Parker Pyne Investigates (Agatha Christie Collection) Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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“Crimes of the heart were his forte.”
From the Back Cover
PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES
Mrs Packington felt alone, helpless and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in 'The Times' which read: ‘Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne’.
Equally adept at putting together the pieces of a marriage or the fragments of a murder mystery, Mr Parker Pyne was possibly the world’s most unconventional private eye- and certainly its most charming.
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I don't think anyone has written tales like these before,and I have read them over and over again. My favourites are The Case of the Discontented Soldier and The Case of the City Clerk, but I enjoy all these feel-good stories,and hope someone out there will decide to give them a go!
Albeit the stories are set in an era which is dated -naturally- and long forgotten by most. The stories are Fun, Intelligent, and leaves one with a feeling of nostalga and happiness. One has to accept, also, the actions Mr Pyne character got up to would have had him imprisoned and been impossible in todays society, for example see what he did in the "The Case of the Rich Lady", they are perhaps courageous and maybe you feel what should be required today.
I have read the stories several times and they have not failed to keep me interested, also some of them are just the right length to be read on the Tube between Lancaster Gate and Bank station in London. I, also, being rather fat and bald - with a flair for mathematics and statistics - I have great empathy for the character of Mr Parker Pyne. It is nice to know that not all heroes are James Bond.
You just have to read these stories. And if anyone feels TV and Radio have dried in what they can show - Just read a novel and ask "Are you happy? If not consult Mr Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street."
There's a story about a woman who looses her son which is one of my favourites. Parker Pyne tries to help her get her son back and then there is a massive twist at the end which is really intriguing. Parker Pyne moves around the idea that if you are not happy you should consult him. One thing which I particularly enjoyed was the fact that he only charges people what they can afford. At the start he charged someone a really high amount which made me dislike him slightly yet when a poorer woman turned to him he didn't charge her anything.
He is a very emotional detective finding himself often just helping people because he wants to and goes to great lengths to be able to achieve happiness for other people. I found that in his articles and helping people that's what makes him happy which is why he continues to do what he does. I've found that I really like Christie's detective writing in a small amount of pages and I'm really interested in trying one of her longer novels. There are some amazing twists in just the short pages of each chapter giving the reader excitement at the end of every story making this novel a really fun read!
I would recommend this book to any Christie fan or if you're not sure if you would like her this is a good book to try!!
He endeavours to reunite husbands and wives who have drifted apart - with mixed results it has to be said. He creates adventures for those who are bored with everyday life and he returns stolen jewels to their rightful owners. Even on holiday he is still approached by the unhappy and the worried and finds himself involved against his better judgement in their affairs.
These are stories about human nature and how contrary our idea of what we really want can be. I found them enjoyable and entertaining reading and was not at all disappointed that they weren't all crime and mystery stories. They show how good a writer Agatha Christie was. If you enjoy the series of stories featuring Mr Quin then you may enjoy the Parker Pyne stories.
Parker Pyne is not a detective; in fact the balding, plump middle aged man calls himself a `specialist in matters of the heart' and believes he is a man who can make people happy. Every day he runs an advert in The Times newspaper `Are You Happy? If Not, Consult Mr Parker Pyne' and in the first half of these stories that's just what we read. Unhappy husbands, worried wives, disillusioned rich heiresses, etc pass through Parker Pynes doors and in each case he manages, with his trusty sidekicks `Claude Luttrell was one of the handsomest specimens of lounge-lizard to be found in England. Madeline de Sara was the most seductive of vamps' in the most bizarre ways to make them happy. These might involve sending a bored clerk on an invented adventure murder with Claude or Madeline playing a role, sometimes though accidental adventures take over too. My favourite of this half was `The Case of the Distressed Lady' which saw a story (and at only ten pages I can't say too much on the plot) but it involves three twists none of which I saw coming.
The second half of these tales takes a very different twist as instead of Parker Pyne having the mysteries come to him in his office, the mysteries seem to come to him when he is on random trips abroad.Read more ›
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