Sparkling Cyanide

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Six people reunite a nightclub in Luxemburg at a table laid of seven. But which of those present has the murder of Rosemary Barton on their conscience?

“I would say myself, from the ordinary observation of life, that where there is no humility the people perish.”

Agatha Christie, An Autobiography


About this story

First released

July 1944 (serialised in The Saturday Evening Post, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Thriller

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV

Recurring characters

  • Colonel Johnny Race

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

A group of friends gather at dinner to remember Rosemary Barton, who died on the same night one year ago. She seemed to have committed suicide but it soon becomes clear that the dinner is no simple memorial – it’s a re-enactment of a crime scene.

The novel was published in February 1945 under the title Remembered Death in the US. It was an extended version of the short story Yellow Iris, which had Hercule Poirot leading the investigation, whereas here he is replaced by Colonel Johnny Race. The novel changed the identity of the culprits as well, a common ...

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A group of friends gather at dinner to remember Rosemary Barton, who died on the same night one year ago. She seemed to have committed suicide but it soon becomes clear that the dinner is no simple memorial – it’s a re-enactment of a crime scene.

The novel was published in February 1945 under the title Remembered Death in the US. It was an extended version of the short story Yellow Iris, which had Hercule Poirot leading the investigation, whereas here he is replaced by Colonel Johnny Race. The novel changed the identity of the culprits as well, a common feature of Agatha Christie’s rewritten works.

In 1983 the story was adapted as a TV film for CBS, set in the modern day and starring Anthony Andrews (although the character of Colonel Race was omitted). 2003 saw it again adapted as a TV film, this time in the UK by Laura Lamson. Again in a modern setting, it was only loosely based on the original story. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a three-part dramatisation of the story in 2012.



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