Publisher: Originally published by Odhams Press in 1933 in the UK. Published in the US by HarperCollins in 1964.
This is a book of twelve short stories all written in the 1920’s and published in magazines in England. What is unique about these stories is that none of them are detective stories. Rather they cover tales of ghosts, seances, haunted houses, and other supernatural occurrences.
Why I Read The Book: I’m determined to read all of Agatha Christie’s books in order of their publication date.
What I Liked:
There was only one story I liked. It’s the exception to the whole collection and doesn’t really fit. It’s Witness For The Prosecution. It’s the story of a man accused of murder. His attorney believes in his innocence but his wife, his only alibi, refuses to back up her husband. It’s a good story and was later turned into a play and then a movie. I’ll be reviewing that later when I get into books written in the late 1940s.
What I Didn’t Like:
I really don’t like all the otherworldly stuff and especially not in an Agatha Christie book. If she were alive, I’d tell Ms. Christie to go back to writing good mysteries that involve people that are normal, well, you know, like the ones that kill people. I have a hunch that Ms. Christie liked the weird stuff. This is the second book I’ve read so far that featured seances. (The first was The Sittaford Mystery.) I think she must have participated in quite a few.
My Rating: C-
No. If you are new to Agatha Christie, don’t start with these stories. Start with Murder At The Vicarage or Murder On The Orient Express. Now if you are a lover of eerie stories, then you might like this collection.
I read this book as part of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. For more information, click on the button below.
Check your local library for a copy of this book. It’s also available at Amazon.