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The Seven Dials Mystery (Superintendent Battle #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  8,303 ratings  ·  379 reviews
Reclusive tycoon Sir Oswald Coote and his melancholy wife, Lady Coote, have hit upon the ideal plan to spice up their quiet lives. They'll host a lavish weekend party at Chimneys. their isolated estate, and invite only "bright young things." But the festive mood is clouded by doom. A practical joke involving seven clocks and a sleeping guest has ended in accidental death-- ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 17th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1929)
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Carol.
Jan 20, 2013 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans
Seven Dials is Christie's subversion of the 1920s style thriller, only with a plucky female heroine and a subtle commentary on English society. A manor murder, a secret society, a slummy club in the East End, and international espionage that make it seem artificially complicated, but it was enjoyable enough, with a few chuckles and a sweet little romantic angle to neatly round it out.

A group of young people gather at the English estate the Chimneys, rented out to steel magnate Sir Oswald and hi
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karen
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Ginia
I've decided that you cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie. Her books are character driven and sometimes I get confused about who's who, but she never fails to keep me reading on. This was a test in who-dun-it skills which I need to master. I thought that the Superintendent/police chief was the bad guy. I got it all wrong. The story is wrapped up in tons of funny, aristocratic dialogue. And then all of a sudden Christie adds a couple of sentences like this:

There is no need to describe in detail
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Nahed.E
جميع روايات أجاثا كريستي تتميز بالحبكة الشديدة
لدرجة أنه من الصعب عليك أن تحل اللغز في النهاية
هذه الرواية غامضة للغاية
وقد اتعبتني جدا
خاصة في كثرة الأحداث والأسماء المتشابهة
ولكنني - وعلي غير العادة - لم أستمتع بها كثيراً أثناء القراءة

فعادة ما أشعر أثناء قراءتي لروايات أجاثا أنني واحدة منهم
أحيا مع الابطال ، اركض معهم ، وأخاف مثلهم ، واخاف عليهم
أترقب وانتظر ثم اندهش في النهاية
واغلق الرواية في متعة كبيرة

هذا للأسف لم يحدث في هذه الرواية
وقد تكرر شعوري هذا في رواية أو روايتين سابقتين فقط من ضمن عشرات ا
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BrokenTune
"The clocks were wrapped up and paid for. Mr Murgatroyd watched the cars drive away with a puzzled air. Very spirited the young people of the upper classes nowadays, very spirited indeed, but not at all easy to understand. He turned with relief to attend to the vicar’s wife, who wanted a new kind of dripless teapot."

There is a lot to like about The Seven Dials Mystery. The spirited young people, the charming older generation, the country house setting - complete with a despotic gardener, London
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Bill
I enjoyed this Agatha Christie mystery very much. It had quite a different feel to it from the Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries. Dare I say, it was almost an adult Nancy Drew (ish) style mystery; mainly due to the fact that the protagonists were young people, rather than the more mature sleuths that Christie peopled her stories with. You find wealthy, carefree, Lady Eileen (aka Bundle) Brent and Jimmy Thesiger and their acquaintances trying to solve the murders of two of their friends. What it t ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 24, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Dana
Expect no Hercule Poirot, no Miss Jane Marple, no Tommy nor Tuppence Beresford; however, Superintendent Battle does just fine in The Seven Dials. The mountainous but subtly clever policeman manages to solve two murders and break an international ring of crooks in a cozy that will engage you to the very last page.

The caper begins with the death of a guest at — this is Dame Agatha Christie, after all — a house party. The deceased’s half-sister, the deceased’s friend, and another young woman, Lady
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Rahel
This book was awesome!

The story starts off with a house party on the country side where everyone is having a splendid time. One of the members is sort of a late riser and the other guests play a joke on him involving eight "alarum clocks". The next morning he's found dead ... accidental overdose of a sleeping drug.
Some time later an other member of the weekend party gets shot and the suspicion of murder is confirmed. The last words of the victim were "Seven Dials" ... what do they mean? ... is t
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Kavita
A young man dies while on a visit to a country house, and very soon a secret society is suspected of murdering him. We have the dead man's sister, a young man working at the Foreign Office, our heroine, Eileen Brent aka Bundle, a Police Superintendent, and a young man working in politics, all more or less banding together to solve the mystery.

