Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

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Three Blind Mice and Other Stories
Three Blind Mice US First Edition Cover 1950.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration of the first US edition
Author Agatha Christie
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre Detective fiction
short stories
Publisher Dodd, Mead and Company
Publication date
1950
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages250
Preceded by A Murder Is Announced  
Followed by They Came to Baghdad  

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1950. [1] The first edition retailed at $2.50. [1]

Agatha Christie 20th-century English mystery and detective writer

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

Contents

The later collections The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960), Poirot's Early Cases (1974), Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (1979), and Problem at Pollensa Bay (1992) reprint between them all the stories in this collection except the title story Three Blind Mice – which is an alternate version of the play The Mousetrap , and the only Christie short story not published in the UK. [ citation needed ]

<i>The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding</i> short story collection by Agatha Christie

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a Selection of Entrées is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 24 October 1960. It is the only Christie first edition published in the UK that contains stories with both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, the writer's two most famous detectives. It retailed in the UK for twelve shillings and sixpence (12/6) and comprises six cases. It was not published in the US although the stories it contains were published in other volumes there.

<i>Poirots Early Cases</i> book

Poirot's Early Cases is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club in September 1974. The book retailed at £2.25. Although the stories contained within the volume had all appeared in previous US collections, the book also appeared there later in 1974 under the slightly different title of Hercule Poirot's Early Cases in an edition retailing at $6.95.

<i>Miss Marples Final Cases and Two Other Stories</i> book

Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club in October 1979 retailing at £4.50. It was the last Christie book to be published under the Collins Crime Club imprint although HarperCollins continue to be the writer's UK publishers.

List of stories

<i>Three Blind Mice</i> (radio play and short story) 1985 play written by Agatha Christie

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Publication history

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First publication of stories in the US

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For first publications in the UK, see the applicable UK collections referenced above.

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References

  1. 1 2 American Tribute to Agatha Christie
  2. This first publication of Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Dodd, Mead & Company is sometimes misidentified as being from 1948 because the publication year is not stated in the book and the copyright page shows the years of the original copyrights for the included stories with the last story (Three Blind Mice) copyrighted 1948. But the list of other Christie books promoted in this edition includes Crooked House which was first published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1949.