The Mystery of the Blue Jar

  • Short Story
  • 1924

A young man is plagued by a woman’s voice shouting “Murder!” but no one else can hear. From The Hound of Death and The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories.

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Playing golf early one morning, Jack Harrington hears a cry, “Murder! Help!” from a nearby cottage. He runs up to find a beautiful French girl, Felise, placidly weeding the garden, oblivious to any disturbance. When the Jack ehars the same cries for many days he begins to think he might be mad. But are more sinister forces at work?

The story was first published in book form in the Oldhams Press edition of The Hound of Death in 1933, available only by collecting coupons from a magazine entitled The Passing Show. It didn't appear in a US collection until The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories in 1948. It was adapted for TV in 1982 as part of the series The Agatha Christie Hour.

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