2008: 180. The Listerdale Mystery

“Mrs. St Vincent was adding up figures.  Once or twice she sighed, and her hand stole to her aching forehead.  She had always disliked arithmetic.”

~ First line of “The Listerdale Mystery”

The Listerdale Mystery, Agatha Christie

Another short story collection, and another book that was new to me, although I think I’d read a few of the stories before - the short stories are often repeated across a number of different collections, and in my effort to be a completist, I think I’ve been a little repetitive.  Oh well! 

This collection is all stand alones - no Poirot or Marple in sight.  But they are pretty good, especially the title collection, which is a sweet little romance wrapped up in the notion of a mysteriously missing duke.  Other stories include a newlywed’s fear of her ex-fiance, a strange encounter on a train, a retired inspector’s hunt for a murderess (“Accident” a very nicely creepy story).  A very solid collection, and I recommend it highly to fans of short stories, especially those that tend towards the suspenseful.  

Date/Place Completed: 11/13/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Agatha Christie Project

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