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" - 36:39
"The Actress" - 8:00
"While the Light Lasts" - 21:10
"The House of Dreams" - 36:37
"The Lonely God" - 31:16
"Manx Gold" - 47:41
"Within a Wall" - 42:46
"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (a Hercule Poirot story) - 89:29 (1:29:29)
"The Harlequin Tea Set" (a Harley Quin story) - 70:59 (1:10:59)

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 Harlequin Tea Set is given here:

Years after their last meeting, Satterthwaite has an unexpected encounter with Mr Quin in the Harlequin Café. Satterthwaite is on his way to visit an old friend when Mr Quin leaves him with a single word ‘Daltonism’. Quin’s reference – to a tendency to colour blindness – may be crucial when Satherthwaite must later try and prevent a brutal murder.

In his memoirs, Sir Max Mallowan, describes his wife’s Mr Quin stories as "detection written in a fanciful vein, touching on the fairy story, a natural product of Agatha’s peculiar imagination"..

This story was first published in book form in the UK collection Winter Crimes #3 in 1971, published by MacMillan. It appeared in the collection Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories in 1991, and in the US in 1997 it was included in The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories.

It has never been adapted.


run time: 70 minutes 59 seconds or
1 hour 10 minutes 59 secounds

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