The Unexpected Guest: A Play In Two Acts (2024)

samantha Bookworm-on-rainydays

285 reviews112 followers

December 10, 2018

Well......that was weird...that's all I can think to say at the moment

Jason Koivu

Author7 books1,334 followers

August 19, 2022

Is EVERYONE the murderer in The Unexpected Guest?!

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Heather W

884 reviews12 followers

June 11, 2018

A re-read for me, I love this story. It is fast-paced with a wonderful twist at the end that I solved the first time and remembered about half way through this time. Did I mention I love this story??1 Definitely recommend

Muddle head

74 reviews67 followers

September 3, 2011

A simple, small, no-nonsense story! A man driving in the night through the fog finds himself entrenched in a ditch. So he walks up to the nearest house and walks into a murder scene quite unexpectedly! He finds a cripple of a husband murdered, shot through his head, in the wheel-chair, while the wife is standing in a corner with the gun still in her hand and confessing to the murder. But did she really do that? Is she shielding someone else? Maybe a lover? Or her retarded bro-in-law?
TO those who are thinking of picking this up, u might feel the story is kind of slow in the beginning without any hint of mystery, but then half way through it slowly starts picking up pace and the climax is just too overwhelming!
This is supposedly the only or one of the few Christie novels where the murderer isn't caught or dead!


শাহ্‌ পরাণ

216 reviews51 followers

January 2, 2023


পাঠকের মন নিয়ে লেখিকা রীতিমত খেললেন যেনো। কিছুদূর পর পরই কাহিনী টার্ন নিচ্ছে। এক মুহূর্তের জন্যও বিরক্ত হইনি। ক্রাইম থ্রিলার আপনার পছন্দের জনরা হলে চোখ বন্ধ করে পড়ে ফেলুন।


2,556 reviews559 followers

August 27, 2022

This has some of the nice twists that Agatha Christie is known for with Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

If you like to be surprised then I suggest you skip the review and simply read or listen to the book. If not then....

As I listened to the narration by Hugh Fraser, I thought this would make a great play only to find out it was one. At one point I suspected every character of being guilty and was happy to be wrong in every single case.

Not very many nice characters AT ALL.

For starters, the victim deserved his end like few others. He's a big game hunter, first strike, who was attacked by a tiger or lion and has been confined to a wheel char which has brought out his worst qualities. Worse qualities than shooting wild animals include

Even worse:

Possible suspects:
His wife... bland, a tad stupid and has been having an affair. HP heroine material.

Her lover...a wannabe politician and best friend of the victim that has been cuckolding his best friend.

Victim's mother...all the warmth of Medea.

Victim's little brother...Felt sorry for him until he begins to gambol around the estate waving a gun around and threatening to kill someone...anyone.

The doting secretary...Lies for the victim when he runs over the 6 year old, but lovingly scolds him for it.

All in all a fun listen/read. Like I said it has some of the nice twists you expect to get from Agatha Christie, but it's not so well known that you know the end going in.

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605 reviews532 followers

January 10, 2016

3.5 stars
Interesting start of the story with a murder scene, a stranger walking in on the murder scene, a confession of the crime.
It looks very simple open and shut case, and then the Web of confusion begins.
Very different from the other agatha christie stories.
This was the first one not having a Miss Marple or Poirot solving the crime.
Somehow I was able to guess the plot at 70% of the story even with all the red herrings.


Sunny (ethel cain’s version)

466 reviews247 followers

December 11, 2022

I’m screaming.


443 reviews28 followers

April 20, 2018

I've almost given up on Agatha Christie so many times... but this book renewed my interest in her. This author's strong points are interesting characters, excellent dialogue, mystery and intrigue. Forensics, detective work and science are not her strong points. So when you get a book like this, that is written more from the laymen's perspectives and less from the detective's P.O.V. it's pretty good.

There was one character in this book that I enjoyed. Unfortunately toward the latter part of the book his character just kind of - poof - disappeared. :( It was the poetic sergeant who was so busy composing and reciting poems that he seldom performed his duties as he should have. Fun and interesting to read.

Good plot. Good ending. Recommended.


