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A practical joke goes chillingly, murderously wrong in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic detective story, The Seven Dials Mystery. Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one cl A practical joke goes chillingly, murderously wrong in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic detective story, The Seven Dials Mystery. Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and the prank then backfired, with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "Seven Dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance...


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A practical joke goes chillingly, murderously wrong in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic detective story, The Seven Dials Mystery. Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one cl A practical joke goes chillingly, murderously wrong in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic detective story, The Seven Dials Mystery. Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and the prank then backfired, with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "Seven Dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance...

30 review for The Seven Dials Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    carol.

    Seven Dials is Christie's subversion of the 1920s style thriller, only with a plucky female heroine and a subtle commentary on English society. A manor murder, a secret society, a slummy club in the East End, and international espionage that make it seem artificially complicated, but it was enjoyable enough, with a few chuckles and a sweet little romantic angle to neatly round it out. A group of young people gather at the English estate the Chimneys, rented out to steel magnate Sir Oswald and hi Seven Dials is Christie's subversion of the 1920s style thriller, only with a plucky female heroine and a subtle commentary on English society. A manor murder, a secret society, a slummy club in the East End, and international espionage that make it seem artificially complicated, but it was enjoyable enough, with a few chuckles and a sweet little romantic angle to neatly round it out. A group of young people gather at the English estate the Chimneys, rented out to steel magnate Sir Oswald and his wife, Lady Coote. One of the young men visiting has a propensity for coming late to breakfast, so the group forms a plan to plant eight alarm clocks in his room to wake him with a violent noise. Coincidentally, he never wakes again. Lord Caterham owns the manor, and his daughter, Lady Eileen Brent, "known to her friends and society in general as "Bundle," becomes involved when she realizes she knows several of the people involved. Besides, it'll be smashing good fun, right? Her father's an old dear straight out of Wodehouse--he might have been Bertie in 50 years. "They needn't die in my house,' said Lord Caterham... 'Naturally I expect Brents to die here--they don't count. But I do object to strangers. And I especially object to inquests.'" Initially, Bundle is just satisfying her curiosity about poor dead Gerry as she pokes around the house. She finds part of a letter she feels she should deliver to his surviving sister. As she's taking the car out for a quick errand, she runs into a man in the road. Not long after, she joins forces with one of the men in the house party who works for the government, and then the sister of the murdered lad. Investigation takes them from the countryside to a seamy club to a political house-party. If you forget the murder, it's charming fun. Therein lies my greatest problem with the story: tone. Murder mystery? Light-hearted romp through the English countryside? Mock-up of English society? Daring espionage thriller? It just doesn't quite work. A forward discusses Christie's similarity with Wodehouse, and while I can understand, part of Wodehouse's charm is the sheer daffiness of the capers, and the utter inconsequence of any of the events. However, with one murder down and state secrets at stake, her social commentary doesn't jibe as well as it could with the plot. Characters, however stereotypical, are drawn with depth. Christie could be master of the subtle, and one of my favorite characters by far was Lady Coote who kept her aggressive husband firmly in check through seemingly daffy actions and her ability to cheat at bridge. Oh, and perhaps "the girl called Socks. Subtle was a word of which she was rather fond. She used it a great deal." Her lines were great fun as well, especially when she forces the use of subtle in a most unsubtle way: "'We don't want a subtle clock,' said Socks. 'We want one with a good loud ring.'" Overall, enjoyable without being gripping or especially memorable. One of Christie's more light-hearted stories. *Note--read and owned as part of Murder At The Manor: An Agatha Christie Lost Classics Omnibus

