A Deadly Affair: Unexpected Love Stories from the Queen of Mystery (Paperback)
“[We] can’t get enough of Christie’s plush and murderous thrills.” —Entertainment Weekly
From the Queen of Mystery—this all-new collection of stories about love gone horribly wrong will get your heart racing.
Love can propel us to our greatest heights . . . and darkest depths. In this new compendium of Agatha Christie short stories, witness the dark side of love—crimes of passion, games of the heart, and deadly deceits. This pulse-pounding compendium features beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, master of charades Parker Pyne, the enigmatic Harley Quin, and the adventurous Tommy and Tuppence, all at the ready to solve tantalizing mysteries.
In “The Face of Helen,” a night at the Royal Opera could reach a fatal crescendo for a woman caught in a dicey love triangle; “Finessing the King” delivers a curious ad in the personals that could mask sinister intentions; who’s in danger of getting stung in “Wasps’ Nest” depends on rounding up suspects and solving a murder—before it even happens. These are just a few of the tales in this collection featuring essential reading that Christie fans old and new will simply love to death.
About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.
“If you’re thinking murder on Valentine’s Day, ask Cupid for a copy of A Deadly Affair. This new paperback collects 14 of Christie’s short stories. You’ll find it in the library by the candlestick." — Ron Charles, Washington Post
“Agatha Christie [is] the maestro of murder tales.” — People
“I read everything by Agatha Christie.” — Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
"A Deadly Affair is not to be missed for fans of Dame Agatha’s work, as well as those who are just discovering the Mistress of Murder." — Book Reporter
"Amply display Christie’s gifts as a short-form storyteller . . . By linking mysteries that have affairs of the heart at their center, this volume allows the reader to appreciate better Christie’s facility at crafting variations on a theme." — Publishers Weekly
“With its gorgeous and moody cover, this themed collection of Agatha Christie's short stories would be a delightful introduction for new readers or a lovely return for those long familiar with the Queen of Mystery's work.” — Fresh Fiction
"The diversity of the stories, both in terms of plot as well as the multiple detectives featured, made this feel a bit more fresh than many of her other short story groupings.” — Sugar & Suspense
"It is a pleasure to spend some cold winter nights in the comfort of Agatha Christie's special stories, where the holiday spirit is helped along by some expert detectives who make sure that things remain merry and all is made right again by Christmas Day." — Book Reporter on Midwinter Murder
"Amply display the author’s storytelling gifts. . . . Both fans and newcomers looking for suspenseful escapism will be pleasantly diverted." — Publishers Weekly on Midwinter Murder
"Winter months are a great time to stay in and read a great book and one that is sure to please is Midwinter Murder. Christie is at the top of her game with many different types of short mysteries with some of her most famous characters. Christie continues to dominate the genre and it is easy to see why her works continue to thrill. Midwinter Murder is a welcome addition to the succession of Agatha Christie." — Midwest Book Review
“Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.” — Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad novels
“Agatha Christie is the reigning Queen of Suspense, her tales always the perfect addition to any list of books to read for Halloween. ” — Women.com
“I always wanted to be Agatha Christie when I grew up. I still do.” — J. A. Jance, New York Times-bestselling author of the Joanna Brady and J. P. Beaumont novels
“The Last Seance shows that Christie could pull off stories of supernatural suggestion, and that she was fantastic at creating atmosphere.” — New York Journal of Books
“This collection overall gets that balance between horror and mystery exactly right...That’s part of Dame Christie’s spooky brilliance, knowing when to satisfy readers with the mundane monstrosity of a human murderer and when to leave us with the chilling touch of the unknowable.” — CriminalElement.com
“Agatha Christie’s books are both wonderful crime novels and studies in contrast and duality, and I adore them still. Underestimate them at your peril.”
— Louise Penny, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache novels
“It’s tempting to say that Agatha Christie is a genius and let it go at that, but the world’s had plenty of geniuses. Agatha Christie is something special.”
— Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author
“Agatha Christie taught me many important lessons about the inner workings of the mystery novel before it ever occurred to me that I might one day be writing mysteries myself.”
— Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone novels
“Any mystery writer who wants to learn how to plot should spend a few days reading Agatha Christie. She’ll show you everything you want to know.” — Donna Leon, New York Times-bestselling author of the Commissario Brunetti novels
“Agatha Christie’s indelibly etched characters have entertained millions across the years and a love of her work has brought together generations of readers—a singular achievement for any author and an inspiration to writers across the literary landscape.”
— Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs novels
“What better way to pre-game for Halloween than with a compilation of spooky stories from none other than Agatha Christie?” — InStyle