London: Published for The Crime Club by Collins, 1961. [Crime Mystery] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256. Publisher's red cloth with black titles to spine, illustrated dust-jacket without a printed price (intended for export). Contents clean, discreet ownership beneath flap, dust-jacket with some chips and tears. Very good. 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 #56930
Wagstaff and Poole [p.213]. See also Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction.
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