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Six people reunite to remember beautiful Rosemary Barton, who died nearly a year before. The loving sister, the long-suffering husband, the devoted secretary, the lovers, the betrayed wife - none of them can forget Rosemary. But did one of them murder her? Titled in America 'Remembered Death'....

Title : Sparkling Cyanide
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Sparkling Cyanide Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-05-08 03:12

    Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie is a 2001 Minotaur publication. (Originally published in 1945)Classic Agatha Christie- Always a treat! It has been a long time since I read a book by AC. With a nip in the air and the days getting shorter, I always find myself in the mood for a good old fashioned golden age mystery to curl up with. This classic whodunit is very cleverly plotted and centers around Rosemary Barton, a beautiful young heiress who suddenly committed suicide. Now one year after her death, her husband, George, begins receiving anonymous notes suggesting his wife may have been murdered. Thus, unfolds the sordid tale of the events leading up to Rosemary’s untimely death. George then plans to host a remembrance party for Rosemary, inviting all the people who were present at the dinner when Rosemary decided to end her life. He is determined to discover if his wife was indeed murdered, and if so, by whom. This classic mystery hit the spot. It was perfect for the mood I was in, plus it is a Christie novel that I had never read. This book was originally published in 1945, but it has certainly aged well. I thought the dialogue was crisp and sharp, with the entertaining trademark twists Christie was so gifted with.I thoroughly enjoyed this quick and easy mystery and think I’ll start working more of these titles into my reading schedule more often. 4 stars

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-24 04:20

    Sparkling Cyanide = Remembered Death (Colonel Race, #4). Agatha Christie عنوان: نوشابه با سیانور؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مجتبی عبدالله نژاد؛ تهران، هرمس، 1388؛ در 278 ص؛ شابک: 9789643636135؛ موضوع: داستانهای پلیسی از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 متاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم سپتامبر سال 2010 میلادیرزماری بارتون به قتل رسیده است. شوهر و خواهرش شواهدی به دست میآورند که نشان میدهند مرگ رزماری بارتون برخلاف رای دادگاه نه خودکشی،بلکه قتل بوده است. آنها در پی قاتل با ماجراهایی رو در رو میشوند و...؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-05-17 06:04

    3.5 “Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died nearly a year ago...”Ok, well, I think it got old about a couple of years ago, me saying I love Christie and you smiling and nodding and then –as politely as possible– proceeding to scroll down and just ignore me because the whole Goodreads must have got it by now. But this is just the honest truth, folks: I love Agatha Christie. And the simple fact that this book was written by her is the first reason why you should read this.The second reason is: come on, it's called Sparkling Cyanide. How can you say no to a title like that?And the third... I guessed it! For once in my sorry life, I actually got the murderer! (It wasn't that I desperately wanted all the other suspects to be innocents and happy and so I fixed my suspicions on that one. It wasn't like that at all.)So, basically, Sparkling Cyanide bought my favour by presenting me with irresistible characters and then making me think I'm smarter than I actually am. Well played, Christie. Well played.

  • Laurel Young
    2019-05-07 00:25

    In 1939, Agatha Christie published a short story featuring Hercule Poirot, entitled "Yellow Iris." A few years later, she expanded the story into this excellent novel, changing the detective to Colonel Race. Having read the story before the novel, I immediately recognized the similarity of the setup (right down to the name Iris). I assumed, therefore, that I knew how the murder was done, and in fact that aspect remains the same. However, if you think that reading the story will make it pointless to read the novel, think again! The murderer is someone completely different, and I was wrong in my suspicions and shocked at the ending. I know it's a 5-star Agatha when she reveals the murderer and I smack myself on the forehead and yell, "Holy crap!" out loud. Sparkling Cyanide is such a novel. I was blindsided by the ending, immediately kicked myself for not seeing it, and went back to re-read earlier passages that contained clues--or significant omissions, for there is a touch of Roger Ackroyd-style omission here. Sparkling Cyanide is one of my favorite Christie titles, by the way: it suggests the glamour of the elegant 1930s nightclub where the murder takes place, and certainly the idea of cyanide in the Champagne is a dramatic and memorable one. I also have to give Dame Agatha credit for introducing me to the verb "cyanosed" (i.e., killed via cyanide), which I now want to work into a conversation sometime. I think it might supersede "defenestrate" as my new favorite violent verb. This is one of the novels I will keep and re-read, as knowing the solution does not diminish its style and the bravado with which Dame Agatha carries it off.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-04-23 03:15

    An unusual Agatha Christie mystery without the usual convolutions and red herrings. The murderer, and the reason for murder, is rather obvious - however, the real twist is elsewhere! And it is highly plausible... (to say anything more would be a spoiler).

