New York, NY: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1931. [Murder Mystery] FIRST U.S. EDITION. Octavo (20 x 15cm) pp.[xii]; 308. Publisher's orange cloth blocked in black, fore-edge untrimmed, 'red badge' design endpapers, illustrated dust-wrapper priced at $2.00. Contents clean, rear fly with ink ownership, used jacket has some chips and tears, toned to spine and rear, some dampmarking. Remains a presentable copy of an elusive title in jacket. A bleak case, set in Christie's native Devon, against the rugged backdrop of Dartmoor in winter with its looming menace, which adds, as in Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', an extra personality and depth to the proceedings. Published in the UK as The Sittaford Mystery, named after Sittaford 'Tor' (Celtic for rocky peak) where the author penned her first novel 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'. Item #53203
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