|Plot Summary of Black Coffee|
|"Black Coffee was Agatha Christie's first ever stage play written in 1930's. The play was recently adopted as a novel by Charles Osborne (author of 'Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie'). Though the novel is not actually penned by Christie, it comes as close to being one. After decades, Christie fans are presented with a Hercule Poirot novel that truly reads like authentic, vintage Christie.
Poirot is urgently summoned by scientist Sir Claud Amory to help him preserve and ship out his newly discovered formula (critical for British defense during the war). But before Poirot reaches Sir Amory's country estate, the scientist is mysteriously dead and his formula stolen. With Captain Hastings by his side, Poirot sets out solve the crime and save the more amiable members of the household from embarassment.
The description style clearly indicates that the story has been taken right out of a stage play. The plot is neither too complex nor is it too difficult to spot the villain. But still, it can definitely be reckoned as another one of Christie's classic mysteries."
Sriram Gopalan, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Black Coffee|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- stopping a saboteur/spy
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Search for technology?
- special bomb
- private investigator
How much violence does he/she use?
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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