17 July 2010

Review: THE EDGE, Agatha Christie, short story

I came across this short story in an unexpected place: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine for September 2010, which I have recently subscribed to on my Kindle.

Michael Nethercott introduces the story in a section in the magazine called MYSTERY CLASSIC.
Among other things he pays tribute to Agatha Christie as his inspiration and muse: solid, tweedy, very British, and cresting eighty by the time he first read her. The story was included in AHMM because this year marks the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth.

From The Agatha Christie Site:

Claire Halliwell lives a quiet country life with her dogs.  A conscientious and popular parish worker, she takes everything in her stride even when Sir Gerald Lee, the man she loves, marries Vivien a glamorous city girl.  When Claire learns that Vivien is having an affair, her sense of duty to Gerald is stretched to the limit!
If you know a bit about Christie’s life there are some obvious conclusions to be drawn from this story.  It was written in 1926 and first published in 1927 in Pearson’s Magazine.
Published in While the Light Lasts and Other Stories and also in The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories in the US.


Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed The Edge. Such an interesting discussion of what we mean by moral, and an interesting twist at the end. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Dorte H said...

I love the adjective ´tweedy´ about a British writer :D

I must try to remember it for my cozy mystery.


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