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The Veiled Lady(2014)
(A book in the Short Stories series)
A Novella by Agatha Christie
An illustrated short story from the queen of crime. Poirot tells Hastings that the criminals of England fear him too much, so he has no cases. Hastings describes a recent theft from a jeweller's shop window in Bond Street. The perpetrator was arrested on the spot, yet he had paste copies of the six stolen stones on him, having immediately passed the real jewels to an accomplice. A heavily veiled lady arrives. She is Lady Millicent Castle Vaughan whose engagement to the Duke of Southshire was recently announced. At age sixteen she wrote a letter to a soldier; this letter would surely anger her fiance, and it is held by Mr. Lavington. He is demanding twenty thousand pounds for its return, a sum she cannot afford. She went to Lavington's house in Wimbledon to plead with him. He showed her the letter in a Chinese puzzle box that he keeps in a place she will never find.
January 1994 : USA Audio Cassette