Monday, May 1, 2023

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie


What is your favorite sparking beverage?  In my champagne flutes here is Captain’s Walk Titletown Moscato.  It’s a delicious sparkling beverage.

One year ago, a group of friends went out for dinner at a fancy London restaurant, and one, Rosemary, died apparently from suicide by cyanide poisoning.  The same group meets again a year later to celebrate the birthday of Rosemary’s sister Iris.  One place is left empty in remembrance of Rosemary.  Rosemary’s husband George has begun to put the pieces together and thinks the suicide may have been murder.  When this evening again ends in death, will the killer be found before they strike again?

I liked that Rosemary’s murder was at the very start of the novel and then the various characters at the party are further fleshed out after the party.  I could then see why various characters would want to murder Rosemary, but did they and how? I didn’t quite guess the answer to this Agatha Christy mystery as per usual.  I enjoyed that George wanted to solve the mystery of his wife’s murder.  He realized she wasn’t perfect, but he loved her and wanted justice for her. 

This is called a Colonel Race novel.  He is slightly in it but is really a secondary character.

Sparkling Cyanide was the April read for the #ReadChristie2023 challenge.  Poison was the focus for this month, and this was the perfect book for it.

Book Source: E-book purchased from


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