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Die Memoiren des Grafen (Superintendent Battle #1)

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A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher.

But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. It contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail--an
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Audio CD, Unabridged / Ungekürzt, 5 pages
Published 2003 by Verlag und Studio für Hörbuchproduktionen (first published June 1925)
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Rebecca
Feb 12, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Finished it in one day. The amount of suspense and intrigue and the innumerable suspicious foreign characters had me racing through the pages. This was the first Superintendent Battle and he is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip- an impassive mask of a face in the most disastrous situations . The hero Anthony Cade with his nonchalant humor simply steals the show( I was reminded of Bertie Wooster of P.G.Wodehouse.). But the end left me with a tinge of disappointment. I sort of anticipate ...more
Ritwik
Nov 28, 2013 Ritwik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Agatha Christie book.Maybe I am exhilarated at the moment after finishing the book and gave it a four but personally there are a lot of things that bothered me a trifle such as the repeated references to Sherlock Holmes and some racial slurs. The reason might be the mindset of the people during her(Agatha Christie's)days.
As expected from her,the twists and the turns in the last 50 pages or so kept me gripping. Her writing style is concise with a plot consisting of interesting characte
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Dina
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Blakely
Apr 05, 2012 Blakely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised to see that this review has an average rating of almost 4 stars.

I like most Agatha Christie books but when Christie deviates from her standard mysteries into political and international intrigue-type stories she doesn't do it well (see also "They Came to Baghdad" which I actually thought was better than this). The characters are fake and the conspiracies and coincidences are way too fantastic to be believed. At multiple points I considered putting the book down and not fi
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Isabella
Nov 21, 2011 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie, one of the greatest mystery writers of all time - some would say the greatest - was one author whose works I found too creepy to read when I was a kid. (I have to blame this on my sis; she used to feed me Christie's stories when we were alone in our room at night with the lights turned off etc - and when images of dead bodies and children being murdered while bobbing for apples can be quite traumatising and scar one for life:D)

Anyway, when my interest in Agatha Christie was reki
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Ana T.
The Secret of Chimneys is my final entry for the Cozy Mystery Challenge and I’m glad I ended with it because the whole story is just so cosy and a perfect example of the genre. It has a grand ancestral house with secret passages, mysterious deaths, famous thieves, compromising documents, disguised identities and fun characters. I really enjoyed it!

Somewhere in Africa, in the 1920s (the book was published in 1925) two friends meet and have a strange conversation about stolen love letters and the
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Leslie
Aug 26, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had completely forgotten this first Superintendent Battle mystery. Quite fun with Balkan politics, international jewel thieves, blackmail and possible impostors, not to mention a murder or two!

Hugh Fraser does a marvelous narration.
Nadja
May 22, 2016 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Razrešetak misterije zanimljiv, 3.75 zvezdica
E.L.
Feb 19, 2012 E.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Christies ever. Anthony and Virginia alike are the type of people I wish I were friends with in real life; Bundle and Lord Catterham are adorable (so adorable that I'm glad we got to see more of them in the Seven Dials Mystery, along with Bill and Codders); Superintendent Battle is, as always, superb. The mystery itself gets a shade confusing in spots, and Anthony himself admits that much of his involvement in the matter comes about by amazing coincidence, but what does that m ...more
Sarah ~
رواية غريبة..
لم تعجبني كثيرا..
لم يكن أنطوني كيد يعلم أنه سيتورط بسبب مهمة تصورها تافهة وقام بها من أجل صديق ستجعله محور مؤامرة دولية خطيرة..
في هذه الرواية ملوك وملكات ووزاراء وقناصل..
وأصحاب ألقاب ..ابتزاز وكثير من الأسرار وبالطبع جرائم قتل ..
جو غريب بالنسبة لرواية من تأليف أغاثا ..
لم يعجبني هذا الخليط .
ما أحبه في روايات أغاثا دائما ..
كم هي حقيقية ..
كم هي ممكنة ..
كم هي بسيطة ومعقدة في ذات الوقت ..
تدخل للنفوس وتظهر أسوأ مافيها ..


الحبكة جيدة رغم بعض الغموض في الصفحات الأخيرة ..
Tiffany
What can I say? I adore Agatha Christie novels and this one was a good story. This is the first Christie novel that I have purchased as an audiobook and I rather enjoyed the story and the narrating was superb. Can't wait to listen to more of her novels.
Barbara
Oct 21, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-mystery
I enjoyed most of this book. There were some good characters and interesting situations. However, the ending seemed like Agatha had run out of ideas and just wanted to get it over with. I didn't feel like any of the clues led up to the finale. Not her best.
Sarah Sammis
The Secret of Chimneys: 05/06/05
The political upheavals of WWI seemed to have inspired a great many popular fiction books in the years before WWII started to gear up. Many of these books take a rather humorous and satirical approach to the machinations of one country to control the flow of events of another country. The Secret of Chimneys is Agatha Christie's contribution to this "genre."

