Agatha Christie publishes Murder Is Easy
Murder is Easy is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on June 5, 1939 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in September of the same year under the title of Easy to Kill.
It features her recurring detective, Superintendent Battle. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $2.00.
Luke Fitzwilliam ends up on the same train's carriage as Miss Pinkerton, a seemingly batty old woman who speaks of a series of perfect murders taking place in her hometown of Wychwood-under-Ashe. She says that although the police were baffled, she knew the murderer by a gaze, and sets off to Scotland Yard to identify the murderer. Luke learns the next day that Miss Pinkerton was run down in a hit-and-run, and sets off to find the murderer himself. Unfortunately, his investigation may halt, because Lady Luck also has her say: A romance between Luke and Bridget Conway begins. What is going on in Wychwood-under-Ashe?