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A Caribbean Mystery - PUBLISHER'S PROOF COPY - Agatha Christie
1964 Proof copy of the UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
Softcover marbled wrappers complete with the original dust jacket
A VG book light scattered tan to edges, a nice solid copy
The book is tight and square, no names or stamps etc

The dustwrapper is unclipped, light tan and minor edge wear, folds associated with fitting round the softcover wraps rather than boards

A very rare item which I've never seen before, a bargain for any Christie or Crime Club collector
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The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie
1942 English hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG++ book in price clipped dust jacket
The book is tight and square, no foxing to pages - a nice copy
No owner names or stamps etc
The dustwrapper has had some very high standard professional restoration to spine ends, tips. This is very shallow indeed and in my opinion was pointless !
The overall effect is lovely though and it's a lovely clean jacket
Priced well below market value and a very attractive copy
A classic title, very collectable and with investment potential as well
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Endless Night - Agatha Christie
1967 UK hardback first edition, first impression, published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG++ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names etc and is tight and square, a really nice clean copy
The jacket no los or tears, clean and tidy
A collector's copy or a great gift for a Christie fan
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One Two Buckle My Shoe - Agatha Christie
1940 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG++ book in price clipped dust jacket
The book is tight and square, very clean contents and cloth - lovely copy
Neat inscription to endpaper
The dustwrapper has no loss ! there is a closed tear to rear panel top near foredge
Still clean and bright with minor rubs to extremities
Priced to sell and an extremely collectable book !

Overall a nice copy
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Third Girl - Agatha Christie
1966 UK hardback 1st edition 1st impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG++ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book is clean and solid, light tan to top edge, no names or stamps etc, a clean copy
The jacket is unclipped, no loss or tears, nice and clean

A first edition collector's copy of a Hercule Poirot book and a fabulous birthday gift or Christmas present for somebody
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The Hollow Written By Agatha Christie
1946 UK hardback first edition, first issue published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc, tight and solid, light scattered tan to edges
The jacket has the ever present lightening of red to spine, shallow chip to spine bottom and light shelf rubs

Overall a solid copy and offered well below retail price
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Agatha Christie

1968 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG++ to near fine book in like unclipped dust jacket
No names or stamps etc, clean cloth - tight and square
The jacket is complete, no loss particularly clean and tidy

A lovely copy of a collectable first edition book that would make a Xmas or bithday 'gift with a difference' for any Christie fan
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The Entire Catalogue of Books - The Queen of Crime's Complete Works
Paperback ~ Reading Copies ~ Bargain Books

Below you'll see every title AC wrote in roughly alphabetical order
These books are all nice solid copies - we sell no rubbish - just read the description for condition state, as they do vary a bit according to age etc.
We are trying to keep a spare copy of each title so when one sells we can add a replacement immediately for the best possible selection.
However, it's not easy to do so if you see a book with £SOLD then we're out of stock - do check back though as stock changes all the time.

All pictures are of the actual book offered - all delivered free remember !
Every book is the original text - non are abridged, film or TV scripts - all as the first editions

The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie
1980 UK paperback later edition, published by Pan in London
A bargain reading copy
Slight paper tan, as ever, light crinkle to some pages
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Hercule Poirot receives a letter from a killer warning him he is to strike and challenging him to stop him, sure enough the killing takes place, soon another victim is announced and so on, by each corpse there lay a copy of the ABC Railway Guide

A great yarn and first published in 1936
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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding - Agatha Christie
1973 UK paperback Fontana later edition, published in London
A solid reading copy
A bit of light shelf rubbing to extremities
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Hercule Poirot looked at the portion of xmas pudding on his plate with a rather curious expression on his face. A result, no doubt, of finding a cryptic note in his bedroom which had read, DON'T EAT NONE OF THE PLUM PUDDING. ONE WHO WISHES YOU WELL

A classic mystery
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After the Funeral
1989 UK softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
Nice and tight - solidly bound, slight lean to spine
Slight paper tan, as ever
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Cora Lansquenet had ever been carefree . . . and her posh family members turned a deaf ear to her comment at her brother Timothy's funeral: ,"He was murdered, wasn't he?" But it came back a day later, when Cora was killed with an axe. But by then the family lawyer had called in Hercule Poirot.

