The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories - Agatha Christie


The Harlequin Tea Set is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by G. P. Putnam's Sons on 14 April 1997. It contains nine short stories each of which involves a separate mystery. With the exception of The Harlequin Tea Set, which was published in the collection Problem at Pollensa Bay, all stories were published in the UK in 1997 in the anthology While the Light Lasts and Other Stories.

The collection of nine stories include:
"The Edge"
"The Actress"
"While the Light Lasts" 20:02
"The House of Dreams"
"The Lonely God" - 30:08
"Manx Gold" - 46:35
"Within a Wall" - 41:40
"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (a Hercule Poirot story)
"The Harlequin Tea Set" (a Harley Quin story)


ISBN 0-399-14287-8
OCLC 35990407
Dewey Decimal 823/.912 21

Publicated by
Putnam, 14 April 1997, Hardcover, 281 pp; ISBN 0-399-14287-8
Berkley Books, 1 December 1998, Paperback; ISBN 0-425-16515-9


The House of Dreams is given here:

John Seagrove, a young city clerk, awakes early one morning in his London bedsit desperately clinging to a dream that has just transformed his life. The next day at dinner at his boss’s house he meets the enigmatic Allegra Kerr. Falling in love with her at first sight John instantly realises this is the overwhelming joy his dream had foreshadowed but could darker forces be at work?

First published in 1926 in The Sovereign Magazine but not in a collection until 1997, this story has a very strong supernatural theme.

It is a reworking of an unpublished story Agatha Christie wrote in her teens, The House of Beauty. She considered the original the first thing she'd written with any promise.

Published also in While the Light Lasts and Other Stories in the US.



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