The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories - Agatha Christie 1939 - Dodd, New York - First Edition A fine first edition of this collection of nine stories which was published exclusively in the United States. The stories feature, with one exception, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple or Parker Pyne. Included is the dust jacket, which although lacking the spine still has the lovely illustrated front panel.

‘There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes.’
  - The Regatta Mystery has Mr Parker Pyne catch a diamond thief during regatta festivities at Dartmouth harbour.
- The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest concerns how a dead body found its way into the titular chest in the midst of a dance party. Arthur Hastings chronicles Hercule Poirot's unraveling of the mystery.
- How Does Your Garden Grow? is a line from the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary", which Poirot is reminded of when visiting a country house with a beautifully maintained garden whose mistress has just died — after writing a cryptic letter requesting his help.
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The Problem at Pollensa Bay concerns a mother's dislike for her son's fiancee. The problem is solved (non-violently) by fellow vacationer Parker Pyne.
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Yellow Iris, Poirot follows an anonymous phone call to a restaurant table laden with the favourite flower of a woman who died mysteriously four years before. This story was expanded and made into the full-length mystery Sparkling Cyanide, featuring Colonel Race instead of Poirot.
- Miss Marple Tells a Story is written in the first person by the elderly sleuth, who recalls solving (without leaving her own chair) a seemingly impossible murder.
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The Dream, an eccentric millionaire tells Poirot of a troubling dream in which he kills himself - and is found dead a week later.
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In a Glass Darkly is the only story in the collection not to feature one of Christie's detectives (it is told by an anonymous narrator), and the only one to invoke the supernatural. Its title alludes to the phrase "Through a glass darkly", used by the Apostle Paul to describe how we currently view the world.
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Problem at Sea, a rich woman is found dead in her cabin on a luxury ship off the shore of Alexandria. The story concludes with Poirot saying: "I do not approve of murder."

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction 82-89. Web AgathaChristie.com; agathachristie.fandom.com; agathachristie.web.

Octavo (book size 20.3x14.4cm), pp. [6] 229 [5]. In publisher's orange cloth, spine and front lettered in black, top edge tinted orange, fore-edge untrimmed, others trimmed, cream endpapers illustrated in red with publisher’s ‘Red Badge Detective’ logo and lightening bolts. Dust jacket with most of spine missing, priced ‘$2.00 to upper corner of front flap, all corners with publisher’s decorative trim.
  Condition: Fine, a hint of wear to spine ends, with dust jacket lacking the majority of spine.   Ref: 110202   Price: HK$ 2,300