The Sittaford Mystery (Unabridged)
by Agatha Christie
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In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot.
In the depths of an English winter a group of locals get more than expected from a casual use of a Ouigi Board when it spells out the death of, Captain Treveleyan, a respected local. Trevelyan's best friend is the first to discover that the supernatural message is true. But with snow blocking roads the murder appears impossible and baffles the local police.
With more than an occasional nod to Conan-Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles, this is one of Christie's finest novels, even in the absence of Poirot and Marple. Take my word for it, the novel evokes a gothic atmosphere that is best experienced from under the warmth of your snuggest duvet, with the curtains drawn, a mug of Hot Chocolate at hand and brain cells keyed up to work out who has committed this heinous crime.