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A bibliography of the detective or mystery novels and other works of Agatha Christie.

Novels & Novellas[]

Agatha Christie wrote 66 detective or mystery novels and 5 novellas. She also wrote 6 romance novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott.

Major alternative titles used for US editions are listed in smaller print. For a more complete list which includes serialisations, see Alternative titles for works by Agatha Christie.

Novels[]

Year
published
Title Detectives
1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1922 The Secret Adversary Tommy and Tuppence
1923 The Murder on the Links Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Monsieur Giraud
1924 The Man in the Brown Suit Colonel Race
Anne Beddingfeld
1925 The Secret of Chimneys Superintendent Battle
Anthony Cade
1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Hercule Poirot
Inspector Raglan
1927 The Big Four
novelisation of a series of 12 short stories titled The Man who was Number Four
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train Hercule Poirot
1929 The Seven Dials Mystery Superintendent Battle
Eileen "Bundle" Brent
1930 The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Marple
Inspector Slack
1931 The Sittaford Mystery
also Murder at Hazelmoor
Emily Trefusis
Inspector Narracott, Charles Enderby
1932 Peril at End House Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1933 Lord Edgware Dies
also Thirteen at Dinner
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1934 Murder on the Orient Express
also Murder in the Calais Coach
Hercule Poirot
1934 Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
also The Boomerang Clue
Bobby Jones
Frankie Derwent
1935 Three Act Tragedy
also Murder in Three Acts
Hercule Poirot
Mr Satterthwaite
1935 Death in the Clouds
also Death in the Air
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Japp
1936 The A.B.C. Murders
also The Alphabet Murders
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp
1936 Murder in Mesopotamia Hercule Poirot
Captain Maitland, Dr. Reilly
1936 Cards on the Table Hercule Poirot
Colonel Race, Superintendent Battle, Ariadne Oliver
1937 Dumb Witness
also Poirot Loses a Client
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
1937 Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot
Colonel Race
1938 Appointment with Death Hercule Poirot
1938 Hercule Poirot's Christmas
also Murder for Christmas/A Holiday for Murder
Hercule Poirot
1939 Murder is Easy
also Easy to Kill
Superintendent Battle
Luke Fitzwilliam
1939 And Then There Were None
originally Ten Little Ni**ers/Ten Little Indians
Sir Thomas Legge
Inspector Maine
1940 Sad Cypress Hercule Poirot
1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
also An Overdose of Death/The Patriotic Murders
Hercule Poirot
Chief Inspector Japp
1941 Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot
Colonel Weston, Inspector Colgate
1941 N or M? Tommy and Tuppence
1942 The Body in the Library Miss Marple
Inspector Slack
1942 Five Little Pigs
also Murder in Retrospect
Hercule Poirot
1942 The Moving Finger Miss Marple
1944 Towards Zero
also Come and Be Hanged
Superintendent Battle
Inspector James Leach
1944 Death Comes as the End Hori
1945 Sparkling Cyanide
also Remembered Death
Colonel Race
Chief Inspector Kemp
1946 The Hollow
also Murder After Hours
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Grange
1948 Taken at the Flood
also There is a Tide…
Hercule Poirot
Superintendent Spence
1949 Crooked House Charles Hayward
Chief Inspector Taverner, Josephine Leonides
1950 A Murder is Announced Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1951 They Came to Baghdad Victoria Jones
1952 Mrs McGinty's Dead
also Blood Will Tell
Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Spence
1952 They Do It with Mirrors
also Murder with Mirrors
Miss Marple
Inspector Curry
1953 After the Funeral
also Funerals Are Fatal
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Morton, Mr. Goby
1953 A Pocket Full of Rye Miss Marple
1954 Destination Unknown
also So Many Steps to Death

