Book Review: The Last Séance by Agatha Christie

From Queen of Suspense, Agatha Christie, The Last Séance is an all-new collection of her spookiest and most sinister stories, including the never-before-published in the USA, “The Wife of Kenite!”

With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to delve into a collection of spooky and mysterious tales written by the Queen of Suspense herself? Agatha Christie may have passed away in 1976, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t fresh material for American readers to discover still. The Last Séance, in addition to collecting some of her finest scary short fiction, includes the never-before-published on this side of the Atlantic “The Wife Of The Kenite.” It’s a brief tale that references the Biblical story of its namesake, with Dame Christie’s own trademark twist on the proceedings. While it isn’t the strongest of the twenty presented here, it is certainly of greater substance than a mere curiosity to the completist would be.

Granted, one’s consideration of “strength” would likely depend on whether, like me, your preference is for mysterious proceedings that merely seem inexplicable but have a rational explanation, or whether you prefer tales of unmitigated horror. Each type of story is represented in good number, and make for excellent bedfellows: I’ve long believed that horror stories are oftentimes crime stories exaggerated to grotesque proportions, with the supernatural and uncanny occasionally standing in for the unsolvable.

Of course, there is no such thing as unsolvable when Dame Christie’s famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is around. He features in three of these tales, debunking flim-flam and saving lives in the process. He’s not a complete skeptic, however, to the surprise of his constant companion (and the occasional narrator of his stories,) Arthur Hastings, as here where they’re conversing with a distraught widow who’s concerned that an ancient Egyptian curse might carry away her son after already claiming his father:

[‘] You may think me a foolish, credulous woman, but, Monsieur Poirot, I am afraid. Supposing that the spirit of the dead king is not yet appeased? Perhaps to you I seem to be talking nonsense—’

 

‘No, indeed, Lady Willard,’ said Poirot quickly. ‘I, too, believe in the force of superstition, one of the greatest forces the world has ever known.’

 

I looked at him in surprise. I should never have credited Poirot with being superstitious. But the little man was obviously in earnest.

Poirot is not the only one of Dame Christie’s famous sleuths to appear in these pages: Miss Marple features in two tales as well. Their stories, as well as several more with one-off detectives, contain clever, entirely rational solutions. For the rest, however, justice lies in the hands of far greater powers than available to mere mortals.

Of these outright tales of terror, my favorite was “The Hound Of Death,” a scarily satisfying account of mysticism in the World War II era. It is also, perhaps, one of the least impressionistic of the tales of horror included here. Stories such as the title piece as well as the afore-mentioned “The Wife Of The Kenite” work primarily because of Dame Christie’s manipulation of atmosphere, with the clever plotting that is her hallmark left to play second fiddle for a change.

Which isn’t at all a criticism. The same could be said, after all, of the terrific ending of one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels, Endless Night, a study in psychological horror that still makes me shiver to think of to this day. Maybe it was because I was an impressionable 13-year-old when I read it, but those last few pages left a lasting mark. The plot till then was compelling, of course, and clever, but the sheer madness of those final pages left me gasping for air.

That balance of intelligence and the macabre inform another of my favorites here, “The Mystery Of The Blue Jar,” where a young man, Jack Hartington, hears spectral screams of terror that everyone else is oblivious to. When he confides in an older acquaintance, a psychiatrist by the name of Ambrose Lavington, the doctor has a theory as to why Jack is the subject of this haunting:

‘But why me?’ murmured Jack rebelliously. ‘Why not someone who could do some good?’

 

‘You are regarding the force as intelligent and purposeful, instead of blind and mechanical. I do not believe myself in earthbound spirits, haunting a spot for one particular purpose. But the thing I have seen, again and again, until I can hardly believe it to be pure coincidence, is a kind of blind groping towards justice–a subterranean moving of blind forces, always working obscurely towards that end…’

The most satisfying horror stories, to me, share that impetus towards justice that is a hallmark of the mystery genre, even when said justice is thwarted or subverted. This collection overall gets that balance between horror and mystery exactly right, though several of the more supernatural tales—and particularly the ones involving children—do not conclude happily for all involved. But it wouldn’t be a truly representative collection of scary stories if justice was always served in the end. That’s part of Dame Christie’s spooky brilliance, knowing when to satisfy readers with the mundane monstrosity of a human murderer and when to leave us with the chilling touch of the unknowable.

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Comments

  1. Kensley Lewis

    Looking forward to reading a copy.

    • Maureen Downing

      Looks like a great book. Love Criminal Element newsletter!

