when I read it now, is classic Christie, and therefore a bit predictable for someone who has consumed the volume of Christie I have- nevertheless it's one of her best who-done-it formulas, executed superbly. Witness for the Prosecution, on the other hand, is quite simply one of her best surprise endings. If you can, watch the...more
Karan Anandpara
I faintly recollect reading this book way back in school, but somehow the good memories associated with the book didn't really live up to my expectation. I'm sure watching the plays in action might just change my opinion but as far as reading them is concerned I found the effort to laborious and dragged. Barring the exception of "the mousetrap" the plot of the other three plays is weak at many levels. The twists and turns are more or less expected and I was left wanting for more from an otherwis...more
GP Field
Agatha Christie was an excellent playwright as well as novelist. In this collection of plays, was interesting to see how she managed the balance of dialogue with stage direction to create an impact that was similar to her novels. Many times I had to remind myself that I was reading a play rather than a short story. While 'The Mousetrap' is clearly the landmark in this collection and an outstanding piece, I also enjoyed some of the twists and changes that Dame Agatha made to stories that I was al...more
Matthew Hodge
Seeing as I've never had a chance to see it in person, it was good fun to be able to read the script of the play. You can see why it's been an audience favourite for so long.
Pennyboller
I'd never read The Mousetrap before, so as one of my 2012 resolutions I read it.

Seeing as The Mousetrap got first billing in the tile, it was interestin that it was the last play in th book - so Iskipped to it.

The ending was predictable, but that's from a modern perspective where we expect every situation. If I'd have seen it at the time Christie wrote it, it would have been unusual and I'd have given it a thmbs up!
Ed
Eight plays, seven of which she adapted from her novels. Very entertaining. What's most interesting to me is how in at least three of the plays, Poirot, who was featured in the books, was written out entirely. The plays stand on their own without the detective, and are probably better off. She takes liberty with the plots and makes some major changes. (Who survives, who doesn't, who did it.) They all stand on their own.
Amy
Jul 01, 2012 Amy marked it as abandoned
Shelves: reviewed
Ok, I've had enough of this one. It's going too slowly for me, and I am just not enjoying Agatha Christie's style in play form. I'm sure the plays are wonderful to see on stage, and they are richly written. But I haven't enjoyed these. It seems I'd much rather read a Christie novel, so I won't spend any more time on these plays when there are so many other books (Christie and otherwise) to read.
Elizabeth McDonald
Christie makes a decent playwright, the kind that gives such precise detail of the players' movements that you can picture the action in your head. (Such detail, after all, winds up being important in many murder mysteries.)

Reading the play doesn't hold a candle to seeing it performed in Toronto, though. I recommend that course of action instead if possible!
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