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In het Balkanstaatje Herzoslowakije is olie gevonden, en daardoor wordt het land plotseling belangrijk. Engelse politici gaan op zoek naar leden van het verdreven Herzoslowaakse koningshuis, naar de memoires van een beroemde politicus en naar een geheimzinnig juweel. Internationale misdadigers proberen zich in de politiek te mengen, en dat betekent chantage, diefstal, moorIn het Balkanstaatje Herzoslowakije is olie gevonden, en daardoor wordt het land plotseling belangrijk. Engelse politici gaan op zoek naar leden van het verdreven Herzoslowaakse koningshuis, naar de memoires van een beroemde politicus en naar een geheimzinnig juweel. Internationale misdadigers proberen zich in de politiek te mengen, en dat betekent chantage, diefstal, moord en avontuur....

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Het mysterieuze manuscript Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-02-23 02:12

    Rather silly at times - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not - The Secret of Chimneys is not one of Agatha Christie's finest works. It is, however, an enjoyable enough read for mystery fans who like a throwback. When a rather dashing young drifter accepts a friend's job on the prospect of quick cash, he gets himself into a deep bit of doo-doo. This murder mystery amongst the upper classes draws in political intrigue at a lord's estate. A random and playfully portrayed cast of characters populate the novel and give it a life that elevates it above the serviceable plot. It was interesting to read a Christie book with a detective other than Poirot. Superintendent Battle does not figure as prominently in the story as Poirot usually does and Battle doesn't have half the charisma of the diminutive Belgian. The aforementioned dashing young drifter does most of the heavy lifting in that regard, and in this way the book reminded me of Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey series, the first book of which came out two years before The Secret of Chimneys. Hm, very suspicious...With all the evidence laid out before us, I would deduce that what we have here is a perfectly fine read and anyone who's already a fan of Christie's will enjoy it, so I should think.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-22 05:04

    Finished it in one day. The amount of suspense and intrigue and the innumerable suspicious foreign characters had me racing through the pages. This was the first Superintendent Battle and he is the epitome of the British stiff upper lip- an impassive mask of a face in the most disastrous situations . The hero Anthony Cade with his nonchalant humor simply steals the show( I was reminded of Bertie Wooster of P.G.Wodehouse.). But the end left me with a tinge of disappointment. I sort of anticipated it. Still a highly enjoyable read and hats off to the Queen of Mysteries

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-02-23 03:14

    I have been re-reading a lot of Agatha Christie over the last couple of years, some have stood the test of time better than others and this is one of the better ones. It would be three and a half stars if possible.In The Secret of Chimneys, Christie once again forsakes her 'traditional' heroes of Poirot and Miss Marple, while it is listed in compilations as 'Inspector Battle #1' Battle himself is not a central character at all, rather he is a foil for the main characters.Chimneys is an ingenious, intricate intrigue of international politics by (Somewhat bumbling) British politicians and (entirely reluctant) English lords, all beautifully described by Christie at her best. Christie gets to use he favourite Balkan country of Herzoslovakia and weave one of her better intrigues.Young Anthony Cade is in Africa, following his chosen life style of random adventuring when an old friend asks him to do a favour: Can he return to England in his place to deliver the memories of a dead man, and blackmail letters to a lady? Of course he can, traveling under his friends name of course.This was very enjoyable, but in some ways it has dated considerably. Modern readers who like reading the fun parts of recent history will enjoy the descriptions of clothes, daily life in an English country manor house and the customs in general. More sensitive modern readers my be a bit aghast at the rampant racism which describes most foreigners as 'dagos', the complete failure to portray an accurate American and the insularity regarding any place that is not England. This book is however published in the 1920's and as such is almost one hundred years old and can easily be regarded as historical fiction.