Hilary Craven

1955 Hickory Dickory Dock
also Hickory Dickory Death
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Sharpe
1956 Dead Man's Folly Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver
1957 4.50 from Paddington
also What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!/Murder She Said
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock, Lucy Eyelesbarrow
1958 Ordeal by Innocence Arthur Calgary
Superintendent Huish
1959 Cat Among the Pigeons Hercule Poirot
Inspector Kelsey, Adam Goodman
1961 The Pale Horse Inspector Lejeune
Ariadne Oliver, Mark Easterbrook
1962 The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
also The Mirror Crack'd
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1963 The Clocks Hercule Poirot
Det. Inspector Hardcastle, Colin Lamb
1964 A Caribbean Mystery Miss Marple
1965 At Bertram's Hotel Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Fred "Father" Davy
1966 Third Girl Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Chief Inspector Neele, Mr. Goby
1967 Endless Night -
1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy and Tuppence
1969 Hallowe'en Party Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Spence
1970 Passenger to Frankfurt -
1971 Nemesis Miss Marple
1972 Elephants Can Remember Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver
1973 Postern of Fate
Christie's last written novel
Tommy and Tuppence
1975 Curtain
Poirot's last case, written 36 years earlier
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
1976 Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple's last case, written 36 years earlier

Miss Marple

Gwenda Reed, Giles Reed

Novellas[]

Year
published
Title Detectives
1936 Murder in the Mews (adapted from short story The Market Basing Mystery) Hercule Poirot

Inspector Japp

1937 Dead Man's Mirror (adapted from short story The Second Gong) Hercule Poirot

Mr Satterthwaite

1937 The Incredible Theft (adapted from short story The Submarine Plans) Hercule Poirot
1960 The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (adapted from short story The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest) Hercule Poirot

Miss Lemon

Mary Westmacott Novels[]

Year
published
Title
1930 Giant's Bread
1934 Unfinished Portrait
1944 Absent in the Spring
1947 The Rose and the Yew Tree
1952 A Daughter's a Daughter
1956 The Burden

Short stories[]

See also: List of short stories by Agatha Christie

During her lifetime, Agatha Christie wrote more than 150 short stories, including 50 Hercule Poirot stories, 20 Miss Marple stories, 14 Tommy & Tuppence stories, 14 Harley Quin stories, 14 Parker Pyne stories, and 34 stories with various main characters. Her stories were most often first published in various magazines in both the US and the UK, and then later in books as collections.

Information given in smaller print: Some stories appeared under several titles; those alternate titles are listed [in italics and inside square brackets, separated from each other by a slash]. Some stories were based on unpublished stories or expanded into novella/novel form; this is always specified in round brackets.

For stories published only after Christie's death, see the section 'Rediscovered stories' below.

