Title: The Golden Ball and Other Stories
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 231
The Golden Ball and Other Stories is one of Christie’s later collections, published in 1971 (five years before her death) – as such, it isn’t necessarily her best, but it still makes for a good read with a variety of tales on offer. Fifteen of them to be exact, and they’re reasonably diverse in terms of subject matter and pulled from her extensive back catalogue, back from when her writing was fresh and engaging.
Take The Listerdale Mystery, for example – that first appeared as the leading story in a short story collection published back in June 1934. At almost seventy years old, the story has aged well and like most of Christie’s work is highly enjoyable, if not as memorable as some of the longer novels. Likewise, The Hound of Death is the title of a 1933 collection, and many of the other stories were written at a time when Christie was at her most prolific.
Other short stories were, as far as I can tell, published in The Golden Ball for the first time, although I also couldn’t dredge up too much information on when they were actually written. I wouldn’t say that this is classic Christie, but it’s still worth a read if you’re an aficionado.