    • Sherrie Wood

      I have read many of Agatha Christie’s stories. She is one fantastic writer. Looking forward to reading a copy and giving an honest review. I have reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

    • Laura Nason

      Agatha Christie is the first author that I read and reread. I’m looking forward to this collection of her work.

  2. Keeley

    would love to read!

  3. Tina Myers

    Awesome looking book. Thanks for sharing it with us..

  4. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    Love me some Agatha Christie! Especially this time of year.

  5. sandra burns

    I have always been a fan of hers, since I was a little girl. Read Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and they always featured her stories. Would love to win, and add to my books. TY

  6. Arianna McLaughlin

    I read my first Christie book this year and would love to read another (especially in spooky season!). This sounds like the perfect October book.

  7. Mary Kearney

    Love her books, this sounds so good.

  8. bellows22

    This book sounds really good!

  9. Aundrea Quesenberry-Billick

    Have so many Agatha Christie books. Would love to add this to my collection.

  10. Donna swinford

    Looking forward to a scary read

  11. sue pozniak

    Hoping I’m the lucky winner! Love her stories!!

  12. Toni A Laliberte

    I love Agatha Christie and Poirot! Thanks for the chance!

  13. Jacqueline Chambo

    The book sound absolutely delicious!! Great Halloween treat, absolutely adore Agatha & her creations, Hercule & Miss. Marple 😍

  14. Scott Francis

    Yes, please!

  15. Gregg

    I think I’d quite enjoy reading this collection.

  16. David S.

    Great idea for a collection

  17. elvinoray

    would love a copy

  18. Janet

    The perfect book for this time of year.

  19. Amy M. Judkins

    OMG..please! This sounds amazing! Thank you for a chance!

  20. Kris McPeake

    This would be an awesome read.

  21. Joy Metzger

    Love Agatha Chrisitie and would love to read this too.

  22. Jeanette Jackson

    Agatha Christie is my favourite mystery writer. I’d love to read this one.

  23. Marcus Fry

    Never thought of her as a short story writer, but it does make perfect sense.

  24. Amanda Wilcox

    This is going to be a fantastic read!!!

  25. Jerrie Adkins

    Thanks for the review.

  26. John Q. Wilson

    Best news I’ve seen since the announcement of the Poirot movie from Kenneth Branagh!

  27. Melissa Scott

    One of my favorite Agatha Christie short stories involved a detective who would not leave alone a woman he believed committed a murder and was now going to commit another one. He confronts her in her home where she tries to convince him that she loves her husband but the detective remains unconvinced. The detective later died after being served tea. Why he drank the tea after the woman told him she sometimes used the tea bowls to whip up toxins for her garden, is hard to reconcile.

  28. Marty

    I am intrigued by this collection. I am a fervent fan of Dame Christie, and would love to win this book.

  29. Lynn Paterson

    I love Agatha Christie books and I cannot wait to read The Last Séance.

  30. Patty Ward

    Would enjoy reading this.

  31. jillydee

    I’d love to read this book!! I love Dame Christie!!

  32. Kindra King

    I love Agatha Christie and would love to read this!

  33. Carol Yemola

    Agatha Christie novels were what started me loving mysteries. She really is one of my favorite authors.

  34. Jade

    Sounds like a perfect read for October!

  35. Michelle

    Wow I can’t wait to read this one. Perfect for Halloween!

  36. Holly perry

    Agatha Christie’s collection looks perfect for a Halloween read!

  37. Michelle

    I have not read nearly enough Agatha Christie. New releases seem to steal my attention, but this batch of short stories peaked my interest.

  38. Renee Morgan

    I’d love to win this!

  39. Renee Nash

    Sounds good! Thanks for the heads up and the chance!

  40. Devin Gott

    Seems like it would be a delightful addition to my Christie collection

  41. Michelle Humphrey

    Agatha Christie is one of my favorites! Amazing storyteller!

  42. Rebecca Layton

    So excited to read these stories!!!

  43. Marie Christopher

    This is definitely on my list for reading.

  44. Vicki Andrew

    Haven’t read these yet, always up for a good mystery

  45. Joseph Mello

    Seems like the perfect book for an October night read!

  46. Rebecca Layton

    So excited about these stories! Can’t wait to read them!!

  47. Betty

    Too many I have not read! 💕📚🤞🏻

  48. Jennifer Drake

    This looks like a perfect fall book

  49. Chris Knoblaugh

    I would love to have a collection of her shorter pieces to use with my middle school students.

  50. Jana Cordrey

    I would love this! I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan since I was a teenager! Thanks for letting someone win this.

  51. Vicki Plant

    I have not read many of Agatha Christie’s short fiction. This collection will be a perfect introduction.

