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The Unexpected Guest

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,053 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time with her works outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. She is regarded by generations of fans as the greatest mystery writer ever, and her novels are read and cherished the world over.

A thriller as well as a puzzler set in a foggy estate in Wales. This mystery opens as a stranger walks away from his ditched
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 22nd 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published 1958)
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The plot is incorrect: it's the one for Spider's Web. I guess you could say I read "The Unexpected Guest" as an accident, as I thought I would be reading Spider's Web. However, The Unexpected Guest was a very good accident, mind you. The story was fast-paced, had simple and easy-to-read language, and a jaw-dropping ending.

It didn't feature the usual recurring detectives, like Poirot or Marple or Tommy and Tuppence, yet perhaps that's what made this book so intriguing because the inspectors were
كتاب رائع لأجاثا كريستي مثل كل كتبها
الجميل في كتب أجاثا كريستي أنها تعرف في ماذا نفكر ، ومتي ! بمعني أنها تعرف أن فكرة معينة ستطرأ علي بالك في هذا الوقت بالتحديد
فتشك في شخص معين ، وتراها تدحض كل شكوكك في كلمة واحدة
لتجد المتهم آخر شخص يمكن توقعه
وطبعا لا يوجد ملل علي الإطلاااق
Marwa Ahmed
unexpected , good story !
و اول مرة اقرى لأجاثا كريستى رواية ما يكونش فيها اللى بيحل اللغز احدى شخصياتها البوليسية و لكن شخص تورط أصلاً فى الجريمة و لن احرق النهاية لأن الكتاب ممتع :)
Agatha Christie did it again. Another great murder mystery. I did not see that coming!
رانيا منسي
ورق اصفر قديم من سنة 1975 مع الغاز اجاثا كريستي جو ممتع للقراءة
Nikki Nielsen
'The Unexpected Guest' begins on the side of a foggy country road in Scottland. Michael Starkwedder finds himself hopelessly lost on this winding road that seems to lead nowhere when he runs his car into a ditch. He walks to the closest house and although there is no answer to his knock, he sees someone sitting in the library through glass doors. A man asleep possibly? The French doors open to Michael's touch and he has intentions of waking the man up and asking to use the phone, but he is shock ...more
Actual rating 4.5
WOW!I did not see that plot twist coming... so good. I wish I'd seen the play. I recommend this one, it's qute short so if it's not of your liking it shouldn't take that long to get it over with but if you do like it you can just read it all at once, since it's quite fast-paced, which is something I love. When you get to the ending... Christie doesn't disappoint... not at all.
A Quickie Review

Agatha Christie is regarded as the master of mystery fiction; this book is a posthumous novelization of one of her plays, also a whodunit. The story is typical for the Queen of Crime, and fans of her works will likely enjoy it just as much as her regular novels.
So this was originally a play and adapted to a novel format. I did notice that the writing was a bit "off" and didn't feel quite right for an Agatha Christie book. The plot and characters were pretty interesting, as usual, starting off with pretty-clear case of wife being caught red-handed and holding the smoking gun. And in typical Christie style all is not what it appears to be. Not sure if it is because I've read so many of her books, but it didn't take me too long to figure out what the plot ...more
First things first, I should point out that I read a novelisation of this play, not the play itself, therefore I probably gained a different opinion of this Christie story than I would if I'd read the original. This turned out to be a very good novelisation though with a strong plotline, although I did feel that some of the dialogue and action would work a lot better in its original play format. Still a nice book to while away a couple of hours with. Just enough mystery and a nice twist at the e ...more
Tina Rae
Apr 24, 2012 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha fans
Ugh. Why are Agatha Christie mysteries so amazing?! They are my favorite. I absolutely adored this one. Though the ending kind of threw me. The very, very end was not at all what I wanted to happen but oh well. The whole novel was still brilliant. And I believe this one was adapted from a play? I would LOOOOVE to see this as a play. It would be just a superb night at the theatre. So if you're looking for a good Agatha Christie mystery to devour this one is definitely one of her best!
Aniket K
Aniket Kumta
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The Unexpected Guest

In The Unexpected Guest adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne from a play originally written by Agatha Christie, the theme is that what appears to be the case may not always true. The story takes place along a country road in South Wales, United Kingdom. The story is written in 3rd person limited. While Michael Starkwedder, an engineer, drives along the road encompassed by fog on a cool November evening, his car gets stuck in a ditch along t
Kamal Mohamed
مش غريب اني اقرأ لاجاثا كريستي وانبهر بالنهاية
الجديد ف ان اللي حل اللغز مش احد ابطالها المعتادين
سحر اجاثا بيخليك تلقائيا متبقاش عارف مين القاتل ولا حتي ذهنك يشك فية طبعا الكاتبة مش محتاجة اني افضل اعدد ف مهارتها الكتابية
بس فعلا قصة بوليسية ممتعة للمهتمين بالنوع دة
Abderrahmane ARB
It is an easy read.

The story is not complicated. All is going on in one place, I believe the reason is that this book is originally written as a play by Agatha then novelized by Charles Osborne.

