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Agatha Christie , Joan Hickson
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Book Description

1 Jan 2007

When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple’s house the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes…

Trying to solve these thirteen mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer, the artist Joyce Lemprière, Dr Pender the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character, Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself.

Then of course there is Miss Marple who has observed enough about human nature to be more than a match for the most perspicacious investigator…


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007219353
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,414 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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“The plots are so good that one marvels… most of them would have made a full-length thriller.”
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One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple's house and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes…

The case of the disappearing bloodstains; the thief who committed his crime twice over; the message on the death-bed of a poisoned man which read 'heap of fish'; the strange case of the invisible will; a spiritualist who warned that 'Blue Geranium' meant death…

Now pit your wits against the powers of deduction of the 'Tuesday Night Club'.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 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 a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

"The plots are so good that one marvels…most of them would have made a full length thriller"
DAILY MIRROR

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thirteen Problems 29 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
In many ways “The Thirteen Problems” could be described as the archetypal Agatha Christie novel, featuring as it does 13 separate mysteries which are jam packed full off typical Christie characters.
In fact it’s sort of like a Christie novel within a Christie novel as the settings for the stories are in classic Christie style. For the first 6 mysteries we are a guest at the legendary Miss Marple’s house as she hosts 5 distinguished guests. There’s her nephew, the writer Raymond West and his fiancée the artist Joyce Lempriere. Then we have the staples of any Christie situation, Dr Pender the elderly clergyman and Mr Petherick, a solicitor. The party is rounded off by the ex-police commissioner Sir Henry Clithering.
For after dinner entertainment the guests decide to each tell a tale from personal experience where the outcome is either unknown or a puzzle to be solved. And so begins the first meeting of the Tuesday Night club as each guest retells his or her mysterious story. At first all the guests suppose that little Miss Marple, knitting quietly in the background, will either not play along or will be quite bemused by the goings-on. Little by little they must adjust their opinions of the white haired spinster as she correctly surmises what has happened each time.
The second set of 6 problems are again retold in an after dinner setting, but this time at a neighbour of Miss Marple’s, Col and Mrs Bantry. Whilst organising the dinner party Mrs Bantry asks Sir Henry who he’d like to invite and sensing another round of mystery fun Sit Henry asks for Miss Marple to be invited along. The other two members of the gathering are the famous and beautiful young actress Miss Jane Hillier and elderly Dr Lloyd.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mr review 4 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
At Miss Marple's house on Tusday, 6 people tell a murder mystery that happend to them in their past, then eveyone has to guess who did it and how, then the person telling it, reveals the murderer and how he/she did it.
Then at a later date at a dinner party another 6 people do the same thing. Then at the end Miss Marple has to prevent the wrong person being hanged in another murder mystery.
There are 13 stories in this book, a chapter per story. Here's my rating for them.

The Tuesday Night Club - 8.5/10
The Idol House of Astarte - 4.2/10.
Ingots of Gold - 6.9/10
The Bloodstained Pavement - 9/10
Motive v Opportunity - 8.5/10
The Thumb Mark of St Peter - 9/10
The Blue Geranium 7.5/10
The Companion 8/10
The Four Suspects 7.5/10
A Christmas Tragedy 9/10
The Herb of Death 7.5/10
The Affair at the Bungalow 9.5/10(a good twist at the end)
Death by Drowning 9.5/10
(this is only my opinon)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Every Tuesday evening a group of intellectual elites meet to discusss unsolved crimes. Charitably they allow an old, frail and very innocent looking Miss Marple to join them as an after thought. I mean really what could she possibly know about crime from livingthe small 'uneventfull' village of St. Mary Mead. Crime after crime Miss Marple manages to outwit her superiors by use of her insightfull in-depth knowledge of human nature, which she claims, is universal. The plots of these thirteen crimes are so intricate that it is shame that they each make up just a short story. Nevertheless first class Christie led by a first class Miss Marple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories for those who love Miss Marple 23 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A classic Agatha Christie, Miss Marple style, collection of 13 short stories. And of course she gets it right every time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable. 17 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, was so immersed in the book i forgot to fall asleep, next time i see the clock it is 4am in the morning,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen mysteries 10 July 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Miss Marple and friends gather to talk about mysteries. Each tells of a mystery personally known to them - leaving out the answer as to who was responsible for the crime. The friends each then have to try and work out who did it. Naturally Miss Marple excels at this sort of thing though ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Henry runs her a pretty close second.

These are intriguing stories which include all sorts of crimes not just murder. All are well plotted and well written with believable characters. The clues are there for the observant reader but most will fail to arrive at the correct conclusion. I only managed to solve one of them before the answer was revealed. Marvellous comfort reading which will transport you to a different era.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice edition, not the greatest Marple 16 Nov 2006
By A. Butterfield TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Several friends gather in Miss Marple's drawing room and tell stories while she knits. Each chapter is a story in its own right, so it's a bit like short stories except that they are linked together. Of course Miss Marple solves them all and amazes the members of the group every time. The problem is that each story is supposed to be one of the characters telling the others a story, and the way it's written isn't quite right.

It's the sort of thing you can take to bed and read one story a night.

These facsimile hardcover editions are very collectible though, and very nicely done, with original covers and typesetting. It's almost like buying a brand new second-hand book. They're even printed in Great Britain.

This is one of the very earliest and has a very generic 'Crime Club' dust jacket, unlike the rest in the series that have their own artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be transfixed by the greatness of Miss Hickson
I found I already had these 'problems' in a boxed set, so the seller kindly refunded me and I donated it to charity instead. Read more
Published 15 days ago by SUE, SHROPSHIRE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you enjoy the classic murder mystery books then Agatha Christie has to be in the top 5 authors to read, both her Poirot and Miss Marples series are great to read.
Published 27 days ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Another superb Christie book. Showing the best of
Miss Marple and her understanding of human nature.Much deserved five stars and recommended to all Kindle readers..
Published 2 months ago by gary c atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected.
Item arrived within estimated time, but the condition was not as good as expected being decidedly battered. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro if you are new to Christie.
This book is a great introduction to Christie's books if you are new, but still thoroughly enjoyable if you are returning too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bree
4.0 out of 5 stars Mum loves Agatha Christie Books
Purchased to read to my mother who is now unable to read so I started reading them to her, and I have to say - a bit sad really, but I have started to enjoy them myself.
Published 5 months ago by Gord
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all Agatha Christie cds are brilliant .interesting and you can work while listening to them.no one can beat her for me
Published 6 months ago by j.bandee
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Have not read it myself as it was a gift but the recipient loves it My turn when it comes back around!
Published 6 months ago by carol vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love these books and it is great for them to be unabridged too as it is very irritating for books to be abridged.
Published 6 months ago by Jane Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Stories - but too short!
I love Christy books, these 'problems' were interesting, but I love the usual Christy style of elaborate deception and character building, which these lacked a little of. Read more
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