This book is written in a very light vein and there is plenty of humour in the Wodehouse style. But unlike the other Christie books, this one somehow lacks
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Kirsti
Jun 29, 2008 Kirsti rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anglophiles
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A minor Christie work. Gets more interesting toward the end.

Life among the upper classes gets a bit tiresome. Some of the main characters are named Bundle, Pongo, and Socks. It's as if the murder has been perpetrated and is being investigated by puppies.
Laurel Young
The Seven Dials Mystery marked a return to form for Agatha Christie. Following the remarkable achievement of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1926, she hit a terrible slump following the death of her mother. With a book due every year, she cobbled together some of her short stories into the abysmal Big Four, then hurried through Mystery of the Blue Train--which I didn't think so bad, but she was not proud of it acc to her autobiography. Seven Dials takes us back to Chimneys, the country manor hous ...more
Ann
This was the first Agatha Christie book I read - and what a good choice! It's been ages since I've read it, but I'm still marveling at the plot! When trying to figure out "who-dunnit" I did consider the true culprit, but dismissed it instantly - oops!

Not as light-hearted and fun as the Tommy and Tuppence series, but a wonderful mystery and a credit to Christie's writing abilities.
Jocelyn
Another murder at Chimneys! And some of our favorite characters from The Secret of Chimneys are back to solve the mystery. But the real mystery is, why is the first book such a delight, and this book such a drag? The plots of both are equally far-fetched. Both feature young people bucketing around in roadsters and prowling the premises of large country homes in the middle of the night.

I think the answer lies partly with the characters. Practically all the characters in The Secret of Chimneys wer
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Cheryl
Ronny Devereaux, before he died in Bundle Brent's arms, said Seven Dials, tell Jimmy Thesinger. But what is Seven Dials and how is Jimmy involved?

These answers will solve the mystery of Gerry Wade's untimely death, Ronny's murder by gunshot, a plot to steal a secret formula to revolutionize the steel industry, and the identity of a secret society known as The Seven Dials.

Christie, writing in the late nineteen twenties and before she captures the title of the Queen of Mystery, revisits The Chimne
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William
I can see an argument here for 3 and 5 stars, so I'm settling at 4. This is one of Christie's thrillers that, nevertheless, does have some of the investigative usual elements in the latter half. It also has the odd benefit of being almost a sequel (a rarity in the Christie canon) to The Secret of Chimneys. This means that we get some old characters back- two of which Christie seems especially fond of, and for that reason, the books reads affably even when murder is not the first order of busines ...more
Carol
E mais uma vez A. C. não desilude os leitores, brindando-nos com mais uma brilhante obra, genialmente pensada.
Desta vez, não é Poirot nem Miss Marple a desvendarem o mistério, mas sim a jovem Eileen Brent, amavelmente tratada por Bundle.
Bundle é uma jovem bastante perspicaz, que procura incessantemente condimentar a sua vida de ação. E é exatamente isso que vai encontrar neste caso dos 7 relógios.

Mais um maravilhoso mistério à Agatha Christie a não perder!! ;)

Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Pretty good mystery. I like the nickname “Bundle”.
Christian Leonard Quale
Normally when I read an Agatha Christie I expect a good mystery with a bit of a story around it. That's why The Seven Dials Mystery really surprised me, it actually felt like a story which happened to have a mystery in it. It also had another quality that took me off guard. It is consistently funny. It does that wonderful thing of being effortlessly humorous in an understated, very British, way. The characters are wonderful, and the story flows well.
The mystery, however, does not quite live up t
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M.
The Seven Dials Mystery is not what most would typically expect from Agatha Christie. There is no murder scene around which the cast revolves until a Poirot or Marple gathers them together for a big reveal. Instead, it is a rousing adventure story...part murder mystery, part spy game, part romance.

