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Available Agatha Christie Opening Lines
"I've read almost all of her books, but only ten of them in English. This is your standard opening lines quiz, with one catch: Books were not chosen for popularity but merely by availability on my bookshelf... Good luck!"
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"When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part. A man of good family such as he was should have had a decorous mansion set in wide meadows with, perhaps, a running stream and good pasture. But Captain Roger Angmering had only one great love, the sea."
"Appointment with Death"
"Evil Under the Sun"
"Three Act Tragedy" (a.k.a. "Murder in Three Acts")
"Peril at End House"
"In the afternoons it was the custom of Miss Jane Marple to unfold her second newspaper. Two newspapers were delivered at her house every morning. The first one Miss Marple read while sipping her early morning tea, that is, if it was delivered in time. The boy who delivered the papers was notably erratic in his management of time."
"A Murder Is Announced"
"Murder at the Vicarage"
"A Pocket Full of Rye"
"'Why, if it isn't old Jimmy McGrath.'
"Castle's Select Tour, represented by seven depressed-looking females and three perspiring males, looked on with considerable interest. Evidently their Mr. Cade had met an old friend."
"The Secret of Chimneys"
"Murder Is Easy" (a.k.a. "Easy to Kill")
"The Seven Dials Mystery"
"In the heart of West End, there are many quiet pockets, unknown to almost all but taxi drivers who traverse them with expert knowledge, and arrive triumphantly thereby at Park Lane, Berkeley Square or South Audley Street."
"Lord Edgeware Dies" (a.k.a. "Thirteen at Dinner")
"At Bertram's Hotel"
"The Espresso machine behind my shoulder hissed like an angry snake. The noise it made had a sinister, not to say devilish, suggestion about it. Perhaps, I reflected, most of our contemporary noises carry that implication."
"The Big Four"
"By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
"The Pale Horse"
"Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died nearly a year ago...
"Iris Marle was thinking about her sister, Rosemary.
"For nearly a year she had deliberately tried to put the thought of Rosemary away from her. She hadn't wanted to remember.
"It was too painful - too horrible!"
"Sparkling Cyanide" (a.k.a. "Remembered Death")
"The Mystery of the Blue Train"
"Hickory Dickory Dock" (a.k.a. "Hickory Dickory Death")
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
"'Take all this business about Kenya,' said Major Palgrave. 'Lots of chaps gabbing away who know nothing about the place! Now I spent fourteen years of my life there. Some of the best years of my life, too-'"
"Taken at the Flood" (a.k.a. "There Is a Tide...")
"They Came to Baghdad"
"The Man in the Brown Suit"
"A Caribbean Mystery"
"The man behind the desk moved a heavy glass paper weight four inches to the right. His face was not so much thoughtful or abstracted as expressionless. He had the pale complexion that comes from living most of the day in artificial light. This man, you felt, was an indoor man."
"Destination Unknown" (a.k.a. "So Many Steps to Death")
"Cat Among the Pigeons"
"The Body in the Library"
"Bobby Jones teed up his ball, gave a short preliminary waggle, took the club back slowly, then brought it down and through with the rapidity of lightning.
"Did the ball fly down the fairway straight and true, rising as it went and soaring over the bunker to land within an easy mashie shot of the fourteenth green?
"No, it did not. Badly topped, it scudded along the ground and embedded itself in the bunker!"
"Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" (a.k.a. "The Boomerang Clue")
"The ABC Murders" (a.k.a. "The Alphabet Murders")
"One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" (a.k.a. "An Overdose of Death", "The Patriotic Murders")
"The Sittaford Mystery" (a.k.a. "Murder at Hazelmoor")
"'Fasten your seat-belts, please.'
"The diverse passengers in the plane were slow to obey. There was a general feeling that they couldn't possibly be in Geneva yet. The drowsy groaned and yawned. The more than drowsy had to be gently roused by an authoritative stewardess.
"'Your seat-belts, please.'"
"Death in the Clouds" (a.k.a. "Death in the Air")
"Passenger to Frankfurt"
"Postern of Fate"
"Elephants Can Remember"
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