The Affair at the Victory Ball

Short Story

First published: 1951

A Hercule Poirot story


The Affair at the Victory Ball

The Affair at the Victory Ball

At a costume ball, young Lord Cronshaw is murdered, and his fiance, Coco, dies of a cocaine overdose. From Poirot’s Early Cases and The Under Dog and Other Stories.

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Agatha Christie’s first published short story, here she collects many of her favourite themes; the arrogant omniscience of her detective, a murder in a country house, and the characters of the Commedia dell’ Arte.

It first appeared in book form the US collection The Under Dog and Other Stories in 1951. It was not until 1974 that the story featured in a UK collection, Poirot’s Early Cases.

Adapted as part of the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1991 and starred David Suchet in the title role. He was accompanied by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Felicity Lemon (Pauline Moran) in many of the cases, regardless of whether or not they appeared in the original text.

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