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Detectives and Young Adventurers: The Complete Short Stories Paperback – 15 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007284195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007284191
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The plots are so good that one marvels … most of them would have made a full length thriller.’ Daily Mirror

About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


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Agatha Christie's output was phenomenal. She is of course best known for her stories of Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as other detective novels, but in this volume there are some of her lesser-known characters: Tommy and Tuppence, Parker Pyne and Harley Quin.
Tommy and Tuppence (for younger readers, tuppence is what two old pence was known as) are husband and wife, who take on the characteristics of contemporary fictional detectives when solving cases. As Miss Christie says in her 1953 introduction to the stories, even she had by that time forgotten who some of these other detectives were (the stories were published in the 1920s), so apart from Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot himself, other references are likely to mean nothing. But they're entertaining nevertheless.
The Harley Quin stories concern the aforementioned Mr Quin, who turns up mysteriously whenever a murder has been, or will be, committed. He is always in league with Mr Satterthwaite, an elderly gentleman who is, frankly, a snob, and not a very engaging character. But the plots are sufficiently clever to maintain the reader's interest.
Mr Parker Pyne does not always investigate murders. Rather, his job is to 'make people happy' (which is Walt Disney's mission statement). I didn't find them as engaging as the previous 2 sections.
But all in all, well worth a read.
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A good collection of works if you are an agatha lover! Cheap price for a lot of work. However I found the book difficult to read in bed at night because it is so heavy - therefore prefer to keep to the individual books. If you are a collector of agatha books you can't purchase this without buying the Poriot collection and Short Stories Collection too!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories by Agatha Christie and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys her style of writing. Whether you are a die-hard fan, or new to her stories, this collection has something for everyone.
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A super collection of short stories, I had read Harley Quin and Tommy and Tuppence before but Parker Pine was a new character to me and so a new pleasure. One of the Parker Pine stories was familiar as it had been developed into a Poirot book.
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I adore Agatha Christie books and these volumes were the only ones missing from my collection. A lovely bedtime read, one story a night. The best thing about Agatha Christie books is that they never date
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I really liked this book,I bought on a whim and I am glad I did too,all the stories are good and set in a time I think we all would have liked to live in,,Agatha Christies characters are well written and she allows the reader to get to know them themselves too,no Poirot or Miss Marple here just two young people that you are certain to like when you start reading this book...........
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Excellent book of short stories written by the best.if you have not got this collection of short stories yet its a must for agatha christie fans and lovers of crime and detective books.
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For any fans of Agatha Christie this is a superb read. So many stories, none of which I have read before. Her short stories are totally different to her Poirot and Ms. Marple stories.
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