The Secret of Chimneys

The Secret of Chimneys

by Agatha Christie


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What is The Secret of Chimneys? A young drifter finds out when a favor for a friend pulls him into the heart of a deadly conspiracy in this captivating classic from Agatha Christie.

Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.

As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074157
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection (Paperback)
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 97,114
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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The Secret of Chimneys 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Nuronfire More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. The first time I read it I found it on my grandmother's shelf. It was a nice change from the usual characters I had been reading and I enjoyed the twists. A fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been read Agatha Christie mysteries since before her death, remembering the anticipation her followers and the press exhibited when her Mrs. Marple and M. Poirot mysteries (held back for decades until her death) were finally published. Up until recently, I concentrated on her novels from those two sleuths, but now am setting my sights on reading her entire oeuvre in publication order. While I believe I will always keep a special place in my heart for Marple and Poirot mysteries, being exposed to her other nonaligned mysteries (Ms. Christie has other series, such as Harley Quinn and in the story under consideration here, at least nominally, Inspector Battle) gives me another perspective on Dame Agatha. She has more freedom to develop her stand-alone characters, and, of course, her protagonists in Poirot and Marple cases can sometimes maddingly stingy with what they know and when they know it. At least in this case (this is early in her publication order), there is, I believe, a little better character development, and still more than a spot of Mrs. Christie’s sense of humor. My advice to potential readers? By all means read her more popular novels with familiar characters, but don’t limit yourselves to just those novels.
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This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. The digital version is pretty good. There are a couple of times where the word or punctuation didn't transfer over correctly. But, on the whole, it was pretty well done.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
Well I finished my latest book in the challenge last night and I'm still loving what I read. The Secret of Chimneys is now among my favorite Agatha Christie books. There is a new super couple in the Christie world for me. The characters of Anthony Cade and Virginia Revel are so great together. The chemistry they have is amazing and makes me think that Agatha was very much in love at one point in her life. Anthony is that rugged, good looking adventurer we all wish we could meet. Virginia is that witty, fearless woman that you can't help but admire and adore. Together they are perfection and I really hope (though won't hold my breath for) another appearance from them. The basic storyline, actually there is not basic storyline, this is one of the most convoluted story lines to date and I loved every moment of it. You take everything you want in a mystery story and throw it all together into one beautiful mix. Royals in disguise, murder, memoirs, jewel thief's, secret identities, humongous mansions with secret rooms, codes, and I could go on and on but this book has it all. And it works together. From a lesser author this would not have worked, but under Agatha Christie's skill is all blends perfectly.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 London publishing firm. But McGrath has decided to seek his fortune in the gold fields, and offers Cade a tidy sum to go to England with the memoirs and a stash of letters that could be blackmail fodder for an unsuspecting Virginia Revel. Cade is off to England, and finds himself caught up between two sides of a touchy political situation. He also finds that he is a target of some very nasty people who are trying to get both the memoirs and the letters. The situation leads him to a house called Chimneys, the home of Lord Caterham, his daughter Bundle, and various diplomats and others interested in the political situation in Herzoslovakia. Upon his arrival, Cade finds himself as a chief suspect in the death of Prince Michael Obolovitch, the heir to the Herzoslovakian throne and negotiator of British oil interests in that country. Enter Superintendent Battle and the hunt for the murderer begins.As with most Christie novels, there are plenty of suspects, an abundance of motives, and an interesting array of lead characters. Unlike most of her stories, this one is filled with political intrigue, and the reader has to digest the background story of the country of Herzoslovakia before really delving into the mystery. This may be a bit off-putting to regular Christie readers, but it's worth the time and effort to get the story and the list of who's who regarding that nation as it sets an important backdrop to the various criminal activity throughout the book. It is rather complicated and at times convoluted, but still an interesting read, with a lovely twist at the end. If I were a reader who has decided that he or she would like to read through the Christie novels, I would not want to start with this one, since imho, it doesn't deliver the best Christie has to offer. My advice: read through the Poirots and the Marples, then tackle the others for something just a bit different.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In August 2007 the BBC announced "Agatha Christie's crime novels, already immortalised on television, on film, on stage and in audio books, have been adapted as comic strip editions. The relaunch of Christie in this new way is timed to coincide with the annual Agatha Christie Week on September 9 to 15, 31 years after the novelist's death. The relaunch in comic form is an effort to make the world's second best-selling author more appealing to new and younger readers."In much less than an hour today I have read "THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS", adapted by Francois Riveier, and illustrated by Laurence Suhner. The blurb asks "What connects Chimneys, a formidable country estate nestled in the English countryside, with the small Balkan nation of Herzoslovakia? If Anthony Cade had known the answer, perhaps the chance to earn a thousand pounds just delivering a parcel would not have seemed like such easy money!"The Agatha Christie site lists its RRP as £9.99.What you get for that price is 46 pages of quite well drawn comic frames, nice colour, a rather confusing story of espionage, jewel thieves, an international conspiracy, a romance, the debut appearance of Superintendent Battle, and absolutely no character development.Well, I hope nobody is kidding themselves that these comics, a total of 83 titles, are going to turn anybody into a reader of the Agatha Christie classics!The connection between this "graphic novel" and the original novel is just the main elements of the story. There is no suspense, and really none of what attracted readers to Agatha Christie's books.Pardon the cynic in me who sees them as part of a money-making, marketing exercise. On the back of the copy of SECRET OF CHIMNEYS which I borrowed from my local library the reader is encourage to "collect all of the new Agatha Christie adventures, adapted by some of the world's most original comic book artists".So if you are a collector you can now add another dimension to your collection of Agatha Christie memorabilia: to your hardbacks, paperbacks, audio tapes, audio CDs, films on VHS and DVD, jigsaw puzzles, book bags, mugs, PC games, Nintendo games, and deck chairs.
miss_scarlet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels, combining both mystery and romance. Thought it was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it together, people! If you're going to sell the e-book, make it readable! That is just plain common sense as well as solid business sense. This is the 3rd or 4th unreadable Agatha Christie book from this publisher! Does no one proof these?!? Does anyone actually care about doing their job right?!? I can't figure out if you're incompetent, stupid, lazy, or some combination of them all! Pride, people! Take pride in doing your job well or give it to someone who will! Idiots!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've inly caught the Agatha Christie bug quite recently. Ive been reading her novels, and short stories, in order of date published. I find her writing fresh & entertaining. Highly recommend her books. She doesn't dissapoint.
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I think it is excellent, I loved the plot and the many unexpected turns the mystery took. I found myself suspecting all the wrong people and then suspecting more wrong people. and a really interesting and surprising ending. Well written and fun. Any fans of Agatha Christie will certainly enjoy it.