  2. 5 out of 5

    Simona B

    Not as intriguing as I thought it would be, but the surprising ending almost makes up for how uninteresting all the rest was.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    I enjoyed this Agatha Christie mystery very much. It had quite a different feel to it from the Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries. Dare I say, it was almost an adult Nancy Drew (ish) style mystery; mainly due to the fact that the protagonists were young people, rather than the more mature sleuths that Christie peopled her stories with. You find wealthy, carefree, Lady Eileen (aka Bundle) Brent and Jimmy Thesiger and their acquaintances trying to solve the murders of two of their friends. What it t I enjoyed this Agatha Christie mystery very much. It had quite a different feel to it from the Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries. Dare I say, it was almost an adult Nancy Drew (ish) style mystery; mainly due to the fact that the protagonists were young people, rather than the more mature sleuths that Christie peopled her stories with. You find wealthy, carefree, Lady Eileen (aka Bundle) Brent and Jimmy Thesiger and their acquaintances trying to solve the murders of two of their friends. What it the Seven Dials group? Who are the mysterious members? I thought it was a pretty standard thriller/ mystery, but in the last section, there were many twists and turns and any guesses I had about the culprit and the mysterious group were turned on their heads. Excellent story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ginia

    I've decided that you cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie. Her books are character driven and sometimes I get confused about who's who, but she never fails to keep me reading on. This was a test in who-dun-it skills which I need to master. I thought that the Superintendent/police chief was the bad guy. I got it all wrong. The story is wrapped up in tons of funny, aristocratic dialogue. And then all of a sudden Christie adds a couple of sentences like this: There is no need to describe in detail I've decided that you cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie. Her books are character driven and sometimes I get confused about who's who, but she never fails to keep me reading on. This was a test in who-dun-it skills which I need to master. I thought that the Superintendent/police chief was the bad guy. I got it all wrong. The story is wrapped up in tons of funny, aristocratic dialogue. And then all of a sudden Christie adds a couple of sentences like this: There is no need to describe in detail the conversation of the next ten minutes. It consisted mostly of repetitions. Classic! It's funny because before you get to this sentence there seems to be ten minutes of a gushy love scene full of repetitions. On the whole, a good historic/espionage/who-dun-it. I'm a huge fan. Now onto the next one. Crooked House or Ordeal By Innocence?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    As much as I love Poirot and Marple, it is refreshing to read stories without them. Somehow I feel Christie is "freer" in these. The Secret of Chimneys is one of my favourites and it was with pleasure that I followed Bundle's adventures once more. She is a brilliant character, and her conversations with her father, Lord Caterham, are hilarious! Actually, most of the dialogues are highly entertaining. A lot of "I say!" and such. There is a very Wodehouse-esque feel to many of the scenes. Even wit As much as I love Poirot and Marple, it is refreshing to read stories without them. Somehow I feel Christie is "freer" in these. The Secret of Chimneys is one of my favourites and it was with pleasure that I followed Bundle's adventures once more. She is a brilliant character, and her conversations with her father, Lord Caterham, are hilarious! Actually, most of the dialogues are highly entertaining. A lot of "I say!" and such. There is a very Wodehouse-esque feel to many of the scenes. Even with these, Christie still succeeds in delivering an entertaining mystery/thriller :O)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Secret societies, espionage, suspicious deaths, dark deeds in libraries.... This Christie has a number of fun elements, however, I never really got a good sense of what the plot was. I kept smirking at the antics of the upper-class twits and their blundering around country homes*, attempting to figure out who the Seven Dials society was. * Lady Ellen had her moments (though I wanted to shake her for her initial insistence on a servant as criminal, because, of course, someone amongst her class cou Secret societies, espionage, suspicious deaths, dark deeds in libraries.... This Christie has a number of fun elements, however, I never really got a good sense of what the plot was. I kept smirking at the antics of the upper-class twits and their blundering around country homes*, attempting to figure out who the Seven Dials society was. * Lady Ellen had her moments (though I wanted to shake her for her initial insistence on a servant as criminal, because, of course, someone amongst her class could NEVER be bad, now could they?) I couldn't understand her eventual acquiescence to one of the twits' proposal; the basis for her decision felt weak.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    My parents bought this for me on Christmas, but I was too interested in Poirot's adventures to care about any other book Christie had written. Well, this is sort of an apology. I literally cannot believe how Agatha Christie can write so many characters you feel for and care about - and a twisty plot that literally had me gasp when it was revealed. I will say that the plot was kinda slow paced, and the story d r a g g e d a bit in the middle - but the twist made up for that! I'm gonna have to read My parents bought this for me on Christmas, but I was too interested in Poirot's adventures to care about any other book Christie had written. Well, this is sort of an apology. I literally cannot believe how Agatha Christie can write so many characters you feel for and care about - and a twisty plot that literally had me gasp when it was revealed. I will say that the plot was kinda slow paced, and the story d r a g g e d a bit in the middle - but the twist made up for that! I'm gonna have to read it again and spot things I didn't before!! Also Bundle and Bill's relationship is so cute - omigoodnessomigoodnessomigoodness i can't. i cannot even even #whenyoureunabletoeven

