London: The Crime Club, by Collins, 1961. [Crime Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256. Publisher's orange cloth with black titles to spine, illustrated dust-jacket priced at 15s. A little spotting to edges of text block, no inscriptions, discreet bookplate, jacket slightly toned. A near fine copy. A masterful 'strange tale' in which 'The Pale Horse' is the name of both the village pub and a secret organisation which kills by black magic. The successful crime writer Ariadne Oliver (an exaggerated version of Christie herself) is called in to unravel the mysterious happenings... This is the final case (and perhaps the best) for Mrs. Oliver, who first appears with Parker Pyne in two short stories, and in seven full-length novels (six of them with the great detective Hercule Poirot). Item #53749
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