Black Coffee

Full Length Play / Dramatic Comedy(Mystery/Thriller) / More than 120 minutes
written in 1930
Alfred Ashley, Nov. 1934
Samuel French, London, Jul. 1952


Hercule Poirot • Tredwell • Lucia Amory • Miss Caroline Amory • Richard Amory • Barbara Amory • Edward Raynor • Dr. Carelli • Sir Claud Amory • Captain Arthur Hastings • Dr. Graham • Inspector Japp • Johnson

Films & TV

Black Coffee, UK, 1931
Film list
Le Coffret de laque, FR, 1932
Film list
Black Coffee, W.Germany, 1973
TV drama list

Black Coffee (Novelize)

adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne, 1997

Sir Claud Amory has discoverd the formula for a new powerful explosive, which is stolen by one of the large household of relatives and friends.
Locking everyone in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula on the table, no questions asked.
When the lights come on, he is dead, and Hercule Poirot - with assistance from Hastings and Inspector Japp - has to unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

UK/US covers


Novelisation by Charles Osborne

Western Europe covers

Black coffee

French index

Le Masque (#2451) 2001

Le Livre de Poche (#14707) 1999

Zwarte koffie

Dutch index

Black coffee

German index

Northern Europe covers

Mörk Brygd

Swedish index

Sort kaffe

Danish index

Hercule Poirot ja salainen kaava

Finnish index

Must kohv

Estonian index

Juoda kava

Lithuanian index

Southern Europe covers

Black Coffee / Un caffè nero per Poirot

Italian index

Café solo

Spanish index

Café preto / Café negro

Portuguese index

Πικρός καφές / Καφές Σκέτος

Greek index

Crna kafa

former Yugoslavia index

Crna kava

former Yugoslavia index

Eastern Europe covers

Černá káva

Czech index


Hungarian index

Черно кафе

Bulgarian index

Czarna kawa

Polish index

Cafeaua Neagra

Romanian index

Черный кофе

Russian index

Middle East & Asian covers

Acı Kahve

Turkish index

Qara Qəhvə

Azerbaijan index

القهوة السوداء / فنجان قهوة

Arabic index

القهوة السوداء

فنجان قهوة

(Marathi) ब्लॅक कॉफी

South Asia index

ব্ল্যাক কফি / কালো কফি

South Asia index

කළු කෝපි

South Asia index


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Japanese index