Year
published
Title Detectives
Hercule Poirot (50):
Mar 1923 The Affair at the Victory Ball Poirot
Mar 1923 The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan Poirot
Mar 1923 The King of Clubs Poirot
Mar 1923 The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim Poirot
Apr 1923 The Plymouth Express (expanded into novel The Mystery of the Blue Train) Poirot
Apr 1923 The Adventure of 'The Western Star' Poirot
Apr 1923 The Kidnapped Prime Minister Poirot
Apr 1923 The Lost Mine Poirot
May 1923 The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor Poirot
May 1923 The Million Dollar Bond Robbery Poirot
May 1923 The Adventure of the Cheap Flat Poirot
May 1923 The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge Poirot
May 1923 The Chocolate Box [also as The Clue of the Chocolate Box/The Time Hercule Poirot Failed] Poirot
26 Sep 1923 The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb Poirot
Oct 1923 The Veiled Lady [also as The Case of the Veiled Lady] Poirot
Oct 1923 The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly [also as The Kidnapping of Johnnie Waverly] Poirot
Oct 1923 The Market Basing Mystery (expanded into novella Murder in the Mews) Poirot
Oct 1923 The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman Poirot
Oct 1923 The Case of the Missing Will Poirot
Nov 1923 The Submarine Plans (expanded into novella The Incredible Theft) Poirot
Nov 1923 The Adventure of the Clapham Cook Poirot
Nov 1923 The Cornish Mystery Poirot
Dec 1923 The Double Clue Poirot
Dec 1923 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding [also as The Theft of the Royal Ruby] Poirot
Dec 1923 The Lemesurier Inheritance Poirot
Oct 1926 The Under Dog Poirot
Sep 1928 Double Sin [also as By Road or Rail] Poirot
Nov 1928 Wasps’ Nest [also as The Wasps' Nest] Poirot
Jan 1929 The Third Floor Flat Poirot
Jan 1932 The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (expanded into novella The Mystery of the Spanish Chest) Poirot
Jun 1932 The Second Gong (expanded into novella Dead Man’s Mirror) Poirot
Jun 1935 How Does Your Garden Grow? Poirot
Jan 1936 Problem at Sea [also as Poirot and the Crime in Cabin 66] Poirot
Feb 1936 Triangle at Rhodes [also as Poirot and the Triangle at Rhodes] (expanded into novel Evil Under the Sun) Poirot
May 1936 Poirot and the Regatta Mystery (rewritten as The Regatta Mystery with Parker Pyne) Poirot
Jul 1937 Yellow Iris [also as Poirot Wins Again/Hercule Poirot and the Sixth Chair] (expanded into novel Sparkling Cyanide with Colonel Race and turned into a radio play) Poirot
Oct 1937 The Dream Poirot
3 Sep 1939 The Lernean Hydra Poirot
10 Sep 1939 The Girdle of Hippolyta Poirot
17 Sep 1939 The Stymphalean Birds Poirot
24 Sep 1939 The Cretan Bull Poirot
Nov 1939 The Nemean Lion Poirot
Jan 1940 The Arcadian Deer Poirot
Feb 1940 The Erymanthian Boar Poirot
Mar 1940 The Augean Stables Poirot
12 May 1940 The Apples of the Hesperides Poirot
26 May 1940 The Flock of Geryon Poirot
Jun 1940 The Horses of Diomedes Poirot
16 Mar 1947 The Capture of Cerberus (replaced an unpublished version written years earlier) Poirot
Nov 1940 Four and Twenty Blackbirds Poirot
Miss Marple (20):
Dec 1927 The Tuesday Night Club Marple
Jan1928 The Idol House of Astarte Marple
Feb 1928 Ingots of Gold Marple
Apr 1928 Motive v. Opportunity Marple
May 1928 The Thumb Mark of St. Peter Marple
Jun 1928 The Blood-Stained Pavement Marple
Dec 1929 The Blue Geranium Marple
Jan 1930 The Four Suspects Marple
Jan 1930 A Christmas Tragedy [also as The Hat and the Alibi] Marple
Feb 1930 The Companion Marple
Mar 1930 The Herb of Death Marple
May 1930 The Affair at the Bungalow Marple
