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The Murder on the Links

is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead & Co<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"> </sup><sup id="cite_ref-US_2-0" class="reference"></sup> in March 1923 and, in the same year, in the UK by The Bodley Head in May.<sup id="cite_ref-Cat_3-0" class="reference">[3]</sup> It features Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6),<sup id="cite_ref-Cat_3-1" class="reference"> </sup> and the US edition at $1.75.<sup id="cite_ref-US_2-1" class="reference"></sup>
The story takes place in northern France, giving Poirot a hostile competitor from the Paris Sûreté. Poirot's long memory for past or similar crimes proves useful in resolving the crimes. The book is notable for a subplot in which Hastings falls in love, a development "greatly desired on Agatha's part... parcelling off Hastings to wedded bliss in the Argentine."<sup id="cite_ref-thompson_4-0" class="reference"></sup>
Reviews when it was published compared Mrs Christie favourably to Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Remarking on Poirot, still a new character, one reviewer said he was "a pleasant contrast to most of his lurid competitors; and one even suspects a touch of satire in him."