Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories

Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories is a short story collection by Agatha Christie published in the UK only in November 1991 by HarperCollins. It was not published in the US but all the stories contained within it had previously been published in American volumes. The UK edition retailed at £13.99.

List of stories

  • Problem at Pollensa Bay
  • The Second Gong
  • Yellow Iris
  • The Harlequin Tea Set
  • The Regatta Mystery
  • The Love Detectives
  • Next To A Dog
  • Magnolia Blossom

Publication history

  • 1991, HarperCollins, November 1991, Hardcover, 232 pp ISBN 0-002-23922-1
  • 1992, Fontana Books (Imprint of HarperCollins), Paperback ISBN 0-006-47242-7

First publication of stories

The first UK magazine publication of all the stories has not been fully documented. The known listing is as follows:

  • Problem at Pollensa Bay: First published in issue 539 of the Strand Magazine in November 1935. The story was illustrated by Jack M. Faulks.
  • The Second Gong: First published in issue 499 of the Strand Magazine in July 1932.
  • Yellow Iris: First published in issue 559 of the Strand Magazine in July 1937.
  • The Love Detectives: First published in issue 236 of The Story-Teller magazine in December 1926 under the title of At the Crossroads. This was the first of a series of six stories in consecutive issues of the magazine titled The Magic of Mr. Quin. The remaining five were later published in book form in The Mysterious Mr. Quin in 1930.
  • The Regatta Mystery: First published in issue 546 of the Strand Magazine in June 1936 under the title Poirot and the Regatta Mystery. The story was illustrated by Jack M. Faulks. The story was later rewritten by Christie to change the detective from Hercule Poirot to Parker Pyne before its first book publication in the US in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories in 1939. The publication in the Strand Magazine remains the only publication of the original version of the story in the UK.
  • Next To A Dog: First published in issue 295 of the Grand Magazine in September 1929.
  • Magnolia Blossom: First published in issue 329 of the Royal Magazine in March 1926. The story first appeared in book form in the UK in the 1982 collection The Agatha Christie Hour (ISBN 0-00-231-3316) to tie in with a dramatization of the story in the television series of the same name.

No magazine publication of The Harlequin Tea Set has yet been traced, however the story was first published in book form in the UK in Winter's Crimes #3 in 1971 by MacMillan (ISBN 0-333-12871-0).

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