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Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection (Paperback): The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Paperback)

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<p><strong>Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Christie's wildly unconventional investigator, Parker Pyne, all make appearances in <em>The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories</em>--a riveting collection of short stories featuring a host of murderous crimes of passion, pleasure, and profit.</strong></p> <p>There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes.</p> <p>In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest--Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne--and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers.</p> <strong></strong> <p><strong></strong> </p>--Springfield Republican

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Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Christie's wildly unconventional investigator, Parker Pyne, all make appearances in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories--a riveting collection of short stories featuring a host of murderous crimes of passion, pleasure, and profit.

There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes.

In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest--Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne--and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers.

--Springfield Republican

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Christie's wildly unconventional investigator, Parker Pyne, all make appearances in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories--a riveting collection of short stories featuring a host of murderous crimes of passion, pleasure, and profit.

There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes.

In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest--Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne--and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers.

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Series Title
Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection (Paperback)
Publisher
HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
181
Author
Agatha Christie
Title
The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
ISBN-13
9780062094407
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0062094408

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This collection of nin...

This collection of nine stories, featuring three of her best-known creations, samples Agatha Christie's skill with the short story, with some more, some less successful. On the whole I enjoyed the slightly longer stories more, especially 'The Regatta Mystery' and 'The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest', while I thought the solution in other stories too clever and intricate and thus stretching credulity ('Yellow Iris', 'The Dream' and 'Problem at Sea'); 'A Glass Darkly', a mystery with a touch of the paranormal, I found neither here nor there. In all, this anthology presented a nice little diversion to pass the time when my brain was too tired to cope with a novel, but nothing more. In particular, the stories are: The Regatta Mystery: A famous jewel is stolen in what appears to be a locked room mystery. The man who is suspected of the theft contacts Parker Pyne to help clear his name. The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest: Also known as 'The Mystery of the Spanish Chest', this story tells of a body being discovered in a heavy chest the morning after a party. Hercule Poirot deducts that the murder was committed while the other party guests were dancing and playing cards. How Does Your Garden Grow?: As the title implies, this story is based on the nursery rhyme 'Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?' After receiving a mysterious letter asking for his help, Hercule Poirot discovers that the letter writer has died very suddenly. Problem at Pollensa Bay: While on holiday on Mallorca, Parker Pyne assists with bringing to two young people together. Yellow Iris: After receiving a mysterious anonymous phone call, Hercule Poirot makes his way to a restaurant where a man is trying to re-enact the murder of his wife on the anniversary of her death. Miss Marple Tells a Story: Miss Marple reminisces and tells her niece and nephew how she solved an apparent locked room murder at a hotel several years ago. The Dream: An eccentric millionaire consults Hercule Poirot as he fears he will commit suicide by shooting himself, just as the dream he has every night foretells. In a Glass Darkly: While staying with friends, a young man appears to see a murder being committed while looking in a mirror, only to find that the scene behind him in the room is completely different. Problem at Sea: Hercule Poirot solves the murder of a hypochondriac wife on board a cruise ship.

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A collection of short ...

A collection of short mysteries that feature Poirot, Miss Marple or Parker Pyne. These involve murders, a stolen diamond, and a woman who wants her son's engagement to an unsuitable woman to be broken. I like these quick mysteries from Christie. She gets to the point with small lists of suspects and few red herrings. I like knowing that she enjoyed writing mysteries enough to do them at any length, and had such an imagination that the well never ran dry. Some are better than others, but they're all pretty good.

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A fine collection of C...

A fine collection of Christie's short work. I enjoyed this, in particular, seeing old favorites once again go a-sleuthing.

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The Regatta Mystery - ...

The Regatta Mystery - Parker Pyne: Mr Parker Pyne catches a diamond thief during regatta festivities at Dartmouth Harbour.The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - Poirot: M. Poirot figures out how a dead body found its way into the titular chest in the midst of a dance partyHow Does Your Garden Grow? - Poirot: M. Poirot finds the clue to the murder of an older woman who has written him for help just prior to her deathProblem at Pollensa Bay - Mr. Pyne: During his vacation, Parker Pyne solves a mother's dislike for her son's fiancee before an act of violence can occurYellow Iris - Poirot: Poirot follows an anonymous phone call to a restaurant table laden with the favourite flower of a woman who died mysteriously four years before. This story was expanded and made into the full-length mystery Sparkling Cyanide, featuring Colonel Race instead of PoirotMiss Marple Tells a Story - Marple: Miss Marple recalls solving (without leaving her own chair) a seemingly impossible murderThe Dream - Poirot: An eccentric millionaire tells Poirot of a troubling dream in which he kills himself - and is found dead a week laterIn a Glass Darkly - I have not readProblem at Sea - Poirot: a rich woman is found dead in her cabin on a luxury ship off the shore of Alexandria. The story concludes with Poirot saying: "I do not approve of murder."

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Some individual storie...

Some individual stories are good, but this collection irritates me because it is a reshuffling of stories which have appeared in other collections.


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