‘There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance.’ Published in 1945, Sparkling Cyanide is all about remembrance. It begins with six characters recalling the horrific death of Rosemary Barton, a beautiful but shallow young heiress poisoned by a cyanide-spiked glass of champagne whilst celebrating her birthday at a smart London restaurant. Rosemary haunts all six characters, each of them a suspect, throughout the story – and it’s not until her killer is found and her ghost laid to rest that the group can move on, though they will never forget. With a distinguished cast including Naomi Frederick, Peter Wight and Sean Baker, this wonderfully entertaining production retains the thrill of Agatha Christie’s clever, compulsive story.
Kōtarō Isaka’s thriller Bullet Train is hurtling to British readers after becoming a runaway success in Japan. It is the latest, Jake Kerridge explains, in a long line of crime books set on the sleepers.
Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe and Gertrude Stein hated them. Should you too?