The Saint in Europe

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The Saint in Europe
First UK edition
Author Leslie Charteris
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Saint
Genre Mystery, Short Stories
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton[1]
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by Saint Errant
Followed by The Saint on the Spanish Main

The Saint in Europe is a collection of short stories by Leslie Charteris, first published in 1953 by The Crime Club in the United States and in 1954 by Hodder and Stoughton in the United Kingdom. This was the 29th book to feature the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint", and it also marked a resumption of the book series after a five-year hiatus. The publication of this book also marked the 25th anniversary of the character.

The Saint in Europe marked the beginning of the "travelogue" era for The Saint. Continuing with the theme started by The Saint in New York, The Saint in Miami, and The Saint Goes West, the stories in this and the following two volumes take place in different exotic locales around the world.


The book consisted of 7 stories:

  1. Paris: The Covetous Headsman
  2. Amsterdam: The Angel's Eye
  3. The Rhine: The Rhine Maiden
  4. Tirol: The Golden Journey
  5. Lucerne: The Loaded Tourist
  6. Jaun-Les-Pins: The Spanish Cow
  7. Rome: The Latin Touch

Television adaptations[edit]

All seven stories from this collection formed the basis for episodes of the 1962-69 TV series, The Saint.

During the first season, "The Latin Touch" aired on 11 October 1962 as the second episode, followed by "The Covetous Headsman" on 25 October, "The Loaded Tourist" on 1 November and "The Golden Journey" on 6 December. During the third season, "The Rhine Maiden" aired on 21 January 1965. The fourth season saw an adaptation of "The Spanish Cow" air on 19 August 1965 and the fifth season saw "The Angel's Eye" appear on 11 November 1966.