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Sparkling Cyanide

(Colonel Race #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  16,235 ratings  ·  927 reviews
Beautiful and vivacious Rosemary Barton is the victim of cyanide-laced champagne at her own elegant birthday party at a glittering London nightclub. The coroner rules her death a suicide, but then the anonymous letters arrive, claiming "she was killed." The list of suspects includes a nearly-jilted husband, a wallflower sister, and a lover who wanted to end an affair with ...more
Paperback, Agatha Christie Signature Edition, 336 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1944)
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie is a 2001 Minotaur publication. (Originally published in 1945)

Classic Agatha Christie- Always a treat!

It has been a long time since I read a book by AC. With a nip in the air and the days getting shorter, I always find myself in the mood for a good old fashioned golden age mystery to curl up with.

This classic whodunit is very cleverly plotted and centers around Rosemary Barton, a beautiful young heiress who suddenly committed suicide.

Now one year after her
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sparkling Cyanide = Remembered Death (Colonel Race, #4). Agatha Christie
Sparkling Cyanide is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1945 under the title of Remembered Death and in UK by the Collins Crime Club in the December of the same year under Christie's original title.
One year earlier on 2 November, seven people sat down to dinner at the restaurant "Luxembourg". One, Rosemary Barton, never got up. The
Luís C.
Lately, I have been avidly reading the books written by Agatha Christie, and forward, take a comment, here on Goodreads.
I want to speak now, in particular, of this last book, a toast to the suspense, no doubt.
Of course the tone of various plots, continues to populate this story. The mysterious death of Rosemary Barton, celebrating her birthday at a restaurant, surrounded by her "friends", relatives, in all seven people around her.
A year later, his Husband George Barton, begins to suspect that
3.5 stars
Well, I have just encountered an Agatha Christie character that I had no idea was part of her mystery collection- Scotland Yard's Colonel Race. He's as formidable as Hercule Poirot without the ego. Sparkling Cyanide appears to be AC's take on the cold case as the original murder took place a year ago. Well, it was originally deemed a suicide of a young heiress named Rosemary Barton, but now the young woman's husband has received startling information that shows someone would benefit
Simona Bartolotta
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900

“Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died nearly a year ago...”

Ok, well, I think it got old about a couple of years ago, me saying I love Christie and you smiling and nodding and then –as politely as possible– proceeding to scroll down and just ignore me because the whole Goodreads must have got it by now. But this is just the honest truth, folks: I love Agatha Christie. And the simple fact that this book was written by her is the first reason why you should read this.

The sec
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queen-of-mystery
Sparkling Cyanide
by Agatha Christie.

4/5 Stars.

I have no words for this. Agatha Christie has done it again! Never a disappointment, she is truly The Queen of Mystery. However this book is more for the old-schoolers, either way this book was amazing.
What I always think while reading Agatha Christie's books is that literally everyone is a suspect you can never trust any of her characters that were involved in a crime scene.
This has started off very interestingly but halfway through it was a bit du
Vikas Singh
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling detection novel from the queen of mystery. It is one of her two novels to feature Colonel Race, the other being Man in the brown suit. The novel is enlarged version of the short story Yellow Iris featuring Poirot. For some strange reason when Agatha enlarged the story, she replaced Poirot with Colonel Race. The element of suspense and intrigue builds up right from the first page and the storyline manages to hold your attention till the every end. Interesting read
Laurel Young
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
☙ percy ❧
me: i've definitely got the murderer right, there's no way i got this wrong

agatha christie: you're the stupidest bitch alive
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, stars-4-0
If you've read any Agatha Christie books, you'll know that most of the time, everyone in the cast could be the murderer. Well, this is even truer in this book. Literally anyone would fit the bill, and I would have bought it wholeheartedly upon being offered the explanation.

However, the author does two interesting things. The first half of the book gives voice to each of the main characters, allowing us to get their motivations and personalities. Then, all these different points of view converge
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
An unusual Agatha Christie mystery without the usual convolutions and red herrings. The murderer, and the reason for murder, is rather obvious - however, the real twist is elsewhere! And it is highly plausible... (to say anything more would be a spoiler).
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Whilst we were dancing, the ghost of Rosemary hovers near George’s glass and drops in some cleverly materialized cyanide—any spirit can make cyanide out of ectoplasm. George comes back and drinks her health and—oh, Lord!’

The other two stared curiously at him.

And so am I. I did not enjoy Sparkling Cyanide anywhere near as much as other Christie books, and it is one of the very few where I believe that the tv adaptation (either of the two tv adaptations I have seen - one with Pauline Collins and O
Bruce Beckham
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This must be 96% the best whodunit I have read.

Six people are suspected of poisoning wealthy heiress Rosemary – a murder that takes place in plain sight at London’s salubrious Luxembourg restaurant. One of them has slipped cyanide into her champagne.

