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The Tuesday Club Murders (original 1932; edition 1933)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Tuesday Club Murders
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:New York, Dodd, Mead and company, 1933.
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The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie (1932)

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Basically a series of short stories in which Miss Marple is extremely clever, but that makes it very fun to play along and try to guess who did it.
  arcadia123 | Feb 19, 2014 |
When one utters the word "detective" or "sleuth", what is the image that comes to mind? A studious gentleman with monocle wandering about with a magnifying glass? A trench-coated, lantern-jawed, hard-boiled individual prowling the back alleys of dark America? Or... a little, pink old lady sitting in the corner, trying to catch up on her knitting?

For fans of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, the third image is as valid as the first two.

This unlikely detective relies on her intimate knowledge of human nature, having had "the opportunity to observe it at close quarters" in a village like St. Mary Mead, to solve mysteries. She compares the love affair of her nephew Raymond West with that of the milkman and the maid: and when the self-important, intellectual, avant-garde novelist is shocked that he could be compared to such a lowly individual, Miss Marple says affably that "everyone is very much like" everyone else. It is this predictability of human nature that the old lady draws upon to arrive at her conclusions.

The Thirteen Problems contains two sets of six stories each in the same format. A group of individuals are relaxing with drinks after dinner in a cosy British parlour. Each of the people tell a story - a real life mystery the solution to which only he/ she knows - and the others have to guess. The idea is mooted by Raymond, who is initially incredulous that his aunt wants to "play" at all. However, his incredulity changes to bewilderment and grudging admiration ( a sentiment shared by others at the gathering) when Miss Marple emerges the winner each and every time, by comparing it with a village parallel.

One of the members of the gathering is Sir Henry Clithering, retired Commissioner of Police. He and Miss Marple are the common factors in the second set of stories, where the parlour is different and the participants are different. However, Miss Marple comes up trumps once again. Sir Henry leaves with lasting respect in his mind for this "finest sleuth" in the world.

Which is why, in the last story, he prepares to take on the task Miss Marple has entrusted him with: save an innocent from punishment for a crime which he has not committed. Armed with the foreknowledge of the name of the person Miss Marple thinks is the murderer, Sir Henry is able to succeed. The story ends with the significant sentence:
Miss Marple had been right again.
Yes, it has indeed become a habit for this little old lady.

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Everyone would have their own favourites in this collection; mine are The Idol House of Astarte and The Blue Geranium. However, each one is a gem.

This book is a masterpiece of the genre. ( )
  Nandakishore_Varma | Sep 28, 2013 |
It was different in that is was a collection of short stories or more of a mystery with no fluff just the facts and the whodunit in about 25 pages. Kind of makes me wonder why I read a mystery with 400 pages of fluff. ( )
  ScottKalas | Jun 10, 2013 |
This book was Miss Marple's Greatest Hits.

It's a book of short stories in which Miss Marple is clever, self-deprecating, and draws her village parallels to solve mysteries framed in the form of "problems" at a dinner party. The other members of the party tend to come up with outlandish or complicated solutions to the "problems," but Miss Marple sits, knits, and gets to the heart of things.

I figured out some of the short stories, but not all. It was very nice to just watch the clever lady think and try to convince folks that people are the same, due to their nature, whether con artists or petty village thieves. ( )
  eldashwood | Apr 17, 2013 |
Du fond de son fauteuil où elle se teint très droite tandis que ses mains tricotent, une vieille demoiselle pleine de malice écoute ses amis - un colonel et un haut fonctionnaire de Scotland Yard, tous deux à la retraite, un vieux pasteur et un médecin plein d'expérience, une charmante actrice - raconter sept étranges histoires où glisse l'ombre d'un criminel inconnu. Et toujours Miss Marple le découvre, ce criminel, parce que, dit-elle avec modestie, elle a beaucoup observé les petites gens de son village et que la nature humaine est partout la même.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Miss Marple puts her deductive skills to use in thirteen of her most fiendish cases in this short story collection from the reigning matriarch of mystery.

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One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple's House and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes. The case of the disappearing bloodstains; the thief who committed his crime twice over; the message on the death-bed of a poisoned man which read 'heap of fish'; the strange case of the invisible will; a spiritualist who warned that 'Blue Geranium' meant death.… (more)

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