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Spider's Web | [Agatha Christie]

Spider's Web

Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. "Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?" she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices.
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Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. "Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?" she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.

Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party (but which ones?), and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.

Spider's Web was written in 1954, specifically for Margaret Lockwood, and opened first at the Theatre Royal Nottingham before moving to the Savoy Theatre in London on 14 December 1954. A film of it was made in 1960, and it is currently under option for a possible feature film within the next two years.

Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne.

©2000 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

What the Critics Say

"Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while [adapter] Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sandy 04-08-13
    Sandy 04-08-13

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    This stage play adapted to a story by Charles Osborne is great fun.

    Hugh Fraser reads well.

    It would be great to hear this as a play with full cast. Better still, to sit in a theatre to watch perhaps.
    None the less, it did come alive with Hugh Fraser reading. I could see the stage sets. the costumes and the action.

    I wonder if Agatha Christie was a much better playwrighter than novelist.

    I wonder too if we will ever get to hear her "Mousetrap" or perhaps that will always mean a trip to London!
    If you enjoy Agatha Christie at all, this is worth the dollars or a credit.

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