Husband, lovers, rivals, beneficiaries of her death – they each harbour powerful motives – yet who performed the seemingly impossible sleight of hand?

And when – amidst a misguided reconstruction – a second person falls victim to an identical modus op
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
classic reverie
Now this is the Agatha Christie I remembered of my youth! Twists, uncertainty, mystery and the human character in all its faults laid out for the reader. It was hard to determine how this all would play out but I had my ideas but nothing that made it become clear. It all seemed like an enigma unsolvable. I was really surprised by certain twist and loved every page. I must confess it will be hard for Christie to top "The Man in the Brown Suit" which was the first in the Colonel Race series and th ...more
The book begins with 17-year-old Iris Marles remembering her sister Rosemary's birthday the previous year. Iris must come to terms with her life as the exceptionally beautiful Rosemary, who got all the love, all the attention-and all the money.

I've read Sparkling Cyanide at least 3 or 4 times - and continue to love it. I must admit the last quarter, until the unveiling of the killer-dragged a bit for me but this is undoubtedly because I know it so well. The first half is outstanding and the endi
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is considered the fourth book in the Colonel Race, Agatha Christie mysteries. I of course am reading these books out of order. I already read "Cards on the Table" (5 stars) and "Death on the Nile (ditto 5 stars) so apparently my streak continues with Race and I gave "Sparkling Cyanide" 5 stars as well.

This book had a great cast of characters with plenty of people who had a motive. I loved the why and the how in this story and I definitely did not catch on until the very end when all is rev
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Maybe I enjoyed this story because it was a BBC Radio 4-full cast dramatized. Or maybe I enjoyed this story because it was very well written...
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Always fun rereading this
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sparkling Cyanide was my fifth Agatha Christie, and my fifth time being absolutely blown away by how well crafted her mysteries are. The novel begins with Iris Marle looking back on a dinner party which had resulted in the death of her sister Rosemary, whose champagne had been poisoned with cyanide. Though it had been initially ruled as a suicide, Rosemary's husband, George, becomes convinced that Rosemary had been murdered - which means the culprit was necessarily one of the six guests in atten ...more
2.5 stars

I fucking hate these old-ass italian translations, I swear.

How the mystery was solved was unexpected, I will admit it, but the novel failed to keep me engaged in its entirety.

Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Agatha Christie. I always return to her looking for consolation of some sort, and her books always work for me.

This is a very clever story. You recognise the best Christie novels if at the ending you wonder how you could have missed it. The plot is simple, yet ingenious. And somehow you don't see it coming because Agatha Christie cleverly puts up a smokescreen sending you in the wrong direction.

This novel is set almost a year after the death of Rosemary Barton. Her death was thought a su
Little Nell
I just finished reading Remembered Death by Agatha Christie which was published in 1945 in England and in America, and once again the two Countries couldn't seem to agree on what to call the book, England went with Sparkling Cyanide and the US with Remembered Death, I think so anyway. This calling one book by two names is silly and on this occasion I can't remember who called it what and I don't feel like looking it up. So, call it what you like so long as you pick from the two already mentioned ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm on a mystery kick, switching between Christie and Sayers. I pulled this, covered in dust, off the top shelf of my closet, opened it and began reading at random, and then went back to the beginning to do the story justice.

This is a fairly standard whodunit, Christie-style - only it's overlaid by such a strong human element that the whodunit is almost superseded by it. Which means that, more than anything, this book is a prime example of Christie's incredible slight-of-hand: she can tell two s
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I've seen at least 3 different film versions of this book, so it's high time I sat down and read it. ITV decided for whatever reason to have Poirot investigate the case, not Col. Race (who does get a look-in during their film of Cards on the Table but only as a secondary character who defers to Poirot). I suppose that's because P. is much better-known than either Col Race or Inspector Battle; I've never seen an Inspector Battle film or heard him mentioned in a Christie-inspired film.

Suffice it t
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-own
Absolutely brilliant. One of the best Agatha Christie’s I’ve read. This had me strung a long until the final few pages when it all clicks together and you cannot for the life of you see how you missed it.
She also takes the mick out of some crime thriller conventions which is quite witty and shows how great an author she is.
Nora Eliana
This is my all-time favorite Agatha Christie and honestly, I can't tell you why. It's been my fav since I was a small child. And I know every word in it, I listened to it so many times :D
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and have read all the Miss Marple series and most of the Hercule Poirot books. I have never read one of Christie's standalone books, when this came up as the September book for my GR group I was eager to try this.

7 people attended the birthday party of the Mrs Rosemary Barton at the Luxembourg restaurant. At the end of the restaurants cabaret night the lights went up and Rosemary was found dead slumped on the table. It was decided that Rosemary had committed sui
M Tariq
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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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