Dust-jacket illustration of the first UK edition
|Author Agatha Christie|
Cover artist Kenneth Farnhill
Country United Kingdom
Genre(s) Crime novel
Publisher Collins Crime Club
Publication date October 30, 1967
Media type print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 224 pp (first edition, hardcover)
Preceded by Third Girl
Followed by By the Pricking of My Thumbs
Explanation of the novel's title
The title comes from William Blake's Auguries of Innocence:
Every night and every morn,
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night,
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
Ambitious young Michael Rogers - the narrator of the story - falls in love with Fenella Guteman (Ellie) the first time he sets eyes on her in the mysterious yet scenic 'Gipsy's Acre', complete with its sea-view and dark fir trees. Before long, he has both the land and the woman, but rumors are spreading of a curse hanging over the land. Not heeding the locals' warnings, the couple take up residence at 'Gipsy's Acre', leading to a devastating tragedy.
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