Friday, December 12, 2008

Paperback 175: Murder After Hours / Agatha Christie (Dell 5922)

Paperback 175: Dell 5922 (1st ptg, 1965)

Title: Murder After Hours
Author: Agatha Christie
Cover artist: William Teason

Yours for: $9

Best things about this cover:
  • Worst Weapon-Hiding Place Ever
  • "Hey, watch me make the horse shoot bullets out his butt!"
  • This cover was painted using primarily leftover "Exorcist" vomit
  • Teason specializes in these odd little still lifes featuring unlikely groupings of objects. There appears to be, in addition to the horse sculpture/gun, a riding crop, a rag, a tabloid story about someone who was "MURDERED," and a bent playing card (King of Hearts)

Best things about this back cover:

  • They always suck me in with their geometry teasers: "It looked like an ordinary triangle ... but it was scalene!"
  • Apparently the "triangle" is a sculpture of human flesh
  • "Sculptress"! Remember when the idea of a woman's doing anything of note outside the home, especially anything creative, was so unusual that it required flagging with a suffix? Why they don't call Christie an "authoress," I don't know.

Page 123~

Oh no, thought Midge, it can't be true. It's a dream I've been having. John Christow, murdered, shot - lying there by the pool. Blood and blue water - like the jacket of a detective story. Fantastic, unreal ...



JamiSings said...

"Hey, watch me make the horse shoot bullets out his butt!"

Why is it that I can just "hear" you doing that in Bullwinkle's voice?

Course you'd need to put "Rocky" right after the word "Hey."

Lily said...

Hey Rocky! Ha ha Brilliant! I can hear that too.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is one of the lamest Page 123s in a long time. Christie was a pro, but that it just...terrible.