Nov 1931 Death by Drowning Marple
25 May 1935 Miss Marple Tells a Story [also as Behind Closed Doors] (adapted from 1934 radio play Miss Marple Tells a Story) Marple
Nov 2, 1941 Strange Jest Marple
Nov 16, 1941 Tape-Measure Murder [also as Village Murder] Marple
Jan 1942 The Case of the Caretaker (adapted from unpublished short story The Case of the Caretaker's Wife) Marple
Apr 1942 The Case of the Perfect Maid [also as The Perfect Maid] Marple
Sept 1954 Sanctuary [also as Murder at the Vicarage not to be confused with the novel] Marple
Dec 1956 Greenshaw’s Folly (a fundraiser for local church, it replaced the unpublished novella Greenshore Folly with Hercule Poirot) Marple
Tommy & Tuppence (14):
Dec 1923 The Clergyman’s Daughter/The Red House [also as The First Wish/Seek and Ye Shall Find] (a short story spanning two chapters) Tommy & Tuppence
24 Sept 1924 A Fairy in the Flat/A Pot of Tea (a short story spanning two chapters) Tommy & Tuppence
1 Oct 1924 The Affair of the Pink Pearl Tommy & Tuppence
8 Oct 1924 Finessing the King/The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper (a short story spanning two chapters) Tommy & Tuppence
15 Oct 1924 The Case of the Missing Lady Tommy & Tuppence
22 Oct 1924 The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger Tommy & Tuppence
29 Oct 1924 The Sunningdale Mystery Tommy & Tuppence
5 Nov 1924 The House of Lurking Death Tommy & Tuppence
12 Nov 1924 The Ambassador’s Boots [also as The Matter of the Ambassador’s Boots] Tommy & Tuppence
19 Nov 1924 The Crackler Tommy & Tuppence
26 Nov 1924 Blindman’s Bluff Tommy & Tuppence
3 Dec 1924 The Man in the Mist Tommy & Tuppence
10 Dec 1924 The Man Who Was No. 16 [also as The Man Who Was Number Sixteen] Tommy & Tuppence
Dec 1928 The Unbreakable Alibi Tommy & Tuppence
Harley Quin & Mr. Satterthwaite (14):
Mar 1924 The Coming of Mr Quin Harley Quin
Oct 1924 The Shadow on the Glass Harley Quin
Jul 1925 The Sign in the Sky Harley Quin
Nov 1925 At the 'Bells and Motley' [also as A Man of Magic] Harley Quin
Oct 1926 The Love Detectives Harley Quin
20 Nov 1926 The World’s End Harley Quin
4 Dec 1926 The Voice in the Dark Harley Quin
13 Nov 1927 The Soul of the Croupier Harley Quin
Apr 1927 The Face of Helen Harley Quin
May 1927 Harlequin’s Lane Harley Quin
Mar 1929 The Dead Harlequin (adapted into play Someone at the Window) Harley Quin
Oct 1929 The Man from the Sea Harley Quin
Apr 1930 The Bird with the Broken Wing Harley Quin
Jan 1971 The Harlequin Tea Set (written in the 1950s, unpublished until 1971) Harley Quinn, Mr. Satterthwaite
Parker Pyne (14):
8 Oct 1932 The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife Parker Pyne
Aug 1932 The Case of the Discontented Soldier Parker Pyne
Aug 1932 The Case of the Distressed Lady Parker Pyne
Aug 1932 The Case of the Discontented Husband Parker Pyne
Aug 1932 The Case of the City Clerk Parker Pyne
Aug 1932 The Case of the Rich Woman Parker Pyne
Apr 1933 Have You Got Everything You Want? Parker Pyne
Apr 1933 The Gate of Baghdad Parker Pyne
Apr 1933 The House at Shiraz Parker Pyne
Apr 1933 The Pearl of Price Parker Pyne
Apr 1933 Death on the Nile Parker Pyne
Jun 1933 The Oracle at Delphi Parker Pyne
Nov 1935 Problem at Pollensa Bay Parker Pyne
1939 The Regatta Mystery (adapted from short story Poirot and the Regatta Mystery with Hercule Poirot) Parker Pyne
Non-Series Short Stories (34):
May 1923 The Actress Jake Levitt, Olga Stormer, Miss Jones, Danny Danahan, Sir Richard Everard, MP
Feb 1924 The Girl in the Train George & William Rowland, Rogers, Peter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, Inspector Jarrold & Mardenburg
