60 years of The Mousetrap

By Jane Clifton In Theatre

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24th November, 2012
Agatha Christie didn’t actually invent the murder mystery genre, but she may as well have done. No one before her had brought homicide so insidiously yet vividly into the sanctity of people’s homes. A vase of waxed flowers ever so slightly moved, a torn fragment of newsprint in an old suitcase, a picked rose, a terrier’s favourite tennis ball, a pot of salmon sandwich paste – the menace in Christie’s books could be coiled and lurking in the most quotidian of domestic objects. The stories may have become clichéd, been routinely derided by literary arbiters and massively superseded ...

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