Ignoring the romantic ending, The Secret of Chimneys is a political satire that pokes fun at the British Em
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SpookySoto
Feb 20, 2013 SpookySoto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Otro buen libro de Agatha. La historia arranca lenta al principio porque gran parte de la trama gira entorno a la subida al trono de un rey en un país (ficticio) que tiene petróleo, el interes de Inglaterra de que ese rey sea "flexible" a sus intereses y el de un magnate petrolero que, por supuesto, quiere tener la ventaja de ese negocio. Esa parte política de la novela es lo que menos me gustó, aunque sí me parece algo que pasa actualmente donde las potencias y empresarios se aprovechan de país ...more
Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 4.5

This was awesome.I loved the characters and the really complex and interesting story;there's also a lot of humor and even sarcastic remarks.The ending is sooo good!I really liked Virginia,she's a bit crazy,isn't she?

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Those last 20 pages were insane,I had so much fun reading them!But seriously now,this book is really interesting,with royal intrigue,phenomenal main character and great twists-what more can I ask for?

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I'm the kind of person who marries enthusiasticall
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Cata
Mar 12, 2014 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"O cenário para este crime foi sendo construído aos poucos de forma bastante sólida (como já vem sendo costume), porém (e como elemento diferenciador) existiu uma forte componente política no centro da questão. Mais uma vez reitero que questões políticas são um turn-off para mim, porém o crime foi construído de forma tão sublime e a explicação foi tão credível que acabou por compensar esse aspecto que (para mim) é negativo."

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Laura
Aug 03, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From IMDb:
An attempt to bring a famed stately home back to its former glory is marred when a visiting Austrian diplomat is shot to death decades after the disappearance of a priceless diamond.


A movie was made based on this book and it's available at YouTube, with Julia McKenzie, Ian Weichardt, Laura O'Toole.

Carmen
Nov 17, 2013 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
A great Agatha Christie novel. Not as good as Poirot. This is also about a 'hot' man and a spunky girl and lots of excitement, spying, danger, and shady characters. No one is who they appear to be. Very cute and clever.
Rita Fernandes
Aug 13, 2013 Rita Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adorei o final, havia algumas coisas previsíveis mas a maioria deixou-me de boca aberta. Muito bom ;)
Stratos
Apr 01, 2016 Stratos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Από τις καλύτερες ιστορίες της Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Έστω και στα γεράματα μου, εμπλουτίζω τη βιβλιοθήκη με τα βιβλία της.....
BrokenTune
Dec 12, 2012 BrokenTune rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Annie Hawthorne
Mar 01, 2015 Annie Hawthorne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious, good fun.
Raylenis
Aug 26, 2016 Raylenis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Definitivamente mi libro favorito de Agatha hasta el momento.
Ruth
Jun 29, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When good-natured adventurer Anthony Cade accepts two commissions from his friend Jimmy McGrath, he little realizes that the simple delivery jobs will throw him into a web of international intrigue and danger. His first task is to deliver the recently deceased Herzoslovakian Count Stylpitch's memoirs to his London publisher - a manuscript whose secrets warring political factions will do anything to prevent being published. Anthony's second task is to return a package of indiscreet love letters t ...more
Nancy Oakes
The Secret of Chimneys is the first Christie novel to feature Superintendent Battle, who will, over the course of his career, be the featured detective in two more mysteries, The Seven Dials Mystery and Toward Zero. Battle, however, takes second place to one Anthony Cade, who, when we first meet him, works as a tour guide in Africa. At a bar one day Cade meets an old buddy, James McGrath, who has been tasked with the delivery of the memoirs of the now-dead Count Stylptitch of Herzoslovakia to a ...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: An extremely high-ranking Balkan politician writes a tell-all book to be published when he dies, which he has, recently. It comes to young Anthony to keep this manuscript safe and to deliver it to the publishers at an agreed-upon date, not before, not later. Of course there are many folks out to stop the printing of this outrageously true history of a dark time in an old country. With that as McGuffin, rich'n'exotic characters using false names and with many motives, a huge old hous ...more
Mmyoung
Aug 12, 2010 Mmyoung rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christie
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Julie Davis
Jan 07, 2014 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember most of this, as it turns out, but I'm a sucker for Christie's stand-alone "adventurer" tales. Yes, I know this is called a Superintendent Battle novel and I'm also a sucker for him, as it turns out. However, this is Anthony Cade's tale and, as such, is a "young adventurer" story.

I'm listening to an Audible offering because Hugh Frasier recorded a lot of the Agatha Christie novels and they strike me as something that would be good fun to listen to. He does a very good job, aside from
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Mihaelas
Oct 18, 2016 Mihaelas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great introduction to Agatha Christie! No wonder she's called the queen of crime with her lively and fast-paced writing style. For such a short book, she was able to make me interested and invested in the characters as well as develop their personalities sufficiently so that they didn't feel two-dimensional in the slightest. And the plot twists, oh, the plot twists were actually surprising!

I have to speed-read through this entire series and I reckon I won't have a problem with that and I
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Maya
Nov 08, 2015 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Дори и без Поаро и мис Марпъл, историите на лейди Агата са завладяващи. Тази специално далеч не е сред най-добрите, но пак се "изгълтва" на един дъх. В нея има всичко - мистерии, политика, обири, тайнствени благородници, изискани дами-аристократки, авантюристи по дух, умни ченгета от 3 държави, доза любов и, естествено, онази толкова присъща на Агата Кристи уникална иронична усмивка към нейните сънародници и техните порядки и привички.
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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