A facsimile first edition hardback of the Poirot book, introducing Ariadne Oliver in Christie's exemplary 'murder in a locked room' scenario. / Market research shows that two out of three of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie book, and more than half want to read her again / Follows the popular and acclaimed Miss Marple first edition facsimile series in 2005/6. / Very collectable and affordable at GBP10.00 each. (The successful Ian Fleming/James Bond facsimile editions were GBP25.00 each.) / Sports the original pre-war first edition jacket and offset from a genuine first edition, preserving all the original details. / Genuine first editions of these books can fetch up to GBP30,000, making these highly collectable for fans who will never be able to obtain true first editions.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
In this 1936 Hercule Poirot title, the Belgian detective is present when the enigmatic Mr. Shaitana is murdered, and the possible motives are even more numerous than usual. Narrator Hugh Fraser, who plays Captain Hastings on the TV adaptations of the Poirot series, pauses at just the right moments, also providing varied pronunciations to reveal the characters' class differences and prejudices. Among the best of the Poirot mysteries; highly recommended for popular collections.--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.