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The Floating Admiral

(1931)
A novel by

 
 
Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the legendary Detection Club collaborate in this fiendishly clever but forgotten crime novel first published 80 years ago. Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared. There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye -- even the identity of the victim is called into doubt. Inspector Rudge begins to wonder just how many people have contributed to this extraordinary crime and whether he will ever unravel it! In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel. In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K. Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'. The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley.

Genre: Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Floating Admiral (Detection Club)
Author(s): Agatha Christie, by Members of The Detection Club
ISBN: 0-00-741444-7 / 978-0-00-741444-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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1981 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): By Memberrs of the Detection Club
ISBN: 0-333-31955-9 / 978-0-333-31955-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Floating Admiral (Detection Club)
Author(s): The Detection Club, Agatha Christie
ISBN: 0-00-821068-3 / 978-0-00-821068-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
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October 2011 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, by Members of The Detection Club
ISBN: 0-00-741446-3 / 978-0-00-741446-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane
ISBN: 1-937022-16-1 / 978-1-937022-16-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Resurrected Press
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May 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): The Detection Club
ISBN: 0-09-955850-5 / 978-0-09-955850-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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June 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, G K Chersterton, John Rhode, Clemence Dane, Freeman Wills Crofts, Anthony Berkeley, Henry Wade, Milward Kennedy, G D H & M Cole
ISBN: 0-600-20656-4 / 978-0-600-20656-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamlyn
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April 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Detection Club
ISBN: 0-441-24098-4 / 978-0-441-24098-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jove Books
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January 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, G K Chesterton, Certain members of the Detection Club
ISBN: 0-441-24095-X / 978-0-441-24095-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charter
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L Sayers - introduction, G K Chesterton - prologue
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L Sayers - introduction, G K Chesterton - prologue
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Floating Admiral
Author(s): by Members of the Detection Club
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA