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The Floating Admiral
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The Floating Admiral
Agatha Christie

Simon Brett

G.K. Chesterton

Anthony Berkeley

Dorothy L. Sayers

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.

The Floating Admiral

By Certain Members of the Detection Club

G. K. Chesterton

Canon Victor L. Whitechurch

G. D. H. and M. Cole

Henry Wade

Agatha Christie

John Rhode

Milward Kennedy

Dorothy L. Sayers

Ronald A. Knox

Freeman Wills Crofts

Edgar Jepson

Clemence Dane

Anthony Berkley

Copyright

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This 80th anniversary edition published by HarperCollinsPublishers 2011

First published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton 1931

THE FLOATING ADMIRAL. Copyright © The Detection Club 1931, 2011. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, down-loaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins e-books.

EPub Edition © MARCH 2011 ISBN: 9780007414451

Version: 2017-04-13

Contents

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Foreword

By Simon Brett

Introduction

By Dorothy L. Sayers

Prologue

“The Three Pipe Dreams”

By G. K. Chesterton

Chapter I

Corpse Ahoy!

By Canon Victor L. Whitechurch

Chapter II

Breaking the News

By G. D. H. and M. Cole

Chapter III

Bright thoughts on Tides

By Henry Wade
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