  • Angie
    2019-05-09 00:19

    ¡Tía Agatha lo hace de nuevo!Acabé totalmente conectada con la lectura de este libro y como soy de aquellos lectores que se deja llevar por la narración me encantó el desenlace, en serio!! Además de los personajes muy bien descritos, cada uno en el papel que le correspondía; pude congeniar con Iris, entender su personalidad y seguir su "destino".

  • Raya راية
    2019-05-11 02:28

    عبقرية! 💙

  • Moha Dem
    2019-05-18 02:10

    والله رائعة من روائع كريستي، تتحدث فيها عن المال والحب وماذا يفعلانه في قلوب البعضإذ بدأت القصة بوفاة روزماري - الفتاة الفاحشة الثراء - التي اعتبرت كانتحار، بعد ستة أشهر بدأت أختها اريس - التي ورثت ثروة أختها - تنبش الذكريات بعد أن عثرت على رسالة تفضح أختها، ثم عثر جورج زوج روزماري على رسالتين وهكذا بدأت التحقيقات مجددا ... إلى أن قرر جورج إقامة حفلة لاريس في نفس مكان العام الماضي سعيا منه للكشف عن القاتل، فقتل هو جورج نفسه ... أحداث شيقة لا اريد أن اعمل spoiler هنا هههههههه

  • Bruce Beckham
    2019-05-23 04:27

    This must be 96% the best whodunit I have read.Six people are suspected of poisoning wealthy heiress Rosemary – a murder that takes place in plain sight at London’s salubrious Luxembourg restaurant. One of them has slipped cyanide into her champagne.Husband, lovers, rivals, beneficiaries of her death – they each harbour powerful motives – yet who performed the seemingly impossible sleight of hand?And when – amidst a misguided reconstruction – a second person falls victim to an identical modus operandi – the peasouper thickens!I really enjoyed the simplicity of the premise, and the attention to developing each of the characters, and their immense scope for guilt.But... the other 4% – pages 230-238; the denouement.I believe Agatha Christie is quoted as saying that she sometimes calculated who was the least likely suspect, and made them the culprit. I rather feel that something like that went on in the writing of Sparkling Cyanide.This is a pity, for it undoes all the good work that went before – a flaw compounded by a ‘solution’ that definitely errs on the implausible. Indeed, in the climactic melee that ends the mystery, it is difficult to work out if anyone actually solves the crime at all.Overall, I liked the book – and the usual insight into the lives of the English upper middle classes was particularly entertaining (this novel set in London, around 1945). But it would be fun to come up with an alternative explanation for what took place. If only there were a butler in the story!

  • Brooke
    2019-04-24 08:18

    Agatha Christie has done it again - this book was brilliant, as ALWAYS! She keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing and thinking and rethinking during the entire book. I suspected nearly every character at one point or another in this book, but not once have I been able to correctly guess the ending and the murderer of an Agatha Christie book. (And I have read a lot of her books.)The book is about a young woman named Rosemary Barton, who was murdered at her birthday dinner before six friends - her younger sister, her husband, her husband's secretary, a friend, and a husband and wife. The death was assumed to be suicide, but when the woman's husband receives two anonymous messages he begins to suspect it was murder. Part I of the book highlights the thoughts of these six friends, these six characters, revealing their natures and clues that begin to piece themselves together. 'Rosemary' means remembrance, so the first six chapters told from the point of view of each character are memories the characters have of Rosemary. Then another astonishing event brings these six people together, and two detectives set out to uncover the truth of the matter, though Rosemary's death was over a year ago and it will be hard to prove that her death was not suicide after all. What happened COULD NOT have happened; but it did. How, why...and WHO?This book was genius. I love reading Christie's ingenious plots; which you think might be somewhat similar but by the end of the books are totally and completely different.READ THIS BOOK.

