First edition of the beloved Poirot mystery, in the scarce original dust jacket.
Very good+ book in a jacket that presents near fine.
"You've simply got everything. Here you are at twenty, your own mistress, with any amount of money, looks, superb health. You've even got brains!"
Christie has cited this multiple-murder mystery as one of her personal favorites, filled with questions that challenge her detective Hercule Poirot. (Miss Marple fans will be aggrieved to learn that Christie had originally planned Marple as the lead.) It stands out for the punchy dialogue and strength of its characters, each a joy to watch in their range of pettiness, snobbery, and varying degrees of innocence. It is also of course known for the memorable setting, based in part upon Christie's own travels to Egypt with her husband, an archaeologist: the classic "locked room" mystery here becomes the "isolated boat on the Nile" mystery. A page-turning, perfectly calibrated puzzle box, and a wonderfully fun read. Very scarce and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Bunson, The Complete Christie; Hubin, Crime Fiction IV.
London: Published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1937. 7.5'' x 5''. Original full orange cloth, black-lettered spine. Original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket designed by Robin Macartney. 4 pages of ads at rear. 284,  pages. Erasure trace of owner initials on title page. Expert restoration to jacket, spine lean, streak of sunning to foot of cloth spine.
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