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    A young man dies while on a visit to a country house, and very soon a secret society is suspected of murdering him. We have the dead man's sister, a young man working at the Foreign Office, our heroine, Eileen Brent aka Bundle, a Police Superintendent, and a young man working in politics, all more or less banding together to solve the mystery. This book is written in a very light vein and there is plenty of humour in the Wodehouse style. But unlike the other Christie books, this one somehow lacks A young man dies while on a visit to a country house, and very soon a secret society is suspected of murdering him. We have the dead man's sister, a young man working at the Foreign Office, our heroine, Eileen Brent aka Bundle, a Police Superintendent, and a young man working in politics, all more or less banding together to solve the mystery. This book is written in a very light vein and there is plenty of humour in the Wodehouse style. But unlike the other Christie books, this one somehow lacks substance. The plot is a little far-fetched and I really resented that Bundle was set up as a heroine by the author but then made a fool of at the end by others. Why didn't they tell her about their own suspicions instead of acting all high and mighty about it? The mystery was never solved for me. It was all about some vague plot about papers of international importance stolen and then somebody randomly 'solved' the mystery without letting us readers in on it, while we, along with Bundle, were off on a wild goose chase. How did anyone ever begin to suspect the murderer? Nothing about this part is made clear. It was a fun read because of all the quirky characters but it all led nowhere in the end. and made no sense at all. AC should never have forayed into spy thrillers genre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anoushka C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was astounding. It starts by describing Mr Wade, a respectable man who appears to sleep through earthquakes. Four children decide to buy eight alarm clocks, which start ringing immediately after each other. Surely no one can sleep through that! But when Wade is late to breakfast again,it’s up to the butler to wake him up. What happens next is the classic agatha Christie style. Later, upon investigation the police realise that there were only seven alarum clocks present, but the kids are This book was astounding. It starts by describing Mr Wade, a respectable man who appears to sleep through earthquakes. Four children decide to buy eight alarm clocks, which start ringing immediately after each other. Surely no one can sleep through that! But when Wade is late to breakfast again,it’s up to the butler to wake him up. What happens next is the classic agatha Christie style. Later, upon investigation the police realise that there were only seven alarum clocks present, but the kids are sure that there were eight. After some time,the police discover a letter addressed from seven dials. SEVEN DIALS??THERE WERE SEVEN DIALS PRESENT ON HIS DEATHBED. Bundle takes it upon herself to solve this enthralling mystery. Warning spoilers in the next paragraph! *I can’t believe that I used to think that seven dials was evil. Now when I think back I realise that apart from the detectives words, there was no proof at all that seveb dials was evil. JIMMY!* Ps I’m sorry about the stupid review. Hey, it’s my first time after all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Wow. This was so good. I took a while to read this one since the first few pages didn't grab me at all. However, when I finally went back to it, I was totally engrossed. We have the second book in the Superintendent Battle series. I read "Cards on the Table" a few years back and realized that was considered the 3rd book in his series and decided to work back from book 1. I finished "The Secret of Chimneys" and just gave it three stars. Christie does such a great job with not showing her hand unt Wow. This was so good. I took a while to read this one since the first few pages didn't grab me at all. However, when I finally went back to it, I was totally engrossed. We have the second book in the Superintendent Battle series. I read "Cards on the Table" a few years back and realized that was considered the 3rd book in his series and decided to work back from book 1. I finished "The Secret of Chimneys" and just gave it three stars. Christie does such a great job with not showing her hand until the very end. Believe me I went what the what at the ending and had to go back and re-read after all is revealed. "The Seven Dials Mystery" starts off with house guests staying at Chimneys. It seems to be a lively group of bright young things who decide to play a joke on one of the young men who seems to oversleep every day. The joke goes off without an issue, but then a young man, Gerry Wade, is found dead. "The Seven Dials Mystery" for the most part follows two characters throughout. Lady Eileen Brent (otherwise known as Bundle) and Jimmy Thesinger. Jimmy was staying at Chimneys when Gerry died, and many think it was an accidental overdose. However, when Bundle comes across another man who was staying at Chimneys who was shot to death, she and Jimmy team up to figure out what connection there is between these deaths and a place called Seven Dials. Bundle was awesome. I loved her. I wish that we got another book starring her. She was definitely a mini-Miss Marple/Poirot. Once she realizes that something is going on, she is determined to do whatever it takes to solved the mystery of Seven Dials. She does go and meet with Superintendent Battle who I liked way much more in this one than in book #1. Jimmy Thesinger seems happy to play a fool (not an ass) and realizes that things are pretty deep when Bundle brings him the connections between two deaths and Chimneys. He starts investigating and starts suspecting some higher ups in society. The book's ending was so freaking awesome I had to go back and re-read this as soon as I finished.