The Unexpected Guest

  • Inspired by
  • Novel
  • 1999

When a stranger runs his car into a ditch in dense fog in South Wales and makes his way to an isolated house, he discovers a woman standing over the dead body of her wheelchair-bound husband, gun in her hand. She admits to murder, and the unexpected guest offers to help her concoct a cover story.

But is it possible that Laura Warwick did not commit the murder after all? If so, who is she shielding? The house seems full of possible suspects.

The door opens and the unexpected guest comes in.

Laura Warwick, The Unexpected Guest

More about this story

Following on from his success with Black Coffee and Spider's Web, Charles Osborne took Agatha Christie's play, The Unexpected Guest, and novelised it in 1999. Osborne chose not to add characters, lines or scenes which would alter in any substantial way what had been presented on the stage forty-one years earlier, although minor amendments were made to produce suitable chapter endings.

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