Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Review - The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie

Title - The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural

Author - Agatha Christie

Publisher - HarperCollins

Pages - 368

Blurb - From the Queen of crime, the first time all of her spookiest and most macabre stories have been collected in one volume. ‘From behind the curtains there still sounded the terrible high long-drawn scream – such a scream as Raoul had never heard. It died away with a horrible kind of gurgle. Then there came the thud of a body falling…’ for lovers of the supernatural and the macabre comes this collection of ghostly and chilling tales from Agatha Christie. Acknowledged the world over as the undisputed queen of crime, in fact she dabbled in her early writing career with mysteries of a more unearthly kind – stories featuring fantastic psychic visions, spectres looming in the shadows, encounters with deities, eerie messages from the other side, even a man who switches bodies with a cat…
This haunting compendium gathers together all of Christian spookiest and most macabre short stories, some featuring her timeless detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Finally together in one volume, it shines a light on the darker side of Agatha Christie, one that she herself relished, identifying ten of them as ‘My own favourite stories written soon after the mysterious affair at styles, some before that’. contains 20 stories.

Review - The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie is a collection of short stories. I was damn excited to read this book but when I picked I was disappointed. The first story itself is not that interesting you can predict what is going to happen in the very next moment.
I can only say that never judge a book by its cover as I did while choosing this book. This book has around 20 stories but only a few of them are good.
You will also see a few familiar faces, as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple make appearances in a few of the stories if you have read Agatha Christie's previous books.
I liked only four stories present in this book which are -  

The Dressmaker's Doll - Stories with dolls are always scary and this is one might be the scariest and most unique of them all.
The Flock of Geryon - Hercule Poirot aids an heiress in bringing down a dangerous religious sect.
The Blue Geranium - The wife of the Kenite the strange case of Sir Arthur Carmichael the call of wings the Red signal
Wireless - An elderly lady hears a message from her long-deceased husband through the newly-installed wireless.

You will also read about haunted houses, mysterious characters. If you want to read some of the stories written by Agatha Christie which have not published before you can pick this collection of short stories to read those.

Thank you, HarperCollins India for the copy.


Cover: 4/5
Blurb: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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About the Author - 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

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