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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154821
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,176 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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PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES

Mrs Packington felt alone, helpless and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in 'The Times' which read: ‘Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne’.

Equally adept at putting together the pieces of a marriage or the fragments of a murder mystery, Mr Parker Pyne was possibly the world’s most unconventional private eye- and certainly its most charming.

'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

TWELVE INTRIGUING CASES FOR AN UNUSUAL AGATHA CHRISTIE

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE on 25 May 2008
Format: Paperback
These short stories are brilliant,and some of Agatha Christie's best work,in my opinion,though I do feel that the titles "Parker Pyne Investigates" and "Parker Pyne,Private Eye" are somewhat misleading,as some people may think they are buying a book of detective stories. Actually,Parker Pyne is a retired statistician who has decided to devote the rest of his life to making people happy, (for a fee,of course!) Each story in this book starts with someone who is discontented,for whatever reason,and Mr Pyne's efforts to cheer them up,which are usually inventive and exciting.He has a secretary called Miss Lemon,who I presume goes on to work for Hercule Poirot later,and various actors to help him make people happy,which idea he pursues in a very efficient manner.
I don't think anyone has written tales like these before,and I have read them over and over again. My favourites are The Case of the Discontented Soldier and The Case of the City Clerk, but I enjoy all these feel-good stories,and hope someone out there will decide to give them a go!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Jun 2010
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All should read these short stories by Agatha Christie, and I feel it is a shame she never developed and wrote more on Mr. Parker Pyne.
Albeit the stories are set in an era which is dated -naturally- and long forgotten by most. The stories are Fun, Intelligent, and leaves one with a feeling of nostalga and happiness. One has to accept, also, the actions Mr Pyne character got up to would have had him imprisoned and been impossible in todays society, for example see what he did in the "The Case of the Rich Lady", they are perhaps courageous and maybe you feel what should be required today.

I have read the stories several times and they have not failed to keep me interested, also some of them are just the right length to be read on the Tube between Lancaster Gate and Bank station in London. I, also, being rather fat and bald - with a flair for mathematics and statistics - I have great empathy for the character of Mr Parker Pyne. It is nice to know that not all heroes are James Bond.

You just have to read these stories. And if anyone feels TV and Radio have dried in what they can show - Just read a novel and ask "Are you happy? If not consult Mr Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2012
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Parker Pyne is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known creations. A rotund, pleasant, retired specialist in statistics, he has a running advert in the Times asking those who are not happy to consult with him. On paper he seems an unlikely hero and, indeed, he does very little in most of the stories but arrange matters. However, he is a wily and bright man with a real understanding of human nature. The stories present problems as simple as a wife unhappy her husband is seeing a younger woman to murder in Baghdad and the locations are part of the joy of this collection - ranging from London and Paris to the more exotic Middle East as Christie sends Mr Pyne off on holiday. Overall, this is a really fun collection and well worth investigating if you want to explore more of Christie's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2014
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If you're expecting this charming collection of short stories to feature a crime in every one you will be disappointed. Some of them DO involve a crime or a mystery but most do not. J Parker Pyne specialises in helping the unhappy, those with problems or those who are just plain bored with the humdrum affairs of everyday life.

He endeavours to reunite husbands and wives who have drifted apart - with mixed results it has to be said. He creates adventures for those who are bored with everyday life and he returns stolen jewels to their rightful owners. Even on holiday he is still approached by the unhappy and the worried and finds himself involved against his better judgement in their affairs.

These are stories about human nature and how contrary our idea of what we really want can be. I found them enjoyable and entertaining reading and was not at all disappointed that they weren't all crime and mystery stories. They show how good a writer Agatha Christie was. If you enjoy the series of stories featuring Mr Quin then you may enjoy the Parker Pyne stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Passion for Novels on 7 Dec 2011
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When I first picked up this book which happens to be my first Agatha Christie book, Parker Pyne is a really amazing character which helps each person in a variety of different ways. The short story's are individual yet towards the end all take place through a trip Parker Pyne. Each story is really heartwarming and non of them are similar to any of the others!!!

There's a story about a woman who looses her son which is one of my favourites. Parker Pyne tries to help her get her son back and then there is a massive twist at the end which is really intriguing. Parker Pyne moves around the idea that if you are not happy you should consult him. One thing which I particularly enjoyed was the fact that he only charges people what they can afford. At the start he charged someone a really high amount which made me dislike him slightly yet when a poorer woman turned to him he didn't charge her anything.

He is a very emotional detective finding himself often just helping people because he wants to and goes to great lengths to be able to achieve happiness for other people. I found that in his articles and helping people that's what makes him happy which is why he continues to do what he does. I've found that I really like Christie's detective writing in a small amount of pages and I'm really interested in trying one of her longer novels. There are some amazing twists in just the short pages of each chapter giving the reader excitement at the end of every story making this novel a really fun read!

I would recommend this book to any Christie fan or if you're not sure if you would like her this is a good book to try!!
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