A solid reading copy of a great mystery book
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Appointment with Death - Agatha Christie
1993 UK paperback later edition, published by Harper in London
A solid readers copy
Nice,c clean and tidy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Holidaying in Jerusalem, Poirot overhears Raymond Boynton telling his sister: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Their mother, Mrs. Boynton, is a sadistic tyrant who dominates all the younger members of her family, and who attracts the strong dislike of a group of people outside the immediate family. But when she is found dead, there are only twenty-four hours for Hercule Poirot to solve the case and he has no way of even proving whether it was murder

Overall a solid copy
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At Bertram's Hotel
1976 UK soft cover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A clean copy
One of the trickier titles to find
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Jane Marple takes a holiday in London and wants the perfect hotel, with a little help she ends up at Bertram's, needless to say murder soon follows. A really good read, one of my personal favourites in fact.

A nice book, one of the scarcer paperbacks for some unaccountable reason
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The Big Four
1957 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
Solid and well preserved, little bit of wear etc
Paper tan, as ever, a decent copy with clean covers
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Captain Hastings visits Poirot to find out that Poirot is leaving for America. He has been offered a huge amount of money by the American 'soap king' millionaire Abe Ryland. Poirot inquires if Hastings has ever heard the phrase the Big Four

A solid reading copy
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The Body in the Library
1964 English Fontana paperback later edition published in London
A nice clean copy
Shows sign of age but still solid
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A typically quiet and pleasant day in St. Mary Mead is shattered when a maid finds a body in the library. She alerts retired Colonel Bantry and his wife to the fact there's the body of an unknown woman lying dead in their library. The police are called Colonel Melchett and Inspector Slack get on the case, assisted later by you know who !

A decent copy
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By the Pricking of my Thumbs - Agatha Christie
1976 English paperback, Fontana later edition published in London
Nice and tight - solidly bound
Nice clean copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
In the nursing home where Tommy Beresford's aunt Ada now lives, fellow resident Mrs. Lancaster stirs up worry among those in charge with her bizarre, disjointed ramblings about 'your poor child'

A tidy and solid reading copy of a dark mystery
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Cards on the Table
Not dated UK softcover edition, published by Pan in London
A solid reading copy
Nicer than normally seen
Synopsis - What's this Book About
At an exhibition of snuff boxes, Hercule Poirot meets Mr. Shaitana, a mysterious foreign man who is consistently described as devil-like in appearance and manner. Shaitana jokes with Poirot's visit to the snuff box exhibition, and claims that he has a better "collection" that Poirot would enjoy-individuals who have successfully gotten away with murder.

A solid reading copy
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Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie
1973 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
A nice copy, slight indent mark to front cover
Tight and solid book.
Synopsis - What's this Book About
At the start of the Summer Term at Meadowbank School for Girls, there is no reason for Miss Bulstrode, the popular but aging Headmistress, to believe that the challenges facing her will be more than the occasional irate or inebriated parent. But there is a killer at the school who does not wait long to strike

A decent readers copy and a title I struggle to find
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Crooked House
1990 UK softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A very nice example
Light Paper tan, appears unread
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Three generations of the Anglo-Greek Leonides family live together in a large, seemingly crooked house, under the patriarchy of Aristide. He is an ageing millionaire who originally moved to England from Smyrna and, in the novel, spends his remaining days in the company of his second wife Brenda, fifty years his junior. It leads him to investigate murder !

A classic title
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A Caribbean Mystery - Agatha Christie
1983 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight book, nice and clean
Minor edge tan due to age as usual, clean and bright
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?" So asks a stranger of Miss Jane Marple while she is vacationing on luxurious St. Honore. Before she has a chance to answer, the mystery man vanishes, only to be found dead the following day

An mystery fiction classic !
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The Clocks
1985 UK softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A nice clean copy
Tidy reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Sheila Webb, a typist-for-hire, arrives at her afternoon appointment to find a well-dressed corpse surrounded by six clocks, four of which are stopped at 4:13

A bargain reading copy delivered free in the UK !
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Curtain Poirot's Last Case - Agatha Christie
1977 British paperback edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight and solid - light tan to covers
Minor edge tan due to age as ever and a title I struggle to find
Synopsis - What's this Book About
After a year apart Hercule Poirot, now crippled with arthritis, is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings, who has since become a widower. When they receive a letter from Styles Court, the place where they solved their first murder together, it seems like fate and they readily accept