  • Ellie
    2019-04-27 07:02

    The book begins with 17-year-old Iris Marles remembering her sister Rosemary's birthday the previous year. Iris must come to terms with her life as the exceptionally beautiful Rosemary, who got all the love, all the attention-and all the money.I've read Sparkling Cyanide at least 3 or 4 times - and continue to love it. I must admit the last quarter, until the unveiling of the killer-dragged a bit for me but this is undoubtedly because I know it so well. The first half is outstanding and the ending is very satisfying.One of Christie's better ones, I think. At least one of my favorites despite its not being either a Poirot or Miss Marple.

  • Kathy Worrellツ
    2019-05-14 01:26

    4 StarsMaybe I enjoyed this story because it was a BBC Radio 4-full cast dramatized. Or maybe I enjoyed this story because it was very well written...

  • Sura✿
    2019-05-09 01:30

    اول رواية قرأتها لاجاثا كريستي , قرأتها مرتين وهي الافضل بالنسبة لي بين روايات كريستي الاخرى .

  • Rachel
    2019-04-25 03:04

    Sparkling Cyanide was my fifth Agatha Christie, and my fifth time being absolutely blown away by how well crafted her mysteries are. The novel begins with Iris Marle looking back on a dinner party which had resulted in the death of her sister Rosemary, whose champagne had been poisoned with cyanide. Though it had been initially ruled as a suicide, Rosemary's husband, George, becomes convinced that Rosemary had been murdered - which means the culprit was necessarily one of the six guests in attendance that night.Interestingly, the question of who could possibly have poisoned beautiful, well-liked, friendly Rosemary is quickly answered - it turns out that each of the guests in turn had their own motive. So instead the question becomes: who actually did it? It was refreshing that Christie's approach here was to rule out several potential culprits, rather than spending the majority of the novel searching for motive.As always with Christie, I found myself doubting my predictions at every twist and turn. The person I settled on about 65% into the book did end up bring the right one, but I'm still waiting for the day I read one of her books and can choose the murderer early on with a certain amount of confidence. Her plots are too layered and her characters too well-rounded for the kind of easy predictability you get in a lot of contemporary thrillers. As with the other four Christie novels I've read, Sparkling Cyanide was a quick, entertaining, clever read that I enjoyed immensely.

  • huda nasir
    2019-05-08 07:02

    رائعة أخرى من روائع اجاثا

  • nikos
    2019-05-10 05:23

    Πολυ καλο!!!!!!!!!Πολυ καλη πλοκη που κλιμακωνεται σε ενταση οσο φτανεις στο τελος.Καλο το φιναλε.Θεωρω οτι ειναι απο τα καλυτερα της!!!!!!

  • Ylenia
    2019-05-06 03:27

    2.5 starsI fucking hate these old-ass italian translations, I swear. How the mystery was solved was unexpected, I will admit it, but the novel failed to keep me engaged in its entirety.

    2019-05-21 07:19

    رائعة من روائع أجاثا كريستي المعتادة. وترتني القضية هذه المرة أكثر من اللازم ما قدرت أخمن نصف تخمين حتى عن هوية المجرم. عظيمة!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-28 07:31

    Three and a half stars.