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    What starts out as a practical joke between friends tragically backfires in this mystery by the great Agatha Christie. Published in the UK and US in 1929, the book features Inspector Battle and some of the cast of characters from an earlier book, The Secret of Chimneys. I like the female amateur sleuth, Bundle (Lady Eileen Brent), much better than Inspector Battle. She has an energetic personality and is determined to ferret out the truth by whatever means she finds necessary -- even hiding in c What starts out as a practical joke between friends tragically backfires in this mystery by the great Agatha Christie. Published in the UK and US in 1929, the book features Inspector Battle and some of the cast of characters from an earlier book, The Secret of Chimneys. I like the female amateur sleuth, Bundle (Lady Eileen Brent), much better than Inspector Battle. She has an energetic personality and is determined to ferret out the truth by whatever means she finds necessary -- even hiding in cramped closets. Inspector Battle appears in 5 of Christie's novels. Friends are gathered at Chimmeys again and one of the crew, Gerry Wade, proves to be a late and very sound sleeper. The group decides to mess with him a bit, hiding 8 alarm clocks around his room after he's gone to bed. The clocks are set to ring, one after the other. The next morning they eagerly await the cacophony....and the clocks do start ringing.....but even an entire room full of jangling alarm clocks aren't enough to wake a dead man..... This book was one of the first Christie novels I ever read. I bought a box set of Christie novels at a garage sale when I was 9, and for whatever reason, this book was grouped in with several Poirot novels. I remember thinking it was hilarious that they hid alarm clocks in someone's room because the person never got up on time. :) I spent an entire summer reading six Christie novels -- the font was entirely too small for a 9 year old to read quickly and I kept having to look up words in the dictionary or ask my father about 1920's vernacular that made no sense to me. In the end, I made it through every single one of those books....and a lifelong love of Agatha Christie's novels was born. I revisited this novel with a sense of nostalgia. :) I like Bundle and her group of friends (even the ones that seem upper class twits) and Inspector Battle's style makes for an enjoyable mystery. Battle seems a bit like Columbo....he pretends to be a bit simple or absent minded, while all the time he has an incredibly sharp mind. In the end, he pounces on the bad guys like a tiger with a badge. Christie is the queen of The Reveal, and Battle fits right into that scenario. Enjoyable read. The plot widens out into quite the conspiracy and complex dastardly deeds. What seems cliche in 2020 (group of nefarious criminals using disguise and complex sneakiness to commit international crimes) was new and daring at the time this book was written. It wasn't cliche when Christie came up with these plots....everyone imitating her made it old hat. So, I put any sense of reality out of my head and just enjoyed reading this story! I listened to the audio book (Harper Audio) version of this book. Narrated by Emilia Fox, the audio is 8 hours long. Emilia has a pleasant voice and reads at a steady pace. She does a great job of voice acting....perfect narrator to bring Bundle to life! Enjoyable listening experience! While I did enjoy this return to Chimneys and Inspector Battle....I really want to read the first Jane Marple book -- The Murder at the Vicarage. I like Christie's side characters for the most part....but Battle and Tommy & Tuppence just aren't Poirot or Marple. So.....while I am on a quest to read Christie's novels in order and doing my best to do so.....I'm going to take the liberty to skip the next book Partners in Crime (short stories featuring Tommy & Tuppence) temporarily.....and read Murder at the Vicarage first. In my defense, Partners in Crime, is technically already out of sequence as it gathers short stories published in magazines from 1923-24, and gathered together in book form in 1929. Marple first.....then Partners in Crime. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    An absolutely wonderful gift from Tori. I had no idea Agatha Christie was so absorbing. This book was on par with Georgette Heyer, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Sayers, Robert Benchley...even Helene Hanff! I suppose it shouldn't surprise me but that ending completely blew me away! Absolutely worth reading. Some of the names are a little odd and dated...Socks and Codders and Bundle...but I like the characters and the writing. I like how it feels old fashion and intelligent yet entirely readable. And that An absolutely wonderful gift from Tori. I had no idea Agatha Christie was so absorbing. This book was on par with Georgette Heyer, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Sayers, Robert Benchley...even Helene Hanff! I suppose it shouldn't surprise me but that ending completely blew me away! Absolutely worth reading. Some of the names are a little odd and dated...Socks and Codders and Bundle...but I like the characters and the writing. I like how it feels old fashion and intelligent yet entirely readable. And that end! Excuse me while I interrupt myself to go re-read this novel with newly opened eyes...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Büşra