A great novel taking them full circle right back to the beginning
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Dead Man's Folly
1966 UK softcover later edition, published by Pan in London
A decent reading copy for the enthusiast
A bit of wear to spine, great period artwork
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A murder mystery game planned for Sir George and Lady Stubbs' garden party begins to look like it may have dark and sinister overtones

The Queen of Crime strikes again !
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Death in the Clouds
1982 UK softcover later edition, published by Pan in London
A decent reading copy for the enthusiast
Clean solid and bright, light edge wear
Synopsis - What's this Book About
In the book, Poirot is a passenger on board a flight from Paris to Croydon. Some time before landing, one of the passengers, Madame Giselle — a moneylender — is found dead. Initially, a reaction to a wasp sting is postulated, but Poirot spies the true cause of death: a poison-tipped dart

A real mystery form beginning to end - the perfect detective story
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Death Comes as the End - Agatha Christie
1981 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight and square - great cover artwork
Minor edge tan due to age as always
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The quiet lives of an Egyptian family are disturbed when the father, Imhotep, returns from the North with his new concubine, Nofret, who begins to sow discontent amongst them. Once the deaths begin, fears are aroused of a curse upon the house, but is the killer closer to home?

A baffling read
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Death on the Nile
1974 UK softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A nice solid, tightly bound copy, small number to spine
A little light wear to covers, clean and tidy copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Linnet Doyle and her husband, Simon Doyle are in Egypt for their honeymoon. Simon Doyle was once engaged to Linnet's best friend, Jacqueline De Bellefort. Linnet is found dead and Poirot investigates

An absolute classic in the genre - you've probably seen the film and TV adaptations now read the real thing
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Destination Unknown
1979 UK softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A well read readers copy but still solid
Paper tan, as ever, lean to spine clean and tidy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Hilary Craven, an abandoned woman and grieving mother, is planning suicide in a Moroccan hotel, when she is offered an alternative - take on a dangerous mission instead of taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

I really struggle to find this title for some reason it is much rarer than other titles
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Dumb Witness
1970 UK softcover later edition, published by Pan in London
A solid reading copy of a book first published in 1937 !
Tight and clean, usual tan
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A letter written before by a wealthy woman in Berkshire to Hercule Poirot is too late to save her life, but it puts Poirot on the trail of a murderer

Highly regarded as one of the author's best efforts
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Elephants Can Remember - Agatha Christie
1975 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight and a solid copy
Minor edge tan due to age as always.
Synopsis - What's this Book About
At a literary luncheon, the celebrated author Ariadne Oliver is asked a blunt question by a complete stranger: The question is: did Celia’s mother murder her father, or was it the other way around? Disturbed but curious, Mrs. Oliver enlists Poirot’s help.

A later title in the author's cannon of work
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Endless Night
1972 UK softcover later edition, Fontana, London
A solid copy, mark to front cover
Still tight and a solid reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A young, in love and ambitious couple fall in love with a property, needless to say mystery abounds and they shouldn't go there but . . . Not heeding the locals' warnings, they insist on moving into 'Gipsy's Acre', it leads to tragedy

A particularly nice copy
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Evil Under the Sun
19? UK softback later edition, Fontana, London
A reading copy only with copyright date page missing, no story or text affected
Tight and solid
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Hercule Poirot investigates a murder mystery on an island paradise

A sound readers copy
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Five Little Pigs
1975 British softcover later edition, published by Fontana in London
A solid reading copy, bit of minor edge wear
Slight paper tan, as ever.
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Sixteen years after a woman has been convicted of the murder of her husband, her daughter, Carla Lemarchant, approaches Poirot to investigate the case.

