Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. "Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?" she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent.
Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party (but which ones?), and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.
Spider's Web was written in 1954, specifically for Margaret Lockwood, and opened first at the Theatre Royal Nottingham before moving to the Savoy Theatre in London on 14 December 1954. A film of it was made in 1960, and it is currently under option for a possible feature film within the next two years.
Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne.
"Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while [adapter] Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale." (
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