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لغز سيتافورد

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  9,383 Ratings  ·  630 Reviews
في بيت بعيد في منطقة غمرتها الثلوج جلس سته أشخاص حول طاولة صغيرة يقطعون الوقت بلعبة غريبه ولكن التوتر خيم على الجلسه حين سمعو تلك الرساله الغريبه"الكابت تريفليان ميت ...مقتول"
ولكن الكابتن تريفليان يسكن على بعد سته أميال من هذا المكان فمن الذي سيذهب للإطمئنان عليه وسط تلك الثلوج المتراكمه؟
332 pages
Published 2002 by الأجيال للترجمة والنشر (first published 1931)
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Laurel Young
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just for maximum confusion, many of Christie's novels have different titles in the British vs. American editions. What I actually read was entitled Murder at Hazelmoor, but it is aka The Sittaford Mystery. Whatever one calls it, this novel typifies why Dame Agatha is the Mystery Goddess to me. I love many of her contemporaries--Sayers, Marsh, Tay, Wentworth, and esp. Rinehart--but it is rare for them to stump me. I've just been at this game too long; I usually have the solution figured out by th ...more
Miriam
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A pretty entertaining mystery, although a little excessive as to coincidences and red herrings.
The human element would have been stronger if we had ever met Jim -- or would it? Maybe he would have proven to be just as wimpy and dull as he sounded second-hand.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Major Burnaby who has gone to visit with his neighbours the Willets finds himself participating in “tableturning” but after a harmless bit of fun, the “spirits” inform them that Captain Tevelyan has been murdered. Navy Captain Joe Trevelyan had retired to the small village of Sittaford in Dartmoor where he built six houses, one of which he occupied himself, and the rest sold to others, among them Major Burnaby his closest friend. The Captain’s only flaws seem reclusiveness and a fondness for mon ...more
Carmen
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Agatha Christie does it again.

No Marple or Poirot in this one. Instead, Emily Trefusis is our plucky heroine. Christie adores creating a smart, attractive, sharp female character.

Emily is determined to get her fiancée, James Pearson, out of jail. He's accused of murder - but Emily knows there's no way he could have done it. "Jim is a frightful idiot. But he doesn't murder people.”

Once again, Christie's wit and humor blow me away. She is such a funny writer! I would almost classify her books as
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Lata
People don't generally move from somewhere warm in winter to somewhere wintry. But two of the characters in this story do, to everyone's puzzlement. But they're not even the most interesting characters in this mystery. That honour goes to Emily Trefusis who, after Captain Trevelyan is murdered and her fiancé is charged, embarks on her own investigation of all the potential suspects, roping in a reporter and using her wits, intelligence and lots of logic. This isn't a Marple or Poirot story, and ...more
Veronique
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“People don't do things without a reason.”

Another entertaining read. No Poirot or Marple in sight, which always means that you have no idea where the narration is going to go. I rather enjoyed following smart and manipulative Miss Emily, sleuthing to prove the innocence of her Fiancé, who yes, looked rather insipid. One ‘thing’ at the beginning gave me a clue that reduced the pool of suspects. Still, it is always fascinating to see what all that colourful cast had to say and more importantly, t
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BrokenTune
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"Major Burnaby drew on his gum boots, buttoned his overcoat collar round his neck, took from a shelf near the door a hurricane lantern, and cautiously opened the front door of his little bungalow and peered out."