419 reviews

June 29, 2013

This was a play turned novel. It was an excellent murder mystery. It had me guessing the whole way, and kept my interest. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Christie's books or is new to her world. I would even reread it to see if I could pick up on clues as to who the murderer was.


426 reviews31 followers

December 18, 2019

This is one phenomenal mystery. The reader who wants to solve this one will be taken on a wild ride. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone is lying. The twists and turns leave the reader shocked at the final reveal. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.

elise rose

395 reviews1 follower

August 22, 2019

As soon as the Sergeant started quoting poetry at a murder scene, I knew he was my favorite character. 😂

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123 reviews23 followers

August 19, 2020

****3.25 Stars****

I haven't read an Agatha Christie novel in a while so I needed this one badly, and as usual, it did not disappoint.

The Unexpected Guest is a short play about the murder of Richard Warwick and the potential suspects, which could be any member of his family.

-I've never read a play before, so this was different. But I liked it a lot. It was very nerve-wracking and I felt I was part of the story. I love how Agatha Christie makes simple characters appear intriguing, mysterious, and worth reading about. I call that clever writing because she can write a story out of nothing.

The only thing I didn't like was how short it was. I guess for a play it had to be. But I wanted to know more, to get more in depth and get to know the characters more. I also felt at times that it was similar to her other plots, which made it a bit predictable but enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall, definitely worth reading. It's a play full of mystery, drama, and suspense.

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144 reviews1 follower

October 26, 2022

An excellent who done it mystery from the Queen of mystery. I enjoyed every minute. Recommend to anyone who loves murder mystery classics like me. 🥰


Pauline Reid

391 reviews137 followers

November 28, 2022

Listened to as an audiobook and at the time of choosing I thought it was a short story, being only 58 minutes long, what a surprise to find out that this was made into a play! And what a good one for it! I throughly enjoyed this, it was to the point, very much a detective scene with questions and answers, and suppose if.

Definitely recommend if you are looking for a short audiobook, or I noticed it's only 100 pages in this particular one.

Pauline Reid
New Zealand.

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Nancy Lockett

192 reviews

March 24, 2023

I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie.

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97 reviews

May 29, 2022

I solved this yey!



232 reviews1 follower

July 9, 2022

Not really sure what to say. Good in parts, painfully politically incorrect in others (and this is coming from me who hates PC). I realize this was written a long, long time ago but still. And the ending, the very very end (I kinda guessed the whole reveal) but to leave it like that. WTH?!?!? Generous 3 stars

Adela Cacovean

254 reviews545 followers

April 17, 2012

Avem parte din nou de un roman povestit din prisma celor implicați în această crimă. Totul începe când un bărbat pe nume Starkwedder călătorește în sudul Wales-ului (Țara Galilor) și se blochează cu mașina pe drum, în fața unei case. Cum afară e și ceață, el hotărăște să dea un telefon. Nu răspunde nimeni la ușă, așa că încearcă ușa glasvandului, care e deschisă. Înăuntru e întuneric, dar vede un invalid în scaunul său. Îi explică în ce situație se află, dar niciun răspuns. Așa că aprinde o lumină și observă că… e mort, iar în spatele lui se află o femeie, soția lui, cu un revolver în mână. I-ar părea rău ca o femeie frumoasă și tânără ca ea să fie închisă, mai ales când află de la ea că nimeni nu îl suporta pe bărbat din cauză că se purta urât cu toată lumea, așa că face ca totul să pară o crimă săvârșită de un bărbat al cărui copil fusese călcat de mașină de către cel ucis în urmă cu câțiva ani. Poliția cade în plasă și p*rnește pe urmele bărbatului, dar află că e mort. Starkwedder bănuiește că e ceva putred la mijloc, că nu tânăra doamnă și-a ucis bărbatul, dar nu are de ales și trebuie să o ajute în continuare.