  52. Jane Schwarz

    Really like short stories, especially if they are by Agatha Christie. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “The Last Seance”.

  53. Raelene Velez

    I once had a large Agatha Christie collections. Unfortunately, I had to get rid of them. I miss them. I still enjoy her stories.

  54. Mary

    Looking forward to reading the stories!

  55. William Wilson

    Thrilling! Can’t wait to read Dame Agatha’s spin in the unpublished format and compare it to published ones.

  56. Ann Peters

    I saw The Mousetrap when I was in sixth grade, and it hooked me on Agatha Christie – I devoured every book of hers I could find. She was a master of the craft!

  57. Virginia E

    Love to read this book!

  58. Marjorie Manharth

    What could be better – Agatha Christie and Halloween!

  59. Diane Gorgy

    How exciting! Can’t wait to read it!

  60. carol

    Would love to read!

  61. Roxana Garcia

    Love Agatha Christie, looking forward to reading this.

  62. John Davis

    Dame Agatha has been forever in the forefront of remarkable mystery. Like many, I value her ingenious detectives who must deal with sinister plots. What makes her writing especially tantalizing is that she can make you believe the seance is real, the ghost is quite dangerous, and all while wondering what is really behind it all. Bravo!

  63. Kay Kay

    In 1977, the year after Dame Agatha died, I set out to read all of her books, in chronological order, by series.
    I succeeded in doing just that.
    However, I lamented finishing that last book since I then had no more Christies to look forward to reading….no more Christie for Christmas…..
    Alas….I’ve been waiting for another Christie for many long years and would truly love to read a new-to-me story.

  64. DANA PILONI

    Looking forward to reading this collection!!!

  65. Stephanie Watson

    Sounds so good!! Can’t wait to read it!

  66. Heidi M

    An Agatha Christie book I have not already read – so very exciting!!!

  67. Penni

    How fun! I love Agatha Christie!

  68. Liz Caldwell

    This sounds delightful! I’ve loved Agatha Christie since I was a teenager.

  69. ShakingHandsWithGod

    I love all things Agatha Christie. I would love to win this!

  70. Lori Minasyan

    oh Agatha Christie is the absolute best!! What a great book!!

  71. Margaret Wurth

    Looks like a great book to read

  72. Lori A Sharp

    I’ve loved Agatha Christie since I was a teen. It sounds like this latest book would be right up my alley! I love mysteries… Looking forward to it coming available – even if I do win!! 🙂

  73. Tracy L Stonefield-Peters

    Would love to read!

  74. Charlene Morris

    I love reading Agatha Christie

  75. Corinne

    Just when I thought I had read everything by Agatha Christie, now this book. Oh please select me.my birthday is in october

  76. Catherine Yezak

    I am a big What he Christie fan and cannot wait to read this book. Who better to read at this time of year, except maybe Edgar Allan Poe.

  77. Colleen Taule

    I have the entire Agatha Christie collection and would love to have this book.

    • Carrie McCall

      I get goose bumps just thinking about reading this anxiously awaited book. 👍

  78. Christine K.

    Sounds great! Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favorite authors.

  79. Pam Flynn

    Agatha Christie Rocks and I’ve loved her work all my life. Spooky and Sinister…Perfect Christie

  80. Susan J

    Sounds great and the cover is fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Susan Wilkinson

    That’s cool, I’ve only read her novels.

  82. Yvette Chapman

    I would love to give this book to my daughter, she is young and has not read Agatha Christie books yet.

  83. Ruth F

    Agatha Christie’s novels were my first mysteries. I have been hooked on mysteries ever since.

  84. Rick Ollerman

    Perfect fall reading….

  85. l p

    this is great. can’t wait to read it. thanks.

  86. K Peter

    How clever… Thank you for the review.

  87. Martha DeMarco

    Sounds like a great book,cant go wrong with an Agatha Christie book.

  88. Denise Davies

    This book sounds amazing!

  89. Deborah Lane

    I would love to read this. Love agatha? I do!

  90. Susan T.

    My favourite Christie books and stories have always been the creepy ones!

  91. B. Chambers

    Poirot and Miss Marple in one book (even if in separate stories)? This looks like it’s going to be a fantastic read!

  92. Susan Rooney

    Ms. Christie has been a favorite author of mine since my high school years!!

    • Melinda Fisher

      Agatha Christie’s books are masterpieces.

  93. LiznEcklund

    Really well written – Huge Christie fan. Thanks for the opportunity

  94. Susan Robinette

    Love Agatha Christie and would love to read this!