    The Seven Dials Mystery is a fast paced and a very enjoyable book. Some of the characters are from another Christie novel, The Secret of Chimneys. As a huge fan of the queen of crime and whodunits, I had a very nice time reading this book and I was satisfied with the ending which was surprising and full of twists. Agatha Christie always gives the best mystery and it’s never disappointing!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary ♥

    4/5 stars Fiction is founded on truth... unless things did happen, people couldn't think of them. This had the potential to become my favourite Agatha Christie movie, if not for the romance subplots that ran underneath like veins working under the skin and connected throughout the story. It followed a set of various characters, one of which was Bundle, a character I really liked, as she was clever and adventurous and dedicated. The mystery started off as something simple but turned into a spide 4/5 stars Fiction is founded on truth... unless things did happen, people couldn't think of them. This had the potential to become my favourite Agatha Christie movie, if not for the romance subplots that ran underneath like veins working under the skin and connected throughout the story. It followed a set of various characters, one of which was Bundle, a character I really liked, as she was clever and adventurous and dedicated. The mystery started off as something simple but turned into a spider web that involved mystical societies, stake-outs, hidings in dangerous places, witnesses being killed and plot twists I never saw coming. Agatha Christie has a way of tangling her plots and spinning them in such a way that will keep you guessing and struggling, and even wondering whether you should trust anyone. This particular story even had some of my favourite crime sublots such as a secret society, a main character who isn't a licensed investigator, and various instances of strong female leads. What was unnecessary was the romance, as it was certainly not something this story needed in order to bloom. If anything, I found Bundle's romantic subplot quite peculiar, as it felt slightly forced in my opinion. I did enjoy her relationship and the sarcastic comebacks she had for everyone, including the man she loved, though. Another thing I really enjoyed was the book's solid focus on trust, and how it can sometimes be twisted through manipulation. I also found myself enjoying the setting and the humour very much, as well as the small historical undertones and the character of Superintendent Battle. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and it kept me turning the pages very quickly at some point, but would be even quicker and agonizing if the romance didn't exist. I also loved how it focused on a female character and her desire to prove her worth and solve the crime. I recommend for starters of crime fiction and for buzzer-beaters of the 2019 reading challenge, of course. Until the next review, keep being your wonderful and unique selves ♥ ~Mary ♥