  • Ritwik
    2019-03-07 05:52

    My first Agatha Christie book.Maybe I am exhilarated at the moment after finishing the book and gave it a four but personally there are a lot of things that bothered me a trifle such as the repeated references to Sherlock Holmes and some racial slurs. The reason might be the mindset of the people during her(Agatha Christie's)days. As expected from her,the twists and the turns in the last 50 pages or so kept me gripping. Her writing style is concise with a plot consisting of interesting characters like Superintendent Battle,Virginia Revel,etc. An enjoyable read throughout. 4/5

  • Damaskcat
    2019-03-03 08:09

    Anthony Cade agrees to undertake a commission for an old friend but he soon finds himself involved in something much more complex and more serious than he expected. A variety of people try to get hold of the manuscript which he is delivering to a London publisher in a variety of ways. But all the plotting and planning leads the various protagonists to a complex denouement at a country house called Chimneys where Superintendent Battle and a man from the French police as well as various other people are set on finding out the truth.I found this quite a confusing narrative and I suspect I'm going to need to read it, or listen to it, again to fully understand the various ramifications of the plot. I do like Superintendent Battle as well as Lady Eileen - also known as Bundle - who appears in later books featuring Battle. It is an enjoyable tale of Ruritanian politics which is having an effect on the international stage and I think you have to read it in the context of the times in which it was written.

  • Dina
    2019-03-05 10:01

    Reference NotesSeries: Superintendent Battle #1 (1925)Narrator: (3rd person)Recurring Character: Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent (Lord Caterham's daughter)Victims:Mr. Giuseppe Manelli (COD: gunshot)Prince Michael Obolovitch of Herzoslovakia (COD: gunshot)Suspects:Mr. James "Jimmy" McGrath (the man who sets everything in motion when he asks his friend Anthony to deliver Herzoslovakia's former Prime Minister Count Stylptitch's memoirs at the firm of publishers in London)Mr. Anthony Cade (Jimmy's friend who seems to have a remarkable knowledge about Herzoslovakia's history and politics)Clement Brent, Marquis of Caterham (owner of Chimneys, the stately home where Prince Michael is murdered)Hon. George Lomax (Lord Caterham's friend who's politically interested in Herzoslovakia) Mrs. Virgina Revel (widow of Mr. Tim Revel, a former English Ambassador to Herzoslovakia)Mr. Bill Eversleigh (Mr. Lomax's secretary who fancies himself in love with Mrs. Revel)Mr. Herman Isaacstein (representative of the all-British syndicate that's interested in prospecting oil in Herzoslovakia)Mr. Hiram Fish (the one guest at Chimneys who doesn't seem to have any connection with Herzoslovakia)Baron Lolopretjzyl (representative of the Loyalist party of Herzoslovakia, interested in restoring the monarchy in his country)Mr. Boris Anchoukoff (Prince Michael's valet)Cap. Andrassy (Prince Michael's equerry)Mlle. Genevieve Brun (Lord Caterham's governess)"King Victor" (notorious French jewel thief who's connected with the disappearance of Herzoslovakia's Crown Jewels)Favorite Quote:“Good Lord, no! What an idea. It’s a woman––it’s always a woman, Battle. I’d do more than be a king for her sake.”“Quite so, sir.”“I’ve arranged it so that the Baron and Isaacstein can’t kick. The one wants a king and the other wants oil. They’ll both get what they want, and I’ve got––oh, Lord, Battle, have you ever been in love?”“I am much attached to Mrs Battle, sir.”“Much attached to Mrs––oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about! It’s entirely different!”Superintended Battle is so stiff and proper, LOL.

  • Blakely
    2019-03-17 08:15

    I was really surprised to see that this review has an average rating of almost 4 stars. I like most Agatha Christie books but when Christie deviates from her standard mysteries into political and international intrigue-type stories she doesn't do it well (see also "They Came to Baghdad" which I actually thought was better than this). The characters are fake and the conspiracies and coincidences are way too fantastic to be believed. At multiple points I considered putting the book down and not finishing it. I prevailed but really wish I hadn't wasted my time.I'll continue reading Christie but will try to avoid these types of books in the future.Props for the name though!

