A Fruitful Sunday is a short story written by Agatha Christie.


Dorothy Pratt, a housemaid, is enjoying a Sunday drive in a cheap old car with her young man, Edward Palgrove. They stop at a roadside fruit stall and buy a basket of fruit from the seller who tells them with a leer on his face that they are getting more than their money's worth. Stopping off near a stream, they sit by the road to eat the fruit and read in a discarded Sunday paper of the theft of a ruby necklace worth fifty thousand pounds. A moment later, they find such a necklace in the bottom of the basket! Edward is shocked and scared of the sight, seeing the possibility of arrest and imprisonment but Dorothy sees the possibility of a new and better life from selling the jewels to a 'fence'. Edward is shocked by the suggestion and demands that she hand them over which she reluctantly does.

The next day, Dorothy contacts Edward. She has come to her senses after a sleepless night and realizes that they must hand the necklace back. On the way back from his office-clerk job that night, Edward reads the latest developments on the jewel robbery in the newspaper but it is another adjacent story, which catches his attention. He meets Dorothy that night and shows her the second story – it is about a successful advertising stunt in which one out of fifty baskets of fruit sold will contain an imitation necklace. To their mutual relief, they realize that they are not the possessors of the stolen necklace.


  • Dorothy Pratt
  • Edward Palgrove

Publication historyEdit

A Fruitful Sunday: First published in the Daily Mail on August 11, 1928 with an uncredited illustration.

In 1934 it was published in the short story collection The Listerdale Mystery.

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