The Second Gong

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Short Story
  • 1932

A man is found shot. The doors are locked, the windows closed. But how could a dead man shoot himself? A case for Hercule Poirot. From The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories and Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories.

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A classic locked room mystery from Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot must solve the case of a murdered man, found with a gun in a locked room.

First published in 1932 in the UK in Strand Magazine, the story was later expanded into the novella-length Dead Man’s Mirror. It was included in the collection Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories, published in the US in 1948, and Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories, which was released in the UK in 1991.

This version of the story has never been adapted, although the longer Dead Man's Mirror was included as part of the series Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989-2013).

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