  • Isabella
    2019-02-21 02:02

    Agatha Christie, one of the greatest mystery writers of all time - some would say the greatest - was one author whose works I found too creepy to read when I was a kid. (I have to blame this on my sis; she used to feed me Christie's stories when we were alone in our room at night with the lights turned off etc - and when images of dead bodies and children being murdered while bobbing for apples can be quite traumatising and scar one for life:D)Anyway, when my interest in Agatha Christie was rekindled some time back, I found myself picking up 'The Secret of Chimneys' as a starting point, wondering what I would find inside. I expected lots of crime and dark shadows, villains and knives. I wasn't disappointed.Christie works these elements as only the best storytellers can. What got me hooked though was the addictive narrative, the humourous, witty turn of the tale following Anthony Cade's footsteps as he assumes the identity of a friend to deliver the memoirs of a foreign Count to London publishers.That manuscript... It caused such a stir before it was even published that I felt a bit jealous of the Count:)You see, every political party from the small European nation of Herzoslovakia wants to get their hands on the Count's memoirs, afraid of the secrets that would be revealed by it. As a result, the story becomes a delighfully sinister (yes, I too never thought those two words could ever go together:D) romp through London and then to the English countryside and Chimneys mansion, complete with political intrigue every step of the way.There are attempted (and successful) assasinations, little gibes at Sherlock Holmes (I could almost see a sardonic smile on Agatha Christie's lips as she put those in) and, of course, intriguing personalities that Christie flushes out so very well.The characters in the story are very much what makes the book so interesting, so I won't go into too much detail here for fear of spoiling anyone's experience of it:) Let me just say that Anthony Cade was witty and amusing, Virginia entrancing, and Superintendent Battle became an unexpectedly pleasant surprise of a character (no doubt meant to be yet another dig at detectives with the personalities of Sherlock Holmes). A mention has to go to Chimneys' owner, the ninth Marquis of Caterham. I couldn't help feeling sorry for the beleagured fellow as he reluctantly allows foreign office minister George Lomax to bully him into using Chimneys once again as a base from which to support the cause of British hegemony in Europe.At the end of it all, 'The Secret of Chimneys' was a really addictive book. I just kept turning to the next page, and laughing out loud. That's the best kind of book there is, don't you think?I understand now why Agatha Christie's stories are still in print, and voraciously read, after all this time. They're entertaining, witty and atmospheric; who wouldn't want to read something which packs such an enjoyable punch, especially on a dark and stormy kind of day (or night)...This has been a cool introduction (re-introduction, really) to Christie's writing. I have to say I'm encouraged to read more of her work now, so it's on to 'The Secret Adversary' for me!I hope you enjoyed this short review:)

  • Ana T.
    2019-03-03 04:20

    The Secret of Chimneys is my final entry for the Cozy Mystery Challenge and I’m glad I ended with it because the whole story is just so cosy and a perfect example of the genre. It has a grand ancestral house with secret passages, mysterious deaths, famous thieves, compromising documents, disguised identities and fun characters. I really enjoyed it!Somewhere in Africa, in the 1920s (the book was published in 1925) two friends meet and have a strange conversation about stolen love letters and the memoirs of a famous balkan politician. One of them, Anthony Cade, returns to England intending to give the letters back and see the biography published, however he is visited by a strange man wanting the book and he unexpectedly finds that the letter writer is not what he thought… not to mention that she will involve him in a mysterious death. The Chimneys of the title is the home of the Marquis of Caterham and a favourite place for political reunions much to the current Marquis’ desperation. All the characters will end up there looking for a famous jewel stolen a few years and that is connected with the letters, the biography and the story of a fictional country named Herzoslovakia. When a murder occurs Superintendent Battle is called to Chimneys to investigate all the clues and see if he can not only solve the murder but also unravel the mystery of the stolen jewel. All this in an atmosphere of secret and political intrigue since the happenings may influence Herzoslovakia’s government. The political events mentioned felt very much inspired in what was going on at the Balkans at the time, from the secret society mentioned down to the royal assassination due to a poor choice of a bride and the fragile political balance the governments had.What a lovely story! I spent an afternoon reading it with a cup of tea by my side. It doesn’t get much better than that.Since then I discovered that some of the characters appear in another Christie’s book – Seven Dials Mystery – and now I can’t wait to pick that one up.Grade: 4.5/5

  • Leslie
    2019-03-08 08:01

    I had completely forgotten this first Superintendent Battle mystery. Quite fun with Balkan politics, international jewel thieves, blackmail and possible impostors, not to mention a murder or two!Hugh Fraser does a marvelous narration.

