Friday, March 1, 2024

Agatha Christie Short Stories 2024 - MARCH #AgathaChristieSS24

March is here, I hope you've enjoyed our February stories as much as I did! This month we will read one Tommy and Tuppence, and another with a random detective.


This story was first published by Collins in 1929, as one of the Partners in Crime collection. It's about Una Drake, a capricious Australian, who has challenged her fiance to crack two unimpeachable alibis. Despairing that Una will not marry him if he cannot guess how she managed to be in two places at once, Montgomery-Jones calls on Tommy and Tuppence for help.


This is a story which Agatha Christie had been struggling to publish back then. Originally published in a magazine in 1924, it's titled The Mystery of the Second Cucumber. But when it was then selected in The Listerdale Mystery collection in 1934, the title was changed to Mr Eastwood's Adventure. Later on when it appeared in the US collection The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948), it experienced another title change - the one we use in #AgathaChristieSS24: The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl. So, if you can't find any copy with this title, you could check if the other two might be what you get in your collection!

Strangely though, the story itself is also about a mystery writer's struggles! Struggling with a commission from an editor, Mr Eastwood receives a mysterious phone call summoning to save a woman's life. 

Are you excited? Both sound like fun to me! ;)

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