THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN. [PAN - 284.]
by CHRISTIE**, AGATHA:
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UK,slim 12mo p/back 1st edn thus,by this publisher,5-188pp [paginated] includes XXXVI(36) chapters; plus [unpaginated] half-title,title page with dedication to reverse,and to the rear,3pp publisher's advert.
This appears to be one of his very first commission painting's cover for PAN as,dated 1954,this is the year he went freelance.It also appears to be very SCARCE in this edition as only one internet copy noted so far.
One of Christie's early 'Poirot' detective-stories and possibly a thrilling tale that many 'fans' may not have come across before.
A famous ruby known as 'Heart of Fire',passes into the possession of a beautiful American woman,Ruth Kettering.Jewels have often,through the course of history,been associated with death and violence,and the 'Heart of Fire' excercises its baneful amd mysterious influence on those who come into contact with it.Ruth Kettering is murdered while travelling across France to the Riviera in the Blue Train.And a quiet English girl,Katherine Grey,who has got into conversation with Mrs Kettering,finds that her conviction that nothing exciting would ever happen to her is suddenly proved false.There is another passenger on the train to whom Katherine had spoken casually - a little man with an egg-shaped head and a fierce moustache.His reply to her remarks is curious and unexpected.And when the train arrives at Nice,Hercule Poirot is called on to unravel a most complicated crime.
Samuel John Peffer (known as PEFF),b. 3rd November,1921 – d. 14th March,2014) was a British commercial artist who designed film posters, and paperback book covers.His best known work was for the covers of the paperback James Bond novels published by PAN BOOKS LTD.,in the 1950s and 1960s,for which he created a consistent and distinctive style.He went freelance around 1954.He was noticed by the Pan Books art buyer,Tony Bowen-Davies,and during the 1950s and 1960s,he painted hundreds of book covers,including from 1957,particularly the Fleming novels 'Casino Royale','Moonraker','From Russia with Love' and 'Dr. No.',all for Pan, as well as many Christie novels.
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The Mystery of the Blue Train is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins & Sons on March 29, 1928 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year . The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $2.00. The book features her detective Hercule Poirot.
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- THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN. [PAN - 284.]
- CHRISTIE**, AGATHA:
- Colour cover artwork by John Pollack/PEFF(?).
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- No dw/dj,p/back as issued.
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- UK,slim 12mo p/back 1st edn thus.
- LONDON.PAN BOOKS LTD.,1954.
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