The Mousetrap and other plays

After all this re-reading of old favourites, I was truly thrilled to find one Christie I hadn’t read before. And it was all the more cool that it was a compilation of plays she’d written herself as opposed to stage adaptations by other playwrights.

Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap is said to be the longest running play in history. Like most of her stories, these too deal with a post-war world where strangers came together and at a moment’s notice decided to build their lives together. But what happens when you’re faced with the uncertainty of their past? The Mousetrap is the story of a newly married couple who decide to open a guest house in their newly inherited house in the country. But luck’s not in their favour as one of their first guests turns out to be a killer on the loose… A psychopath on the hunt for ‘Three blind mice…’ But which of their guests is this killer? They must find out before time runs out for these snowbound victims just waiting to die.

Is it possible for one person to control the mind of others to the extent that they lose their will … n eventually, their minds. And can this maliciously sadistic desire to control transcend mortal life? The characters of this other play ‘Appointment with Death’, find out in the hot as hell desert.

Love can drive us to terrible things. The characters of The Hollow find out what happens when love meets madness and the thread finally snaps.

The first play of the book – ‘And then there were none’ is the stage adaptation of the book of the same name. 10 strangers are called to an island for a house party. However, they get to the island only to discover their hosts missing … and to find that all 10 have been accused of murder and shall, each in turn, be punished with death.

Christie looks at the dark side of human nature in these plays as madness plays out its many forms. Madness unhinged by grief or a forebearance abused too far or simply a sadistic madness, a God complex that always was…

I think by virtue of being plays, these stories become that slight bit creepier, making this a compilation you don’t want to miss!

An easy 5 for this one too!

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6 thoughts on “The Mousetrap and other plays

    1. Marple, any day!! I love that she’s such an unconventional character for a crime solver and there’s just something more sinister about the Ms Marple mysteries. I love the way the vagaries of the human character come into play in her stories … the lying, the deceit, the greed, the sheer selfishness and desire for self-preservation and often that slight streak of madness. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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