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Black Coffee Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Black Coffee

Black Coffee was Agatha Christie's first ever stage play written in 1930's. The play was recently adopted as a novel by Charles Osborne (author of 'Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie'). Though the novel is not actually penned by Christie, it comes as close to being one. After decades, Christie fans are presented with a Hercule Poirot novel that truly reads like authentic, vintage Christie.

Poirot is urgently summoned by scientist Sir Claud Amory to help him preserve and ship out his newly discovered formula (critical for British defense during the war). But before Poirot reaches Sir Amory's country estate, the scientist is mysteriously dead and his formula stolen. With Captain Hastings by his side, Poirot sets out solve the crime and save the more amiable members of the household from embarassment.

The description style clearly indicates that the story has been taken right out of a stage play. The plot is neither too complex nor is it too difficult to spot the villain. But still, it can definitely be reckoned as another one of Christie's classic mysteries.
This report prepared by Sriram Gopalan








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Search for technology?    -   special bomb

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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