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.
Dewey Decimal 823/.912 21
Putnam, 14 April 1997, Hardcover, 281 pp; ISBN 0-399-14287-8
Berkley Books, 1 December 1998, Paperback; ISBN 0-425-16515-9
Within a Wall
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Alan Everard, a successful modernist painter, is married to the beautiful society girl Isobel Loring who eagerly promotes her husband’s work.
At one of her tea parties, to which she invites the London art critics, she unveils her husband’s latest masterpiece, a portrait of herself but Alan realises the picture is lifeless.
However a sketch he has done of his daughter's godmother, Jane Haworth, is full of life and honesty.
Alan soon discovers that the real contribution Jane has made to their life is not just her artistic judgement.
This story uses one of the common themes in Agatha Christie’s work – the eternal triangle.
Although a commonplace theme for many authors, Christie manages to use this motif as one of her strategies of deception, tricking readers into misdirecting their sympathy, (and suspicions) by playing on their expectations, as she does in novels such as Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun.
Published also in While the Light Lasts and Other Stories in the US.
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