Spider's Web

Charles Osborne, Agatha Christie

fiction classics crime mystery
mysterious fast-paced

241 pages | first published 2000

Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. ‘Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?’ she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.

Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party (but which ones?), and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.

This novelisation by Charles Osborne is based on Agatha Christie's play, Spider's Web.

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mysterious 100%
funny 50%

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