The Unexpected Guest

The Unexpected Guest

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the wife’s confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously, but as the ghosts of the past begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780573014673
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
Publication date: 11/19/2010
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 365,943
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre. Christie was born in Torquay, Devon in 1890. She died in 1976 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Charles Osborne is a world authority on theater and opera and has written a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie as well as the novelizations of Christie's plays, the best-selling Black Coffee and The Unexpected Guest. He lives in London.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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The Unexpected Guest 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
basson_mommy12 More than 1 year ago
A man in search of road-side assistance after getting lost in the fog happens upon a woman who has apparently just shot her wheelchair-bound husband in the head moments before. Instead of jumping to the phone to call the police, the man decides to help the beautiful lady in distress cover up her crime. Or IS it her crime? Delight, as I did, in Agatha Christie's play, as realized in novel form by Charles Osborne. Mr. Osborne's prose does not match that of Christie, but his smoothing out of the stage directions is artfully done and the mystery can unfold for the armchair reader on a stage in the mind's eye.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Purely classic example of deception of the mind. Even knowing that you could never guess what is going to happen even on the next page. It starts as an open shut case, but no one knows the real truth. Then, the solution begins to fog up. And what was so obvious...isn't as it appears. One thing leads to another, and an unexpected guest becomes apart of the unfolding plot. And right when he wants to leave, the truth comes out. And the simple and obvious, becomes genius and incredible...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've recently found my love for Agatha Christie novels, and this is on the top of the list of my favorite books. I got so into it that I read it in one day, I'd recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! it has a great plot and will keep you entwined for hours! i was really suprised at the killer... it has so many twists to it it's hard to just guess whodunit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
sounds like something poe wrote but its really pretty good
sgerbic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed Oct 2000 Wow really bad! I thought that ¿Black Coffee¿ was horrible this is right up there. A man walks into a room with a woman holding a gun and a murdered man sitting in a wheelchair. The unexpected guest falls in love with this woman and conceals the crime. Either the play/novel is very badly written or the guest is not who he claims to be and actually committed the crime himself. It seems that Mr. Osborne has adapted another Christie play, ¿Spider¿s Web¿ I know I¿ll read it, but through clenched teeth.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
December 14,1999The Unexpected GuestAgatha Christie (Charles Osborne)Apparently, Osborne ¿ who may be a relative of Christie¿s; I¿m not sure ¿ has been commissioned to put some of Christie¿s most famous plays into novel form, and this is one of those, just recently released.Although Osborne takes absolutely no individual license of his own and is almost annoyingly rote and mechanical in his delivery so as not to deviate one iota from Christie¿s version of the story, I quite liked it ¿ all the more for its often dry recitation of the play, action for action, word for word. It strips away the excess and gives a near-perfect visual of the mystery at its most pure. I can see the characters so clearly.It¿s the middle of the night in rural Scotland, and a man has wrecked his car on a dark, country road. He goes to the nearest house for help (a vintage Christie English country manor, of course!). When he gets there, he finds a man in a wheelchair, dead. Shot. Nearby stands a woman with a gun. It appears that a wife has just shot her handicapped husband. Although Michael (he of the wrecked car) doesn¿t know the woman, he decides to help her cover up her crime since she believes she was driven to it out of frustration.Of course, nothing ¿ and I do mean NOTHING ¿ is what it seems. Just when you think you¿ve figured it out, another surprise comes careening around the corner.I like it even more than some of Christie¿s own novels, if truth be told. It was less complex, and that¿s how I like it! Don¿t want to have to work my brain too hard! I¿ll definitely read it again, I think. Glad I got it in hardcover.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had just finished reading Black Coffee which is a similar adaptation by this author, and this one was SO much better! It had a great plot with attention getting plot twists. I did manage to guess one or two of the plot twists, but it's only because I'm getting familiar with Christie's style. I really enjoyed this one. It did NOT give away the killer the way Black Coffee did, which is always important to me. It made me think. No Poirot or Marple in this one, but it didn't need that to be absorbing.
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This book is perfect if you are a fan of mystery books. The book is great due to the way the author write s the text. It just keeps you guessing throughout the book. You won't be able to put the book down because the evidence points to one person then the next then the next. I thought this was going to be one of those books were i was going to get bored while reading, but i was wrong. This book kept me wanting to read more because of the suspense. This is one of the best books I have ever read and I really recommend trying to read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There were so many twists in this book.Clues ran into dead ends and no one knew who the killer was until the final chapter.This was the best book i ever read and i highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie sends you in every direction during the course of this book. you never figure it out until the last page. simply amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. You don't really guess what is going to happen because you believe your own ending. Actually, it ends way different then you would think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a book report and it was a overall good book. It was full of excitement and mystery. This book was a great book. This book was about a murder of an old man. The problems were that they could not find the murderer. If you like mysteries then you should read this book. I recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. A surprising end, keeps you guessing who was the killer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another Agatha Christie shocker. I was so surprised at who the killer was.At the end of the book, I could not put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've every read! I am usually very picky about books but this book I couldn't put down!