But still the story is good and the book worth reading.
Wow, the end was really entertaining! I won't say more so as not to give anything away. :-)
لا يمكنني أن أقاوم عشقي لروايات أجاثا كريستي جميعهاا
نجلاء سعيد
كانت من زمان...وكانت حلوة جدا :)
Ana Luisa
Agatha Christie foi e sempre será a rainha do romance policial! Por melhores que sejam outros livros existentes no mercado literário nenhum consegue superar esta diva que será sempre lembrada pelas suas histórias imortais. Já não lia um livro desta autora à muitos anos, o outro titulo que li chamava-se “Matar é facil” e pertencia à colecção “Vampiro”. Este é mais um livro viciante que nos faz devorar cada página de forma quase doentia, com a certeza que nada é aquilo que parece. Devo dizer que n ...more
Um estranho (a visita inesperada do título) fica preso com o seu carro numa valeta, numa noite de grande névoa, no sul do País de Gales. Com o intuito de pedir socorro, acaba entrando na casa mais próxima do ocorrido e descobre um homem sentado numa cadeira de rodas, morto.
Este é o prelúdio deste romance policial, adaptado de uma peça de teatro, escrito pela Dama do Crime em 1958. De realçar que A Visita Inesperada é considerada uma das melhores peças de teatro da autora.
Após tal «descoberta»
Jazmín Romero
Este libro lo había comenzado a leer, y me enojé tanto con la protagonista que lo dejé a la mitad. Un año después, como parte de mis propósitos de año nuevo de no dejar cosas a medias, lo volví a abrir. Bueno, tuve que empezarlo de nuevo porque ya no recordaba nada de la historia, por lo que tuve la oportunidad de mirar con otros ojos la trama. Esta vez me atrapó y no me dejó ir hasta que lo terminé.

Reconozco que me enojé tanto con Laura por la forma en que le admite a Starkwedder que él sale s
Geert Daelemans
A posthumous Christie with a vengeance

After getting his car stuck in a ditch next to a desolate road hidden in thick mist, Michael Starkwedder walks to a cottage to get some help. To his surprise he notices that the front door of the cottage is ajar. Once inside the house he finds a woman with a gun in her hand, crouched next to a lifeless body. The woman, Laura Warwick, immediately admits to having killed her husband. Michael decides to help the woman to cover up her crime, but never expected t
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog, minus the links which appear in the blog version.


The Unexpected Guest was first published as a play in 1958, and written into a novel by Charles Osborne in 1999. The story is set in Wales one foggy night. The protagonist is Michael Starkwedder (sounds rather like Starkadder, doesn’t it?!). He's an oil engineer who has returned to his roots after a spell in the Middle East, perhaps looking to buy a house there. His car gets stuck in a
This story looks simple, but the list of suspects are quite numerous. I have to consider everybody and unfortunately neither Poirot nor Miss Marple were there to assist my thoughts. One has to think as an outsider and from there on, you will realized the impossibility for somebody inside the house to do the job, except for the somewhat peculiar little brother of the deceased. This is not my favourite book of Agatha, but she still baffled me as she always did; in the guessing game of who do it.
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This is a really diverting and enjoyable read for a rainy afternoon. I would think I had it figured out but there would be a twist. The Goodreads description for this novelization appears to actually be for the 3-act play it is based on. In the novel, the wife is named 'Laura' and there is no anonymous tip or parlour game or anything of the sort. It opens with the 'unexpected guest' of the title getting his car stuck in a ditch. It's a really short read---more of a novella actually.
Dame Christie's style is certainly not the latest anymore, but her stories are still up to par. Having read most of her books, it did not come to me as a surprise that there are several surprises coming... Whenever you think you finally get the knack, some detail pops up and throws the whole logic of the story around in another direction - everything is suddenly different than you thought.
A stranger has a car mishap, and stumbles into a murder scene; it seems rather obvious who did it. (view spo
Unexpected ending

I chose to give this book 4 stars, as it was amazing but the beginning proved to be a bit confusing. This is another Agatha Christie's "whodunit" and I loved it. The ending was no where close to being expected, I actually thought it was Jan I fell for the trick. I would recommend this to anybody who loves crime and mystery novels. The Unexpected Guest kept me guessing...
Interesting... This novel is actually an adaptation by Charles Osborne of the 1958 play by Christie. It shows, unfortunately, in that the narrative style isn't like her at all -- it's slow and the kind of simple, over-stated style of someone who would like to be a good writer, but isn't. Still, I have to give allowances, because it can't be easy to adapt a play to novel form.

The plot itself is... interesting. Christie's works are always kind of hit-and-miss with me (I tend to stick to her Poirot
Julie Golding Page
An avid reader of Christie mysteries, I think she's one of the masters of the craft. However, I was disappointed in this book. It was not actually a novel written by Christie herself, but rather an adaptation of one of her plays. This means that the book is far shorter than other books by Christie, which the publisher tries (unsuccessfully) to make up for by using a larger-than-normal font. Christie's wonderful descriptions of the settings are also missing, and what we have instead are far too m ...more
Kitabı bitirmişken sıcağıyla yazmak istedim,kriminal tarz romanları seven birisi olarak çok hoşuma gitti.Agatha Christie tahmin etmesi pek de mümkün olmayan katilleriyle meşhur diyebilirim,bir yerden sonra yazarın tiplemelerine ve mantığına alıştığınızdan tahmin yapmak mümkün olabilir ama ne diyebilirim bu kitabı okuyunca tamamen nutkum tutuldu açıkçası diğer eserlerine kıyasla pek bir derinliği yok gibime geliyordu ta ki kriminal romanların klasik çözülme&sonuç evresi başlayana dek;öyle ki ...more
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Charles Thomas Osborne is a journalist, theatre and opera critic, poet and novelist. He was assistant editor of The London Magazine from 1958 until 1966, literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1971 until 1986, and chief theatre critic of Daily Telegraph (London) from 1986 to 1991. He is the only author the Agatha Christie Estate has ever allowed to produce adapted works in h ...more
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