The Floating Admiral by Agatha ChristieThe Floating Admiral by Agatha Christie

The Floating Admiral

byAgatha Christie

Mass Market Paperback | February 13, 2012

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In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel. In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K. Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'.Eighty years later, this rarity of the mystery genre is republished in hardback so that fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Golden Age detective writing in general can once again try to solve the mystery of who killed Admiral Penistone and sent him drifting down the River Whyn in the vicar's dinghy!The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the bestselling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of World War I, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughou...
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Title:The Floating AdmiralFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7 × 4.38 × 0.79 inPublished:February 13, 2012Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007414463

ISBN - 13:9780007414468

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Read The plot was not catching enough, and it didn't flow as one book, which can be expected since everyone wrote a different chapter. It felt too broad and made the ending broad as well, which is disappointing since one specific solution is what everyone expects.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh i found this book quite boring and hard to follow. I think the author changed to often making it unenjoyable to me. If you are looking for a good book, do not read this one.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun but a bit silly. A good game. The Floating Admiral is the result of a bit of amusement by a number of the leading detective story writers of the early '30s. Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers and others passed-on each succeeding chapter to the writer next on the list in a sort of writing relay without help of either overall outline or goal except that each succeeding chapter must advance the plot without ignoring the details of the preceding chapters. Of course, the final chapter must tie-up all that went before. All the writers are quite talented and the mechanics of the stories are at a high standard. No clue is left behind. But without an agreed-to outline, the story does meander a bit. The ending does tie-up loose ends, but the overall package is bit bulky and not very elegant. As a mystery novel, it is a bit ho-hum. But as a game, it is fun to follow the ingenuity of writers like Agatha Christie or Ronald Knox. A pretty good read.
Date published: 2012-11-16