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September 18, 2020


Todd Mason

Do we know if he preferred the MURDER title, or the simply AT THE VILLA ROSE? The latter seems more popular with publishers, for some reason. (Less crowding on the covers?)

BV Lawson

I wasn't able to find the answer to that question, Todd, although since the book was published in 1910, I'm wondering if "At the Villa Rose" was a nod to the sensibilities of the day (no garish "murder" on the cover). I'm not even sure when the "murder" part was added - again, perhaps due to the changed sensibilities of later times, i.e., having "murder" might have more clearly defined the book as a mystery rather than a general-fiction book.

Todd Mason

Indeed. The 1st ed title could be taken as one for a travelog novel.

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