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Expect no Hercule Poirot, no Miss Jane Marple, no Tommy nor Tuppence Beresford; however, Superintendent Battle does just fine in The Seven Dials. The mountainous but subtly clever policeman manages to solve two murders and break an international ring of crooks in a cozy that will engage you to the very last page. The caper begins with the death of a guest at — this is Dame Agatha Christie, after all — a house party. The deceased’s half-sister, the deceased’s friend, and another young woman, Lady Expect no Hercule Poirot, no Miss Jane Marple, no Tommy nor Tuppence Beresford; however, Superintendent Battle does just fine in The Seven Dials. The mountainous but subtly clever policeman manages to solve two murders and break an international ring of crooks in a cozy that will engage you to the very last page. The caper begins with the death of a guest at — this is Dame Agatha Christie, after all — a house party. The deceased’s half-sister, the deceased’s friend, and another young woman, Lady Eileen Brent — Bundle Brent to her friends, who featured in Battle’s first novel, The Secret of Chimneys — launch an investigation. In due course, the trio stumble onto a conspiracy to commit a crime with international repercussions. Christie crafted a four-star cozy up until the ending, which was so surprising and suspenseful that it bumped my rating up to a five. Superintendent Battle may not be a household name like Poirot and Miss Marple, but, as I said, he does all right in The Seven Dials.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    This is the second novel set in Chimney, the first being The secret of chimneys. Both feature Superintendent Battle and energetic amateurish detective Bundle. Both the novels are average read. In The Seven Dials Mystery, the plot is weak and it fails to hold attention. The only saving grace is the bundle of energy Bundle whose child like enthusiasm and antics give fresh burst of energy to the story every now and then. Average read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

    This novel is a thriller with a bit of P.G Wodehouse thrown in. Bundles a character from the Secret of Chimneys returns with her scatty father Lord Caterham who is in the mould of Clarence in the Blanding Castle series. Gerry Wade is staying as a guest of Sir Oswald Coote and every morning sleeps in till almost noon. The other guests including Lady Eileen Brent or better known as Bundles decide to play a practical joke on him. They purchase eight alarm clocks and set them to go off in his room b This novel is a thriller with a bit of P.G Wodehouse thrown in. Bundles a character from the Secret of Chimneys returns with her scatty father Lord Caterham who is in the mould of Clarence in the Blanding Castle series. Gerry Wade is staying as a guest of Sir Oswald Coote and every morning sleeps in till almost noon. The other guests including Lady Eileen Brent or better known as Bundles decide to play a practical joke on him. They purchase eight alarm clocks and set them to go off in his room beginning at 6.30 a.m. However, the alarm clocks go off and Wade does not awaken, he is found dead from an apparent overdose from a sleeping draught. One of the guests Jimmy Thesiger finds Seven clocks lined up on the mantle piece. What does it mean? Bundles finds that her neighbor George Lomax has received a threatening letter from the Seven Dials society. Battle becomes involved and the young friends investigate after another guest is killed in front of Bundles who initially thinks she has killed him by hitting him with her car. What follows is secret formulas, a fight in the library, the young people getting involved. Bill the secretary to George Lomax appears not to really help. There is a nice twist at the end with Lorraine Wade and Jimmy. A good well crafted slightly comic espionage thriller.

  18. 5 out of 5

    W

    A young man is a champion sleeper,he oversleeps regularly each day.The other guests decide to play a prank on him. Eight alarm clocks are supposed to go off one after another,to wake him up in the morning. But still,he doesn't wake up.Something has gone tragically wrong,and one of the alarm clocks is missing. A entertaining mystery that has its clues in a world of secret societies and international espionage.No Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple in this one,though. A young man is a champion sleeper,he oversleeps regularly each day.The other guests decide to play a prank on him. Eight alarm clocks are supposed to go off one after another,to wake him up in the morning. But still,he doesn't wake up.Something has gone tragically wrong,and one of the alarm clocks is missing. A entertaining mystery that has its clues in a world of secret societies and international espionage.No Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple in this one,though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    "The clocks were wrapped up and paid for. Mr Murgatroyd watched the cars drive away with a puzzled air. Very spirited the young people of the upper classes nowadays, very spirited indeed, but not at all easy to understand. He turned with relief to attend to the vicar’s wife, who wanted a new kind of dripless teapot." There is a lot to like about The Seven Dials Mystery. The spirited young people, the charming older generation, the country house setting - complete with a despotic gardener, London "The clocks were wrapped up and paid for. Mr Murgatroyd watched the cars drive away with a puzzled air. Very spirited the young people of the upper classes nowadays, very spirited indeed, but not at all easy to understand. He turned with relief to attend to the vicar’s wife, who wanted a new kind of dripless teapot." There is a lot to like about The Seven Dials Mystery. The spirited young people, the charming older generation, the country house setting - complete with a despotic gardener, London nightlife, and of course a murder which could not have possibly been committed. A fun read with a twist.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Another fun to read Christie murder mystery. I never read several, but this is the first time I’ve met Inspector Battle from Scotland Yard. A thrilling who-dun-it. Once again she fooled me and I didn’t figure out the killer...Christie all, me zero. One day I will catch the killer before she reveals him.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sahifa

