Agatha Christie

"A particularly successful series of jackets was commissioned from Tom Adams. All are remarkable and perceptive identifying Agatha's own obsessions - reflection; refraction; transformation of people, animals, landscapes; malevolence insidiously victimising innocence. Agatha, and later her family, found several of these designs disturbing, but acknowledged, rightly, that every cover was interesting, ingenious and apt."
Janet Morgan from Agatha Christie, authorised biography


They Do It With Mirrors
Edition: 300
Image size: h291mm x w215mm
Dated, numbered & signed
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UK unframed: £280


The trick of the landscape sawn in half: a fine story to illustrate. A real gun on a real sheet of music placed against real mirrors. The whole assemblage arranged one fine summer day, in a real garden on the Isle of Wight.

"And that, you see, is how the conjuring trick was done. It was the trick of the lady sawn in half that made me think of it."
Miss Marple from They Do It With Mirrors

"Agatha Christie's tricks with mirrors were dazzling, and this brilliant cover plays similar tricks. It is one of my favourites among the whole collection of Tom Adams' covers."
Julian Symons

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The Labours Of Hercules
Edition: 300
Image size: h346mm x w247mm
Dated, numbered & signed
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UK unframed: £280


The sinister shapes and patterns of feathers and wings have always intrigued me. Also I like painting apples - most artists do.

"Adams has succeeded in bringing his own sense of the macabre into an orthodox short detective story."
Julian Symons

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The Moving Finger
Edition: 300
Image size: h291mm x w221 mm
Dated, numbered & signed
Price: (includes postage & packing)
UK unframed: £280


I vividly recall the pleasure I derived from painting the very simple still life and the challenge of keeping the beautiful script lying flat on the parchment. The document comes from an interesting volume of Record Office facsimiles in my possession.

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The Mysterious Mr Quin
Edition: 300
Image size: h330mm x w218 mm
Dated, numbered & signed
Price: (includes postage & packing)
UK unframed: £280


This cover is quite simply another version of my tromple l'oeil painting for The Collector by John Fowles. The background is from a seventeenth century drawing showing Harlequin and Columbine. I tried in this one to convey the contrast between the hard cold brutality of the dark gun metal with the velvety softness of the Death's Head Hawk moth. The revolver was borrowed from a friend and featured in several of my cover paintings.

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