Page Count: 213 pages
Publication Date: August 1958
A thriller as well as a puzzler set in a foggy estate in Wales. This mystery opens as a stranger walks away from his ditched car toward a country manor to find a man murdered and his wife standing over him with a gun. But the woman is dazed and her confession unconvincing. The unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. Later, a pandora’s box of loves and hates, suspicions and intrigues is opened to the night air.
Oh wow! I know I always say that Agatha Christie is a legend and all that, but how could anyone not be a fan after reading “The Unexpected Guest”? The story is brilliant (as usual) and Ms. Christie keeps you guessing who the culprit is up to the very last minute. The story was originally written and performed as a play, but some years later it was adapted into a novel by another author, Charles Osborne. I don’t even mind that the story was adapted by someone else. Agatha’s brilliance still shines through, from beginning to end.
Most of her books seem to involve either Miss Marple or Monsieur Poirot, but this one doesn’t! Now THAT was unexpected! I don’t usually read the summary of Agatha Christie’s books before reading them. I like to keep it a surprise 🙂 And this definitely was a surprise!
The story involves love, family ties, grief, mental illness, and a lot of manipulation.
If you feel like going for a quick, easy-read, involving mystery and plot twists then “The Unexpected Guest” is the book for you.