Originally published in 1943
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4.50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie
1961 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Solid binding - great cover art from the film version of Murder She Said with Margaret Rutherford - this is the original book though
This was published to tie-in with the film but it's the original text from the 1957 first edition
Edge tan due to age as usual, shelf wear to covers
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Elspeth McGillicuddy has come down from Scotland to visit her old friend Jane Marple. On the way she sees a woman strangled in a passing train. Only Miss Marple believes her story

A real classic, you've seen the filmed version now read the real thing
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Hallowe'en Party
1972 English softcover edition, published by Fontana in London
A better than normal copy
Clean covers and pages, light age tan
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Whilst getting ready for a Halloween Party, a girl named Joyce Reynolds, told a story about how she once witnessed a murder once, however she only just realised that it was indeed a murder. After the Hallowe'en Party, Joyce was found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

A Poirot mystery
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Hercule Poirot's Christmas
1967 English softcover later edition, published by Pan in London
A nice clean copy ideally suited for a reader
Very solid copy, light rubs to covers
Synopsis - What's this Book About
When multi-millionaire Simeon Lee unexpectedly invites his family to gather at his home for Christmas, the gesture is met with suspicion by many of the guests. the house is full of potential suspects when the game turns deadly.

A seasonal thriller
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Hickory Dickory Dock
1965 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight binding, solid copy, bit of surface rubbing
Minor edge tan due to age as usual.
Synopsis - What's this Book About
An spate of what looks like kleptomania at a student hostel is strange but not the normal case that generates Hercule Poirot's interest. However once he sees the strange list of stolen and damaged items which includes a stethoscope, some lightbulbs, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates he becomes interested and it's not long before the matter becomes a great deal more serious

A decent copy
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The Hollow
1968 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight binding, slight spine lean
Minor edge tan due to age as usual.
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot is upset to have to drink his aperitif outside and even more so at seeing a drama being enacted of a man laying by a pool and a woman with a gun stood over him - only it wasn't a drama . . . Mrs. Oliver enlists Poirot’s help.

A later title in the author's cannon of work
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The Hound of Death - Agatha Christie
1969 UK Fontana paperback later edition
Tight and solid readers book
A decent reading example.
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The Labours of Hercules - Agatha Christie
1969 UK Fontana paperback later edition
Tightly bound, clean and bright
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot talks of retirement but not before his remaining cases take on a classical Greek theme - an ingenious idea for the stories that follow - classic stuff

One of the highlight titles
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The Listerdale Mystery
1958 UK 1st Fontana paperback edition
A solid vintage reading copy
Bit of rubbing and scattered tanning - a scarce title
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A selection of mystery stories, some amusing, a few with a touch of romance, some very deadly! Twelve tantalizing cases!

I realy struggle to obtain this title
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Lord Edgeware Dies
1990 UK Fontana paperback later edition
A nice bright copy
Clean tidy and solid
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot recalls recalls Lord Edgeware smiling and bidding him a fond farewell as he left Edgeware's library, little did he realise that he would be found there the next morning murdered with a knife in the back of his neck !

One of the highlight titles
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The Man in the Brown Suit
1984 USA softcover later edition,
A tight and solid reading copy
Clean, bright and attractive
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The book follows the adventures of Anne Beddingfeld as she gets involved in a world of stolen diamonds, murder in this tale based in Southern Africa

An early classic title first published in 1924, the author's 4th book
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The Mirror Crack'd - Cracked from Side to Side
1967 UK paperback subsequent printing, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, clean and tidy, light rubs
A nice clean copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Miss Marple investigates the murder of Heather Badcock, who consumed a poisoned cocktail apparently meant for American film actress Marina Gregg, Heather's idol.

The original text / story behind all those film and TV adaptations
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Miss Marple's Final Cases
1980 UK paperback subsequent printing, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, clean and tidy, neat name
A decent copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Miss Marple has her final outing and the last book published by the author

Solid and one of the more difficult titles to locate in paperback I find
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The Moving Finger
1979 UK paperback later Fontana edition, published in London
A solid copy, nice and tidy
Clean pages, slight lean
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A blackmail / poison pen classic. Jerry and Joanna Burton, disaffected siblings from London society, take a country house in idyllic Lymstock so that Jerry can rest from injuries received in a wartime plane crash.

