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Sparkling Cyanide (Colonel Race #4)

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Six people reunite to remember beautiful Rosemary Barton, who died nearly a year before. The loving sister, the long-suffering husband, the devoted secretary, the lovers, the betrayed wife - none of them can forget Rosemary.

But did one of them murder her?

Titled in America 'Remembered Death'.
Paperback, Agatha Christie Signature Edition, 288 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1944)
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Laurel Young
In 1939, Agatha Christie published a short story featuring Hercule Poirot, entitled "Yellow Iris." A few years later, she expanded the story into this excellent novel, changing the detective to Colonel Race. Having read the story before the novel, I immediately recognized the similarity of the setup (right down to the name Iris). I assumed, therefore, that I knew how the murder was done, and in fact that aspect remains the same. However, if you think that reading the story will make it pointless...more
Brooke
Agatha Christie has done it again - this book was brilliant, as ALWAYS! She keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing and thinking and rethinking during the entire book. I suspected nearly every character at one point or another in this book, but not once have I been able to correctly guess the ending and the murderer of an Agatha Christie book. (And I have read a lot of her books.)

The book is about a young woman named Rosemary Barton, who was murdered at her birthday dinner before six friend...more
Ravie
Agatha Christie does it again (I am afraid I am running short of words!). Sparkling Cyanide opens almost a year after the sudden death of Rosemary Barton at her birthday party. Rosemary was a beauty without brains and yet there were many a people who fell simply for her looks. On the eve of her birthday, six people - her husband George Barton and his secretary Ruth Lessing, her younger sister Iris Marle, the Farradays and Anthony Browne gather for a dinner at The Luxembourg. As the party proceed...more
Célia
Rosemary Barton morreu, subitamente, durante um jantar num restaurante, envenenada por cianeto. Na altura, a falta de evidências de outro tipo fez concluir que teria sido suicídio, mas quando um ano depois um jantar idêntico decorre e outra pessoa morre nas mesmas circunstâncias, começa-se a pensar que não há coincidências…

Uma boa parte do livro é dedicada a cada uma das pessoas próximas e que poderiam ser suspeitas destes crimes. Assim, numa espécie de capítulo “point of view”, Agatha Christie...more
Sammy
In which a party of seven is reduced to six after an uncomfortable dinner; and, a year, later, six becomes five…

"Sparkling Cyanide" (or "Remembered Death", as it was released in the US, leading me to assume that the publishers’ mandate was just to get the word “Murder” or “Death” into every title) is an expanded retelling of "Yellow Iris", a Poirot short story, which was effectively adapted for the David Suchet series in the early ’90s. It’s a lovely idea, and told damn well, featuring a detecti...more
Hannah
A great read, and you find yourself liking many of the characters (the romantics will be happy with Iris/Anthony). The ending, however, was a bit of a letdown; the culprit's motivation to kill was weak, and it just didn't leave you with the chilling shock that other Christie's succeeded in doing. The idea of killing via cyanide poisoning has been done more than once in Christie's novels, too.
Nikki
I believe it was Ogden Nash who wrote "One Christie book is as good as a lib'ry," and I have to concur. I'm sure I've read all the books Agatha Christie published under that name (skipping the Mary Westmacott titles) and yet I can only remember the plots and the culprits in a few obvious ones. So I didn't mind rereading this book (which has two titles) for an online book discussion.

Remembered Death (or Sparkling Cyanide opens almost a year after the shocking death of Rosemary Barton at her bir...more
Rachel
This was actually the first Agatha Christie novel I read; up until this I had only read a collection of her short stories. I bought it on my annual vacation, in a small book store, knowing that I wanted to buy a Christie novel (the town where I vacation would make the BEST setting for a classy murder or mystery novel, so I was inspired to get in a mystery mood.) I planned on buying a well-known one like And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, but t...more
Caroline
Sparkling Cyanide begins with 18-year-old Iris Morse reminiscing about the suicide of her sister Rosemary at a dinner party. Because this is Agatha Christie, the suicide is really a murder in disguise. When Iris reminiscence about the different dinner guests and how ghastly it all was, what she is doing is introducing the suspects. The narrative then switches the point-of-view of another of the party guests. Each one remembers Rosemary, and the scene is set for the solving of a murder.

This is no...more
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Katrina
I listened to this as BBC broadcast with different people for all the characters, which made it so much richer.
Elaine
Jul 28, 2008 Elaine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I'm going to review all Christie's books/stories with one review. She's an awesome author. The reader gets a peek into aristocratic English life of a much earlier time period. The stories are all plot-driven, with sketchy characters, and sometimes contrived clues, but the plots are INTERESTING and keep the reader involved. There's a lot of violence,blood, guts, and evil--off screen/page--but no voyeuristic sex in great detail, thank heaven!! These books are as nice to read as curling up in your...more
Cherry Skull
Apesar do título sugestivo ( e um convite para a champanhe ) enfim a historia de fato nao engrenou e certamente nao é um dos mais brilhantes livros de agatha .
a historia tem bons elementos para se tornar de fato brilhante . mas agatha sempre segue na mesma linha do crime e do assassino insupeitavel e do desfecho surpreendente . entao se torna meio obvio quem e o assassino quase no final do livro .
eu mesma ja imaginava quem era o assassino apesar de nao saber detalhes - mas imaginar a motivação...more
Rebecca
A year before the story starts, Rosemary Barton died dramatically at a restaurant by ingesting cyanide. It was ruled a suicide, but not everyone believes that, and a year later her husband George is determined to re-create the party and find the killer. Included are: Rosemary's much younger sister Iris, wealthy after Rosemary's death, and now George Barton's ward. Politician Stephen Farraday, who had an illicit affair with Rosemary, but tired of her. Lady Alexandra Farraday, Stephen's wife. Ruth...more
Yanni
I like Colonel Race as a sleuth. He is a fresh one, half official and half amateur, because, well, it is not his primary line of trade. And I love his advantures in secret service

But really, because all I remember about the novels he is in is that he is a bit clueless, or only half guessing, guessing wrong or incomplete or only hinting so other people could guess, I was kinda underestimating him by now. Not that it is his fault, but even his hunch is not that acurate.

