Hard Cover. London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1945. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's orange cloth with titles in black to spine; in its original green dust jacket with skull and champagne illustration by Leslie Leonard Stead to front panel, titles lettered in white and yellow. Near fine with mild toning along upper and lower board edges and spine ends, light spotting along upper edge of front board, and a tiny brown spot to textblock fore-edge; very good unclipped dust jacket with some wear and creasing to panel edges including a few small closed tears, spine lightly rubbed, a bit of chipping to spine ends, and light dampstaining to jacket flap edges. Overall, a solid copy in the scarce dust jacket. In Sparkling Cyanide, the beautiful Rosemary Barton dies suddenly at a small birthday dinner and her death is ruled a suicide. However, upon receiving anonymous letters claiming that Rosemary was in fact murdered, her husband recreates the dinner party a year later with the same guests in hopes of uncovering the killer. For this novel, Agatha Christie reworked an earlier short story of hers titled "Yellow Iris," replacing the short story's Hercule Poirot with another one of her recurring investigators, Colonel Race. Other Christie novels featuring Race include The Man in the Brown Suit (1924), Cards on the Table (1936), and Death on the Nile (1937).