The secret of chimneys is a work of detective fiction by agatha christie first published in the uk by the bodley head in june 1925 and in the us by dodd mead and company later in the same year it introduces the characters of superintendent battle and lady eileen bundle brent. Hatfield house was used as the location for chimneys the old palace as nicknamed was the home of elizabeth the first when she was a young child and today the 7th marquess and marchioness of salisbury call it home. The secret of chimneys is the first christie novel to feature superintendent battle who will over the course of his career be the featured detective in two more mysteries the seven dials mystery and toward zero. Anthony cade the secret of chimneys more about this story the secret of chimneys marks the first appearance of inspector battle and was the last book to be published by bodley head thus fulfilling the terms of agatha christies six book option. Agatha christies the secret of chimneys is one of her earlier works published in 1925 and is the first in her superintendent battle series its a fun romp of a book but i hesitate to actually call it a mystery
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