  • Nadja
    2019-03-16 02:12

    Razrešetak misterije zanimljiv, 3.75 zvezdica

  • Obsidian
    2019-02-25 09:04

    I can honestly say that I will probably never re-read this book in the future. It was honestly a trial to get through. The first 50 or so pages made no sense and then things get a bit smoother when Superintendent Battle arrives on the scene. But honestly, he is not even needed in this story since once again another person solves the crimes that are central to this story. I found the ending to be ridiculous and pretty implausible.The central figure in this story is Anthony Cade. When the book begins he runs into his friend James McGrath and agrees to take on two jobs for him. He is to deliver a memoir from the late King of Herzoslovakia (I never want to read that name again). I was honestly baffled why anyone cared about these memoirs, but apparently they are very important. Anthony is also supposed to return some letters to a woman who wrote them.Now besides Anthony, we also get several other characters we need to become familiar with. George Lomax who is a British politician, Lord Caterham, who lives at Chimneys, Virginia Revel, she stays at Chimneys and is related to George, Bill Eversleigh who works for George and also seems to be flirting or something with Virginia and various other people along with Inspector Battle. I can usually keep people straight, but I had a hard time int his book. I didn't understand the character of Anthony or Virginia really. Virginia gets blackmailed, realizes the blackmailer made a mistake, but likes the sensation of it so much she decides to not tell him she's not the woman he's looking for. Anthony comes across Virginia and moments later is helping her deal with a dead body she finds in her home with no questions asked. I mean there were ludicrous moments dancing through this book, but those two are at the top of my list.There are other characters in this one, but they are so underdeveloped I just don't want to get into them at all.I will say that Battle wasn't needed in this book. He didn't do anything and solved nothing. I really didn't care for the writing in this one either. Pretty much what I got from it was that Christie thought that all countries should be ruled since people without having a strong ruler would not be better than what they are. Also the racism that was prevalent at the time pops up in the book too. When a character announces he got married, another character freaks out that he may have married a black woman in Africa. And the man who gets married remarks:"Come, come, it's not so bad as all that, said (redacted) laughing.She's white enough--white all through, bless her." The flow was pretty awful until Battle shows up I thought. Once he arrived, the plot flowed a lot better. But honestly I am still surprised Christie even had Battle in this one. He was not necessary to anything. Anthony keeps going on about how smart Battle is and how afraid of him he was, but really? I didn't get much from Battle besides how his eyes twinkled. Seriously be prepared to read that a lot, Christie loves that word.The ending was so random and I actually just shook my head. I was shocked at the surprise marriage between two people who literally just met. And then a random reveal of identities and I was wishing for a Poirot novel before the end.

  • Beth
    2019-03-01 08:16

    This, on the other hand, I absolutely adore. It's got that Christie oddball strangeness you find in some of her more outlandish books - the plot goes to some weird places - but the tone and atmosphere are so well done, and the personalities are so distinct and funny, that I'm always so entertained when I read this. The mystery is almost irrelevant here. It's the people that matter.

  • E.L.
    2019-03-18 07:16

    One of my favorite Christies ever. Anthony and Virginia alike are the type of people I wish I were friends with in real life; Bundle and Lord Catterham are adorable (so adorable that I'm glad we got to see more of them in the Seven Dials Mystery, along with Bill and Codders); Superintendent Battle is, as always, superb. The mystery itself gets a shade confusing in spots, and Anthony himself admits that much of his involvement in the matter comes about by amazing coincidence, but what does that matter in a Christie novel? It is the tricks and turns of the mystery, the tropes getting turned on their heads, as well as the brilliant characterizations, that keep us coming back to Dame Agatha. In The Secret of Chimneys, we see that at its finest.

