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The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories Paperback – August 7, 2012
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A murder trial takes a diabolical turn when the wife of the accused takes the stand. . . . A woman's sixth sense—and a loaded revolver—signal premonitions of doom. . . . A stranded motorist seeks refuge in a remote mansion and is greeted with a dire warning. . . . Detective Hercule Poirot faces his greatest challenge when his services are enlisted—by the victim—in a bizarre locked-room murder.
From the stunning title story (which inspired the classic film thriller) to the rarest gems in detective fiction, these eleven tales of baffling crime and brilliant deduction showcase Agatha Christie at her dazzling best.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062094440
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062094445
- Lexile measure : 720L
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.61 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The short stories in this collection are:
1. The Witness for the Prosecution ("Traitor's Hands" 31 January 1925)
2. The Red Signal (June 1924)
3. The Fourth Man (December 1925)
4. S.O.S. (February 1926)
5. Wireless (September 1925)
6. The Mystery of the Blue Jar (July 1924)
7. Sing a Song of Sixpence (2 December 1929)
8. Mr. Eastwood's Adventure ("The Mystery of the Second Cucumber" August 1924, then "The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl")
9. Philomel Cottage (November 1924)
10. Accident ("The Uncrossed Path" 22 September 1929)
11. The Second Gong (June-July 1932, expanded to "Dead Man's Mirror" March 1937)
I thought I had read all of her short stories, but most of these were new to me.
This is a collection of her very early short mystery stories, mostly written in the 1920s, and they are all very good. Only one, the last one which was written in the 1930s, features one of her famous detectives, Poirot. Some deal with the supernatural. All are interesting and well written.