London: Collins for the Crime Club, 1953. [Crime Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.192. Publisher's orange cloth with black titles to spine, dust-jacket designed by Beytagh, priced at 10/6. No inscriptions. A lightly used copy, jacket with a few short tears, minor discolour and spotting to spine. Near fine. A Hercule Poirot mystery, published as 'Funerals are Fatal' in America. Basis for the 1963 film 'Murder at the Gallop', although Miss Marple replaced Poirot as the sleuth for the big screen. Published 18 May 1953. This it the first edition in book form; an abridged serialisation appeared in John Bull Magazine, 21st March—2nd May 1953. Item #65052
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