London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1956. [Detective Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256. Publisher's red cloth titled in black, original printed dust-wrapper priced at 12s 6d. No inscriptions. Text block lightly toned, jacket is exceptionally clean with some trivial wear, one short tear to rear, neat ballpoint 5 shillings next to printed price. Near fine. Ariadne Oliver, the famous crime writer who bears a passing resemblance to Christie, sets up a murder mystery event at a local fete, and invites her old friend Hercule Poirot to visit. Unsurprisingly, the party provokes a real murder. A salutary lesson in Sod's law: if you intend to host a murder mystery party, do not invite real detectives. Item #62279
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