Cel mai bun lucru la acest roman e că nu bănuiești cine e criminalul decât aproape de sfârșit. Apoi ești sigur/ă că știi cine l-a ucis și te răzgândești puțin la o anumită declarație pentru ca apoi să revii la vechile bănuieli și să constați că ai avut dreptate. Iar capitolul final te lasă puțin pe gânduri: chiar așa să fie? ( A se reciti pasajul după ce terminați cartea, care bineînțeles nu aveți nicio șansă să o găsiți în librării. Cel mai probabil o găsiți la anticariat sau la o bibliotecă mai mare, care neapărat să aibă și cărți vechi. )

Sumit Singla

462 reviews195 followers

June 13, 2014

I have to say that this book was good - though I read a novelized version of the play and not the play itself. It is about a dark, rainy night when a man's car breaks down. He seeks help in a house nearby, and realizes that a man who he thought was sleeping is actually dead.

And then begins a roller-coaster ride, which I cannot begin to describe without giving away spoilers.

However, it'll suffice to say that it is a good book, with some interesting twists that I didn't see coming. (Either Ms. Christie is THAT good, or maybe I'm just a dumb detective!)

It's not one of her finest works and lacks the intricate weaving that some of her best works have. But, it's still a fairly decent quick read.

P.S. I'm guessing that it'll be much more 'mysterious' in play format instead.

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102 reviews9 followers

January 20, 2020

Hmm.. not her best (for me, at least). I did not see it coming, yes, but the revelation kind of fell flat for me. I read "Murder on the Orient Express" first, and I found it so well-written and engaging that perhaps I expected highly of the rest of her works. The next on my to-read list is her "And Then There Were None," her bestselling novel. I hope the wheels turn in my favor.

I recommend listening to the audiobook version narrated by Hugh Fraser. His delivery is phenomenal, and honestly what made me power through the story instead of the writing.



52 reviews3 followers

September 10, 2017

I just love Agatha Christies way of writing. Suspensful, original and without the unnecessary drama and violence. She makes it all about the mystery, with a hint of humor. Classic and well worth every second.


226 reviews17 followers

May 5, 2019

One of her best! Somehow I missed reading it in the past. Highly recommend.


39 reviews3 followers

February 24, 2020

I'll always trust Agatha Christie to shock me. I really did not see that ending coming.


Redouan Elkham

31 reviews6 followers

March 8, 2020

It really make one dizzy to guess who committed the crime , Agatha Christie is a real marvelous crime plots maker.


398 reviews1 follower

March 10, 2020

Oh wow. What a great short read with twists and turns!

Sha Fawaz

15 reviews1 follower

September 13, 2020

I always loved Agatha Christie writings. This one for sure would be remembered for long.

A short and fast read, it was multi-layered even with it's simplicity. I really like the seamless mood of this play, I was absorbed by the characters in this one that I really did not care about who the killer is until the end.

None of the characters really discuss their secrets with anyone except with the outsider, the unexpected guest.

Author’s narrative is so convincing that you almost identify the killer but no.

I was completely blown by the plot twist,

I really loved the poetic reference and sergeant and his humorous tone. I knew I was in for a ride from the beginning.

Highly recommended

Panda Incognito

4,091 reviews72 followers

January 16, 2021

I read the novelized version of this play years ago, and was recently very excited to see that my library had copies of the actual play on order. This was a fun surprise, and I enjoyed reading the story in Agatha Christie's original words. I didn't remember the ending, and even though the solution occurred to me as a possibility earlier on, I still didn't fully see it coming!

This is a lot of fun, and I enjoyed reading the story as a play, with the more minimalist details about setting and action. I remember thinking that the novelization dragged on a little bit, and this story definitely works best in its original form. I would love to see this performed someday!

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Scott Whitney

1,109 reviews13 followers

December 26, 2021

I needed an audiobook to keep me away from the Christmas music as I drove back-and-forth to work. This book kept me entertained for quite a few trips during the day. I need to read more of Agatha Christie’s books If they’re as good as this one.

Emmaline Savidge

244 reviews3 followers

November 18, 2022

I enjoyed the twist ending but the pervasive framing of disabled people as violent disturbed monsters ruined it for me. Agatha’s views about marginalized groups really negatively impact her books for me.

The Unexpected Guest: A Play In Two Acts (2024)


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