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The Golden Ball and Other Stories | [Agatha Christie]

The Golden Ball and Other Stories

Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover?

In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

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Publisher's Summary

Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover?

In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

©1971 Agatha Christie Limited All Rights Reserved (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    Doug Wilkie 11-22-14
    Doug Wilkie 11-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    no, too many holes and not the typical writing of Christie


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    Love Christies writing, this combination of stories was not up to par. Many of the stories seemed to end too soon, too quickly.


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    Not to buy another combination book.


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    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 06-11-13
    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Surprise - Great Stories that I hadn't read"

    What a treat it was to listen to these stories. For one thing, I never knew Agatha Christie wrote any stories concerning the supernatural. Not all of these employ supernatural elements, but they are all enjoyable and the narrations are over-the -top. I think I feel my British roots asserting themselves!
    Highly recommend, a great summer listen as they are short stories and you can finish in a car or plane ride.
    I hated to see these end and will definitely listen again sometime - you know, there's always some subtle things you miss the first time. That said, in the story with the cat, I have never seen two such clueless characters trying to solve the mystery. But it was very entertaining anyway.

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