The Sittaford Mystery

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In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six figures huddle close for a seance. But the spirits spell out a chilling message: 'Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder'. Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke?

“You can’t go wrong with this one, certainly the best of the always high-grade Christie items in quite some time.”

New York Herald Tribune, New York


About this story

First released

March 1931 (serialised in Good Housekeeping, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Supernatural

Formats

  • Novel

Murder methods

Setting

  • House, 
  • West Country

This is the first novel into which Christie incorporated a supernatural element and she used it to great effect in the wintry Dartmoor setting. There are several Hound of the Baskervilles references with escaped convicts, naturalists and even a reference to Conan Doyle himself. It's also the first novel to be given a different title when it was published in the US. Dodd, Mead's edition The Murder at Hazelmoor predates the Collins Crime Club edition of 7th September. But both editions were preceded by the US Good Housekeeping serialisation in six instalments from March to August with ...

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This is the first novel into which Christie incorporated a supernatural element and she used it to great effect in the wintry Dartmoor setting. There are several Hound of the Baskervilles references with escaped convicts, naturalists and even a reference to Conan Doyle himself. It's also the first novel to be given a different title when it was published in the US. Dodd, Mead's edition The Murder at Hazelmoor predates the Collins Crime Club edition of 7th September. But both editions were preceded by the US Good Housekeeping serialisation in six instalments from March to August with illustrations by W. Smithson Broadhead (who coincidentally had the honour of being the first to illustrate Poirot on a book jacket with his 1926 cover for Bodley Head of Poirot Investigates). 

In 2004, the BBC dramatised the story for Radio 4. It was filmed for ITV in 2006 with the addition of Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple and Timothy Dalton as prominent politician Trevelyan who gets stabbed rather than sandbagged. In this adaptation the killer is different from the novel and it also featured an early appearance from rising star Carey Mulligan.



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