Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

by Agatha Christie


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Agatha Christie demonstrates her unparalleled mastery with Three Blind Mice and Other Stories—a classic compendium of mystery and suspense, crime and detection, whose title novella served as the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest running stage play in the history of the London theater.

A blinding snowstorm—and a homicidal maniac—traps a small party of friends in an isolated estate. Out of this deceptively simple setup, Agatha Christie fashioned one of her most ingenious puzzlers, which in turn would provide the basis for The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history.

From this classic title novella to the deliciously clever gems on its tail (solved to perfection by Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple), this rare collection of murder most foul showcases Christie at her inventive best, proving her reputation as "the champion deceiver of our time" (New York Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074423
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 167,098
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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screamingbanshee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize that this was a re-read (way way back in high school when I swiped one of my grandmother's Agatha Christies off her shelf).

This is collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Harley Quinn (only one story though but I never much liked him).

Again relived some of my favorites: The Third Floor Flat, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly and Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my second book of short stories for the Cool Down with AC read a long this summer. So far I am really liking the short stories and stand alone novels best. This book was one of my favorites in the reading challenge so far. This book includes the play, The Mouse Trap that has been transformed into the short story Three Blind Mice in this book. The Mouse Trap is the longest running play in England. The story uses one of Christie's most famous plot devices, strangers trapped in isolation with a killer as one by one people die. I could not figure out the killer for the life of me. I always get it wrong and Christie's cleverness amazes me every time. In addition to Three Blind mice there are several other short stories included. Other stories include:Strange Jest feature a cameo by Jane Helier last seen in The Tuesday Club Murders. In this story Miss Marple is recruited to help in a quest for treasure. The outcome of the treasure was just like in the Audrey Hepburn movie, Charade. The Tape Measure Murder is also a Miss Marple story. In this story a woman is found murdered and naturally the husband is the obvious suspect. Of course nothing is ever as it seems in a Christie story. The next Miss Marple story, The Case of the Perfect Maid uses a plot device seen in Tuesday Club Murders and the Clocks in which a person impersonates another in order to commit a crime. The final Miss Marple entry, The Case of the Caretaker is shortened version of an idea that was developed into the full length novel, Endless Night which is my all time favorite Christie. The Third Floor flat is a Hercule Poirot story in which he must solve the murder of a woman in her flat. It's an especially clever tale. The Adventure of Johnny Waverly is also a Hercule Poirot mystery reminiscent of the Lindberg kidnapping though of course with a Christie twist. This story is rare in that there is a happy ending to the crime.Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a Hercule Poirot short using the impersonation plot device earlier seen in the Marple story.The final short story is The Love Detectives which has Mr. Satterthwaite who was seen in Three Act Tragedy. The story is very much like the full length novel Murder at the Vicarage, the first book to feature Miss Marple. This is a story where the people who committed the murder are the obvious suspects, the mystery lies in why they would confess to the crime.For anyone who might be uninitiated with Agatha Christie novels as I was at the start of the summer should start with the short stories. I think they are like a sampler platter of Poirot and Marple guaranteed to whet the appetite for more of the Queen of Crime.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nine of Agatha Christie's short stories. Miss Marple features most prominently, but Hercule Poirot and Harley Quinn also put in appearances.As far as Dame Agatha's short fiction collections go, this is a good one. It's a nice, tight anthology filled with the very best sort of mystery stories; that is, there are plenty of suspects, tons of clues, and some very satisfying denouements. Each piece is entertaining and cleverly plotted. If you're looking for an introduction to Agatha Christie, this could be a good place to start.A word of caution, though, for veteran Christie fans: all these stories are also available in other collections, so you may already be familiar with them. "Three Blind Mice" itself is a prose version of "The Mousetrap," one of Ms. Christie's popular plays.
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Short, sweet, and doesn't dissapoint. If you like Agatha Christie, you'll find what your looking for in this book. The other short stories are great if you have as shaort an attention span as I do.