The Secret of Chimneys

The Secret of Chimneys A Young Drifter Finds Than He Bargained For When He Agrees To Deliver A Parcel To An English Country House Little Did Anthony Cade Suspect That A Simple Errand On Behalf Of A Friend Would Make Him The Centrepiece Of A Murderous International Conspiracy Someone Would Stop At Nothing To Prevent The Monarchy Being Restored In Faraway HerzoslovakiaThe Combined Forces Of Scotland Yard And The French Surete Can Do No Better Than Go In Circles Until The Final Murder At Chimneys, The Great Country Estate That Yields Up An Amazing Secret

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  • 400 pages
  • The Secret of Chimneys
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 14 December 2019
  • 9780007122585

10 thoughts on “The Secret of Chimneys

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    The Secret of Chimneys Superintendent Battle 1 , Agatha Christie The Secret of Chimneys is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published June 1925 Anthony Cade agrees to take on two jobs for his friend James McGrath Anthony heads for London to deliver the draft of a memoir to a publisher, and to return letters to the woman who wrote them In England, politician George Lomax persuades Lord Caterham to host a house party at Chimneys George s cousin Virginia Revel is invited, as is Hiram Fish, a collector of first edition books, along with the principals in a political scheme to restore the monarchy in Herzoslovakia while assuring that newly discovered oil there will be handled by a British syndicate 1995 1372 303 20

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    The Complete Hercule Poirot Novels The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha ChristieThe Secret of Chimneys is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by The Bodley Head in June 1925 It introduces the characters of Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen Bundle Brent At the request of George Lomax, Lord Caterham reluctantly agrees to host a weekend party at his home, Chimneys A murder occurs in the house, beginning a week of fast paced events with police among the guests 2007 1373 243 1390 287 9789649915210 20

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    Rather silly at times sometimes intentionally, sometimes not The Secret of Chimneys is not one of Agatha Christie s finest works It is, however, an enjoyable enough read for mystery fans who like a throwback When a rather dashing young drifter accepts a friend s job on the prospect of quick cash, he gets himself into a deep bit of doo doo This murder mystery amongst the upper classes draws in political intrigue at a lord s estate A random and playfully portrayed cast of characters populate the novel and give it a life that elevates it above the serviceable plot It was interesting to read a Christie book with a detective other than Poirot Superintendent Battle does not figure as prominently in the story as Poirot usually does and Battle doesn t have half the charisma of the diminutive Belgian The aforementioned dashing young drifter does most of the heavy lifting in that regard, and in this way the book reminded me of Dorothy Sayer s Lord Peter Wimsey series, the first book of which came out two years before The Secret of Chimneys Hm, very suspiciousWith all the evidence laid out before us, I would deduce that what we have here is a perfectly fine read and anyone who s already a fan of Christie s will enjoy it, so I should think.

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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Culture Change The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie Original Review, 1981 01 10 By the time she died, few people probably remembered the casual Antisemitism of Agatha Christie s early books try The Secret of Chimneys the prejudice had ceased to be fashionable, and she d stopped expressing it Chesterton s antisemitism was deeper, and maybe he d have kept it up longer but his basic good sense and kindness would surely have ruled that odious tic out, in a different age.

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    Finished it in one day The amount of suspense and intrigue and the innumerable suspicious foreign characters had me racing through the pages This was the first Superintendent Battle and he is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip an impassive mask of a face in the most disastrous situations The hero Anthony Cade with his nonchalant humor simply steals the show I was reminded of Bertie Wooster of P.G.Wodehouse But the end left me with a tinge of disappointment I sort of anticipated it Still a highly enjoyable read and hats off to the Queen of Mysteries

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    I was really surprised to see that this review has an average rating of almost 4 stars I like most Agatha Christie books but when Christie deviates from her standard mysteries into political and international intrigue type stories she doesn t do it well see also They Came to Baghdad which I actually thought was better than this The characters are fake and the conspiracies and coincidences are way too fantastic to be believed At multiple points I considered putting the book down and not finishing it I prevailed but really wish I hadn t wasted my time.I ll continue reading Christie but will try to avoid these types of books in the future.Props for the name though

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    I have been re reading a lot of Agatha Christie over the last couple of years, some have stood the test of time better than others and this is one of the better ones It would be three and a half stars if possible.In The Secret of Chimneys, Christie once again forsakes her traditional heroes of Poirot and Miss Marple, while it is listed in compilations as Inspector Battle 1 Battle himself is not a central character at all, rather he is a foil for the main characters.Chimneys is an ingenious, intricate intrigue of international politics by Somewhat bumbling British politicians and entirely reluctant English lords, all beautifully described by Christie at her best Christie gets to use he favourite Balkan country of Herzoslovakia and weave one of her better intrigues.Young Anthony Cade is in Africa, following his chosen life style of random adventuring when an old friend asks him to do a favour Can he return to England in his place to deliver the memories of a dead man, and blackmail letters to a lady Of course he can, traveling under his friends name of course.This was very enjoyable, but in some ways it has dated considerably Modern readers who like reading the fun parts of recent history will enjoy the descriptions of clothes, daily life in an English country manor house and the customs in general More sensitive modern readers my be a bit aghast at the rampant racism which describes most foreigners as dagos , the complete failure to portray an accurate American and the insularity regarding any place that is not England This book is however published in the 1920 s and as such is almost one hundred years old and can easily be regarded as historical fiction.

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    Waiting two months to decide how to summarize The Secret Of Chimneys makes it harder, with its deluge of background details Reviewers dismissing books as a quick read drive me bonkers What a non compliment to complexity 1925 puts Agatha Christie early in her career So much is pertinent to politicians, royalty, and the English in Africa I wonder if by irony, Agatha was not thinking globally and imaged her readers were British Instead of a generic mystery hers crammed in detail specific to her generation I dock a star for un relatable topics and another especially, for asinine insertions of the adverb, gently Another distancing factor is that it takes forever to establish protagonist and setting We start in Africa, with explanations from a Canadian friend He sends Anthony to London, to deliver the high voltage autobiography of a deceased citizen of a fictional Balkan country I had to look it up Their king and queen were killed and next of kin is unaccounted for Still, we had not approached the title of the book, nor the character for which the series is named General Battle The protagonist is not General Battle, police chief who finally graces us at a well heeled retreat, called Chimneys a ha I would be far excited about a secret hidden inside a chimney but we get a bit of compartment exploring like that.Finally, mysteries commence, which Anthony and Mary Revel help General Battle solve I love the manor s owner and his daughters, who keep us giggling with his rueful humour at the hassles taking over his home It furnishes breathing room from political aspects of no interest to me and one s hat truly must be taken off, to Agatha s reversal of every character She crafted duplicity that turned all of them on their heads and showed her skill.

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    My first Agatha Christie book.Maybe I am exhilarated at the moment after finishing the book and gave it a four but personally there are a lot of things that bothered me a trifle such as the repeated references to Sherlock Holmes and some racial slurs The reason might be the mindset of the people during her Agatha Christie s days As expected from her,the twists and the turns in the last 50 pages or so kept me gripping Her writing style is concise with a plot consisting of interesting characters like Superintendent Battle,Virginia Revel,etc An enjoyable read throughout 4 5

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