After the Funeral.

"Enderby Hall was a vast Victorian house built in the Gothic style": First edition of Agatha Christie's After the Funeral; inscribed by her to close friend Dorothy North

After the Funeral.

CHRISTIE, Agatha.

$5,000.00

Item Number: 119355

London: Collins Crime Club, 1953.

First British edition of Christie’s classic murder mystery. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, “Dorothy from Agatha May 1953.” The recipient, Dorothy North, was a close friend and integral member of Christie’s London social circle in the 1930s. She was the dedicatee of Christie’s 1940 novel One Two, Buckle My Shoe. North’s daughter, Susan, and Christie’s daughter, Rosalind, were also close friends and the joint dedicatees of Christie’s 1939 novel Murder is Easy. Very good in a very good dust jacket.

In this murder mystery classic, wealthy patriarch Richard Abernethie dies suddenly in his home and, when his sister is murdered immediately following the reading of his will, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. "A subject of perennial appeal – unhappy families: lots of scattered siblings, lots of Victorian money (made from corn plasters). Be sure you are investigating the right murder, and watch for mirrors (always interesting in Christie). Contains Christie's last major butler: the 'fifties and 'sixties were not good times for butlers" (Robert Barnard).

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