  • Beth
    2019-05-05 01:23

    I'm on a mystery kick, switching between Christie and Sayers. I pulled this, covered in dust, off the top shelf of my closet, opened it and began reading at random, and then went back to the beginning to do the story justice.This is a fairly standard whodunit, Christie-style - only it's overlaid by such a strong human element that the whodunit is almost superseded by it. Which means that, more than anything, this book is a prime example of Christie's incredible slight-of-hand: she can tell two stories at once - or more - very effectively, and even balance them to the point where you're not sure which is the more important.And so this is the story of a very beautiful woman who commits suicide, leaving behind a grieving, bumbling husband and a much quieter younger sister, as well as a bunch of other dinner party guests who wish they hadn't been at the table.Christie weaponizes beauty here: it's not detached from Rosemary; instead, Rosemary uses it deliberately, until it becomes her, or she becomes it. She's not much more than a glowing pretty face with no compunctions and fewer morals. (I've been reading Miss Marple, too. The language is rubbing off on me.) I'd say the depiction is misogynistic, but it's almost too complicated for that. Rosemary is the spider who draws all these people together - who has no problem destroying marriages - who wants to be adored by everyone and have everything her way. And there once was a world full of beautiful dresses and dances and dinner parties where she could make full use of her face to get at that. This book, more than anything, is a product of a specific era.That's not the focus of the book, though I do think it's important to note. Here, Rosemary's only alive through people's remembrances. What this book is about is the wreckage left in her wake - and the tone of the writing is pretty spectacular. Haunting, and haunted, and desperate. In fact, Christie pulls off something amazing: (view spoiler)[she makes me sympathize with a guy who cheated, understand perfectly why his wife doesn't divorce him, and actually want them to have a great future now that they've worked things out. I HAVE NEVER ONCE HAD THIS REACTION TO CHEATING. Except here. (hide spoiler)]And it's these people's desperate, frantic worries that their beautiful, delicate, moneyed house of cards will come crashing down - their own almost petty squabbles next to the horror of murder, and the inexplicable fear, and the fairly simple mystery underneath the raw human emotion of it all - that makes this book work.I don't like any of the people here. But I feel like I know them, and I want them all to work things out and have good lives. I think that's pretty amazing writing.

  • Bárbara
    2019-05-06 05:29

    4.5 estrellas Este libro de la tía Agatha es uno de esos que te atrapa y no te suelta. Me pareció genial que empezara con la visión en retrospectiva de varios personajes sobre un supuesto suicidio. Cada uno tenía sus propias ideas del asunto, y los dramas con la fallecida (una cabeza hueca) daban para muchas teorías.También me ha sorprendido para bien que Cianuro espumoso no lo protagoniza un detective o el criminal, sino el recuerdo de la víctima, Rosemary, que atormenta a los "involucrados". Christie hace continuas alusiones a obras de Shakespeare, lo que ayuda a establecer ciertos paralelismos: Otelo para el esposo despechado, Romeo para el enamorado que olvida a Rosalina por Julieta, etc. Pero acá, dichos personajes, en vez de empezar con buen pie y acabar mal, funcionan al revés. Porque eso es otra cosa que me ha encantado: Agatha me ha manipulado hasta la última hoja, haciéndome odiar a ciertos personajes para después caer en la complicidad y la comprensión. Todos son (o pudieran ser) villanos, pero al avanzar la historia descubrimos que no todo es tan sencillo.Destacar también a mi estimado Coronel Race, que acá cuenta con más de sesenta años. ¡Y hasta se menciona al superintendente Battle! Me encantan estos guiños a otras obras de Christie (casi un crossover xD).Si no le di las cinco estrellas es porque me hubiera gustado saber qué ocurría con un par de personajes, quienes salieron de escena abruptamente y se habían ganado mi simpatía.Recomendadísimo.

  • Suvi
    2019-05-18 04:04

    Re-read 26.09.2017 From 2 to 4 stars.A person is murdered, although it's seemingly impossible, because it's done under the watchful eye of several people - my favorite kind of murder.The identity of the murderer isn't actually a huge surprise, nor is the basic idea of the execution of the murder (it's very simple if you think about it), but a couple of things surrounding the latter poisoning incident and the way it was done are. The moral of the story is the classic "don't take anyone's word for it", and it's actually surprising that a certain statement wasn't verified immediately. The most successful aspect of Sparkling Cyanide is, however, Christie's characterization. All the people involved (except the investigators) feel alive with all their faults and grievances. Human.I don't know why I gave this 2 stars originally, but it's possible it was an audiobook and the book itself got blamed if I got bored, or maybe I didn't appreciate the lengthy background portion dealing with each of the suspects. In any case, their stories are crucial. I do think that not only is this an unusual Colonel Race novel (like Superintendent Battle, not my favorite investigator, but I got a slightly better sense of who he is than I did of Battle), but also an unusual Christie novel in a broader sense, because the case is solved by someone else than the main investigator.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-04-27 04:04

