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The Unexpected Guest

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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.

Clarissa, the young wife of a Foreign Office Diplomat, delights in tweaking the sensibilities of her more serious friends an...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 22nd 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published 1958)
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لو فيه مليون نجمة .... ماقصرت

أكثر رواية ممتعة لأجاثا وعلى طول أنصح أي احد ما قرأ لأجاثا أبدا أنه يقرئها وبيتعلق ويكمل باقي الروايات
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...more
Adela C.
Avem parte din nou de un roman povestit din prisma celor implicați în această crimă. Totul începe când un bărbat pe nume Starkwedder călătorește în sudul Wales-ului (Țara Galilor) și se blochează cu mașina pe drum, în fața unei case. Cum afară e și ceață, el hotărăște să dea un telefon. Nu răspunde nimeni la ușă, așa că încearcă ușa glasvandului, care e deschisă. Înăuntru e întuneric, dar vede un invalid în scaunul său. Îi explică în ce situație se află, dar niciun răspuns. Așa că aprinde o lumi...more
A simple, small, no-nonsense story! A man driving in the night through the fog finds himself entrenched in a ditch. So he walks up to the nearest house and walks into a murder scene quite unexpectedly! He finds a cripple of a husband murdered, shot through his head, in the wheel-chair, while the wife is standing in a corner with the gun still in her hand and confessing to the murder. But did she really do that? Is she shielding someone else? Maybe a lover? Or her retarded bro-in-law?
TO those who...more
آلاء عوده
نهايه غير متوقعه كالعاده
لكن احداثها ليس بها تشويق كبير
او تنوع و اثاره
لكنها جيده
Sumit Singla
I have to say that this book was good - though I read a novelized version of the play and not the play itself. It is about a dark, rainy night when a man's car breaks down. He seeks help in a house nearby, and realizes that a man who he thought was sleeping is actually dead.

And then begins a roller-coaster ride, which I cannot begin to describe without giving away spoilers.

However, it'll suffice to say that it is a good book, with some interesting twists that I didn't see coming. (Either Ms. Chr...more
Eslam Almassri
هي هكذا أجاثا تأتي بنهاية غير متوقعة البتة .. مجرمة !
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
Onellyantie Chuah
I thought I succeeded in guessing who the murderer is (and was very proud of it, too), but the final chapter just blew all my confidence away. All the clues and characters play significant roles in the plot, nothing unnecessary (except for the young sergeant Cadwallader and his poetic remarks). A very short read with no-humor but extensively family and revenge related story.

A little bit of the story:
Michael Starkwedder permitted himself to enter an isolated house on a foggy night after his car r...more
- رواية مثيرة فعلا جعلتني أشكّ فى كل من فى الرواية وفيمن حولى كذلك من كثرة انفعالي بها ومن كثرة ما تبعث بداخلك فعلا الشك فى كل شخص ممكن ان يكون له صلة بجريمة مقتل ريتشارد، وان كانت شخصية سترايك غريبة فليس كل شخص مستعد لإقحام نفسه بجريمة قتل هكذا لمجرد إمرأة فتنته أو أعجبه جمالها متجاهلاً أبعاد ذلك وشخصيتها نفسها التى ممكن ان يكون خفى عليه الكير منها .
- لم أشك لحظة من البداية ان لورا لم تقتله بل كنت متيقنة من انها هى الفااعلة لذلك جاءت احداث القصة تترا تفاجئنى بأشخاص يُقحَموا فى موجة الاتهام فى ه...more
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
Katie Robinson
Its a dark rainy night. Perfect time for a murder.

This book is about an ultimate revenge. A man in a wheel chair turns up murdered. Some would say the neglected and emotionally abused wife is the killer. Others think its the wives lover. The more the book goes on, it starts looking like the mentally handicapped brother has killed his own brother.

Then the police start to pry and find out this dead man is a murderer himself. So who did it, a stranger? the wife? the lover? the brother? Well, there...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!
Eman Ehab
روايه ممتعه جعلتني اشك في انني القاتل و اظن انها لو اتعملت فيلم هتبقي رووعه .انها فعلا اجاثا كريستي يا ساده
Basma Bassam
روايه رائعه واحداثها مثيره تجعلك تشك بكل الشخصيات الا القاتل للحقيقي
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»...more
Andrea Ika
Nearly a quarter-century after her death, Agatha Christie remains the most popular mystery writer of all time. Now, in a celebrated publishing event, fans and newcomers alike are treated to another Christie novel. Created in 1930 as a stage play and faithfully adapted by Charles Osborne, Black Coffee brings back beloved detective Hercule Poirot to exercise his "little grey cells" one more deliciously deductive time... An urgent call from physicist Sir Claud Amory sends famed detective Hercule Po...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Domenico Venezia
If Christie had novelized this play then it would have become her best book yet. The reason? Because it's a one of a kind Christie. It's fast-paced which is really weird to find in a Christie book, the language is simple, easy to understand which is more difficult to find in a Christie book but the ending as always is surprising and maybe the best ending Christie has written. I'm glad I read this book by accident.
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...
Charlotte Adamson
I read this as the adapted book version and was instantly enthralled by the intoxicating writing style of Agatha Christie. I managed to read it in very little time as I found it was unputdownable!!! I was more and more perplexed at the unravelling of the mystery and was also very pleased to discover the element of mystery at the end of the book. I found that the final twist left an everlasting question in my mind that I was desperate to answer. Very pleased that I decided to read this book.

(I kn...more
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...more
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
This was an adaptation of an Agatha Christie play into a novel, with the adaptation done by Charles Osborne. I didn't realize this until I finished the book on my nook, and I wondered why it was so short, so I turned back to the title page. I was like, "Ohhhhhh!" because it made what I'd just read make a lot more sense. For one, it's not really like a Christie novel somehow. I can't pinpoint why, but it just doesn't sound quite like her voice. Secondly, it would make a FANTASTIC play. As a novel...more
Suriya Gayathri
My first ever jaunt with a detective novel and I’m happy to have started it with the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. The book is an absolute page turner and keeps the reader on toes with thrill and suspense. It was not the guest who was unexpected but the climax!
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