Let me dust off my little grey cells!
August 21, 2009 3:59 PM Subscribe
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Decades after it was written on the eve of World War II, a lost Poirot story by Agatha Christie has been found. Today it is published in the Daily Mail for the first time: The Capture Of Cerberus
(scroll half way down the page)."Hercule Poirot sipped his apéritif and looked out across the Lake of Geneva. He sighed. He had spent his morning talking to certain diplomatic personages, all in a state of high agitation, and he was tired. For he had been unable to offer them any comfort in their difficulties."
The fact that Christie presented the manuscript for publication in 1939 is probably the reason it was never published. Her dictator bore a thinly disguised resemblance to Adolf Hitler, and the work might have been considered too sensitive to release as part of a collection of short stories that appeared in 1940.
John Curran came across it one Friday in November 2005, after being invited to examine Dame Agatha's papers at Greenway, her holiday retreat in Devon. (Source)
Another unpublished story, The Mystery of the Dog's Ball, will be published in Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
by John Curran, due out on 3rd September.