Apr 1924 While the Light Lasts George & Deirdre Crozier, Tim Nugent, Mr.Walters
Jun 1924 The Red Signal (adapted from unpublished short story The Man Who Knew) Jack & Claire Trent, Violet Eversleigh, Air Alington & Dermot West, Inspector Verrall
Jul 1924 The Mystery of the Blue Jar Jack Hartington, Dr Lavington, Felise Marchaud, & Uncle George
Aug 1924 Mr Eastwood’s Adventure [also as The Mystery of the Second Cucumber/The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl] Anthony Eastwood, Mother Gibson, Rogers, Seamark, Detective Inspector Verrall, & Detective Sgt Carter
1924 Philomel Cottage Alix Martin, Dick Windyford, Gerald Martin & George
Oct 1925 Within a Wall Alex Everard, Isobel Loring, Jane Haworth, Winnie, Mrs. Lempriere, Georgie & Alice
Dec 1925 The Fourth Man Canon Parfitt, Sir George Durand, Dr. Campbell Clark & Miss Slater
Jan 1926 The House of Dreams (adapted from unpublished short story The House of Beauty, written in her teens) John Seagrave, Maisie & Rudolf Wetterman & Allegra Kerr
Feb 1926 S.O.S. [also as SOS] Mr. & Mrs. Dinsmead, Charlotte, Johnnie & Magdalen Dinsmead, & Mortimer Cleveland
1 Mar 1926 Wireless Mary & Patrick Harter, Charles Ridgeway, Elizabeth, Dr Meynell, Miriam Robinson & Mr. Hopkinson
Mar 1926 Magnolia Blossom Vincent Easton, Theodora Darrell & Richard Darrell
Jul 1926 The Lonely God Frank Oliver, Greta, Tom Hurley & The Governess
1926 The Rajah’s Emerald James Bond, Grace, Claud, Clara, Alice & Dorothy Sopworth, The Rajah of Maraputna, Lord Edward Campion & Detective Insp. Merrilees
Nov 1926 The Last Séance [also as The Last Seance] (adapted from unpublished play The Last Seance) Raoul Daubreuil, Simone, Elsie, Madame Exe & Amelia Exe
Feb 1927 The Edge Claire Halliwell, Vivien Lee, Sir Gerald Lee
Sep 1929 Accident Inspector Evans, Prof & Mrs. Merrowdene, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony
Sep 1929 Next to a Dog Joyce Lambert, Terry, Mr & Mrs Barnes
Dec 1929 Sing a Song of Sixpence Sir Edward Palliser, Magdalen & Matthew Vaughan, William & Emily Crabtree, Martha
May 1930 Manx Gold (commissioned as a treasure hunt on Isle of Man in The Daily Dispatch) Fenella Mylecharane, Juan Faraker, Uncle Myles, Ewan Corjeag, & Dr Fyall
1933 The Gypsy Dickie Carpenter, Esther, Rachel, Arthur & “Old” Lawes, Macfarlane, Mr. & Mrs. Haworth & Mrs. Rowse
1933 The Call of Wings Silas Hamer, Dick Borrow, Bertrand Seldon
Jul 1934 In a Glass Darkly Neil, Alan & Sylvia Carslake, Charles Crawley, Major & Mrs. Oldam & Derek Wainwright
Dec 1934 The Manhood of Edward Robinson Edward Robinson, Maud, Gerald & Edward Champneys, James Folliot, Agnes Larella, Lady Noreen Elliott & Louise
1948 Three Blind Mice (adapted from radio play Three Blind Mice, which was later turned into stage play The Mousetrap) Molly & Giles Davis, Mrs. Boyle, Major Metcalf, Mr.Paravacini, Christopher Wren, Sergeant Trotter & Mrs. Lyon
1958 The Dressmaker’s Doll Alicia Coombe, Sybil Fox, Elspeth, Marlene, Margaret, Nellie, Mrs. Fellows-Brown, Mrs. Groves & Lady Lee
1965 Star over Bethlehem Mary, Jesus, Joseph & Satan
1965 The Naughty Donkey The Donkey, Mary, Jesus, Joseph, an Angel, The Three Wisemen
1965 The Water Bus Mrs. Hargreaves
1965 In the Cool of the Evening Major Rodney Grierson, Janet & Alan Grierson
1965 Promotion in the Highest Jacob Narracott, Saint Catherine, St. Lawrence, the recording angel, Angel Gabriel & the vicar
1965 The Island Mary, Jesus, Simon, Andrew & John the Evangelist
1974 Jane in Search of a Job Jane Cleveland, Count Streptitch, Colonel Kranin, Princess Poporensky, Grand Duchess Pauline, Countess of Anchester & Detective Insp. Farrell