    After a long drying spell I finally picked up a book and It had to be a Christie. So as it all started due to some unavoidable engagements I have had been away from reading since long and this abstinence from the perusal of my favorite literary works was taking a toll on me. So one fine morning or rather evening I picked up this book which had been in my to-read since long , and as the night unfolded I kept turning the pages till I devoured it whole-heartedly . Coming to the book , the beginning After a long drying spell I finally picked up a book and It had to be a Christie. So as it all started due to some unavoidable engagements I have had been away from reading since long and this abstinence from the perusal of my favorite literary works was taking a toll on me. So one fine morning or rather evening I picked up this book which had been in my to-read since long , and as the night unfolded I kept turning the pages till I devoured it whole-heartedly . Coming to the book , the beginning was rather slow and boring and very unlike Christie , I was about to abandon reading it altogether when I decided to give it a second chance , and how superiorly glad I am to have done so . The climax is really a typical Christie , totally unexpected and greatly amusing . An evening well spent !

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    The conspiracy stuff is ridiculous, and the mystery pretty thin, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed this much at a Christie novel. “... The Countess is an extraordinarily beautiful woman—not my type, of course,” put in Mr. Thesiger hastily—“and old Bill has always had a heart like an hotel.”A HEART LIKE A HOTEL. This book is full of lines like that.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hitessh Panchal

    Frankly, being a big admirer of Agatha Christie, this book turned to be an uninteresting read. Only after I crossed 50% , I felt the presence of Christie's way of narrating a story. For some reasons, that i cannot place the finger on, this book didn't turn to be as alluring like any other works of Christie. Superintendent Battle series, is what the book is shelved as, but there is very little contribution of his and is used as an extra in the book. The Plot is not strong. Too many characters and al Frankly, being a big admirer of Agatha Christie, this book turned to be an uninteresting read. Only after I crossed 50% , I felt the presence of Christie's way of narrating a story. For some reasons, that i cannot place the finger on, this book didn't turn to be as alluring like any other works of Christie. Superintendent Battle series, is what the book is shelved as, but there is very little contribution of his and is used as an extra in the book. The Plot is not strong. Too many characters and all characters are addressed with more than two names, that added to the confusion. It didn't work for me. Maybe it works for you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I remembered the beginning of this story quite vivdly; the alarum clocks, 'Subtle' Socks and the 'bright young things' indulging in jolly japes at a country house. But I had managed to utterly forget any hint as to how the mystery was resolved and it came as a complete surprise. I thoughly enjoyed this Christie - my favourite so far. I remembered the beginning of this story quite vivdly; the alarum clocks, 'Subtle' Socks and the 'bright young things' indulging in jolly japes at a country house. But I had managed to utterly forget any hint as to how the mystery was resolved and it came as a complete surprise. I thoughly enjoyed this Christie - my favourite so far.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    A minor Christie work. Gets more interesting toward the end. Life among the upper classes gets a bit tiresome. Some of the main characters are named Bundle, Pongo, and Socks. It's as if the murder has been perpetrated and is being investigated by puppies. A minor Christie work. Gets more interesting toward the end. Life among the upper classes gets a bit tiresome. Some of the main characters are named Bundle, Pongo, and Socks. It's as if the murder has been perpetrated and is being investigated by puppies.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Laurel Young

