REVIEW: The Mousetrap keeps you guessing until the end

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Apart from more than 60 detective novels, the ‘Queen of Crime,’ Agatha Christie also wrote 19 plays.

Fans would say that her 1952 foray, The Mousetrap is not one of her best, but there’s no denying that it is a world record-breaker in the history of theatre with more than 26,000 performances in London over the past six decades.

Starring Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders and Doc Marten) as Mrs Boyle, a middle-aged, quarrelsome woman - one of five guests who book into Monkswell Manor Guest House on the outskirts of London, shortly before a snowstorm cuts them off.

The new owners, Mollie and Giles Ralston (Anna Andresen and Nick Barclay) try to make their guests at home, but fault-finding Mrs Boyle soon finds herself checking out before time when she is strangled.

Is it something to do with the discovery that she was a former magistrate who some years ago had, unwittingly, sent three abused children to be fostered with a cruel couple at their farm?

But is Mrs Boyle really dead? Or is her demise part of a more cunning plan devised by the remaining guests and their hosts?

As per usual Ms Christie makes each character seem a suspect in a show that keeps you guessing until the end.

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