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13 of Agatha Christie's short stories, featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Mr. Parker Pyne, and others.
For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy's friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there are no other witnesses, no suspects, and no case -- for there is no corpse, and no one is missing. Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.
Previously published in the print anthology The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories. Visiting the country, retired Inspector Evans meets Mrs. Marrowdene. Could she be the same woman he once suspected of murdering her husband? And what are her plans for her new spouse?
Previously published in the print anthology The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories. Jake Levitt can't believe his luck when, one evening at the theatre, he recognizes the lead actress as Nancy Taylor, a girl he knows a lot about. A story of blackmail and murder ensues
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot's Early Cases. When little Johnnie Waverly is kidnapped, there is only one man his parents trust with the case--the inimitable Hercule Poirot!
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates. When a redheaded stranger gossips to party guests that she has rented an amazing apartment at a bargain rate, Poirot smells a rat.
An English country house at Christmas time, with its crackling log fires and fine food, may seem an incongruous setting for a crime -- but a sinister note left on his pillow tells Hercule Poirot everything is not as it seems. The great detective plays his cards close to his chest -- until the discovery of a young woman lying in the snow, a Kurdish knife in the centre of a crimson stain on her white wrap, spurs Poirot into revealing his hand. Seven cases in which Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple prove conclusively that their powers of detection take the cake...
Previously published in the print anthology Poirots Early Cases. A chef and a bank employee go missing on the same day, leading Hercule Poirot to believe a sinister plot is cooking.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates. A series of deaths around a pharaoh's tomb is blamed on an ancient curse, but Poirot knows better.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates. An Italian count telephones his doctor, screaming, but when help arrives at his hotel room, he is already dead.
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford wait anxiously for a letter from Russia that may contain information of international importance hidden beneath the stamp. The letter is anticipated by more than just the Beresfords, and they must fight to keep the information from getting into the wrong hands.
Movie star Mary Marvell consults with Hercule Poirot after receiving threatening letters that warn her to return her diamond, the famous "Western Star," to its rightful owner. But who does own the diamond, and is it even the genuine article?
Previously published in the print anthology The Thirteen Problems. A beautiful actress tells a mysterious tale, but Miss Marple has her suspicions about the story's truth.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot's Early Cases. A young lord is murdered at a masked ball, and his fiancée dies of a cocaine overdose. Can Poirot find out who the killer is?
While staying with the Kingston Bruce family, Mrs. Hamilton Betts discovers that her valuable pink pearl is missing. Presuming it to have been stolen by another houseguest, the concerned host contacts the Beresfords for help.
Christie began this book in 1950 and finished it 15 years later at age 75. She wrote 68 novels, over 100 short stories, 17 plays, published in 103 languages. This book begins from her early childhood growing up in Victorian era England to living abroad in France and Egypt, returning, marrying Archie Christie, travelling around the world with him, again returning home, meeting Max Malowan, etc. There is a lot about the middle east, various parts of England, France, and other countries. She also talks about how she became a writer and began writing novels as well as outlining when certain books were written and what gave her the ideas for them. It is a fascinating read.
Previously published in the print anthology Partners in Crime. The monogrammed kit bag of the American ambassador to England, Randolph Wilmot, is switched with Senator Ralph Westermans. Wilmot hires Tommy and Tuppence to find out why. When the senators valet shows up at the embassy to exchange the bags, they discover that the senator has never heard of this valet, or of any confusion between kit bags. Who is the valet, and why did he need the bag?
The world's best-selling mystery with over 100 million copies sold! Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die...
Hercule Poirot may be on vacation, but a killer isn't. The victim's a hateful tourist despised even by her own children. For the guests at the resort hotel, sympathies are with the murderer, which means a tough job for the Belgian detective.
When Jane Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's: a restored London hotel with traditional decor, impeccable service -- and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer. Yet not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day ...
Previously published in the print anthology The Mysterious Mr. Quin. When Mr. Satterthwaite's chauffeured car breaks down in isolated Kirklington Mallet, he seeks refuge at the local inn. There he finds only one other guest--the mysterious Mr. Quin. Can they both save Stephen, a local man, from being unjustly sentenced for murder?
Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man's gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure '4' on a piece of paper. Poirot cancels his trip. An investigation is in order. Fortunately, Poirot has the faithful Captain Hastings at his side as he plunges into a conspiracy of international scope -- one that would consolidate power in the deadly cabal known as 'The Big Four.'
Previously published in the print anthology The Mysterious Mr. Quin. While staying with the Keeleys at their country house, Mr. Satterthwaite happens to be in the library while the younger guests are holding a séance. Among the nonsensical messages are two clear ones: "Quin" and "Laidell. " Before long, there is a tragic death in the house, and Satterthwaite, with a little help from Mr. Quin, correctly determines that it wasn't suicide, but murder!
Sir Claud Amory's formula for a powerful new explosive has been stolen, presumably by a member of his large household. Sir Claud assembles his suspects in the library and locks the door, instructing them that the when the lights go out, the formula must be replaced on the table -- and no questions will be asked. But when the lights come on, Sir Claud is dead. Now Hercule Poirot, assisted by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames, and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.
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