Detectives and Young Adventurers: The Complete Short Stories Paperback – 15 Sep 2008
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
compelling reading every type of twist and turn and in easy short storiesPublished 10 months ago by D J Heritage
Thank you! Excellent, prompt service, the book is in top condition! All the best in future!Published 12 months ago by Irina
Agatha Christie with a twist - Ideal if you want to be able to read in your lunch hour at work as I did.Published 14 months ago by Tigger
Excellent book, some stories i have nevet heard off. Well recommended.Published 15 months ago by Mr. H. McAdam
An interesting mix of Christie - old favourites, plus some unexpected variations!Published 22 months ago by Wilga