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Agatha Christie , Hugh Fraser
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13 Oct 2009

A collection of short stories featuring the redoubtable ‘heart specialist’, Parker Pyne. This volume, in its contemporary Agatha Christie Collection livery, perfectly illustrates Agatha Christie’s critically–acclaimed foray into light-hearted, romantic mysteries.

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602836655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602836655
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,264,759 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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‘Crimes of the heart were his forte.’

--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Parker Pyne! 25 May 2008
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker Pyne - One of Agatha Christie Gems 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker Pyne Investigates 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories with lovely links 7 Dec 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Side To Agatha's Great Mysteries 1 April 2011
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
How people can sneer about Agatha Christie and her novels. Whenever I am in need of something that I can just get completely lost in or when I need something cleansing between other reads then she is just the ticket. As `Parker Pyne Investigates' not only does Agatha Christie show that she truly is the master of plots and twists, she also makes short stories look effortless and in this collection, which I wasn't expecting to be a collection at all, she also shows a slightly different side to her mysteries which I found rather interesting.

Parker Pyne is not a detective; in fact the balding, plump middle aged man calls himself a `specialist in matters of the heart' and believes he is a man who can make people happy. Every day he runs an advert in The Times newspaper `Are You Happy? If Not, Consult Mr Parker Pyne' and in the first half of these stories that's just what we read. Unhappy husbands, worried wives, disillusioned rich heiresses, etc pass through Parker Pynes doors and in each case he manages, with his trusty sidekicks `Claude Luttrell was one of the handsomest specimens of lounge-lizard to be found in England. Madeline de Sara was the most seductive of vamps' in the most bizarre ways to make them happy. These might involve sending a bored clerk on an invented adventure murder with Claude or Madeline playing a role, sometimes though accidental adventures take over too. My favourite of this half was `The Case of the Distressed Lady' which saw a story (and at only ten pages I can't say too much on the plot) but it involves three twists none of which I saw coming.

The second half of these tales takes a very different twist as instead of Parker Pyne having the mysteries come to him in his office, the mysteries seem to come to him when he is on random trips abroad.
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Published 3 days ago by Mrs Julia McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected.
I say expected, because I have no doubt of Agatha's brilliant crime writing. A fully deserved 5 stars and highly recommended.
Published 23 days ago by gary c atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
An easy relaxing read, but have read them as Poirot which were more in depth. Good when unable to sleep
Published 9 months ago by Sandra Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Wonderful to have all the stories together in one set. Very entertaining read well good character voices . Loved the whole thing and recommend the seller for good service
Published 13 months ago by Regular amazon customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The stories are easy to read, not to long and cover a range of different situations.
Short stories can be read when time is short.
Published 19 months ago by H. Wilcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha does it again
I have read and re-read Miss Marple + Poirot so thought I would try another of her characters.

Mystery yes but also the weaver of dreams is Mr Parker Pyne. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas prezzie
Bought this for my dad over christmas as he asked for it theres not much to say other than its apparently a great audiobook :-)
Published 20 months ago by Damien
5.0 out of 5 stars What lovely stories
What lovely stories. They are charming, funny and leave me with a warm glow of satisfaction. Best saved up and read one at a time.
Published on 26 Aug 2012 by stagedoor
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Christie 'hero'.
At last a Parker Pyne cd - and now we know where Miss Lemon of Poirot tele-fame originated! First class whodunnits without the fluff of Marple, the affectation of Poirot or the... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by mave
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