  95. Kristin McDonald-Willey

    I think this sounds like an awesome set of stories!

  96. Jackie Basnight

    I have a pretty good collection of Agatha Christie’s Mystery novels but I think I might not have this one. I love her books and have watched the shows (Hercule Poirot & Miss Marples) many times. Looking forward to reading more from Dame Agatha Christie.

  97. LizCaldwell

    I would love to read this collection!

  98. Lindsey Eick

    Look forward to reading!!

  99. McKenzie Richardson

    I’m in the market for a spooky read. This one looks promising. 😁

  100. Diane Furst

    This sounds great. Would love to win a copy.

  101. Joseph Butler

    I am truly looking forward to reading an exciting new story from Dame Agatha Christie.

  102. Shelby

    The perfect October read!

  103. Warren Bull

    Agatha is amazing. I can never guess her story endings.

  104. Rebecca Ledgerwood

    I’ve loved Agatha Christie novels since I read my first one as an exchange student in Finland. The city library had a small English section, with plenty of Christie titles, and the librarians thought it funny I checked them all out many times.
    I’ve appreciated her masterfully written suspense, with both Poirot and Marple, plus others, willing to solve. I also greatly appreciate the tv series based upon Christie’s two veteran sleuths – so true to her writing.

    To have previously written and unpublished stories available is wonderful. Thank you!

  105. Denise Moore

    I would love to win. I am a fan of Agatha’s mysteries.

  106. Linda McCutcheon

    I would love to read and review this collection of Agatha Christie ‘s short stories. I was 12 when I read Murder in the Orient Exoress and I spent that summer at the library checking out one of her books every few dqys!

  107. Jean Brugger

    Agatha Christie mysteries are timeless! I’d love to read more!!

  108. Michael Carter

    I’d love to win.
    Please count me in for this sweepstakes.
    Thanks!

  109. Sarahgrace Wheeler

    I love Agatha Christie’s stories they are always so captivating!

  110. Beverly Ray

    This looks to be right up my alley! Agatha Christie is a favorite and who doesn’t love a great Halloween 🎃 read!?

  111. Dawn

    Looks awesome. Count me in

  112. Jane Conley

    Favorite all time writer!

  113. CHRISTINA WESTBROOKS

    Would love to read this!

  114. Belinda Zamora

    How delicious, especially at this time of year! I would absolutely love to win a copy, having been a fan ever since I learned to read.

  115. Phyllis Sinclair

    Sounds perfect for October.

  116. Dolly Martino

    Great review – I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

  117. Marilyn Weisman

    Agatha Christie began my love affair with the mystery genre. Although I thought I had read almost all her stories, apparently there are some still awaiting my pleasure! Hopefully, I will win a copy of this elegant book! A very loyal fan!

  118. Tina Adams

    The Queen of mystery can never be outdone! I love all of her stories especially M.Poirot.

  119. Darlene Slocum

    I am always on the look-out for something from Agatha Christie. Great reading!

  120. Tarl

    Sounds intriguing, can’t wait to read.

  121. R.J. Parker

    Love Agatha Christie’s writing. Have enjoyed her books for many years and would love to add this one to my reading collection.

  122. Beth H. Harrington

    As a teenager many, many, many years ago, Agatha Christie’s mysteries turned me on to that genre of writing … miss reading her mysteries, so it would be great to read something new from her.

    • Jane Wright

      Would love to read these short stories, have loved Agatha Christie’s books for years..

  123. Hanna D.

    I would love to win a copy of this work. I am such a big Agatha Christie fan!

  124. Renee Rousseau

    True classics to be revered!

  125. Tarl

    Sounds great, definitely want to read

  126. zabby

    This looks like fun!

  127. Linda Taylor-Morgan

    Thank you for the reviews I want to read these books

  128. Janet

    Interesting! I don’t equate her books with horror but now I get it. I do love a good mystery.

  129. Margot Core

    I can’t think of anyone that I would rather get a fright from than Agatha.

  130. Ashli Eve Largé

    I can’t wait to read this. Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors!

  131. Hester Mayo

    I would be overjoyed to win a copy of this book and add it to my already eclectic book collection! Thank you.

  132. Shelley Huang

    This has been on my to read list for too long…though the actual pile is getting much taller than I.

  133. Ronnie

    Looks like a great collection!

  134. Darcia Helle

    I love edgy mysteries that are creepy enough to freak me out, and Agatha Christie does that well!

  135. Shannon Scott

    I love Agatha Christie!

    • Chelle Barboza-Campbell

      This sounds like an interesting read! I added it to my TBR list/shelf, and would ❤❤ to win this!!

