A healthy young man dies in his sleep, despite the ringing of eight separate alarm clocks...Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper; so the other house guests decided to play a practical joke on him.
Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6.30 a.m.
But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and the prank had backfired with tragic consequences.
For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words 'Seven Dials' were to take on a new and chilling significance...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/12/2001
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007122592
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Review by riverwillow
I know that some Christie fans loath this book, but I don't. Its entertaining and readable and she is just having fun with her writing. Superb
Review by Condorena
This is one of a short trilogy the first and second of which taking place of a famous country estate called Chimneys. They feature Superintendent Battle and a coterie of 'bright young things' ei. young English men and women in their twenties from the wealthier classes who work desultorily at their jobs in the city or at the Foreign office and who call all the friends by nicknames they picked up in their youth like Socks or Pongo. These are usually headed by Bundle Brett who is the daughter of the earl who owns Chimneys. <br/><br/>The story takes place in the twenties and and the main action begins at a weekend house party during which someone is inevitable killed so that there is as always a large cast of suspects. Naturally the amateur detectives are sure they can out do the police.<br/><br/>The action is swift and the plot is nor too deep, just cryptic as in should be in the era of spies, secret clubs as well as secret criminal organizations. This not the best of Christie but it is fun. In this case I did not feel that it could be a fair play mystery because the reader was really lead astray in some cases. Still, the characters are all likable and Christie pokes fun at this class of people, both the nouveau riche and the landed aristocracy.