Rediscovered stories[]

Stories published by Dr Curran[]

Some short stories were never published in the UK during Christie's lifetime and only saw the light of day when Dr John Curran rediscovered them after the author's death in her archives. These include:

Other rediscovered stories[]

  • The Wife of the Kenite (a 1922 horror story, originally published in an Australian magazine; published again in 2018)
  • Poirot and the Regatta Mystery (a 1936 short story with Hercule Poirot, later rewritten as The Regatta Mystery to feature Parker Pyne instead; published again in 2008)
  • The Greenshore Folly (a 1954 novella featuring Hercule Poirot, serving as the basis for the novel Dead Man's Folly; first published in 2014 under the title Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly)

Collections of short stories[]

Main article: List of Agatha Christie Short Story Collections

In addition to her 66 mystery novels, Christie published 153 short stories in her career. Almost all of these were written for publication in fiction magazines with over half of them first appearing in the 1920s. They were then published in book form in various collections, some of which were identical in the UK and US (e.g. The Labours of Hercules) and others where publication took place in one market but not the other.

Twelve of the stories which were published in The Sketch magazine in 1924 under the sub-heading of The Man who was No. 4 were joined in one continuous narrative in the novel The Big Four in 1927. Four other stories, "The Submarine Plans" (1923), "Christmas Adventure" (1923), "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest" (1932) and "The Second Gong" (1932), were expanded into longer narratives by Christie (respectively The Incredible Theft, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest and Dead Man's Mirror, although the shorter versions of all four have also been published in the UK).

Only one short story remains unpublished in the UK in book form: "Three Blind Mice" (1948), on which Christie placed a moratorium whilst the stage play based on the story, The Mousetrap, was still running in the West End. Prior to this the story was published in four instalments in the weekly magazine Woman's Own in the issues dated 31 December 1948 to 21 January 1949 with illustrations by K. J. Petts.

In the US, "Christmas Adventure" is the only story unpublished. The longer version "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding", which is based on "Christmas Adventure", can be found in Double Sin and Other Stories under the name "The Theft of the Royal Ruby".

The main collections in both markets are:

In addition, various collections have been published over the years which re-print short stories which have previously appeared in other collections – e.g. Surprise! Surprise! (1965 in the US). On occasion, besides the reprinted material these collections have sometimes contained the first book printing of an individual story – e.g. The Market Basing Mystery in the UK version of Thirteen for Luck! (1966) which later appeared in the same market in Poirot's Early Cases.

Romance novels written under the pen name Mary Westmacott[]

See also: Mary Westmacott

Plays[]

Radio plays[]

Television plays[]

Nonfiction[]

Poetry[]

Co-authored works[]

  • 1930 Behind the Screen. A radio serial written together with Hugh Walpole, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley, E. C. Bentley and Ronald Knox of the Detection Club. Published in book form in 1983 in The Scoop and Behind The Screen.
  • 1931 The Scoop. A radio serial written together with Dorothy L. Sayers, E. C. Bentley, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts and Clemence Dane of the Detection Club. Published in book form in 1983 in The Scoop and Behind The Screen.
  • 1931 The Floating Admiral. A book written together with G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and certain other members of the Detection Club.
  • 1956 Towards Zero (A West End theatre dramatisation of her 1944 novel co-written with Gerard Verner)

Unpublished written material[]

Works by other authors based on Christie's works[]

Plays adapted into novels[]

Charles Osborne novelised three of Christie's plays:

These three novels are now available in the collection Murder In Three Stages.

Works adapted into plays[]

Adapted into graphic novels[]

See also[]

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