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Agatha Christie
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18 Aug 2008

A collectionof short stories featuring some of Agatha Christie’s best-loved detectives – Hercule Poirot, Parker Pyne, Mr Satterthwaite and Harley Quin…

All great crime writers have their favourite creations. Similarly, every great sleuth has his, or her, own preferred method of deduction.

Take the charming Parker Pyne, who relies upon an intuitive knowledge of human nature to solve the Problem at Pollensa Bay. Or Mr Satterthwaite, who seeks inspiration through his collaboration with the enigmatic Mr Quin in The Harlequin Tea Set mystery. Then, of course, there’s Poirot, whose measured analysis of motive and opportunity is tested to the full in Yellow Iris, when he receives an anonymous call about a matter of life and death.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (18 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154838
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,143 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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All great crime writers have their favourite creations. Similarly, every great sleuth has his own preferred method of deduction.

Take the charming Parker Pyne, who relies upon an intuitive knowledge of human nature to solve the 'Problem at Pollensa Bay'.
Or Mr Satterthwaite, who seeks inspiration through his collaboration with the enigmatic Mr Quin in 'The Harlequin Tea Set' mystery.
Then, of course, there’s Poirot whose measured analysis of motive and opportunity is tested to the full in 'Yellow Iris', when he receives an anonymous call about a matter of life and death.

A COLLECTION OF EIGHT STORIES FEATURING SOME OF AGATHA CHRISTIE’S FAVOURITE DETECTIVES

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 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 a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Agatha Christie 8 Jan 2010
By pppme
Format:Paperback
The stories here are little nuggets of human relations, like intellectual puzzles. Like all of Agatha Christie's fiction, they serve up cardboard characters in contained surroundings, but the stories vibrate with truth nevertheless, like parables. The short story format naturally means there is not enough room to develop a twisted plot, but Christie zooms in on simple lives and reveals something complicated and tricky in them. This is not sophisticated psychological realism, but a series of social problems worked through elegantly. If you like Agatha Christie's novels, you'll like these short stories too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming short story collection 15 Feb 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
There is a baffling array of Agatha Chrisite short story collections, with different volumes of different stories published at different times in both Britain and America. This 1991 collection includes eight stories, four of which had not previously been published in Britain. We are treated to two stories featuring Hercule Poirot, a couple of Parker Pyne stories (both of which can be found in Parker Pyne Investigates) and two featuring Mr Satterthwaite and his mysterious friend Mr Quin (which do NOT feature in their main outing The Mysterious Mr Quin). The final two are not mysteries, one a poignant tale about the loss of a pet, the other about lost love. They make a bit of a downbeat ending to a very enjoyable book.

On balance the Poirot stories are perhaps the most successful here, though one of them, "The Second Gong", was rewritten as "Dead Man's Mirror" (found in the collection Murder in the Mews). This earlier version however has different characters, murderer and motive so it can still be enjoyed in its own right even by those familiar with "Dead Man's Mirror".

The inclusion of the Parker Pyne stories seems a little strange considering both are available already, and especially as they were originally Poirot stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday reads 26 Aug 2013
By valc
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It was a satisfying selection of short stories which Agatha Christie was outstanding at producing. They all have depth and complexity
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Agatha Christie 8 Dec 2012
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Anything by Agatha Christie is guaranteed to entertain. I hadn't read this collection of stories so I'm really enjoying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Short Stories 10 Sep 2013
By Pat
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What I'd expected for Agatha Christie crime short stories. I thought they were an easy read, good for taking on holiday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars never disappoints 31 Aug 2013
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Fully recommended and deserved 5 star rating. I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and this book was full of twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories 22 Aug 2013
By Clarke
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Good little collection of short stories! Although the stories are perhaps a bit too short to actually achieve a full mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Collection 16 Aug 2013
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The stories in the book are not the usual Christie detectives, but they do always solve the crime, if with unusual help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good listen
whilst it is a good listen,the reader,jonathan cecil,does not do it any favours,some of his 'accents',they can be a bit irritating
Published 23 days ago by mrs.j.m.colton
3.0 out of 5 stars SHORT STORIES
I didn't realise when I bought it that it was a series of short stories. However, I did enjoy them.
Published 1 month ago by Allybags
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem at Polensa Bay
I do not really enjoy short stories, but it was good to find an Agatha Christie which I had not previously read.
Published 4 months ago by Meryl Holder
4.0 out of 5 stars Problem at Pollensa Bay
This is a collection of short stories including some featuring Hercule Poirot, a Parker Pyne story and some Mr Satterthwaite and Harley Quinn stories as well as a couple which... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Damaskcat
2.0 out of 5 stars Short stories.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I bought this because of the title and fond memories of Pollensa Bay. I should not have bothered. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geema B113.
3.0 out of 5 stars have you heard of this author?
A famous author --BUT --is this really anything other than shavings from the table ? To afficianados it may fill a few gaps but this is very ordinary stuff and would not get a look... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A.J. PENDLEBURY
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Good reading, now I can complete my collection of Agatha Christie's (in the signature edition) and read all the mysterie novels
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Van Maele
5.0 out of 5 stars I like agatha christie books
I am a great fan of Agatha Christie & have read most of her books but found a few I hadn't & was able to get them from amazon
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Baker
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