    The Seven Dials Mystery marked a return to form for Agatha Christie. Following the remarkable achievement of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1926, she hit a terrible slump following the death of her mother. With a book due every year, she cobbled together some of her short stories into the abysmal Big Four, then hurried through Mystery of the Blue Train--which I didn't think so bad, but she was not proud of it acc to her autobiography. Seven Dials takes us back to Chimneys, the country manor hous The Seven Dials Mystery marked a return to form for Agatha Christie. Following the remarkable achievement of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1926, she hit a terrible slump following the death of her mother. With a book due every year, she cobbled together some of her short stories into the abysmal Big Four, then hurried through Mystery of the Blue Train--which I didn't think so bad, but she was not proud of it acc to her autobiography. Seven Dials takes us back to Chimneys, the country manor house of The Secret of Chimneys (1925), and with it a return to the lighthearted adventure mode of some of Christie's early work. I admit frankly that I dislike most of the early adventure-mysteries and prefer the pure detection puzzles of her Golden Age, but Seven Dials is a treat. Christie would release Partners in Crime the following year, and clearly had already found her stride with creating charming young amateur sleuths. Bundle Brent (aka Lady Eileen Brent) is an absolute delight--wealthier than Tuppence but just as spunky and clever. Her friends are equally well-drawn, and Battle is an enjoyable detective even if less famous than Poirot or Miss Marple today. Much as I love Bundle, the best thing about Seven Dials is that it corrects the worst error of The Big Four. In that novel, Poirot contends with a gang of "super criminals" that is simply too outsized and silly to be borne. With Seven Dials, in complete contrast, the reader is given credit for intelligence once more--if a secret society sounds like something from a book, it's because it's a deliberate front; there are no master criminals or secret weapons. The ending was a complete surprise and shows that Christie's ingenuity had returned and she was back in top form. Hail to the Queen of Mysteries!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Another of Christie's thriller's from the 1920's, this also serves as a sequel to The Secret of Chimneys. A house party is taking place at Chimneys, a manor house, which has been rented out by the Marquess of Caterham to Sir Oswald Coote, a self-made millionaire. In addition to Sir Oswald and Lady Coote, there is a party of young people staying, three girls and five young men, namely Gerry Wade, Jimmy Thesiger, Ronny Devereux, Bill Eversleigh and Rupert "Pongo" Bateman, Sir Oswald's secretary. G Another of Christie's thriller's from the 1920's, this also serves as a sequel to The Secret of Chimneys. A house party is taking place at Chimneys, a manor house, which has been rented out by the Marquess of Caterham to Sir Oswald Coote, a self-made millionaire. In addition to Sir Oswald and Lady Coote, there is a party of young people staying, three girls and five young men, namely Gerry Wade, Jimmy Thesiger, Ronny Devereux, Bill Eversleigh and Rupert "Pongo" Bateman, Sir Oswald's secretary. Gerry Wade has a bad habit of sleeping very late into the morning and the other young people plan a joke on Gerald by buying eight alarm clocks, putting them in his room and timing them to go off at intervals the next morning. Plenty of intrigue and twists and turns ensue as this likable bunch of Twenty-sometimes embarke on the route of the mystery. I'm not the biggest fan of Christie's thrillers, but found this to be one of the better ones. The plot is a little silly at times. But it was always entertaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

    Nearly gave up on this one several times. It turns out I should have.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Em*bedded-in-books*

    It was an enjoyable cozy mystery, though I dont consider it one of the best Agatha Christies I've read. The period of the story is between the first and second world wars, and this has influenced the story which is splattered with exotic spies and talks about Germans and Russians. What started as a party of young adults in the Chimneys, an aristocratic home somewhere in the English villageside, soon turns into a murder mystery, with one of the guests lying dead in his room and seven clocks arran It was an enjoyable cozy mystery, though I dont consider it one of the best Agatha Christies I've read. The period of the story is between the first and second world wars, and this has influenced the story which is splattered with exotic spies and talks about Germans and Russians. What started as a party of young adults in the Chimneys, an aristocratic home somewhere in the English villageside, soon turns into a murder mystery, with one of the guests lying dead in his room and seven clocks arranged along the mantlepiece. Towards the middle of the book confusion sets in and by the end, I am not quite sure why the villain wanted to kill people.

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