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Problem at Pollensa Bay (Hercule Poirot Series Book 40) by [Christie, Agatha]
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‘The acknowledged queen of detective fiction’
Observer

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'The acknowledged queen of detective fiction' Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046H95MM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The stories here are little nuggets of human relations, like intellectual puzzles. Like all of Agatha Christie's fiction, they serve up cardboard characters in contained surroundings, but the stories vibrate with truth nevertheless, like parables. The short story format naturally means there is not enough room to develop a twisted plot, but Christie zooms in on simple lives and reveals something complicated and tricky in them. This is not sophisticated psychological realism, but a series of social problems worked through elegantly. If you like Agatha Christie's novels, you'll like these short stories too.
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There is a baffling array of Agatha Chrisite short story collections, with different volumes of different stories published at different times in both Britain and America. This 1991 collection includes eight stories, four of which had not previously been published in Britain. We are treated to two stories featuring Hercule Poirot, a couple of Parker Pyne stories (both of which can be found in Parker Pyne Investigates) and two featuring Mr Satterthwaite and his mysterious friend Mr Quin (which do NOT feature in their main outing The Mysterious Mr Quin). The final two are not mysteries, one a poignant tale about the loss of a pet, the other about lost love. They make a bit of a downbeat ending to a very enjoyable book.

On balance the Poirot stories are perhaps the most successful here, though one of them, "The Second Gong", was rewritten as "Dead Man's Mirror" (found in the collection Murder in the Mews). This earlier version however has different characters, murderer and motive so it can still be enjoyed in its own right even by those familiar with "Dead Man's Mirror".

The inclusion of the Parker Pyne stories seems a little strange considering both are available already, and especially as they were originally Poirot stories.
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This is a collection of short stories including some featuring Hercule Poirot, a Parker Pyne story and some Mr Satterthwaite and Harley Quinn stories as well as a couple which don't feature any of the author's regular detectives. I particularly enjoyed the Harley Quinn stories as they always have that extra dimension as well as being mysteries.

I particularly enjoyed the last story in the collection `Magnolia Blossom' which caused me to reach for the tissues. It certainly shows human nature in the worst possible light. Apart from that one I also enjoyed `The Harlequin Tea Set' and `The Love Detectives'. This is an interesting collection and could be a good introduction to Agatha Christie's writing for someone who hasn't read anything by her before.
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Not sure now that I'm a short story sort of person. Her characters are well-drawn and the stories are vivid, but reading one after another rather overloads one's mind with so many characters. I suppose the trick is to read one a week !
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Bought this as I was going on holidays to Puerto Pollensa . Agatha Christie not my cup of tea really one step above Enid Blyton other than the novelty of reading it in Pollensa nothing of any merit to report .
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A famous author --BUT --is this really anything other than shavings from the table ? To afficianados it may fill a few gaps but this is very ordinary stuff and would not get a look in if a lesser known author had written it
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As other reviewers have mentioned, I bought this because of the title and fond memories of Pollensa Bay. I should not have bothered. This is just a collection of short stories, some of which are wholly predictable, others are just not all that well written. I felt this was not the level of Agatha Christie writing I have come to love. The general impression is of a publisher 'scraping the bottom of the barrel' of Christie writing to put a not particularly enjoyable book together.
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It was a satisfying selection of short stories which Agatha Christie was outstanding at producing. They all have depth and complexity
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