The Secret of Chimneys, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The 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.

This new "signature edition" is the first to feature Superintendent Battle and "Bundle" Brent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007122585



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Occasionally during her career, Agatha Christie produced one-off thrillers, and this is one of them. Anthony Cade is working as a tour guide in Africa when a friend offers him the chance to obtain £1000 by delivering a manuscript to a London publisher, however on arriving in London his life is almost immediately put in danger and he becomes drawn into a series of plots involving an expert diamond thief and the heir to the throne of Herzoslovakia. While this is an entertaining read- not least for what Christie holds back about some of the characters until the very end- it's perhaps a little overlong and flags slightly in the middle.

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This is the first of the series ostensibly centered around the character of Superintendant Battle of Scotland Yard. The Secret of Chimneys was written in 1925. This was written about five years before the Marple books and five years after the Poirot books. The main mystery centers around political skulduggery revolving around a fictional Balkan State. Adventure loving Anthony Cade leaves his job as a travel guide to carry some important papers to London. These are the memoirs of a Count who had his fingers in many pies and it is feared that these writings may reveal secrets dangerous to many in government circles. Anthony becomes a target and the fun begins.<br/><br/>Christie writes with a light touch, quick pace and about amusing characters. This story was fun to read and I look forward to the next in the series. It was interesting to note in the Christie movie with this name Jane Marple was the lead protagonist. I will have to watch it and compare notes. The moguls of the movie business must be positive that not only can Miss Marple have only one hat or we won't recognize her, they must also believe that the public won't accept anything but Poirot and Marple. They may be right, I don't care for Tommy and Tuppence.

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