    I've seen at least 3 different film versions of this book, so it's high time I sat down and read it. ITV decided for whatever reason to have Poirot investigate the case, not Col. Race (who does get a look-in during their film of Cards on the Table but only as a secondary character who defers to Poirot). I suppose that's because P. is much better-known than either Col Race or Inspector Battle; I've never seen an Inspector Battle film or heard him mentioned in a Christie-inspired film.Suffice it to say that the book makes a great deal more sense than any of the filmed versions I've seen. There are several twists and turns, but none of the depressing rabbits out of hats that characterise some of Mrs Christie's weaker work. A good enough read for a hot summer day, it was published in 1945 but there's no mention of the war, giving it much more of a 1930s feel. However, perhaps like many other mystery writers of the times, she knew that her audience needed to get away from the war, into a nice "safe" killing that had a motive other than politics.

  • Eva
    2019-05-10 03:16

    I love Agatha Christie. I always return to her looking for consolation of some sort, and her books always work for me.This is a very clever story. You recognise the best Christie novels if at the ending you wonder how you could have missed it. The plot is simple, yet ingenious. And somehow you don't see it coming because Agatha Christie cleverly puts up a smokescreen sending you in the wrong direction. This novel is set almost a year after the death of Rosemary Barton. Her death was thought a suïcide, but her husband receives letters telling him otherwise. And he is determined to find out who killed her.Interesting read!

  • Clare
    2019-05-16 03:18

    I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and have read all the Miss Marple series and most of the Hercule Poirot books. I have never read one of Christie's standalone books, when this came up as the September book for my GR group I was eager to try this.7 people attended the birthday party of the Mrs Rosemary Barton at the Luxembourg restaurant. At the end of the restaurants cabaret night the lights went up and Rosemary was found dead slumped on the table. It was decided that Rosemary had committed suicide by taking cyanide due to post flu depression.Some months later George, Rosemary's husband received a letter saying that Rosemary did not commit suicide but was murdered. George decided to re-enact the birthday party one year later with the same guests. During the toast George drank a sip of champagne, and he too, was poisoned by cyanide.I enjoyed the style of this book because I was given the POV of each suspect and provided with a reason why they may have murdered Rosemary. The case was investigated by Colonel Johnny Race from Death On The Nile. Colonel Race was OK but did not have any personality. I think he works better as the straight sidekick then clever amateur detective. Sparkling Cyanide had plenty of red herrings and I got the wrong person. The solution to the mystery was clever but improbable. The best part of the book was the characters rather then the whodunit. My favourite character was the loyal if naive Lucinda Drake, I think she could of played a bigger part in the story.A good book. Any one who loves classic English whodunits will enjoy this. 4 stars from me.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-05-07 04:18

    Delightful and very well-done! I had seen the Poirot episode, so I thought I knew where this was going ... but boy was I wrong lol. Left me at a bit of a loss at first, but made the whole thing that much more enjoyable, because it turned out I didn't know who had done it and the entire backstory.Great characters, all having potential reasons for being the murderer.Highly recommend! (And of course, Hugh Fraser is the best ;-).

  • Karine Mon coin lecture
    2019-05-22 04:20

    C'est Agatha... mais pas le meilleur Agatha à mon goût à moi!

  • Mayada Boucif
    2019-05-04 05:20

    تُبهرنا أغاثا كعادتها <3 !

  • Belén
    2019-05-21 04:17

    I really wanted to read a book by Agatha Christie and I thought doing it reading "and then there were none" but finally my dad gave me "Sparkling Cyanide".I must say that I loved the book. All hypotheses I had while I read the story were wrong.The story kept me entertained all the time. I recommend it so much to everyone.Tenía muchísimas ganas de leer un libro de Agatha Christie y pensaba hacerlo leyendo "diez negritos" pero finalmente mi papá me regaló "cianuro espumoso"Debo decir que el libro me encantó. Todas las hipótesis que tuve mientras leí la historia fueron erróneas. La historia me mantuvo entretenida todo el tiempo. La recomiendo muchísimo a todas las personas.

  • Jessica H
    2019-05-08 05:22

    Agatha Christie is just the best. I never get it right! I liked the set up of this one--a chapter devoted to each of the suspects & how they all have motive. I also like the unglamorous Colonel Race as the investigator.