  • Sarah ~
    2019-03-07 04:51

    رواية غريبة..لم تعجبني كثيرا.. لم يكن أنطوني كيد يعلم أنه سيتورط بسبب مهمة تصورها تافهة وقام بها من أجل صديق ستجعله محور مؤامرة دولية خطيرة..في هذه الرواية ملوك وملكات ووزاراء وقناصل..وأصحاب ألقاب ..ابتزاز وكثير من الأسرار وبالطبع جرائم قتل .. جو غريب بالنسبة لرواية من تأليف أغاثا ..لم يعجبني هذا الخليط .ما أحبه في روايات أغاثا دائما ..كم هي حقيقية ..كم هي ممكنة ..كم هي بسيطة ومعقدة في ذات الوقت ..تدخل للنفوس وتظهر أسوأ مافيها ..الحبكة جيدة رغم بعض الغموض في الصفحات الأخيرة ..

  • BrokenTune
    2019-02-25 04:58

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  • Barbara
    2019-03-12 04:57

    I enjoyed most of this book. There were some good characters and interesting situations. However, the ending seemed like Agatha had run out of ideas and just wanted to get it over with. I didn't feel like any of the clues led up to the finale. Not her best.

  • Abbey
    2019-02-26 04:01

    BOTTOM LINE: An extremely high-ranking Balkan politician writes a tell-all book to be published when he dies, which he has, recently. It comes to young Anthony to keep this manuscript safe and to deliver it to the publishers at an agreed-upon date, not before, not later. Of course there are many folks out to stop the printing of this outrageously true history of a dark time in an old country. With that as McGuffin, rich'n'exotic characters using false names and with many motives, a huge old house ("one of the Great Houses of Britain"), and enough twists and turns for two novels, this is a perfect delight of its type; all you can do is sit back and enjoy. Set in South Africa and England (London and a famous mansion in the country), and filled with a magnificent Cast of Characters: Handsome young man-with-a-checkered-past Anthony Cade, beauteous and intelligent Virginia Ravel, master thief King Victor, various Balkan aristocrats, multiple nefarious gang-types, a very correct butler, young British aristocrat Bundle Brent and her much put-upon father, dull civil servant young Bill Eversleigh and his exceedingly stuffy boss George, a peculiar French detective, an American ditto, a VIP financier, and Jimmy McGrath, who starts the ball rolling. Brim full of odd folks and even odder happenings, this early Christie makes all the right moves IF you enjoy "that sort of thing". And I do, when it's lightly, and quickly, done, as it is here. This is a superlative example of the form, and one of my favorite Christie books, although it's disparaged by many critics as being "too light". Similar to, but better than, IMO, her later Tommy'n'Tuppence stories (PARTNERS IN CRIME, 1929), CHIMNEYS benefits from being played pretty nearly straight, whereas that particular T&T is firstly farcical and only secondarily thrillerish. Not quite as good as the first T&T story SECRET ADVERSARY, though; seems as though the longer Christie wrote, the more "adorable!" she tried to make the society types seem, alas. CHIMNEYS doesn't have too much of that - although there is a bit it's nicely balanced by a very good, if extravagant (and quite unbelievable) plot. Wonderful escapism.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-03-02 02:51

    The Secret of Chimneys: 05/06/05 The political upheavals of WWI seemed to have inspired a great many popular fiction books in the years before WWII started to gear up. Many of these books take a rather humorous and satirical approach to the machinations of one country to control the flow of events of another country. The Secret of Chimneys is Agatha Christie's contribution to this "genre." Ignoring the romantic ending, The Secret of Chimneys is a political satire that pokes fun at the British Empires history of putting in puppet governments with in countries that would benefit British interests. In this case, it's a post Great War eastern European country that needs a new king. Somehow the Chimneys estate cum hotel holds the secret to who the new king will be. Some of the political parody reminded me of the Marx Brother's film Duck Soup but without the dance numbers. Another book I'd recommend in this "genre" of political intrigue / comedy, is Alias Jane Smith by Clarence Budington Kelland. Like the other Kelland books I've read, it is the story of a person who has been thrust into an unusual situation and a hostile environment and must use his or her own wits and industry to succeed and survive. In this case, the character is a duchess exiled and penniless in New York during WWII. To survive she must become an interior decorator. In the process she stumbles into a blackmailing ring.

