ISBN 9780007282562,The Mousetrap and Selected Plays

The Mousetrap and Selected Plays


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 1994

ISBN 9780007282562

ISBN-10 0007282567


Number of Pages 366 Pages
Language (English)

Suspense and Thriller

Agatha Christie is referred to as the Queen of Crime for her numerous, classical detective novels. The iconic Hercule Poirot and the popular Miss Marple, are among the most famous characters in detective fiction.

Besides her novels and short stories, she also wrote plays, most of them based on her novels. The Mousetrap, though, was originally written as a play. Over the past several decades, this play has retained its title as the longest running play in the modern era.

The Mousetrap And Selected Plays contains this play, and three other plays based on her bestselling novels. The other plays are And Then There Were None, The Hollow, and Appointment With Death. She adapted the novels into plays with slight modifications.

In The Hollow, a gathering of family and friends at a country house serves as a catalyst for many old resentments and feuds to rise to the surface. The complicated relationships between many of the guests raises hidden passions, resulting in murder.

In The Appointment With Death, a family is affected by a murder, in the stifling heat of the Middle East. Christie made many alterations in the story when she adapted it into a play.

And Then There Were None, originally published as Ten Little Niggers, is probably her best known novel, even though it features none of her famous detectives. It is a chilling setup in which ten people are invited to an isolated island by someone with a hidden agenda.

The Mousetrap, the only one in this collection to be written originally as a play, is still a highly popular attraction in the theatre. In the story, a young couple have just opened a guesthouse. Their first guests are trapped inside the hotel, by snow and to add to their troubles, a killer is on the loose.

The Mousetrap And Selected Plays presents this collection of four plays by Agatha Christie, with all her usual plot features, like red herrings and plot twists and the final denouement as the criminal is revealed.

About Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was an English author.

Some of her other books are The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Death On The Nile, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, The Body in the Library, Crooked House, A Pocket Full of Rye, Lord Edgware Dies, and Hickory Dickory Dock.

Agatha Christie wrote mysteries, romance novels, poetry and autobiographies. But, she is most famous for her mystery novels. Her first book was The Mysterious Affair At Styles, introducing Hercule Poirot. She is believed to be the most translated author, as her books having been translated into 103 languages. In 1971, Queen Elizabeth II made Agatha Christie a Dame.