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Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

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A blinding snowstorm--and a homicidal maniac--traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple set-up, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which, in turn, would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history. From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (so
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 14th 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published 1950)
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This collection of short stories features not only Hercule Poirot, but also Miss Marple and Harley Quin!

The Stories.

Three Blind Mice. Molly and Giles Davis are proud to be renovating their aunt’s home and opening it as a “guest” house. It gives them an excuse to keep the mansion and to make money on the side. It isn’t until their first set of guests are settled in that a police officer arrives telling them that among their tenants is a murderer who has killed before and is planning to kill again
Heba Mohamed
ماكنتش احلى حاجة قريتها بس كانت عالمية

فيها حكايات لميس ماربل و لبوارو و دة اللى فرحنى الحقيقة ان مش كلها لحد فيهم بس :))

فيه منها واحدة قريتها قبل كدة فى كتاب القضايا الاخيرة لميس ماربل .. مهما كبرت اجاثا هاتفضل رفيقة الدرب :)
This was my first Agatha Christie book; a fairly quick read, and I liked starting off with a book full of short stories. We just bought a stack of Agatha Christie books from the thrift store, so I'll have to keep reading.
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2.5 stars

Three blind mice,
three blind mice,
see how they run,
see how they run.

They all ran after the farmer's wife,
she cut off their tails with a carving knife.

Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
as three blind mice?

Is this really by the same woman who wrote And Then There Were None?

The aforementioned title is the only other work of Christie's that I've read, and it was one of my favorite reads of last year, as well as all-time. So, after
ثلاثة فئران عمياء وقصص أخري
اشتريت هذه الرواية لأجاثا كريستي من معرض الكتاب السنة الماضية ، جذبني عنوانها ، وفعلا كانت رواية رائعة
وفي طباعة ممتازة ، بالتأكيد قد نسيت معظم أحداثها الأن ، ويمكنني قراءتها مرة أخري
وسأشعر بنفس المتعة

<3 هذا رابع كتاب اقرأه لأغاثا خلال شهر

القصص ممتعة وقصيرة ....
لكني افضل روايات أغاثا فالأحداث الطويلة والتعمق في الشخصيات ممتع حيث يصعب تخمين المجرم

أحببت ثلاثة فئران عمياء
شقة الطابق الثاث
قضية الخادمة المثالية
Trudy Pomerantz
Continuing on in my quest to read all the books that Christie wrote, this is the latest. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book - Three Blind Mice despite this being a second or third read. Some favorite passages:

From Three Blind Mice:

It was very cold. The sky was dark and heavy with unshed snow.

The end of the war had left Mrs. Boyle marooned, as it were, on a desert shore. She had always been a busy woman, talking fluently of efficiency and organization. Her vigor and drive had prevented people as
Anzitutto devo dire che è la prima volta che leggo un suo testo teatrale: avevo al mio attivo diversi suoi romanzi, ma per puro caso le commedie mi erano ancora sfuggite... fino ad oggi.Proprio in quanto commedia teatrale il libro si legge ancora più velocemente rispetto ai romanzi (che già si divorano agilmente), ma lo stile ed il pathos rimangono ad altissimi livelli.La storia? Una giovane coppia di coniugi apre una piccola locanda in casa ed i primi ospiti arrivano giusto il giorno di una ter ...more
1950, apa The Mousetrap, published in US only, includes the story that was the basis for her most famous play and 8 other stories of all styles and detectives. Christie used several of them as basis for later novels that make these original short stories seem rather pastel in comparison. Several of the stories were also adapted for TV (and slightly rewritten), but all were very good films and true to her style and settings. Three-and-one-half stars.

Contains three Poirot stories, four Marple sto
Un 3,5 en realidad

La ratonera tiene todos los elementos característicos de cualquier obra de Agatha Christie: misterio, intriga, un montón de sospechosos, algunos cadáveres y una resolución sorprendente -si no llegas a adivinarla antes, como me pasó a mí. Además, el formato de obra teatral consigue otorgarle más agilidad a la lectura sin restarle ni un ápice de tensión al asunto.

Isabella V
I thought that the plot was very interesting. I was actually surprised because I was expecting to be bored during the reading of the radio play. Once we were finished going through the play, I was happy and surprised by all of the red herings! Honestly, the murderer that I had picked out wasn't even a part of it and my character was a part of the murder! Great organization all the way around.
Brianna King-Isom
After reading the radio play version of "Three Blind Mice" By Agatha Christie I feel like she is a really good writer. While reading through the play before acting it i could get an image of what was going in my head. I could "see" how each charter looked like. The book was so suspenseful and a really good mystery.
Diana Gaspar
Even though I read the play version, I can honestly say it was an easy read, and the plot twist was a concept many people couldn't comprehend. It left many of the readers in shock. The beginning of story either lacked detail or sped up the scenes too quickly. Not a bad play, but it could have been better.
Diana osorio
After reading the play version of the Three Blind Mice, at first I thought it was boring but as the story was going on it got more and more interesting. I was always asking myself “who is the murder?” and “why would they murder her?” At the end I was done with those thoughts and questions

مجموعة قصصية جميلة لأجاثا كريستي. أميل كثيرا لكتب القصص القصيرة خصوصا اذا كانت من نوع التحقيق والجرائم. لأن كل قصة تكون قصيرة, واضحة, مختصرة وممتعة! في هذا الكتاب 9 قصص قصيرة, لاحظت ان اثنتين منها "شقة الطابق الثالث" و " مغامرة جوني ويفرلي" مكررة وقد قرأتها مسبقا في كتاب آخر لأجاثا بإسم "قضايا بوارو المبكرة".