I love this opening paragraph. It sets the scene for one of my favourite cozy mysteries: A small village near Dartmoor - you know, the misty remote parts of Baskerville fame.
Some of the villagers have are gathering for tea and enjoy a game of table-turning, adding a supernatural edge to
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Richard Derus
THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY made it onto my list, 5 Snowy Literary Escapes from this Summer of Climate Change Horror http://tinyurl.com/h6ca8ca You'll get mental frostbite reading this one, but it's better than the heat! #BeachReads
Arybo ✨
3.5
Un buon giallo, con le atmosfere invernali che avvolgono un paesino sperduto nella brughiera inglese. Sedute spiritiche e gente sospetta, una ragazza investigatrice e un mucchio di pettegolezzi. Un romanzo che non ha risposto appieno alle mie aspettative. Soprattutto per quanto riguarda il finale.
Uncle
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
During a freak snowstorm, guests at a country house amuse themselves by conducting an impromptu seance. What starts as an innocent game of table-turning, turns genuinely sinister when the spirits spell out that the house's absent owner, Captain Trevelyan, is not only dead, but that he has just been murdered. Hours later the Captain's body is discovered in a neighboring village, slain just as the "spirits" predicted. So begins Agatha Christie's novel The Sittaford Mystery (published 1931), but pe ...more
Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
I actually guessed the killer right! Ah, how wonderful it is to follow your gut right from the start and not let go even as she started throwing in little hints to who else it could be. Overall, this wasn't too thrilling of a mystery since I followed my gut the whole time and didn't sway with it. Usually, I just go along with mysteries and don't bother trying to formulate too many ideas. Most of my ideas are flexible in mysteries. This is one of the few I've actually gotten right, another notabl ...more
Susan
Vintage Christie. However, I found it hard to keep all the characters straight in my head and I'm not sure I completely understood who a few of them were, and next I found the reason for the murder pretty lame. Also, the whole murder episode had a pretty unbelievable element in there, too.

This novel didn't not have Miss Marple or Poirot but a different, and never again used, Inspector. While he was present in the story, he seemed to do very little in solving the case.

On an aside note, I read thi
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Antonella
Un giallo discreto, tipico della Christie. Bella l'ambientazione del paesino sperduto nella brughiera innevata, abitato da personcine niente male, che hanno fatto, e fanno, del pettegolezzo la loro ragion d'essere.
Non mancano però gli "estranei": una ragazza investigatrice (un po' supponente a dire il vero) caparbia e decisa a trovare la verità, e un giornalista che per puro caso è sul posto.
Tutto ha origine da una seduta spiritica, fatta tanto per ingannare il tempo, in casa di due donne attorn
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Evi Routoula
I really like Agatha Christie and i believe that she is maybe the best writer for this kind of fictional stories. This book is one of her early works most probably ( around 1920s?), it is a rather long book for its kind: too much blah blah, until the last pages you cant imagine who is the killer of course but the reasoning of the whole plot at the end isnt believable for me. It is a good story for relaxing but i was waiting for something better.
J
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication ...

This was an extremely pleasant, if not compelling, book. A classic cozy book. I wasn’t crazy about the seance idea, but it served a purpose in the plot and wasn’t overly emphasized. I fell in love with the characters of Major Burnaby and Emily Trefusis. I didn’t mind the absence of Christie’s famous characters like Poirot or Miss Maple. I also loved how small and isolated the town of Sittaford was. I wish there were additional books with this
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Yngvild
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There is something very appealing about murder mysteries set in remote English villages under heavy snow. It is more than the Christmas card prettiness and the excuse for roaring fires. There is an expectation that something interesting will happen, like the murder of a rich old Scrooge.

The Sittaford Mystery is an absolute Agatha Christie classic. It has an interesting mix of characters, young and old, plenty of red herrings, and a clever riddle at its heart. The surprising item here is the youn
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RebeccaS
I finished this Agatha book this morning and I really enjoyed it. As per usual, I had NO idea who the murderer was and was totally surprised by the twist at the end.
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This was definitely more of a character drive story than one of action. All the characters seemed to be sizing up the others and spent lots of time gossiping about each other.
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However, without my favs Miss Marple or Poirot this wasn't one of my favorite ACs. I give it 3.5 stars, but round up because this is the queen and she de
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Kavita
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, uk
When the remote village of Sittaford gets snowed in, the residents set up an ouija board. It is then that they get a message claiming Captain Trevalyan is dead. Major Burnaby, who has never missed a Thursday chess session with his friend in several years before this evening, gets creeped out, and decides to go check on the Captain. When he arrives there, the man is dead. Who murdered him? Why was he killed?