First issued in 1942 - a real classic
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Mrs McGinty's Dead
1977 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
A nice clean copy - tight and solid, sticker pull to cover
This is a title I really struggle to find
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot, by now uninterested by the “senseless cruel brutality” of modern day criminal behaviour, pays no heed to the tragic case of Mrs. McGinty, an elderly woman seemingly struck dead by her house guest for £30 that she kept hidden. He does however get involved when i looks like an innocent man could be sent to the gallows

First rate beautifully carfted mystery novel !
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Murder in Mesopotamia
1977 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, usual paper ageing
A solid book
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Set in Iraq you've got the lot, archaeology, spying, intrigue and murder, Poirot and and his old friend, Dr. Reilly, are travelling and get the job of solving the crime

First issued in 1936
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The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
1979 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, light rubbing to edges
A solid example of the first Miss Marple novel
Synopsis - What's this Book About
In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe. Even the local vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk

First issued in 1930 - a milestone in crime fiction
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Murder on the Orient Express
1980 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, slight tan, lean to spine
Minor rubs to edges and tidy reading copy. This is the original book text and NOT a film tie in
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A murder on a moving train with all suspects still aboard - Hercule Poirot investigates

One of the all time classic mystery fiction titles , filmed many times - read the original
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
1976 British paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
A reading copy only, bit of age tanning
Light general wear
Synopsis - What's this Book About
One of the landmarks of detective literature." H.R.F. Keating, Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books

First issued in 1926 - a milestone in crime fiction
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A Murder is Announced
1974 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, clean covers and pages
Light tan, light crease to rear cover
Synopsis - What's this Book About
You are cordially invited to a murder. A personal ad in the newspaper inviting strangers to participate in an evening of murder mystery fun and games at the home of Letitia Blacklock is an invitation that Miss Jane Marple cannot pass up

A solid book
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The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie
1970 English paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tightly bound, bit of ageing etc
A solid reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
When millionaire P.T. Renauld is found stabbed to death on a yet-to-be-finished golf course, Poirot looks no further than the family

A very important early book in the genre and the writer's third book
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Murder is Easy
1974 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Tight and clean, page tan - a reading copy
A solid copy
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Luke Fitzwilliam ends up on the same train's carriage as Miss Pinkerton, a seemingly dotty, but sweet elderly lady, who reminds Luke of his own aunt, talks to him about a series of murders taking place in her hometown of Wychwood-under-Ashe. She says that although the police were baffled, she knew the murderer by a gaze, and sets off to Scotland Yard to identify the murderer

First issued in 1939
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Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie
1983 UK Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
Solid tidy book , nice and clean
A reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Murder, stolen plans, a mysterious death and a menage a trois - four intriguing novellas featuring Hercule Poirot

First issued in 1937
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
2007 UK paperback later edition, published by Harper Collins in London
A lovely unread copy
As new really, much easier to read than vintage editions
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The novel is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, an Essex country manor (also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case). Upon her husband's death, the wealthy widow, Emily Cavendish, inherited a life estate in Styles

The author's first book and the introduction of Hercule Poirot
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The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
1994 UK paperback later edition, published by Collins in London
A very fresh and clean copy,
A lovely edition
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Bound for the Riviera, detective Hercule Poirot has boarded Le Train Bleu, an elegant, leisurely means of travel, free of intrigue. Then he meets Ruth Kettering. The American heiress—bailing out of a doomed marriage—is en route to reconcile with her former lover

First issued in 1928
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The Mysterious Mr Quin
1987 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
A solid reading copy
Clean, tidy and attractive
Synopsis - What's this Book About
This book contains most, but not all, of the adventures of Mr. Satterthwaite and Mr. Quin. Mr. Satterthwaite is an elderly bachelor whom life has passed by - a spectator in other people's lives - but like Miss Marple, he's grown very perceptive

An early classic mystery fiction title
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Nemesis
1976 British later paperback edition, published by Fontana
A nice clean copy - I really struggle to obtain this title
Slight paper tan as usual, small number to spine
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Miss Jane Marple gets a missive from the recently dead Mr Jason Rafiel, a very rich man whom she had encountered whilst on holiday. He posthumously asks her to investigate a murder if she succeeds in solving the crime, she will inherit £20,000.

Surely one of her best efforts - brilliant !
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N or M ? - Agatha Christie
1973 UK paperback later edition, published by Pan in London
Solid and tidy, few light surface creases
A fresh clean reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
This atmospheric story, set during World War Two, finds Tommy and Tuppence doing what they do best - having an adventure

First issued in 1941
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One Two Buckle My Shoe
1956 UK paperback 1st Pan edition, in London
Lean to spine and usual paper tan
A solid vintage reading copy with wonderful period artwork
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A dentist lies murdered at his Harley Street practice! The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand

First issued in 1940
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Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie
1980 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
Attractive bright and clean
Lean to spine
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Evidence that clears the name of a boy sentenced for killing his adopted mother arrives too late to save his life - so who did kill her?

