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Publisher's Summary

Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. "Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?" she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.

Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party (but which ones?), and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.

Spider's Web was written in 1954, specifically for Margaret Lockwood, and opened first at the Theatre Royal Nottingham before moving to the Savoy Theatre in London on 14 December 1954. A film of it was made in 1960, and it is currently under option for a possible feature film within the next two years.

Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne.

©2000 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Critic Reviews

"Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while [adapter] Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Rev. Kate
  • 13-06-2019

Excellent and hilarious...

Loved it 💕
Fabulous story!
Wonderful narrative!
Very very funny!
It was truly enjoyable, and interesting. It will keep you guessing and make you laugh while you are doing it!

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  • Anniebligh
  • 08-04-2013

Encore! Encore!


This stage play adapted to a story by Charles Osborne is great fun.

Hugh Fraser reads well.

It would be great to hear this as a play with full cast. Better still, to sit in a theatre to watch perhaps.
None the less, it did come alive with Hugh Fraser reading. I could see the stage sets. the costumes and the action.

I wonder if Agatha Christie was a much better playwrighter than novelist.

I wonder too if we will ever get to hear her "Mousetrap" or perhaps that will always mean a trip to London!
If you enjoy Agatha Christie at all, this is worth the dollars or a credit.

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  • Jaye
  • 02-05-2015

Spiders Web

Agatha Christie did it again. I hadn't heard of this book either but I took a chance on it.
Hugh Fraser narrated it very well al and you could actually picture the scenes.
The book was enjoyable and intriguing with different possible outcomes. I have throughly enjoyed listening to it and I cannot wait to start another one.

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  • Vanessa
  • 18-03-2017

fab story

It was so good i went and saw the stage play at the mill in sonning

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2019

Spider's Web

Excellent narration by Hugh Fraser as always. Plot keeps you constantly guessing and wishing you'd paid more attention to tiny details - fabulous!

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  • Fred
  • 30-04-2016

Spider's Web

Hugh Fraser as brilliant as always. A good tale, undertones of another book (as well as a variation on a previous Agatha Christie) but still very easy to read (listen!) and lots of twists and turns. Enjoyable listening, very nice read.

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  • Caronne Hope
  • 28-05-2020

What a twisted web we weave

I don't why there were negative comments about this book, I throughly enjoyed it.

I did a bit of research on the title as I've never heard if it before. Turns out it was written for Margaret Lockwood an Actress for Theatre 1950.
So must of been a great stage play as there's a lot of "doors" that kept being mentioned.
It was made into a Movie in 1960 and then a remake for TV with Penelope Keith as main character Clarrisa.

Hugh Fraser character voices made it come to life as usual and I didn't find it rushed at the end.

Please give it a go.

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  • Richie 48
  • 31-05-2019

classic farce with a twist

started out like an onstage comedy farce but got better and better. the ending was just brilliant. delightful yarn

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  • markfromlodz
  • 26-04-2021

What a let down. Returned after half an hour.

I went into this with high hopes. An "undiscovered" Christie story. Read by Hugh Fraser. It sounded like a marriage made in heaven. No. Quite the opposite.

The first problem is that this wasn't written by Agatha Christie. Yes, she wrote the story for the play, but this is a novelisation of the play, and that's exactly what it feels like. In fact, it feels like you're listening to someone describe a scene. It in no way feels like a novel. The second problem is Hugh Fraser. He tries, but he falls short. I must have lost focus temporarily because I seemed to be listening to a man with a booming voice when it should have been an overbearing woman. But after rewinding, it turns out that this is Hugh attempting to do an overbearing woman. Awful. Really wide of the mark. And generally, his delivery is pedestrian. You'd think, as an actor, he'd be able to act the parts better. Then again, I can't think what else I've seen him in apart from Poirot, so maybe acting isn't his forte.

I didn't even make it to the end of chapter 1 before returning it.

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  • kat
  • 20-05-2020

Brilliant

This is a brilliant agatha christie story, a bit different to the majority, and it really keeps you guessing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-2020

Good Quick Whodunnit

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was performed really well. However the story did end rather abruptly and the result was a little too obscure.
An additional problem was that the “tape” seemed to be running fast which meant that poor Hugh Frazer sounded like he was in a terrible rush to finish!

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  • BEE
  • 05-05-2020

Excellent!

Full of unexpected twists and turns, brilliantly read - totally delightful and enjoyable. Highly recommended by BEE.

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