  136. Christina Blevins

    As a Agatha Christie fan, I think that this book would be a wonderful addition to my mystery library. I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of a book from this fantastic author.

  137. Annette Johnson

    Sounds like a great collection

  138. Linda Armstrong

    Another treat to look forward to reading. This one sounds delicious!

  139. Jenny Fitzgerald

    Would be a great read for this time of year!

  140. Linda Armstrong

    Another delicious read to look forward to and enjoy.

  141. Desmond Warzel

    Count me in, please!

  142. Schwope

    This one sounds delicious, and am looking forward to reading it, whether I win or not!

  143. Ray Palen

    Nobody beats the Queen of Crime! Looking forward to this one.

  144. Anne

    Captivating and special.

  145. Lyn Wallace

    I went from reading Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie when I was young. Would love to win a copy of this

  146. Pearl

    Classic and the best.

  147. Charlotte Smith

    I finally read my first Agatha Christie this year and excited to read each and every one. The cover on The Seance makes it a perfect addition for this time of year.

  148. Amy Greeson

    I love Agatha Christie and this review makes me want to read these short stories! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  149. Vivian Gross

    Love Agatha Christie

  150. Nancy

    It would be fun to read and enjoy this collection of Agatha Christie’s short stories – especially the story that has never before been published in the United States !

  151. asabear

    I love Agatha Christie, I love the macabre, I love mystery, and I love Halloween. Sounds like this is right up my alley.

  152. Shirley Hughey

    Sounds absolutely spine tingling and perfect for a cold and stormy night!

  153. Melinda

    I am loathe to admit it, but…I only read my first Agatha Christie a few months ago! I’m quite hooked now, and would LOVE to win a copy of this collection.

  154. JAMES LYNAM

    This Agatha Christie book is a must read for me. Will I WIN????

  155. Shirley Hughey

    Sounds absolutely spine tingling and perfect for a dark and stormy night.

  156. tmrain

    Looks like a really great read!!

  157. Leilani

    I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  158. Julie McDonough

    These stories sound exciting, just perfect for the time of year! Thank you for the chance.

  159. Claudia Cooper

    What a great time of year to read this book – would love to read it.

  160. Diane Brown

    Would love to check this out

  161. Renee

    Sounds really good!

  162. Jeannine

    As a long time fan of Christie I would love to continue with this collection of stories…great reading!

  163. Helen Martin

    I love Agatha Christie’s work. They can be read and re-read.

  164. Michelle Lowrey

    Love Agatha Christie and this book would complement my collection. I hope I win!

  165. Jill Carpenter

    Having never realized Agatha Christie wrote anything in the”Horror” genre,this sounds absolutely fascinating!

  166. Sherri Mayr

    All I needed to read was Hercule Poirot and I am invested. Love all the tales, characters and time period.

  167. Don Gentry

    Sounds like a great addition to my collection !!! It also sounds like you are a lover of all things Agatha Christie 🙂

  168. Amy Lilly

    Perfect read for the season.

  169. Beverly Laude

    I would love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  170. Jill Lo

    I would love to read this, I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie!

  171. Roxanna Buck

    Can’t wait to read it!!! 😊😊😊

  172. Alicia

    I started reading Agatha Christie when I was around 10. Would love to add this set of stories to the list.

  173. Irene Antonaccio

    Looks like a great read.

  174. martin bodnar

    Thanks for the chance to win. . . …

  175. Victoria Fisher

    I have been a fan since my teen years. Can’t wait to read this!

  176. Janice

    Agatha Christie has been my favorite since I was a young girl. Look forwaard to reading this book.

  177. Melissa Dials

    My first mystery and mystery author earned Dame Agatha the favorite spot. Would Love reading a new Hercule Poirot tale!!! Thanks for the chance 😁

  178. Dorothy Minor

    What a great opportunity to have a chance to win a book of stories by Agatha Christie!

  179. WriterTulip

    I fell in love with mysteries. With Agatha Christie books. Only by library.

  180. Cheryl A Barnhard

    I just recently discovered Agatha Christie and I cannot get enough!

  181. Josh Nuttall

    The book sounds like a fabulous read for this time of year. Looking forward to winning a copy!

  182. Diane Urbanec

    I love holiday collections.

  183. Mary Jacobs

    Too hot in Dallas and it doesn’t feel like fall. This might help!

  184. Barbara Fish

    I want to win this book!

  185. Donna

    Love Agatha Christie and the review sparked even more of my interest in wanting to read it. Would love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity. Love the fall!

  186. Kim Charba

    Love Agatha Christie murder mysteries! Looking forward to this one!

