The Listerdale Mystery

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Down on her luck and living with family in a boarding house, Mrs St Vincent comes across an advert to rent a beautiful house with a benevolent landlord. From The Listerdale Mystery and The Golden Ball and Other Stories.

"They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook."

Times Literary Supplement, on The Listerdale Mystery



About this story

First released

December, 1925 (short story in The Grand Magazine, UK)

Genre

  • Detective

Formats

  • Short Story

Setting

  • House

A house available for rent at a low rate is always suspicious in an Agatha Christie story. When Mrs St Vincent moves herself and her two adult children into such a flat, the son in particular starts to speculate that the missing landlord, apparently in Africa, may turn up dead under the floorboards.

The story was first published in a collection in June 1934, under The Listerdale Mystery. It was not published in the US until the 1971 collection The Golden Ball and Other Stories.

It has never been adapted.

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A house available for rent at a low rate is always suspicious in an Agatha Christie story. When Mrs St Vincent moves herself and her two adult children into such a flat, the son in particular starts to speculate that the missing landlord, apparently in Africa, may turn up dead under the floorboards.

The story was first published in a collection in June 1934, under The Listerdale Mystery. It was not published in the US until the 1971 collection The Golden Ball and Other Stories.

It has never been adapted.



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