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Agatha Christie
While the Light Lasts

First Published

UK
HarperCollins, London, Aug. 1997
US
Putnam, New York, Apr. 1997 as "The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories"

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

A macabre recurring dream... revenge against a blackmailer... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience... a stolen gemstone... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic... a race against time... a tragic love triangle... a body in a box... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave...

Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.

Link

  1. Official Site: While the Light Lasts
  2. Wikipedia: While the Light Lasts and Other Stories

The House of Dreams

Sovereign Magazine, Jan. 1926

Link

  1. Official Site: The House of Dreams

The Actress

a.k.a. 'A Trap for the Unway'
The Novel Magazine, May. 1923

Link

  1. Official Site: The Actress

The Edge

Pearson's Magazine, Feb. 1927

Link

  1. Official Site: The Edge

Christmas Adventure

* only "While the Light Lasts"
The Sketch, Dec.11 1923
see 'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding'

The Lonely God

Royal Magazine, Jul. 1926

Link

  1. Official Site: The Lonely God

Manx Gold

Daily Dispatch, May. 1930

Link

  1. Official Site: Manx Gold

Within a Wall

Royal Magazine, Oct. 1925

Link

  1. Official Site: Within a Wall

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest

* only "While the Light Lasts"
Strand Magazine, Jan. 1932
The Sketch, Jan. 1932
Ladies Home Journal, Jan. 1932
This story was expanded in 1960 into 'The Mystery of The Spanish Chest'.

Link

  1. Official Site: The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest

The Mystery of The Spanish Chest

* only "The Harlequin Tea Set"
see "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding"

While the Light Lasts

Novel Magazine, Apr. 1924

Link

  1. Official Site: While the Light Lasts

The Harlequin Tea Set

* only "The Harlequin Tea Set"
see "Problem at Pollensa Bay"
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