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A change from the norm for Agatha Christie
on 4 March 2004
This book has all the stories featuring Mr Satterthwaite and Mr Quin, the Mysterious Mr Quin, Three-Act-Tragedy, Dead Man's Mirror, The Love Detectives and The Harlequin Tea Set. Two of Agatha Christie's favourtie characters.
Mr Quin is a mysterious character who turns up and stands in the background giving out little hints and bringing important bits of information that would usually be ignored. Mr Satterthwaite is a slight snob who moves in the highest circles observing life and enjoying dramas.
The short stories in The Mysterious Mr Quin are wonderful, extremely clever at getting the reader and characters to see how if you look at something from a different angle in can put a whole new perspective on a situation.
Three-Act-Tragedy features Hercule Poriot with Mr Satterthwaite, it starts with a seemingly natural death of a vicar in which only a few people don't believe that the death is natural and are proved right when another man dies in practically the same way. A compelling story with a twist at the end that will surprise most readers although some people will figure it out.
The last three novels all run along a similar vein as the others. People looking at something one way then being shown another way to look at the evidence which gives it all new meaning.
Although these stories are different from Agatha Christie's normal mode of writing they do get a little predictable once you get used to the way the writer's mind worked while writing these stories.