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Previously published in the print anthology Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.The patrons and residents of the newly opened guesthouse Monkswell Manor find themselves trapped by a snowstorm and threatened by a psychotic killer. With a finite cast of characters in this "locked room" mystery, it is not long before suspicions are voiced, and, under growing pressure, even newPreviously published in the print anthology Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.The patrons and residents of the newly opened guesthouse Monkswell Manor find themselves trapped by a snowstorm and threatened by a psychotic killer. With a finite cast of characters in this "locked room" mystery, it is not long before suspicions are voiced, and, under growing pressure, even newlyweds Molly and Giles each start to suspect the other of being a killer....

Title : Three Blind Mice: A Short Story
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ISBN : 9780062302151
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Number of Pages : 100 Pages
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Three Blind Mice: A Short Story Reviews

  • Stephanie Anze
    2019-06-08 01:11

    Molly and Giles Davis, a newlywed couple, inherit Monkswell Manor. Though interested in selling the house at first, the Davis decide to turn it into a boarding house instead. Shortly before they are to receive their first guests, a bitter cold and storm decends. Along with the cold, comes a murder. A Mrs. Lyon is murdered and clues suggest that the killer is headed to Monkswell Manor next. Trapped in by a snownstorm, the killer needs to be unmasked before its too late.The "Three Blind Mice" rhyme is the inspiration for this Christie short story. A young couple opens a boarding house, a murder takes place nearby and with a limited amount of suspects, the killer is among them. In this regard, this work reminded me of 'And Then There Were None', where murder(s) take place in a secluded area and the basis of the story is a children's rhyme. I have said this before but I will say it again, I love Agatha Christie. Wether a full length novel or short story, Christie delivers. There was no shorage of red herrings or misdirection in this brief book. The plot builds gradually to reveal a more complex story than initially expected. The characters are given interesting backstories. The reveal was very much satisfying. Fun fact, this book is based on real events.This short story is the basis for 'The Mousetrap', a play that has now been running in West End, London for the past 65 years. Requested by Queen Mary herself (as a gift for her 80th birthday), Christie turned 'Three Blind Mice' into 'The Mousetrap' and in 1952 it showed its first performance. And it does not appear to be stopping its showings anytime soon. It was in one these performance that Christie made her last public appereance, at the age of 84. She died shortly after. I would love to see it live.

  • Kathy Worrellツ
    2019-06-03 00:04

    I kind of suspected who was the murderer in this short novella, but I enjoyed it anyway.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-30 21:06

    I kept trying to figure out who it was and I was so wrong! Loved it!

  • Josh
    2019-06-25 01:59

    Tensely plotted, generally unpredictable, and thoroughly enjoyable. The story and characters definitely feel like a murder mystery rather than something that might actually happen, but that's a minor complaint overall.

  • Lou
    2019-06-05 18:50

    That was pretty funny! I really liked it

  • Jeannette McCalla
    2019-06-08 00:59

    Really fun read!

  • Selah Pike
    2019-06-15 02:03

    I can see why The Mousetrap is the longest running play in history. :)

  • Anne
    2019-06-08 21:52

    There's a reason she's the best.

  • Deepika Ramesh
    2019-06-03 03:00

    This's my third book for #24in48readathon, and my first Agatha Christie. I loved it.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-24 23:07

    First Agatha Christie story, and I did really enjoy it! Falls along quite quickly and I found myself spending the entire time trying to guess the murderer. Each character has their own possible motives and own odd traits that seem to say they are the murderer. I still managed to guess entirely wrong, but it was enjoyable to get to the conclusion. I only hated that the book ends mere paragraphs after the killer is found, but that is the nature of a short story.

  • Timothy Coplin
    2019-06-24 00:54

    "Major Metcalf praised the coffee..."One of Christie's stories themed off of childhood nursery rhymes; this has always been a favorite of mine. Even after reading this several times, over the years, I'm always doubting my memory as accusations fly. Could it be him? No, it must be her. Roughly two hour read that paints a fine picture of humanities motley of personalities in everyday life.

  • Siddharth Chakravarthy
    2019-06-01 22:49

    This is the first time I'm reading Agatha Christie's Book. The story is pretty small and simple when compared to her other books. Of course even the book is titled " Three Blind Mice: A short Story" .It was Simple yet interesting and it kept me wondering about the Murderer throughout the course of the book. The Climax was Great and It surely wont leave you disappointed. I really liked this book and I'm looking forward to read more books by her.

  • Ana
    2019-06-23 22:59

    A short murder mistery with the unforgetful Agatha Christie style.It does take you to the english countryside and to winter days full of snow (which I can only imagine for it doesn't snow where I live). Also, one can find out the culprit if paying attention to the little details in which Christie is master.

  • Tabby
    2019-06-11 03:07

    I wasn't sure how much I would like this story because it didn't feature any of my favorite sleuths, but I never should have doubted. Christie has created wonderfully complex characters in a short time and the twist in the end genuinely surprised me.

  • Annisa Nuraida
    2019-05-26 01:53

    Because of course in the middle of my increasing pile of reading, I cannot not being distracted by Agatha Christie.