Inspector Narracott investigates the case as does the fiancee of the man who ends up in pr
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Abbey
1931, apa MURDER AT HAZELMOOR; Miss Emily Trefussis, Charles Enderby, reporter, and Inspector Narracott, the little town of Sittaford, near Dartmoor Prison. Cranky (but wealthy) Captain Trevelyan is murdered during a snowstorm and while many suspects have motive, they didn't have the opportunity... Four stars.

During a snowstorm Major Barnaby becomes worried about his best friend, Captain Trevelyan, who has just recently relocated to a small cottage about six miles away. They're both quite elderl
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Nour El Houda Ziani
This is the third Agatha Christie novel I read. What I love about it and what makes it special to me is that when I started reading it I wasn’t in a good place as a reader, and it just made love reading again so I guess it came in the right place at the right time. It actually caught my attention very early on; I was hooked in the first chapter, which is too early for me because I usually start appreciating a book after at least 2 chapters. It really flew by quickly. I guess this is the Agatha C ...more
Uche
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read enough books that I should have been able to figure out the murderer. But I'm glad I switched off my brain a little and enjoyed the suprise when it came. My favourite thing about this book - like most Agatha Christie books I adore - wasn't themystery, though. It was the characters. Or more specifically the character if Emily Trefusis who is now second only to Anne Beddingford of the Man in the Brown Suit fame, as my favourite Agatha Christie hero.

"Oh! my God," said Jim Pearson. "Can n
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Mary
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: crime
Agatha Christie books are like delicious little snacks. Most of them aren't particularly long, they're incredibly easy to read, and they always leave you feeling satisfied. I think that might be why I love her writing so much. The stories are just convoluted enough that you're surprised by the ending, but not enough that it's completely unbelievable.

I get the feeling that I read this story in a short story format, because a lot of the plot seemed very familiar. It's a testament to how interestin
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Elisha Condie
Is there anything better than Agatha Christie for summer reading? No. No there is not.

And the thing that's amazing about Agatha Christie novels - and this will sound so contrived - but it's seriously the last person you'd suspect. It gets me everytime! And I love that. I'll even try to suspect who I think is an innocent, and I still get it wrong.

I liked this story because it had a plucky heroine who was doing most of the deducing. And the inscription in the front of the book was awesome: "T
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Alice
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mystery
One of the most delightful Agatha Christie's I've read. It's fresh and peppy with all of the intriguing Christie twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. And a girl detective a la Nancy Drew!
Aspen Mitchell
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Alianaૐ
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque al principio la lectura se me hacía un poco pesada, conforme iba avanzando la historia, se iban conociendo más los personajes y sospechosos, el misterio se hacía mayor, más confuso, eventualmente te lograba atrapar... Y aunque sé que en la actualización de esta lectura escribí que veía a todos como posibles asesinos, en serio, no me termino de creer quién mató al capitán Trevelayan. Como siempre, un placer leer a la gran Agatha.
Beth
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The best thing about this book is that it gets name-dropped in To Say Nothing of the Dog. Also, there are times when Emily is delightful.

Otherwise, this is one of those mysteries where Christie knows much more than she bothers telling you. Not a fan.
Cheryl
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I quite enjoyed this mystery. The book had a few too many coincidences to create confusion, but it was still really good. There were lots of characters reminiscent of a small towns, which I found really amusing. Having lived in small towns, I quite enjoyed it and could relate. Nice mystery.
Courtney
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Really liked Emily Trefusis - she was a wonderful protagonist. Not as crazy about her choice in men, but oh well! Ingenious solution to the mystery, as always, from Agatha Christie!
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