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Title:
The last séance : tales of the supernatural
ISBN:
9780062959140
Edition:
1st U.S. ed.
Physical Description:
362 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"Featuring a story never before published in the United States!" -- From front cover.

"Originally published as The Last Séance in the United Kingdom in 2019 by HarperCollins UK." -- From title page verso.
Contents:
The last séance -- In a glass darkly -- S.O.S. -- The adventure of the Egyptian tomb -- The fourth man -- The idol house of Astarte -- The gipsy -- Philomel cottage -- The lamp -- The dream -- Wireless -- The wife of the Kenite -- The mystery of the blue jar -- The strange case of Sir Arthur Carmichael -- The blue geranium -- The call of wings -- The flock of Geryon -- The red signal -- The dressmaker's doll -- The hound of death.
Summary:
For lovers of the supernatural and the macabre comes this collection of ghostly and chilling stories from legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie. Fantastic psychic visions, specters looming in the shadows, encounters with deities, a man who switches bodies with a cat--be sure to keep the light on whilst reading these tales. The Last Séance gathers twenty stories, some featuring Christie's beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, in one haunting compendium that explores all things occult and paranormal, and is an essential omnibus for Christie fans. --
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From the Queen of Suspense, an all-new collection of her spookiest and most sinister stories, including an Agatha Christie story never before published in the USA, The Wife of Kenite!

"Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction."--Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author



For lovers of the supernatural and the macabre comes this collection of ghostly and chilling stories from legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie. Fantastic psychic visions, specters looming in the shadows, encounters with deities, a man who switches bodies with a cat--be sure to keep the light on whilst reading these tales.

The Last Séance gathers twenty stories, some featuring Christie's beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, in one haunting compendium that explores all things occult and paranormal, and is an essential omnibus for Christie fans.


Author Notes

One of the most successful and beloved writer of mystery stories, Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay, County Devon, England. She wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920, launching a literary career that spanned decades. In her lifetime, she authored 79 crime novels and a short story collection, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language with another billion in 44 foreign languages. Some of her most famous titles include Murder on the Orient Express, Mystery of the Blue Train, And Then There Were None, 13 at Dinner and The Sittaford Mystery.

Noted for clever and surprising twists of plot, many of Christie's mysteries feature two unconventional fictional detectives named Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Poirot, in particular, plays the hero of many of her works, including the classic, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), and Curtain (1975), one of her last works in which the famed detective dies.

Over the years, her travels took her to the Middle East where she met noted English archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan. They married in 1930. Christie accompanied Mallowan on annual expeditions to Iraq and Syria, which served as material for Murder in Mesopotamia (1930), Death on the Nile (1937), and Appointment with Death (1938).

Christie's credits also include the plays, The Mousetrap and Witness for the Prosecution (1953; film 1957). Christie received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for 1954-1955 for Witness. She was also named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1971.

Christie died in 1976.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The 20 selections in this unremarkable collection of Christie tales with a supernatural angle offer minimal scares. Notwithstanding the subtitle, several are simply baffling mysteries with a rational explanation, as the presence of Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple signals. Those stories, such as the Marple impossible murder puzzle, "The Idol House of Astarte," in which a man is stabbed to death by an unseen assailant in the presence of a woman garbed as a priestess, are clever but won't surprise genre veterans. In the Poirot case, "The Dream," the detective is consulted by an eccentric millionaire who reports recurring dreams of shooting himself at exactly 3:28 a.m., but even Christie fans are unlikely to consider it a classic. Other tales feature uninspired variations on overworked tropes such as haunted houses, werewolves, and a demonic doll. Though Christie's novels enable her to build suspense by developing multiple explanations for the mysteries they pose, the surprise reveals of these short works are often telegraphed early on. This volume shows why Christie's reputation is based on her detective fiction, not ghost stories. (Sept.)


Booklist Review

This collection of 20 supernatural stories offers something a little different for Christie fans, most of whom will be more familiar with her murder-in-polite-society mysteries. The chilling title story drops readers into this unexpected Christie realm, warning what can happen to psychics who are pushed too far. A welcome inclusion here is The Wife of the Kenite, in which a German agitator in South Africa meets his comeuppance; it is the first U.S. publication of this story. Other tales that stand out feature the beloved Hercule Poirot ( The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb ) and Miss Marple ( The Idol House of Astarte ), so that the book will both please fans of those characters and serve as an introduction to them. Overall, the stories are genuinely short and showcase Christie's talent for storytelling as well as for accessible writing, which means the material will also work perfectly in writing workshops and as assigned readings. A worthy purchase for short story and mystery fans; the release of the Downton Abbey movie might also increase demand for materials from this period.--Henrietta Verma Copyright 2019 Booklist