A later book in the author's catalogue
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The Pale Horse
1986 UK Fontana paperback, published in London
Tight and solid binding,
Clean and tidy, a nice copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A Catholic priest takes the confession of a dying woman, but he becomes privy a list of names and a dreadful secret. He feels he has to do something but before he is able . . . he is struck dead in the fog

A superb story
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Parker Pyne Investigates - Agatha Christie
1953 British Penguin paperback 1st edition, published in London
A solid reading copy. Mark to front cover, usuual page tan
A solid vintage copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A highly regarded detective created by the author, Parker Pyne is a series character many wish had been used more often

First published in 1934 and classic Golden Age crime fiction
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Partners in Crime
1958 English first Fontana paperback edition, published in London
Tightly bound, clean covers
A few minor rubs but a nice copy and one of the scarcer titles
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Featuring her detectives Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, first introduced in The Secret Adversary, this book was published first in 1929

An excellent read
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Passenger to Frankfurt
British Fontana softcover later edition, published in London
A nice atractive example
Still clean and bright
Synopsis - What's this Book About
When a bored diplomat is approached in a bleak airport by a lady who believes life to be in mortal peril, the agrees in a moment of weakness to lend her his passport and boarding ticket. This title has a very unusual ending, not as clear as normal !

Unaccountably difficult to find - I really struggle to get this title
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Peril at End House
1982 British Fontana softcover later edition, published in London
A solid readers copy
Some page tanning and shows signs of being read
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot and Hastings are spending a week's holiday in Cornwall when a young woman they meet casually mentions she has had three scrapes just recently, narrowly avoiding death in each case !

One of the more uncommon titles and first published in 1932
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A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie
1984 UK paperback later edition, published by Fontana in London
A nice clean and tidy book
Tight, feels unread
Synopsis - What's this Book About
When the very rich Rex Fortescue dies whilst taking tea, the police are confused. Mr. Fortescue died whilst drinking a cup of tea in his office but the diagnosis was that a poison, from a yew tree no less . His wife was the main suspect in the murder, until she also was murdered - Miss Marple to the rescue

Classic whodunit - No wonder she's sold millions of books and a scarcer title than most
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Poirot's Early Cases - Agatha Christie
1981 British Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A solid example, clean wrappers, light paper tan as ever
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The earliest cases of Hercule Poirot before he became the world famous sleuth

Essential for all HP fans
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Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie
1976 British Pan paperback later impression, published in London
A nice solid book, nice and clean
Tightly bound with straight spine
Synopsis - What's this Book About
These cases it all, Poirot solving a crime 150 miles away, kidnapping, assassination, Scotland Yard classic stories of Poirot and Captain Hastings

Vintage 1924 Golden Age mystery fiction
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Postern of Fate
1976 English Fontana paperback edition, published in London
A reading copy only, rubbed and worn
This is one of the hardest titles to find in my experience
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Now elderly, over 70 in fact, Tommy and Tuppence move to a quiet English country village. the Beresfords are hoping for a peaceful retirement. But, as you'd imagine they won't have, their big old house contains secrets. Who is Mary Jordan?

Great to follow the characters over the years
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Problem at Pollensa Bay written by Agatha Christie
1991 English Fontana first paperback edition, published in London
A nice copy
A solid example
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A collection of short stories by Agatha Christie published in Great Britain only in November 1991. It was not published in the US but all the stories contained had previously been published in vintage US magazines etc. There are two stories with Hercule Poirot, two with Parker Pyne, two with Harley Quin and two gothic tales.

Quality mystery fiction and a title that's very hard to find on the high street
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Sad Cypress
1989 English Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A very nice copy
A solid example
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A very clever book which is set out in 3 parts: firstly from the eyes of the defendant, then Poirot's investigation before the summation - a cracking plot

Quality mystery fiction
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The Secret Adversary
1981 English paperback later edition, published in London
A solid example, very clean and tidy
A bit of age tanning and slight lean
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Based in 1919 London and moving to various other British spots, young couple Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, out of work and money, form the "The Young Adventurers, Ltd." A lot of themes in this book

