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2 Jun 2008 Agatha Christie Signature Edition

A mysterious stranger appears at a New Year’s Eve party, becoming the enigmatic sleuthing sidekick to the snobbish Mr Satterthwaite…

So far, it had been a typical New Year’s Eve house party. But Mr Satterthwaite – a keen observer of human nature – sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold.

So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154845
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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So far, it had been a typical New Year’s Eve house party. But Mr Satterthwaite – a keen observer of human nature – sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold.

So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?

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4.0 out of 5 stars A different type of Agatha Christie! 28 Feb 2004
By Suzanne Moore VINE VOICE
This book is a series of fairly short stories about Agatha Christie's favourite characters, Quin and Satterthwaite. In these stories she combines the paranormal with the logical for a truly amazing combination.
Mr Harley Quin seems to be a man with the unnatural ability to make you see things from a totally different perspective and seems to be an advocate of the dead as wells as acting as cupid. Through the stories you go with a Mr Satterthwaite, a man who likes to observe life and loves watching little dramas unfold, who with little hints and nudges from Mr Quin solves a variety of different murders and mysteries with impressive skill and cunning.
As you read these stories Christie makes you see how by taking things you remember and looking at it from a different angle can give the whole thing new meaning.
I read these stories expecting the usually Agatha Christie style only to find them very different from her more famous stories, starring Hercule Poriot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence and others. Although different and a lot shorter than most of her work The Mysterious Mr Quin doesn't disappoint, they are very clever and entertaining stories.
This series of tales show just how much Agatha Christie deserved the title Queen of Crime. A must read Agatha Christie just so you can see her different styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite - and hers 21 Mar 2007
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Christie wrote these stories early in her career, only when she felt a plot had been "sent". In most of her books she is robustly skeptical, but these stories have a supernatural element. Mr Quin - Mr Harley Quin - is inclined to appear mysteriously whenever a mystery needs to be puzzled out. These don't all involve a corpse in the library, some involve theft, or suspicion. But they all involve parted lovers, and Mr Quin is a friend of lovers. He always says he does nothing to help, it's all down to his friend, the small, precise, elf-like, elderly Mr Satterthwaite, who manages to get everywhere because he dearly loves a title and likes to think he knows everybody who is anybody. He has a warm heart, though, and his interventions bring him into contact with a croupier (who turns out to have a soul), a medium (Christie has her usual fun with this character), some American tourists, an engineer, an actress and her entourage. The stories are also full of atmosphere and a sense of place and you feel you too are in a clifftop garden in Madeira (or is it Corsica?), a casino in the South of France, a formal garden in Le Touquet, a cafe in Kew Gardens. Having read the last story once, I can never read it again - it's too sad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook review! 15 July 2012
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As a fan of Poirot and Miss Marple I have recently begun to explore Agatha Christie's other works, such as her horror stories. I hadn't come across Mr Quin before, and it piqued my curiosity. I wasn't disappointed - in fact, quite the opposite. These stories are detective fiction laced with the supernatural, superbly written. The leading players, Mr Satterthwaite and Mr Quin, are creations to equal her more famous detectives, and I'm surprised they have been largely forgotten.

The audiobook set is read by Hugh Fraser, well known as Captain Hastings in the television Poirot. I have some of his readings of Poirot stories, but for me this set is where he really came into his own as a performer. There is no trace of Hastings in his gentle, elderly Satterthwaite, or his quiet and slightly sinister Quin. All the other characters are voiced with care and humour (his bossy duchess in The World's End conjures up Margaret Rutherford or Edith Evans, and had me chuckling whenever she 'appeared'). I was genuinely sorry when I reached the end of disc seven, and I have no doubt I'll be listening to these again and again.

The audiobook set contains seven discs in a sturdy box. The discs are stacked cakebox style, which I find annoying. But the cover design is rather nice, very apt for the period and totally in keeping with the harlequin theme. The stories in the set are The Coming of Mr Quin, The Shadow on the Glass, At the Bells and Motley, The Sign in the Sky, The Soul of the Croupier, The Man From the Sea, The Voice in the Dark, The Face of Helen, The Dead Harlequin, The Bird with the Broken Wings, The World's End and Harlequin's Lane. Longer stories have been split across discs, but the separation points have been well chosen and seven stories have not been split at all. Overall, I rate this as an excellent product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic 30 Oct 2009
if you enjoy people watching then this the book for you. It is all about interaction between people. Sometimes it ends in a death, sometimes it doesn't.

It is what happens between the characters that takes the stories forward.

It is also a fascinating insight into upper class in the 1930's.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve short stories 8 July 2012
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Mr Satterthwaite has an enquiring mind especially when it comes to crime - whether ancient or modern. He keeps encountering the mysterious Mr Quin whenever some sort of mystery comes to the fore. Human nature is something Mr Satterthwaite finds totally fascinating and because he has never married he feels he has had a better chance to observe and understand his fellow human beings. With the help of Mr Quin he manages to solve mysteries which at first sight seem incapable of resolution.

Provided you accept that Harley Quin may or may not be real these are charming stories. Some are darker than others and all have a great deal to say about the strange ways of human beings and the situations which their uncontrolled emotions propel them into. Thanks to Mr Quin's prompting Mr Satterthwaite is led to ask the right questions of the right people. Poignant, amusing and fascinating these well written stories make the reader think about life in general and perhaps about their own lives and things they have taken for granted.

If you're used to thinking of Agatha Christie in conjunction with Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot then give these stories a try for something just that little bit different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this book very interesting and as usual very good.A fully deserved five stars and recommended to all Kindle readers.
Published 3 months ago by gary c atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars good period 'who done it' with a twist of supernatural
This book of short stories from Agatha Christie introduces us to 2 characters who like sorting out other people's problems. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christine Makin
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Mr Quin
most of the short stories are very good, however still a little disappointed, especially with the final story - a bit too dated to survive well
Published 5 months ago by kaye stamford
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
A charming and enjoyable read, a look into a way of life that's gone now with a delightful twist of mystery and murder
Published 6 months ago by Eltel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cd
Very very enjoyable. Wonderful writer her books always enjoyable . Well read with great character voices no matter how many times you hear it you like it.
Published 8 months ago by Regular amazon customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A few short stories about the same characters
Good amount of short stories relaying to mr Quinn & Saterthwaite. An easy read but don't expect too much of a plot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good listen
very good short stories that can be listened to time and again and not become boring.ideal for people like myself who struggle to hold a book
Published 10 months ago by mrs.j.m.colton
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Quick Fire 'Crime' Resolution
I've enjoyed other non Poirot and Mrs Marble novels from Agatha Christie and while this was an interesting set up it didn't really grab my attention. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hagrid's Umbrella
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and 'out of joint'
An interesting set of short stories, with similar themes. I wondered how many of them were written around the time of Christie's disappearance and breakdown of her first marriage... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PHanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I would recommend this to any Christie fan who has not read it. Its years since I had read any of her books and it definately did not disappoint and she retains for me the title... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lesley Jenkins
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