The Sittaford Mystery, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A seance in a snowbound Dartmoor house predicts a grisly murder...In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance.

Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: 'Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder.' Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke?

The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan.

Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007136841

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Dull and predictable

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This is an OK Christie which features her some of her signatures, a group of people who are isolated from the rest of the world, in this case snowed in, a murder (obviously) but unusually everyone who is snowed in can't have committed the murder. As usual not everyone is what they seem, she also introduces one of her signature characters, the strong capable women in love with a flawed weak man. What is unusual is a supernatural element, with a rational explanation - she would repeat this in The Pale Horse - and the murderer is one of the last people you would suspect.

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A little clunky language in the beginning, but overall a good story. I liked the protagonist in this one - too bad Christie didn't use her more.

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Despite ITV twisting this to be a Marple story, Marple (nor Poirot) is anywhere to be found in this story. Instead we have an intelligent young woman who gets involved investigating a murder when her fiancée gets accused of doing the crime.<br/><br/>Big houses, death of the owner, small villages, suspicious characters, ouija boards predicting death (apparently correctly), money, snow drifts on Dartmoor and an escaped prisoner from the local criminal mental facility all leads to a compact mystery story.<br/><br/>Christie does write rather strong, forward women investigators, especially if they're on the young side - lots of vigour etc.

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