  187. DRJ2020

    I think it’s about time I read an Agatha Christie book. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long.

  188. Donna

    I love fall. Perfect time to read Agatha Christie. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win a copy.

  189. DJ

    I own all of the Poirot stories, just finished Dame Agatha’s autobiography so this book would be a marvelous addition to my collection.

  190. Karen H

    Agatha Christie is my favorite author!

  191. Pam Losely

    Love Miss Marple can’t wait to read!

  192. Glen Davis

    Agatha Christie is a definite HOF’er. Count me in!

  193. Raquel Gonzalez

    This looks like such a good read!

  194. Darlene

    Love this!

  195. Tiffany

    Haven’t read this one.

  196. sue weatherbee

    ‘Tis the season, would love to have this!

  197. AJackson

    HUGE Agatha Christie fan! The first Christie novel I read was At Bertram’s Hotel when I was about eight years old. I was hooked. I would love to add this to my collection.

  198. kelley vain

    I love Agatha Christie and would love to read this book. I love reading physical books, over e books. Thank you for the opportunity

  199. Donna

    Sounds great. Thanks for great newsletter

  200. Lori P

    More familiar with Agatha Christie’s novels than with her short fiction. Looks worth exploring!

  201. ViolinGeek

    I definitely want to read this book!!!

  202. L Huenink

    I have 100+ books by Agatha Christi, would love to add a new one to my collection!

  203. Daniel M

    would love to check it out!

  204. Joan Watkins

    I love Agatha Christie!

  205. Sabine Blanch

    Looks interesting! Would love to read this book. Thank you so much for the chance.

  206. Slmurray71

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  207. Jackie Wisherd

    Would enjoy winning and getting a chance to read this book.

  208. Amanda Diamond

    Perfect time of the year for this kind of story!

  209. Ebonie Bishop

    I can’t wait to read this one!

  210. Sabrina Frang

    Agatha Christie does horror. Take my money.

  211. Sarah Kay

    Sounds perfect for this time of year!

  212. Emma Cazabonne

    What? Never published in the US? I can’t believe that we still have some works by Agatha Christie to discover! So so thrilling. Thanks for the chance to win it

  213. Lauren Gibson

    Definitely want to own a copy of this!

  214. Amanda Beachum

    I’m so excited about this book. I love Agatha Christie!

  215. Susan Garton

    Looks like a great book!

  216. Whatdoyoudo

    I would LOVE for this book to be my first, but not my last. Agatha Christie book! So excited to be the winner of this giveaway!

  217. Maureen C O'Neal

    I thought I had read everything Christie, so I would love to read this book! I didn’t recognize the Poirot snippet given above, so you whetted my appetite! Sounds great!

  218. Gene Stewart

    Great review from someone who not only likes but understands Dame Agatha’s special touches and sharp mind. Refreshing, persuasive, and just the right mix of comment and recap. Brava.

  219. Gloria Martins

    Love Agatha and especially Miss Marple!! Can’t wait to get a copy.

  220. Tracy Robertson

    I love to read creepy books! I am ashamed to admit it, but I haven’t read anything by Agatha Christie yet. I love my short stories in this would be a good place to start.a

  221. Kess Eldridge

    Adore Dame Agatha and getting lost in one of her stories is my idea of the perfect evening.

  222. Margie Hunter

    I was just saying that I love a good book with a seance. I haven’t read Christie’s creepy stories in a long time. Thanks for the reminder and the giveaway.

  223. Jennifer Essad

    super sweet, an unknown story? I’m anxious to read The Last Seance. Thanks for the chance to win it

  224. Robert Schulz

    can’t wait

  225. tamagura

    Thank you for a chance to win a volume of Agatha Christie’s short stories.
    It is greatly appreciated. 👏🤔

  226. Janet McCord

    Dame Agatha is one of the best go-to authors at Halloween…or ANY time!

  227. Mary Henaghen

    I can’t wait to read this one!

  228. Ireoz

    So look forward to reading this! Perfect book to enjoy on a Fall day.

  229. Emily Catan

    Agatha Christie is my all time favorite since I was a kid. I always borrowed her books from libraries because I couldn’t afford buying them… I really would love to read this collection of hers. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

  230. Kittie McIntire

    I’ve just started reading Agatha Christie again. This book sounds fantastic.

  231. Lety Villasenor

    This book sounds amazing

  232. manderley23

    This looks amazing! Would love to read it!

  233. Charlotte

    Looking forward to reading it.

  234. LINDA COSBY

    I would like to read this.