This book always mention one...more
M.F. Soriano
First Agatha Christie book I've read. Took a little while to feel engaged, partially because of the number of characters in the cast. Decent read after its hook sinks in. Interest provoked by characters' motivations, motivations resultant of background and personality. Perhaps a mite superficial, but still believable and compelling. Also thought the plot clever, and solid. Shows its' age, though, in author's prejudices: jazz is 'negro music,' and Italians 'look like monkeys.'
Jeffrey Round
This book has the feel of something tossed off quickly, rather than the labour of love many of Christie's books seem to have been during her golden period of the 30s and 40s. It is nonetheless a fluid and enjoyable mystery, stemming from a fatal poisoning at a dinner party for seven. The cookie cutter feel is largely a consequence of none of the characters' being all that memorable, including a recurring character, Colonel Race. Neither is the solution to the mystery especially notable nor the c...more
Mike Clarke
Rosemary for remembrance: a classic Christie from her golden period (before she got bats in the he belfry and started losing her own plots) - artfully contrived, characterisation subsumed to exigencies of the plot, a fantastical but not ridiculous scenario which is all wrapped up like a brown paper package by the final 'explanation in the library' type ending. She certainly earned her money. Of course it's now a period piece, imbued with low grade racism and class snobbery but as such is a small...more
Sarah
L'intrigue est bien construite mais il y a beaucoup de personnages.
Le suspens est au rendez-vous, cependant le dénouement est assez compliqué mais en se concentrant bien, on arrive à comprendre.^^

Un bon livre qui a su retenir toute mon attention!:)
Laura
Feb 16, 2012 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
From BBC radio 4 Extra:
Agatha Christie mystery about 21-year-old debutante Rosemary, who dies at her birthday party by taking a sip of cyanide-laced champagne.
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Dame Agatha Christie has done it again. "Sparkling Cyanide" is now in my top ten novels.

Alan Bradley, of the New York Times, referred to Christie as a person who "possessed the mind of a serial killer in the body of a quiet and refined Englishwoman."

Her writings have spanned a lifetime and will continue to do so.

This mystery, written in 1943, is given the point of view from Iris, Rosemary's younger sister, then shifting the oration to the other members of the fateful dinner party.

Christie's uniq...more
Emily
This is an excellent book. I like the Christie novels that aren't some of her more beloved characters (i.e. not Poirot who I find arrogant and annoying or Miss Marple who laughs at the rest of the world and then pretends to be all innocent). I love Tommy and Tuppence, but there's not a lot of novels about them.

In this book, the perspective switches between characters and you care about each one of them. EVERYONE is suspected of the murder(s), and at the same time, you understand and sympathize w...more
Dekra
اول قصة قراتها لاجاتا كريستي وعشقي لها ابتدى منذ الكأس الأخيرة ..
Paula
Another winner by Agatha. How did she come up with these twists?
Dulce Brito
"Cianuro espumoso" otro libro muy completo de Agatha Christie, aúnque a mi parecer es un poco predecible, también es una novela policiaca y de suspenso interesante, trata del suicidio o asesinato de una esposa joven muy bonita y millonaria pero falta de inteligencia llamada Rosemary cuya hermana menor esta bajo su tutela y vive con ella y su esposo, pero llega a conocer la "identidad secreta" de un asesino, a tener un amante político y poderoso y termina sabiendo más de lo que deberia. Recomenda...more
Paul Servini
A whodunnit with sparkle.
Ruth
One year ago, everything changed for a seemingly close-knit group of friends and family -- for it was one year ago that one of them died. Seven went to dinner in a celebratory mood, and only six returned, for the seventh -- sparkling, effervescent, attractive Rosemary Barton -- drank champagne laced with cyanide. Rosemary was a golden girl, with everything to live for, and her suicide shocked the circle of survivors, for although suicide emotionally out of the question as a viable option for the...more
Julie
Dès le début, le style de langage m'a surprise. Pour un roman publié au milieu des années 1940, il m'a semblé très guindé: des "chérie" en veux-tu en voilà qui rappellent les romances du XIXe siècle et ont tendance à agacer les cœurs de pierre. Même en étant habituée au style d'Agatha Christie, j'ai trouvé ce romantisme inapproprié et légèrement pesant dans ce roman.

Le récit est divisé en trois parties. La première nous présente un à un les personnages et leurs sentiments envers Rosemary. Si je...more
CJ
Sparkling Cyanide is another murder mystery, which is centered around the alleged suicide of cheerful party-girl Rosemary Barton. Rosemary apparently took cyanide and died in the middle of dinner party. The drama begins when her stodgy husband George begins receiving letters implying that Rosemary didn't kill herself--she was murdered! The storm begins to whirl around the cast of characters: Rosemary's dishwater younger sister Iris, Iris's boyfriend Anthony who isn't who he says he is, Ruth, Geo...more
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