The gist of the story is a mysterious death among some young upper class friends at Chimneys, the scene of an earlier Christie novel (which I have not read). Some of the characters from that earlier bo
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Mary Theobald
I always enjoy Agatha Christie and try to bring at least one of her paperbacks on every vacation. Thus did THE SEVEN DIALS MYSTERY come to Norway with me last week, and highly entertaining it was! WHat I noticed about this book, written by Dame Agatha in 1929, was the timelessness of the writing and the story. The writing impressed me as particularly vivid, especially the descriptions. Christie always manages to paint the picture of each of her many characters firmly in the reader's mind without ...more
Elizabeth
This is one of a short trilogy the first and second of which taking place of a famous country estate called Chimneys. They feature Superintendent Battle and a coterie of 'bright young things' ei. young English men and women in their twenties from the wealthier classes who work desultorily at their jobs in the city or at the Foreign office and who call all the friends by nicknames they picked up in their youth like Socks or Pongo. These are usually headed by Bundle Brett who is the daughter of th ...more
Mike
May 30, 2011 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Agatha Christies Luvrs group
The Seven Dials Mystery The Seven Dials Mystery (Agatha Christie Signature Edition) by Agatha Christie is neither a Poirot nor a Miss Marple storyl Instead it follows a group of twentysomething young adults who become involved in investigating several murders and the identity of the mysterious Seven Dials secret society. Most of the characters were introduced in am earlier book, The Secret of Chimneys.

The prominence of the (somewhat) immature and egocentric youth give Christie an opportunity to write in a rather whimsical and humorous fashion. Whether it be the character
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Danielle
I randomly picked this up at a used book store when I was on a rampage. I couldn't recall having read it before and the idea seemed interesting. A young man is found dead during a group stay at a rented manor in the English countryside. At first it seems to have been an accidental overdose or suicide, but after another young man is found shot, questions arise as does the phrase "seven dials." Soon a trio of young people are investigating the deaths and finding themselves immersed in an internati ...more
J
Re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication - 3 1/2 stars

In this novel, we meet Bundle (Lady Eileen Brent) and Inspector Battle again. There are refinements and improvements to the writing since we last saw these characters in “The Secret of Chimneys” but the same issues exist in milder forms.

The novel opened strongly and I enjoyed seeing the lifestyles of the children of the rich. Weekend long parties in famous homes. “Ornamental-only” jobs. Most people vaguely knowing each other by repu
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Cindy
Themes: adventure, secret criminal organizations, exotic foreign adventuresses, stolen government plans, and plenty more
Setting: Chimneys in England

If you've only read Agatha Christie for her mysteries featuring the famous Belgian sleuth or the mild old lady with the mind like a steel trap, then you have missed some thrilling adventure stories. This one is the second one set at the Stately Home of Chimneys in England. The first one, The Secret of Chimneys, takes place four years earlier and invo
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Bigyellowtaxi1
I found it difficult to give a star rating to this one and I'm not entirely sure why... I thought the characters were superb, I always enjoy Christie's novels that focus on 'young adventurer' types (likeThe Secret Adversary). Christie's humour was at it's most subtle here, definitely Wodehouse-esque and never failed to reach its mark. The very first scene was just all kinds of wonderful, it hooks the reader in through comedy and characterisation and let's you know exactly what sort of characters ...more
Peter
Another enjoyable thriller from Agatha Christie, reprising some scenes and characters from "The Secret of Chimneys". This time flapper Lady Eileen -Bundle to her friends--moves from supporting player to lead and performs admirably. Christie really shined in bringing to life these adventurous-type characters. Bundle is witty, brave, and resourceful, ...although not clever enough to solve the mystery, which she does with stoic yet charming Inspector Battle and the dashing Jimmy Thesinger.

I did fee
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Dolly
Apr 17, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
I'm on a bit of an Agatha Christie kick lately. I'm reading quite a lot of military history/strategy/doctrine right now for Air War College (unfortunately the twelve 400-page books don't have ISBNs, so I'm not posting them here). So I'm in need of some quick reads that are more entertaining than brain drains. And Dame Agatha is always good for a good, entertaining mystery. I may follow Laurel and continue reading through her collected works, in effect, "A Year of Agatha." Though I've read many o ...more
Laura
I ended up stuck in Laurel, Maryland waiting for a train earlier this week. I didn't have anything to read so I dropped into a cigarette smoke filled used bookstore. Agatha Christie is my go-to comfort reading and I didn't remember the ending for this particular book.

This is one of Christie's earlier works and it takes place pre-WWII. Superintendent Battle is involved in a fun and delightful way. Bundle is the ostensible detective and she sort of reminds me of Nancy Drew. Young, no mother, indu
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Tami (synchro from BL)
A dramatic, but still light-hearted one. I enjoyed this very much.

And I am ever again amazed at the gap in quality between those "old" books and most of the recent ebooks I download.

And not only the self-published ones.

It is evidence to the importance of editing.
Talent brings you only so far...

As this is more a side-not and not a review: my apologies...
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