The Incident of the Dog's Ball is a short story written by Agatha Christie which was never published in her lifetime. The manuscript was one of two found by Christie's daughter Rosalind Hicks in 2004 in an attic.[1] It was published in Great Britain in 2009 in John Curran's book Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making. It was also later published in the Strand Magazine 10th Anniversary Edition in 2009.

In his research, John Curran presents evidence that the story was probably written in 1933 and deduces that it was probably never published because Christie had, by 1935-36, decided to rework and expand it the storyline into the novel Dumb Witness which came out in 1937.[2]

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Poirot receives a letter from an old lady in which she says she is extremely worried but doesn't specify what she is concerned about. However he is intrigued by two things. The letter arrives more than three months after it was written. Secondly, the lady says she had been extremely uneasy since "the incident of the dog's ball". Poirot decides to investigate but finds that the lady in question died shortly after penning the letter.

Plot summary[edit | edit source]

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Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Captain Hastings
  • Miss Matilda Wheeler
  • Miss Lawson
  • Dr Lawrence
  • Ellen
  • Mollie Davidson
  • James Graham
  • The Pyms
  • Bob

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lost Agatha Christie story to be published,” Reuters online, November 11, 2009, URL
  2. John Curran, Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (London: HarperCollins, 2011), Part II.
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