Three Blind Mice and Other Stories

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Three Blind Mice and Other Stories
Three Blind Mice US First Edition Cover 1950.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration of the first US edition
AuthorAgatha Christie
CountryUnited States
GenreDetective fiction
short stories
PublisherDodd, Mead and Company
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Preceded byA Murder Is Announced 
Followed byThey Came to Baghdad 

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1950.[1] The first edition retailed at $2.50.[1]

The later collections The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960), Poirot's Early Cases (1974), Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (1979), and Problem at Pollensa Bay (1992) reprint between them all the stories in this collection except the title story Three Blind Mice – which is an alternate version of the play The Mousetrap, and the only Christie short story not published in the UK.[citation needed]

List of stories[edit]

Publication history[edit]

  • 1950, Dodd, Mead and Company (New York), Hardback, 250 pp[2]
  • 1952, Dell Books, Paperback, 224 pp, (Dell number 633 [mapback])
  • 1960, Dell Books, Paperback, as The Mousetrap and other stories, (Dell number D354)
  • 1984, Berkley Books, Paperback, 212 pp, (Berkley number 06806-4)

First publication of stories in the US[edit]

  • The Adventure of Johnny Waverly: June 1925 (Volume XLI, Number 2) issue of the Blue Book Magazine with an uncredited illustration.
  • The Love Detectives: 30 October 1926 (Volume XIX, Number 3) issue of Flynn's Weekly under the title At the Crossroads with uncredited illustrations.
  • The Third Floor Flat: 5 January 1929 (Volume CVI, Number 6) issue of Detective Story Magazine under the slightly different title In the Third Floor Flat with an uncredited illustration.
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds: 9 November 1940 (Volume 106, Number 19) issue of Collier's magazine with illustrations by Mario Cooper.
  • Strange Jest: 2 November 1941 issue of the weekly newspaper supplement This Week magazine under the title A Case of Buried Treasure.
  • The Tape-Measure Murder: 16 November 1941 issue of the weekly newspaper supplement This Week magazine with an illustration by Arthur Sarnoff.
  • The Case of the Caretaker: 5 July 1942 edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune.
  • The Case of the Perfect Maid: 13 September 1942 edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune.
  • Three Blind Mice: May 1948 (Volume 124, Number 5) issue of Cosmopolitan magazine with uncredited illustrations.

For first publications in the UK, see the applicable UK collections referenced above.


  1. ^ a b American Tribute to Agatha Christie
  2. ^ This first publication of Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Dodd, Mead & Company is sometimes misidentified as being from 1948 because the publication year is not stated in the book and the copyright page shows the years of the original copyrights for the included stories with the last story (Three Blind Mice) copyrighted 1948. But the list of other Christie books promoted in this edition includes Crooked House which was first published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1949.

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