  • SpookySoto
    2019-03-22 05:14

    Otro buen libro de Agatha. La historia arranca lenta al principio porque gran parte de la trama gira entorno a la subida al trono de un rey en un país (ficticio) que tiene petróleo, el interes de Inglaterra de que ese rey sea "flexible" a sus intereses y el de un magnate petrolero que, por supuesto, quiere tener la ventaja de ese negocio. Esa parte política de la novela es lo que menos me gustó, aunque sí me parece algo que pasa actualmente donde las potencias y empresarios se aprovechan de países en desarrollo para quitarle sus riquezas.Como dije, al principio (2 o 3 capítulos) es medio lento, pero despues hay un asesinato y ya toma el típico ritmo de las novelas de Agatha.Hay algunas coincidencias que ocurren que la hacen menos creíble o muy conveniente, pero aun asi es una buena novela.Finalmente, conocemos por primera vez al dectective Battle y vemos como Agatha crea a otro gran detective, diferente de Poirot, Marple o los esposos Beresford.

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2019-03-05 06:58

    Real rating: 4.5This was awesome.I loved the characters and the really complex and interesting story;there's also a lot of humor and even sarcastic remarks.The ending is sooo good!I really liked Virginia,she's a bit crazy,isn't she?Those last 20 pages were insane,I had so much fun reading them!But seriously now,this book is really interesting,with royal intrigue,phenomenal main character and great twists-what more can I ask for?Favourite quotes:“I'm the kind of person who marries enthusiastically if they marry at all.” ''There was nothing that bored Lord Caterham more than politics - unless it was politicians. ''

  • Cata
    2019-03-14 01:59

    "O cenário para este crime foi sendo construído aos poucos de forma bastante sólida (como já vem sendo costume), porém (e como elemento diferenciador) existiu uma forte componente política no centro da questão. Mais uma vez reitero que questões políticas são um turn-off para mim, porém o crime foi construído de forma tão sublime e a explicação foi tão credível que acabou por compensar esse aspecto que (para mim) é negativo."http://paginasencadernadas.wordpress....

  • Laura
    2019-03-08 10:17

    From IMDb:An attempt to bring a famed stately home back to its former glory is marred when a visiting Austrian diplomat is shot to death decades after the disappearance of a priceless diamond.A movie was made based on this book and it's available at YouTube, with Julia McKenzie, Ian Weichardt, Laura O'Toole.

  • Tiffy_Reads
    2019-02-24 05:01

    What can I say? I adore Agatha Christie novels and this one was a good story. This is the first Christie novel that I have purchased as an audiobook and I rather enjoyed the story and the narrating was superb. Can't wait to listen to more of her novels.

  • Carmen
    2019-03-17 09:17

    A great Agatha Christie novel. Not as good as Poirot. This is also about a 'hot' man and a spunky girl and lots of excitement, spying, danger, and shady characters. No one is who they appear to be. Very cute and clever.

  • Rita Fernandes
    2019-03-06 08:11

    Adorei o final, havia algumas coisas previsíveis mas a maioria deixou-me de boca aberta. Muito bom ;)

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-22 06:06

    Bettie's Books

  • Stratos
    2019-03-22 04:12

    Από τις καλύτερες ιστορίες της Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Έστω και στα γεράματα μου, εμπλουτίζω τη βιβλιοθήκη με τα βιβλία της.....

  • Annie Hawthorne
    2019-02-19 07:05

    Glorious, good fun.

  • Raylenis
    2019-02-28 06:56

    Definitivamente mi libro favorito de Agatha hasta el momento.