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The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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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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"The plots are so good that one marvels! most of them would have made a full-length thriller." Daily Mirror

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451200209
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046RE5AE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Quiet, unassuming Miss Marple listens, knits and interrupts with her opinions so apologetically but with the deadly accuracy we have all come to know and love.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories so far (I haven't quite finished the book yet). The cast of supporting characters are accutely drawn without distracting us too much from Miss Marple's pronouncements. And at last I know how Sir Henry came to know Miss Marple.

A must read for anyone who loves an Agatha Christie story!
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2012
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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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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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This book is a great introduction to Christie's books if you are new, but still thoroughly enjoyable if you are returning too. The stories are short however none of Christie,s crime writing prowess is lost. I found the combination of quick fire facts followed by swift deductions refreshing. The problems were still complex and mind boggling, but were closed so effectively you were left satisfied and wanting more.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this as I wanted an old fashioned style Agatha Christie, i got this and more in the compact size of book, so great for travelling with. The book is 13 individual stories which I had not realised, but all tied together with Miss Marple. A very interesting book and I liked the 13 stories even though I would have been put off by this. You feel like you have gone back in time.
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