Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in June 1944 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in July of the same year.
The book is the last to feature her recurring character of Superintendent Battle.
Before a murder is committed, events collude and juxtapose in such a fashion as to set up the scene of the crime. Indeed, it is only a matter of time until the clock points towards zero and violent death occurs…
The story begins as Lady Tressilian, an old and humourless woman confined to her bed, invites several guests into her seaside home of Gull’s Point for two weeks at the end of the summer.
However, handsome tennis star Nevile Strange, former ward of Lady Tressilian’s deceased husband, incurs her displeasure by bringing his new wife Kay and his ex Audrey under her roof together, thus causin no end of romantic misunderstandings.