Agatha Christie publishes The Sittaford Mystery
The Sittaford Mystery is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1931 under the title of The Murder at Hazlemoor and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on September 7 of the same year under Christie's original title. It is the first Christie novel to be given a different title for the US market.
The US edition retailed at $2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6).
In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small round table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: 'Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder'. Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot.
The novel is the first in which the author incorporates the supernatural into one of her long works.