  235. Kelli

    I love Agatha Christie books! Ever since I read And Then There Were None as a young child. I was hooked! And seance stories are always fun.

  236. Sharon White

    I preorder this book as soon as I heard about it. Sounds like it will be a great addition to my library. If I win this I will add it to the library in my apartment building and keep my preordered copy for myself.

  237. Rose Jones

    Oh my! This book would make a great addition to my Agatha collection.

  238. Melissa Lawrence

    I would love to win this book. Agatha Christie is the master of mysteries.

  239. Melissa Lawrence

    I would love to win this book.

  240. Barbara Workman

    I didn’t know she wrote spooky short stories.

  241. Destiny Whirlwind-Soldier

    Looks like a fantastic collection!

  242. Dawn Irwin

    t our house. I love Miss Marple and my husband loves Poirot. We’d love to have this book.

  243. Rebecca Domigan

    My grandparents introduced me to her mysteries. I love reading her stuff. Always interesting and intriguing. This should be a great collection of her work! Would love to read it soon!

  244. Phillip Yellin

    Would love to read this

  245. Rebldom

    My grandparents introduced me to her mysteries. I love reading her stuff. Always interesting and intriguing. This should be a great collection of her work! Would love to read it soon!

  246. gary fritch

    What an opportunity to read the ,probably, greatest mystery writer ever!

  247. Angela Moore

    Would love the chance to win a copy! Agatha Christie is such a talented writer.

  248. Barbara Lima

    Agatha Christie never disappoints!

  249. Dana

    Oh I love Agatha and look forward to reading this.

  250. Theresa

    Agatha Christie is the best!!! Would love to win this!!!

  251. Ruth Surette

    Sounds like a great read for Halloween!

  252. jennifer c

    Agatha Christie is such a wonderful writer.

  253. Debbie C

    Oh yes i definitely need this in my life and bookshelves!

  254. Robert Grieco

    No doubt another winner!

  255. Laurent Latulippe

    I would love to read these. Thank you for the great contest.

  256. Theresa McKillop

    Love the title of this book and the titles of the stories inside! So old school – can’t wait to read it!

  257. paul klumbach

    would love to win this excellent book-love Aggie and supernatural stories

  258. Mimi

    This sounds like an incredible collection!

  259. Erica Stafura

    Love Agatha Christie! This would be a great one to have!

  260. Cherri

    Gotta love Agatha Christie!

  261. Robin J

    LOVE Christie! Need to put this on my TBR!

  262. william swayze

    Hope I’m the lucky one.

  263. Leslie Jones

    My daughter is the 3rd generation of our family to love Agatha Christie! My father started me on them, and I have loved good mysteries ever since. She really was the queen.

  264. Bonnie D Collins

    You can never go wrong with Agatha Christie! Elephants Can Remember was my first Christie book. Thanks Criminal Element!

  265. RED911HELP

    Pleeeeaaaassseeee pick me!! I would LOVE to read this!

  266. Hali

    Love Agatha Christie! Would love to have this collection

  267. Johannah Brookwell

    Always ready for Agatha! Thanks

  268. kscarlett

    Looking forward to this one – I get so many good book ideas and excellent author articles on this site! Thanks!

  269. Susan Morris

    I never knew Agatha wrote short stories. I love her novels and look forward to reading this collection. I really need to catch up with author’s works!

  270. Christine Smiga

    Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  271. Aleta L Anderson

    I would love to win a copy.

  272. NORAH HAISLIP

    Agatha Christie is my all-time favorite! I read my first Agatha at the age of 11, The ABC Murders, then The Murder of Roger Acroyd.

  273. Erika Acosta

    Love Agatha Christie, would love to win.

  274. Riah

    Super excited to read this!

  275. Amy Thompson

    Who could be a better Halloween companion than Agatha Christie?!

  276. Cherie

    Hooray for Agatha!

  277. Karen Parisot

    If Agatha Christie wrote it, then you know it’s good. This book of short stories would make for a great read especially at this time of year.

  278. Judith Tate

    I thought I had read everything Agatha Christie ever wrote. Apparently, I was wrong! Would love to win this book and have it for my library, please. Thank you.

  279. Samara Gluck

    Sounds like a great rad to share with the kids

  280. Saundra K. Warren

    I remember watching Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot movies on Saturday late night movies when I was little, hen whenI got older I just had to read some of her books!!!!

  281. Maureen

    I’m a school librarian, and my students still read Agatha Christie! I would love to win this to freshen up our library’s selections. Thank you!

  282. Pepper Frost

    Thanks for sharing this. I love to see anything new on the Christie front, and the cover is beautiful, too.

