While the Light Lasts
HarperCollins, London, Aug. 1997
Putnam, New York, Apr. 1997 as "The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories"
While the Light LastsThe Harlequin Tea Set
The House of DreamsThe Edge
The ActressThe Actress
The EdgeWhile the Light Lasts
Christmas AdventureThe House of Dreams
The Lonely GodThe Lonely God
Manx GoldManx Gold
Within a WallWithin a Wall
The Mystery of the Baghdad ChestThe Mystery of the Spanish Chest
While the Light LastsThe Harlequin Tea Set


A macabre recurring dream... revenge against a blackmailer... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience... a stolen gemstone... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic... a race against time... a tragic love triangle... a body in a box... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave...
Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.

short stories

The House of Dreams

Sovereign Magazine, Jan. 1926

The Actress

a.k.a. 'A Trap for the Unway', The Novel Magazine, May 1923
The 20-Story Magazine #103, January 1931

The Edge

Pearson's Magazine, Feb. 1927

Christmas Adventure

* only "While the Light Lasts"

The Sketch, Dec.11 1923

see 'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding'

The Lonely God

Royal Magazine, Jul. 1926

Manx Gold

Daily Dispatch, May. 1930

Within a Wall

Royal Magazine, Oct. 1925

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest

* only "While the Light Lasts"

Strand Magazine, Jan. 1932; The Sketch, Jan. 1932; Ladies Home Journal, Jan. 1932

This story was expanded in 1960 into 'The Mystery of The Spanish Chest'.

The Mystery of The Spanish Chest

* only "The Harlequin Tea Set"

see "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding"

While the Light Lasts

Novel Magazine, Apr. 1924

The Harlequin Tea Set

* only "The Harlequin Tea Set"

see "Problem at Pollensa Bay"

UK/US covers


other publishers

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Tant que brillera le jour

French index

Le Masque (#2454) 2001

Zolang het licht is

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Solange es hell ist

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I mørket skal jeg ikke glemme

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Før lyset faller

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Kirstun arvoitus

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La casa dei sogni

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Un dios solitario y otros relatos

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Enquanto Houver Luz / O Dilema

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Enquanto Houver Luz

O Dilema

Όσο Διαρκεί το Φως

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Servis za čaj „Arlekin“

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Сервисот за чај Арлекин

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Mrtvá v knihovně

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Az Álmok háza

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Докато светлините греят

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Доколе длится свет

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Işıklar Sönünce

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طالما استمر الضوء

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බැග්ඩෑඩ් පෙට්ටගමේ අබිරහස

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灯火阑珊 / 殘光夜影

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빛이 있는 동안 // 애거서 크리스티 전집

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