An old woman in a nursing home speaks of a child buried behind the fireplace... When Tommy and Tuppence visited an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they thought nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada was a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs Lockett mentioned a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs Lancaster talked about 'something behind the fireplace', Tommy and Tuppence found themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure involving possible black magic! / A new series of Agatha Christie mass market editions, stylishly repackaged based on new market research, and designed to bring the books to a wider readership. / Market research shows that two out of three of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie book, and more than half want to read her again / Major marketing campaign behind these new Agatha Christie editions.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
'The most macabre and eerie Christie I have read for a long time.' Sunday Express 'All beautifully plotted in the way that Mrs Christie is famous for. The title is from Macbeth: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." Wicked indeed!' Best Sellers 'Ladies disappearing from homes of rest, sinister empty houses, hints of gang-leaders mixed with black magic -- mystery at the usual high Christie level.' Evening Standard 'Devised with fiendish ingenuity in the classic Christie cast.' Illustrated London News