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"Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.” —Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad novels
An all-new collection of winter-themed stories from the Queen of Mystery, just in time for the holidays—including the original version of “Christmas Adventure,” never before released in the United States!
There’s a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter . . . It’s the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fire with these wintry whodunits from the legendary Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests. This chilling compendium of short stories—some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple—is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect holiday gift for mystery lovers.
“Agatha Christie [is] the maestro of murder tales.” —People
The dozen stories in this welcome reprint collection, most featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Christie's other series detectives, amply display the author's storytelling gifts. The strongest is a standalone that originated as a radio play, "Three Blind Mice," a variation on her classic And Then There Were None. After Molly Davis inherited Monksford Manor from her aunt, she and her new husband decided to run it as a guesthouse. But after they and their four guests become snowbound during a blizzard, the Davises learn that someone in their home is a killer seeking revenge for an old wrong. Poirot recounts one of his rare failures in "The Chocolate Box," in which his deductions lead him astray, and he also fails to get his quarry in "The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge." Miss Marple demonstrates her belief that tittle-tattle can be a valuable tool in investigating murder in "A Christmas Tragedy." While none of these tales could be ranked with the prolific writer's best work, they provide a sample of her skill at hiding clues. Both fans and newcomers looking for suspenseful escapism will be pleasantly diverted.