  • Angela
    2019-06-08 23:50

    Chose these (that is, Three Blind Mice and The Mousetrap) for the "book that is also a stage play/musical" prompt of the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge. I read the short story Three Blind Mice first, since it was published first and provided the basis for the play. I assumed that the limitations of the format would mean that The Mousetrap was the weaker of the two, but I actually found the play to have more emotion and impact. I don't know that the addition of the Miss Casewell character is necessary, and may be even problematic, but I suspect Christie wanted to balance the male/female ratio a bit. I say problematic because (view spoiler)[it seems a bit far-fetched to me that neither Miss Casewell nor Trotter/Jim would recognize each other immediately, even if they haven't seen each other in many years -- people don't change that much from their early teens to early adulthood. (hide spoiler)] I also think that the play better explains why (view spoiler)[Paravicini is weird -- it's only a brief mention in both works, but I missed it entirely in the short story (I guess I was otherwise caught up in figuring out who the murderer was?). (hide spoiler)] I still think there are some unanswered questions at the end of both -- mainly, why (view spoiler)[didn't "Major Metcalf" (who is actually a policeman) immediately call out Trotter as a fake? Couldn't he have prevented Mrs. Boyle's murder if he'd done so? What would be his reason for delay? (hide spoiler)] I also think this ending would have been a lot more shocking and satisfying for me if I hadn't (view spoiler)[just read Hercule Poirot's Christmas, in which the murderer also turns out to be the police officer -- the only difference here being that Trotter is only posing as a police officer. (hide spoiler)]I'd love to see a performance of this sometime. I love the "snowed in" setting, which was perfectly atmospheric for the very cold weather we're having here lately. And the very last line, wherein (view spoiler)[Molly (weirdly, "Mollie," in the play) realizes her pie is burning and rushes off stage with a cry -- "My pie!" is a delightfully light and comic ending to all the macabre action, as Christopher -- or should I say not-Christopher might say. (hide spoiler)]For readers wanting to choose between the two works, I'd say read The Mousetrap if you absolutely must pick one, but since the time investment needed for both is so marginal, you might as well check out both. It's fun to compare the two, and I do think you pick up things in each that are missing in the other.

  • Bill S.
    2019-06-17 23:55

    She got me. I did not expect that the policeman did it. I was thinking Giles but as in every good mystery, suspicion was cast upon everyone, with the exception of the cop. A well-crafted fun read. I can see why the stage version has been so incredibly popular.

  • Kimi
    2019-06-12 01:05

    I personally found the big reveal a little predictable, but then again who doesn't like guessing the murderer correctly when paying attention to the clues?Very good short story.

  • Pamela Mitchell
    2019-06-01 18:59

    Short story version of the famous play. Not as fleshed out and therefore less fun.

  • Dave H
    2019-06-01 19:46

    A classic set up with everything you could want from a whodunit:1) Old Country House2) Inclement weather making contact with outside world impossible3) Motley cast of English eccentrics (any of whom could be the murderer).Christie writes in a simple manner, effectively building suspense and allowing the reader to suspect the motives of a number of characters. The ending is a little too convenient for my liking, but one has to wrap these things up I suppose.

  • Mónica Cordero Thomson
    2019-06-03 18:51

    Novela muy original de Agatha Christie. Aunque tiene pocos personajes, Agatha logra que pensemos que el asesino sea otra persona. Me ha gustado mucho la ambientación en un paraje aislado y de difícil acceso. También los personajes están muy bien, todos tienen personalidades diferentes y lo que es mejor, un pasado con secretos ocultos,...De lectura muy amena. Muy recomendable.

  • Briana King
    2019-06-16 21:49

    After reading the Audio Play I was left very satisfied. I was very shocked in the outcome, I thought the murder was going to be someone else. I never really read or had interest in a radio play, but this one was very nice. It keeps you interested right from the start. I would recommend this Audio Play to all kids my age.

  • Ezekia
    2019-06-14 21:50

    მშვენივრად გამართო აგათია ბებიას ისტორიამ დღეს მგზავრობისას. სიუჟეტი კლასიკური-რაღაც მიზეზის გამო ადამიანთა ჯგუფი ცალკე, დანარჩენ სამყაროს მოწყვეტილი აღმოჩნდება. იქაა დამნაშავეც, დანაშაულიც, მსხვერპლიც და გამომძიებელიც. მკვლელი ვერ გამოვიცანი (რათქმაუნდა)! მართალია, ეს არაა კრისტის საუკეთესო დეტექტივი, მაგრამ კარგად იკითხება და არც მომაბეზრებლად გრძელია.

  • starry night
    2019-05-31 18:47

    Best Agatha Christie book I've read so far. I'm not a fan of Poirot or Miss Marple and their methods so this was a point in favor since none of them was in this book, add in the fact the story fascinates you until the last page, and being this a short story there are not a lot of names to remember and get confused with, only 5 suspects...

  • Kevin
    2019-05-29 22:00

    The short story "Three Blind Mice," like many other of Agatha Christie's short stories later turned into plays, is the better of the two reads. This story is certainly more believable than the later adaptation into "The Mousetrap," London's longest running play. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. A real classic. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy mysteries.

  • Jennifer Morefield
    2019-06-22 22:00

    I enjoyed this novella by Agatha Christie. It's been a few yrs. since I read a mystery written by her. As good as I remembered. Not my first A. Christie novel and won't be the last. She is the queen of mysteries.

  • Maggie
    2019-06-16 02:58

    Fun, quick & clever little mystery... I had the murderer figured out as soon as we met the character, but it was still fun to see how Christie wrapped it all up. Not sure if a full length book of Christie's would hold my interest enough.

  • Fugu Yenda
    2019-06-01 20:59

    A short story with a group of people trapped in a house, with a murderer among them. The reader can enjoy trying to find out who the murderer is, and may end up being surprised in the end. If you are new to that kind of novels, I recommend this book.

  • Michaela Mason
    2019-06-10 02:10

    More like 3.5, but that's not an option. It was interesting, but too short for me to become emotionally invested the way I did with "And Then There Were None". Guess you run that risk with short stories. Pretty good overall.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-18 01:54

    I loved this story! I never saw it coming, I completely misjudged who the killer was. Which is why I love it. A good mystery should be hard to unravel.