I really do struggle to get this title. The second book written by The Queen of Crime
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The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
1968 British Pan paperback later edition, published in London
A pleasant copy, usual age tan
A decent readers copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Surete are stumped - until the final murder at Chimneys, the great country house that gives up an staggering secret. First appearance Superintendent Battle and "Bundle" Brent

A classic early title first published in 1925
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Seven Dials Mystery
1958 English Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
Some edge wear and period paper tanning
A decent period reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A man dying in the road but not an accident victim, a letter say 'forget the seven dials business' and seven clocks ticking ominously on the mantlepiece

A crime fiction highlight first released in 1929
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The Sittaford Mystery
1981 English Pan paperback later edition, published in London
A nice clean copy
Light tan, still tight and solid
Synopsis - What's this Book About
The novel marks the author's first use of a bit of supernatural in the plot an dstory line - Captain Trevelyan has been murdered - one knock for yes . . .

One of the author's earlier titles
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Sleeping Murder
1978 English Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A solid copy, tight withusuual paper tan
A solid reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Miss Marple sets about a 'perfext murder' the case has remained unsolved and the murderer undetected for 18 years - a later title but still as fresh as always

The second to last book
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Sparkling Cyanide
1978 UK Pan paperback later edition, published in London
A rather nice example, usual tanning otherwise very nice indeed
No names etc
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A birhtday party ends in tragedy when the guest of honour ends up slumped across the table after drinking champagne, it was laced with cyanide but did she amdinister it herself

First released in 1945
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The Sunningdale Mystery
English paperback later edition, published in London
A solid example, light edge rubs, lean to spine
A decent period reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About


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Taken at the Flood
1977 UK Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A bargain reading copy
Usual edge tan and lean to spine
Synopsis - What's this Book About
After Gordon Cloade dies in a wartime bombing attack without leaving a last will & testament his trophy wife, Rosaleen, inherits his entire fortune, infuriating his relatives, all of whom desperately need the money. So when nasty murder happens, fewe are surprised. However, Rosaleen is not the victim

Classic whodunnit
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Ten Little Niggers ~ Ten Little Indians ~ And then There Were None
1971 English fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A solid copy and one of the scarcer titles
A reading copy, usuual page tan and some light general wear
Synopsis - What's this Book About
10 individuals go to a fabulous house located on Nigger Island just off the coast of Devon. They all seem to have something to hide and soon things begin to go wrong

A very important title in the genre
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They Came to Baghdad
1974 UK Fontana paperback later issue, published in London
A tightly bound copy
Nice and clean
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Flighty but good-hearted Victoria Jones craves love, intrigue, and adventure. She strikes gold in Edward, a handsome and mysterious traveler but all alll ends in mystery, intrigue and of course murder

Top quality stuff
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They Do it with Mirrors
1986 English Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
Bright and clean, nice attractive format
I really have difficulty locating this book and end up paying extra just to try and have it on stock
Synopsis - What's this Book About
In Agatha Christie’s They Do It With Mirrors, Miss Marple meets up with an old school friend, Ruth Van Rydock, she's obviously worrried, there's a mysterious house you can guess the rest but not the ending !

A slightly different story from the norm
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Third Girl
1974 UK Fontana paperback later issue, published in London
A tightly bound solid copy
Clean with great cover artwork by the artist Tom Adams
Synopsis - What's this Book About
Poirot has a dishevelled girl burst in on hime whilst he is breakfasting - she says she may be a murderer !

One of the later titles
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The Thirteen Problems or Miss Marple and the Thirteen Problems
1977 English Pan paperback later edition, published in London
A tight solid book
A nice reading copy
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A real selection here, right across the board but all masterpieces and featuring Jane Marple

First published in 1932 - an early one !
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Three Act Tragedy
1980 UK Fontana paperback later edition, published in London
A reading copy
Some light surface rubs
Synopsis - What's this Book About
A vicar appears to be murdered at a party given by a famous actor - this is a cracking plot

Superbly formulated
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Towards Zero author Agatha Christie
1959 English 1st Fontana paperback edition, published in London
A bargain copy well-suited to a reader
Covers creased, wear to edges, still a solid text block though
Synopsis - What's this Book About
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

First published in 1944
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Why Didn't They Ask Evans
1968 UK 1st Pan paperback edition, published in London
A nice clean copy
Clean covers and tight binding
Synopsis - What's this Book About
When a man plunges down a cliff, two adventurous young friends decide to find his killer! While playing an erratic round of golf, Bobby Jones slices his ball over the edge of a cliff. His ball is lost, but on the rocks below he finds the crumpled body of a dying man

