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Spider's Web

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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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 what if
  • 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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  • 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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  • J Gardner Barlow
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ms
  • 07-09-2018

Typical Christie

If you enjoy a classic Christie, then you will enjoy this. Keeps you guessing until the end.

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  • C
  • 25-04-2017

You can tell it was originally a play...

But that doesn't matter. It's really very interesting and I had no idea whodunnit until it was revealed.

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