An Agatha Christie Omnibus containing The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder on the Links, Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie 1931 - John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., London - First Omnibus Edition Finely bound first edition of this Poirot omnibus bringing together the first three Poirot publications, the two novels novels The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder on the Links, together with the short story collection Poirot Investigates.

Agatha Christie’s first novel,
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, was the result of a dare from her sister Madge who challenged her to write a story. The story begins when Hastings is sent back to England from the First World War due to injury and is invited to spend his sick leave at the beautiful Styles Court by his old friend John Cavendish. Here, Hastings meets John’s step-mother, Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband, Alfred. Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realise that all is not right. When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned, suspicion falls on the family, and another old friend, Hercule Poirot, is invited to investigate.

In Christie’s second Poirot ‘
The Murder on the Links’, published in 1923, an urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

Poirot Investigates, published in 1924, was Christies third Poirot publication and her first collection of short stories. First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond… then came the ‘suicide’ that was murder… the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat… a suspicious death in a locked gun-room… a million dollar bond robbery… the curse of a pharoah’s tomb… a jewel robbery by the sea… the abduction of a Prime Minister… the disappearance of a banker… a phone call from a dying man… and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!
  Dame Agatha Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (1890 - 1976) - the first of the really distinguished women writers in the field of detective fiction.

Provenance: With gift inscription ‘
To Douglas with all the best from Clement & Daphne’ dated ‘Christmas 1933’.
References: Wagstaff & Poole. Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction 82. Agatha Christie, web.
Octavo (19 x 13 cm). pp. [2] 296; [4] 9-319 [1]; [2] 298, 16 (publisher’s catalogue) [2].
  Recently bound in three-quarter navy calf over matching marbled boards with spine lettered in gilt.   Condition: Fine, one or two spots to pages   Ref: 108850   Price: HK$ 3,500