  283. Sally Schmidt

    Interesting post, and a book I would love to read. Thanks for the chance.

  284. pat murphy

    Love Agatha Christie .

  285. John Smith

    More Agatha Christie gems!

  286. Susan Brown

    Agatha Christie is always a pleasure to read; looking forward to a cup of tea, a stormy nite, and another chilling story from this author.

  287. Ed

    I did not now about these works.

  288. Ed

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  289. Gleb Beleavki

    Looking forward to it

  290. Lisbeth Mizula

    A new book and another reason to celebrate!

  291. Lisbeth Mizula

    A reason to celebrate!

  292. Robert Sullivan

    Very eager to read these completely new to me Christie stories.

  293. Chazzz

    Mmmmm….. this sounds great! Have been a fan of Christie forever! This is now on my TBR list!

  294. JULES M.

    count me in!

  295. Jodi S

    I LOVE Agatha Christie! I would welcome a chance to read these!

  296. Lesa Neace

    I love the mysteries and would like to try something a bit different for the season.

  297. Kristi Henry

    I would love to win

  298. Jackie Merritt

    So exciting to think of an unread Christie short story 🙂

  299. SUZANNE R COSTNER

    I can’t wait to read these and add to my Christie experience.

  300. Lori

    I would love to read this. I have loved her other books and all those were my favorites!

  301. Christian M Mericle

    This book looks wonderful. I would love to read it.

  302. nancy wolfe

    Wonderful review! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  303. Judi A Bird

    I haven’t read an Agatha Christie book in years, this one sounds exciting, can’t wait to get a copy and dive in.

  304. Scotti Blackmon

    What could better than a chilly October evening,in front of the fire,with a bracing cup of tea reading Miss Christie short stories. Shivery bliss!

  305. Lori Byrd

    Sounds really great. Would love to win.

  306. Alexandria Rose Rivera

    wow would love Agatha Christie’s The Last seance tales of the supernatural , this sounds great. Wow just in time for halloween and spooky october reading …thanks for the chance and Happy Autumn and happy halloween ….

  307. Samantha A Cox

    I love Agatha Christie’s novels! I can’t wait to read this!!!

  308. Janet Johnson

    Enchanting

  309. M Thompson

    Would love to have these new stories.

  310. Janet Gould

    This book looks fantastic!

  311. Cheryl Pollan

    I read “The Last Seance” in another collection of Christie’s short stories. It was delightfully wierd and very different from any other story of hers I had read previously. I can’t wait to read more of her supernatural stories.

  312. Vicki Wurgler

    I’d love to win this collection of stories

  313. Kris Escalante

    I always look forward to a good mystery book, and an Agatha Christie mystery is always compelling. Cheers to the possibility of winning this stunning collection.

  314. Beth Isaacson

    Avid AC reader since 6th grade. Looking forward to reading this!

  315. Kathy Roope

    I haven’t read Agatha Christie in a long time. It would be wonderful to read her again in this new collection of spooky stories!

  316. Rosemary Simm

    Agatha Christie is my favorite suspense writer. I now watch her TV movies as Poirot is on weekly and I like to use my “little gray cells”. I’m looking forward to the new collection of stories in The Last Séance. Hope I’m a winner.

  317. Patt Sullivan

    I enjoy reading stories where “justice isn’t always served,” just as in life. Ms Christie’s stories always keep the reader a bit off balance. Looking forward to reading them. thanks for the review.

  318. Marisa Young

    Love Agatha Christie. Would love to read this book.

  319. TCasteel

    Dame Christie is a multi-generation family favorite!

  320. Carolyn

    I love Agatha Christie books, especially Hercule Poirot. This looks like a great book!

  321. Laurie Sandretto

    Thank you for the review.

  322. Colleen

    A chance to read a new Agatha Christie book—fabulous.

  323. Michelle Catallo

    I have been a fan of Agatha Christie books and movies for decades. I shall be looking for this next time I go book shopping.

  324. Tammy C

    Been a fan most of my life, ever since I was 10 years old and got bored with children’s literature. Mom tossed me a Christie mystery and I was HOOKED! 43 years later and there are NEW books to devour??? YES!!

  325. Wanda Woodworth

    I adore AC! Fascinating works abound and I’d like to read this.

  326. Cathy

    Can’t wait to read this!! Love Agatha Christie.

  327. Patricia Brooks

    Sounds like a good book.

  328. Tina Chavez-Caddey

    I love a great mystery read. I have Agatha Christie on my to read list.

  329. Dawn

    I love Ms Christies’ stories but my husband is just discovering them. I would love to have a collection of her stories fr him to read.

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