By Agatha Christie

The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the said mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth pass over Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her complete oeuvre of creative whodunits, locked room mysteries, and difficult puzzles to William Morrow Paperbacks. A sterling selection of brief tales that includes Poirot and others, The Golden Ball and different Stories is a riveting compendium of surprising secrets and techniques, dastardly crimes, and very good detection—a exhibit of Dame Agatha at her very best.

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