When James Bond agrees to go to a fashionable holiday resort with his fiancé he can’t begin to imagine the trouble he will encounter. An accident puts him in contact with a beautiful Emerald but will it lead him into danger?

Christie later used some of the plot and location of this story in her play Afternoon at the Seaside.

Published in the The Listerdale Mystery 1934, and also in The Golden Ball And Other Stories.


First published in July 1926. The little yellow book that James Bond is reading urges that there is a time for frankness and a time for discretion. " A strong man does not blurt out all he knows." James has a horrible suspicion that he doesn't have what it takes to be strong, but when the time comes he has an inner strength he never knew about.

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