تقييمي للكتاب 3/5 لأن 3 قصص منها اعجبتني كثيرا, و 3 لم تعجبني, و3 كانت جيدة.

أكثر 3 قصص أعجبتني هي:

ثلاثة فئران عمياء: صدمتني أجاثا بالنهاية! فعلا غير متوقعه. ذكاء وعبقرية أجاثا تخدعني في كل م
After reading the Radio play version of Three Blind Mice I think it was okay. I was interesting with a really big plot twist. I would recommend you reading the radio play with a group of people because it could be fun thing to act out.
Brady West
This story made me realize why murder mysteries intrigue people. The suspense and mystery keep people always wondering. They want to keep reading until they figure it out, and the book provides many interesting rising actions until then.
For whatever reason, I haven't normally reviewed Agatha Christie books on Goodreads, but I'll break the mold here to simply say that this collection was amazing.

The first story, which is more of a novella, is the story that "The Mousetrap" is based on. Now I can see why it's been the longest running play in London! This was an excellently done mystery!

There is also a good mix of Marple and Poirot stories in this, too, for people who are looking for a little bit of both. These are all very good.

Gary Vassallo
A great set of short mysteries, with Three Blind Mice being the standout. Typical Agatha Christie, with each story keeping me guessing until the end.
Allison Chan
I only read the Three Blind Mice mystery as well as some others. My favorite was totally the Three Blind Mice. That one was very well written and held me in much suspense as I progressed through the story. And I was so shocked at who the murderer was. That's how a true mystery should be written! Absolutely loved it!
After reading the radio play version of Three Blind Mice I was very happy. The ending of the radio play was just so amazing and shocking. I would have never guessed who the murder really was. If I were a character, I would be freaking out in this situation and would just be so confused! I believe that this was way better than Agatha Cristie's And Then There Were None which I have read in the past. If I was able to ask Agatha Cristie a question I would ask her "How were you so creative with who t ...more
I read Three Blind Mice by candlelight when the power went out one night. It's the first story in this book and, at 80 pages, the longest. Even though it was summer, I was completely caught up in snowbound setting, and ending up reading the whole thing in a single sitting. It's one of Christie's very best — right up there with And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express...and like both of those, you will never guess whodunnit. Very cool read!
Dentro de un  Libro
3.5 estrellas. La historia de Tres ratones ciegos me gusto mucho. El resto de las historias son en su mayoría protagonizadas por Miss Marple, había algunas que ya había leído.
Well, this was great for hang out. I wasn't amazed but I enjoyed it. In some parts I hated Miss Marple because she talked a lot but despite that, it was fine.
Fits the bill for classic Christie, and the opening novella still feels fresh and suspenseful even when you can anticipate the closing twist.
Siva Ranjani
Never attempt to read a book on short stories in a day. Some of the stories are good but tends to be little predictable after a few stories.
Si sarebbe potuto pensare che nella stanza vi fossero cinque persone colpevoli, e non un colpevole e quattro innocenti .

Molto bello. All'altezza di Dieci piccoli indiani.
Come al solito mi sono ritrovata ad aver sospetti su tutti. Siamo a Londra e un assassino si aggira per le strade della città. Non molto lontano, in una pensione, cinque persone sono rimaste bloccate dentro a causa di una bufera di neve. Sono cinque persone in trappola. In trappola proprio come dei topi.
Ma di chi ci si può fida
After reading the radio play version of Three Blind Mice, I very much became more interested in Agatha Christie's well-written mysteries. When I read the play version, I felt very uneasy. With each sentence and chapter, the mystery unraveled before me and I myself became a detective to figure out who killed Maureen Lyon. The play kept me on the edge of my seat, and I enjoyed working on bringing a character to life. Voicing Mollie was a very fun and learning experience. The story is not five star ...more
I read the play version but I still enjoyed the book in part because of the author's style. Agatha Christie who is known for her red herrings made me actually feel like I was in the setting of the novel or play. Toward the end, when Trotter reveals who he really is, I thought that it was a little too dry but either way I really liked this book/play. In the play I was Christopher Wren and I was really kind of mad that he just "disappeared" towards in the end because he was not involved in anythin ...more
Jonathan Chitaya
Now, I didn't read this book necessarily, but I read the original play of this story. After reading the Radio play version of the Three Blind Mice, the character I like in this story is Com. Metcalf because he was undercover and he was the hero at the end of the story. during the whole story, he introduced himself as Metcalf. but at the end of the story, he revealed that he indeed was a cop. He was a hero because he arrested the murder that everyone started to worry about. this murder actually t ...more
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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.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
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