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Agatha Christie
Sparkling Cyanide

First Published

Collins, London, Dec. 1945
Daily Express, Jul.9-28 1945
Dodd Mead, New York, Feb. 1945 as "Remembered Death"
The Saturday Evening Post, Jul.15-Sep.2 1944


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary - in solemn memory of Rosemary Barton who died at the same table exactly one year previously.

No one present on that fateful night would ever forget the woman's face, contorted beyond recognition - or what they remembered about her astonishing life.


BOOK 1: Rosemary
1. Iris Marle
2. Ruth Lessing
3. Anthony Browne
4. Stephen Farraday
5. Alexandra Farraday
6. George Barton
BOOK 2: All Saints' Day
BOOK 3: Iris


George Barton, Rosemary Barton, Patricia Brce-Woodworth, Anthony Browne, Charles, Lucilla Drake, Victor Drake, Lady Alexandra Catherine Farraday, Stephen Farraday, Chief Inspector Kemp, Lady Victoria Kidderminster, Lord William, the Earl of Kidderminster, Ruth Lessing, Iris Marle, Colonel Johnny Races, Chloe Elizabeth West, General Lord Woodworth

Movie & TV

Sparkling Cyanide, 1983 (USA/TV)
director Robert M. Lewis
writer Sue Grafton, Steve Humphrey, Robert M. Young
cast Anthony Andrews(Tony Browne), Deborah Raffin(Iris Marle), Josef Sommer(George Barton), Christine Belford(Rosemary Barton), Pamela Bellwood(Ruth Lessing), Nancy Marchand(Lucilla Drake), Michael Woods(Victor Drake), David Huffman(Stephen Farraday), Anne Rogers(Sandra Farraday)
Sparkling Cyanide, 2003 (UK/TV)
director Tristram Powell
writer Laura Lamson
cast Kenneth Cranham(George Barton), Rachel Shelley(Rosemary Barton), Lia Williams(Ruth Lessing), Justin Pierre(Carl 'Fizz' Fitzgerald), Richard Clifford(Maitre D'), Susan Hampshire(Lucilla Drake), Chloe Howman(Iris Marle), Clare Holman(Alexandra Farraday), James Wilby(Stephen Farraday), Joseph Scatley(Sam Knight), Pauline Collins(Dr. Catherine Kendall), Oliver Ford Davies(Col. Geoffrey Reece), Ruth Platt(Rebecca Knight), Jack Fortune(Phillip McCain), Jonathan Firth(Mark Drake)
Meurtre au champagne, 2013
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie (Saison 2)
director Éric Woreth
writer Sylvie Simon
cast Samuel Labarthe, Blandine Bellavoir, Élodie Frenck, Dominique Thomas, Éric Beauchamp, Éodie Navarre, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Claude Perron, Antoine Oppenheim, Luis Inacio, Hélène Médigue, Alexis Michalik


  1. Official Site: Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Wikipedia: Sparkling Cyanide
  3. IMDb: Sparkling Cyanide (1983)
  4. IMDb: Sparkling Cyanide (2003)
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