Without out doubt one of her most renowned titles
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Brief Biography
CHRISTIE, (Dame) Agatha wrote as Mary Westmacott. British. Born in Torquay, Devon, 15 September 1890. Educated privately at home; studied singing and piano in Paris. Married 1) Colonel Archibald Christie in 1914 (divorced, 1928), one daughter; 2)the archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930. Served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in a Red Cross Hospital in Torquay during World War I, and worked in the dispensary of University College Hospital, London, during World War II; also assisted her husband on excavations in Iraq and Syria and on the Assyrian cities. President, Detection Club. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, 1954; New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 1955. D.Litt.: University of Exeter, 1961. Fellow, Royal Society of Literature, 1950. C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire), 1956; D.B.E. (Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire), 1971. Died 12 January 1976.

Agatha Christie - The Characters
Miss Jane Marple
When Miss Marple first appeared, in 1930, she was described as a tall old lady with a wrinkled face and china blue eyes. She has changed very little in appearance, though there are indications that she has grown more frail. She should be more than one hundred years of age by now (despite her recent attempts to convince us differently) and she still lives alone. Miss Marple is an unashamed advocate of gossip as a means of obtaining the information she needs to solve her cases. Early in her career, she used bird glasses as a subterfuge for spying on fellow inhabitants of St. Mary Mead. Now she uses more subtle means. Finances have been a problem for Jane Marple, as she has had to live on a small, fixed income, She has always been helped by her nephew, novelist Raymond West. In recent years, as he has gained fame, he has grown more generous to his aunt, even sending her on a vacation. The last Jane Marple mystery, planned for publication after the death of her creator, Agatha Christie, has the announced title of "Sleeping Murder."

Hercule Poirot
Hercule Poirot is five feet four inches tall, has an egg-shaped head generally tilted slightly to the left. His eyes appear green when he is excited. Vanity compels him to squeeze his feet into black patent leather shoes which are too small. His enormous moustache is waxed and twirled into points at the ends. Considering his age, his hair is suspiciously dark. Originally Poirot was a mainstay of the Belgian police and one of the leading detectives on the European continent. He was wounded in the leg during the German invasion of his homeland in 1914. As a refugee in England, he renews his acquaintance with Captain Hastings, who also had been wounded. Poirot is staying with some other Belgian refugees near the mansion at Styles where Hastings is a guest. When murder occurs, Poirot repays English hospitality by agreeing to solve the crime. Deciding to remain in England, he becomes a private inquiry agent in London. He shares a flat with Hastings, who recounts Poirot's adventures. The menage includes two efficient aides: Poirot's valet, Georges, and his secretary, Miss Lemon. In his first appearance, which takes place in approximately 1915, Poirot is described as elderly. It is clear that even if he were only 50 then, he is now well over one hundred years old. Fortunately, time has not dulled the sharp brain which he describes as his "little grey cells." He still insists on "order and method," and deprecates reliance on physical clues alone as a means of solving cases. His energy has seldom flagged and, though he has retired many times (once to raise pumpkins), an interesting case will always bring him back to action. Perhaps it is his tremendous confidence in his own abilities which makes him believe only he can solve the case. Death must come as the end, even to Poirot. Ironically, it finds him at Styles, the scene of his first triumph in England. Though crippled by arthritis (he spends most of his day in a wheel chair) and subject to angina pectoris, Poirot has not lost his mental faculties to the ravages of time. His last case is a splendid achievement, a unique tour-de-force. Poirot, at his death, became the only fictional detective to have his obituary printed on Page One of the New York Times.

Parker Pyne
For 35 years, Parker Pyne compiled statistics in a government office. When he retired, he wanted to employ this experience in a useful, enjoyable way. He placed an advertisement in the Personal column of the daily newspaper which read: "Are You Happy? If Not Consult Parker Pyne ..," In this novel fashion, he enjoys his advanced years, helping to make others happy for fees they can afford. His look of British solidity immediately inspires reassurance in his unhappy clients. He is large, though not quite fat, has a bald head of noble proportions, and a pair of strong glasses that do not conceal his little twinkling eyes. He exudes benevolence, making it easy for one to confide in him.

Agatha Christie Bibliography

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